If you have an older pump for your DIY fiberglass swimming pool and you’re finding that it’s having issues starting at the beginning of the season; you may not have to replace it just yet. First, rule out if the electricity is getting to it properly. If it’s humming but not doing anything you can usually “kick start” it by hitting the casing (don’t break it) with a piece of wood or a rubber mallet. You’re looking to pull off a shock force that will get the old pump moving along. If you don’t shut it off you will likely get another season out of the pump and give yourself enough time to plan for a new one for next year.
If you want to really save money in the long run, you might want to get rid of that old heater and upgrade to a solar pool heater. While gas heaters are pretty pricey over the course of the pool season, solar power doesn’t cost you a thing once you place your initial purchase. These solar heaters are a great DIY idea as they can be installed in a single day. Don’t kick the gas entirely as it can still be a great back up for your solar heat.
3. Liner Replacement
This next one depends on how DIY you want to be. You can save thousands of dollars by replacing your vinyl liner yourself. The process is extensive but can feasibly be accomplished in a single weekend if you’re well prepared to do the job. On average, having your liner replaced can cost around $3,000. If you choose to do it yourself and perhaps even getting the liner at wholesale price, you can accomplish the same job and only pay between $1,000 and $2,000. You’re going to save a lot of money. Make sure that you know what you’re doing, though!
4. Dye Test
This test is to see if you have any leaks in your pool. Any pool professional can do this test but so can you. The best way to do this test is to get a pool water chemistry kit and use the red dye in it. Drip the red dye in the general area that you think may be leaking. If there is a leak in the side of the pool then the red dye will be pulled in that direction. Make sure that the water in your pool is as still as it’s likely to get before you do this test. Otherwise, it won’t work well.
5. Pool Filter
Having the sand in your pool filter replaced is a very common service. It is a pain, but you can save the money by doing this job yourself. Your filter’s sand weighs a couple of hundred pounds when dry and a whole lot more when it’s wet. It’s messy. It’s a little annoying. It’s also a very easy DIY repair when it comes right down to it. To make things easier on yourself, drain the filter in advance. This will allow the water to drain out of the sand and this means that a lot of the weight will be removed as well. Once the sand is as dry as you can manage to get it, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the sand in the filter. It’s a fairly slow process, but as stated above, an easy job. We recommend the vacuum because it’s not only easier than using a small shovel to dig the sand out, it’s also safer on your filter. You won’t have to worry about damaging the laterals which can occur if you use a shovel.