No matter what type of swimming pool you have it will eventually require basic maintenance and repair to keep it safe and functional. You will require help from a professional when your pool has major damage, but if your pool only has minor and small problems you can easily do it with repair kits sold by swimming pool supply companies in your area. Knowing what type of pool you have is the first step in repairing it.
Concrete and gunite pools when age have small cracks or holes, in order to fix these types of pool you will need plaster. The gunite below the plaster will begin to show through due to the cracks, chippings, wear spots, and hollow spots that pop up when the pool ages. You will be able to fix these problems by yourself with the help of the readily available repair kits.
You would probably have experienced having bubbles and blisters when a crack appears if you own a fiberglass pool. You can easily do this using a fiberglass repair kit that can be purchased at any boat and marine supply store. The only downside when it comes to repairing fiberglass pools is that the color is rarely or sometimes not perfectly matched which means that patches or the repair will be visible. If you want to fix the aesthetic as well is to have your entire pool resurfaced in order for the color of the old and new fiberglass to match.
If you own a vinyl pool or a vinyl lined pool it will be much easier for you to fix on your own. The only challenge you will be facing when fixing a vinyl pool is finding the crack, and if you find the crack you can just easily use the vinyl repair kit and you are done. While under water you can still repair the crack or tear of the pool using the vinyl repair kit.
On the other hand you can hire a contractor to fix the damage for you if the damage is beyond your capabilities even with the help of the repair kits. But before you hire a contractor you should do a background check on the contractor and the company he or she is working for and also ask for an estimate of how long the project will take to complete. It would really help you save a lot of money if you hire the pool repair contractor a few weeks before swimming pool season because during that time the workload for such professionals is very low. Problems like huge cracks, plumbing issues and filtration system failure are best left handled by professionals.