Rust On Pools and What to Expect  

by Pool Builders on 01-24-2013 in Articles

Rust on pools and what to expect.
First of all, above ground swimming pools are made of steel. Even if the pool has resin materials with it, it will still have a steel wall and steel that is outside rusts. Rust will occur at some level within the first 3 to 5 years of a pool's life. For there to be some signs of rust on the pool at this point is normal; however, it should not be severe at this point by any means.
The reason that I write this blog on rust is that I have noticed that customers become very worried when they see rust beginning on their pool in the first 5 years. If you find a spot or two of rust within this time, do not be worried for this is normal. Also, inside of the pool where the liner is against the pool wall is where moisture will collect and stay most of the time. Rust will always be greater on the inside of the wall than the outside. If you find rust very severe on the outside of the pool, then keep in mind that the inside wall will surely be two to three times greater with rust. This is a very good barometer for you to use to determine when your pool may be near the end of its life. If the rust is very severe on the outside, then the pool is surely in its last few years.
The moral of the story is if you notice rust on your steel structured pool during its life, don't be worried. This is normal for any metal structure that is outside under the elements. If the rust becomes severe on the outside, then on your next liner change be sure to examine the inside of the wall once the liner has been cut out to see what level of rust the pool has on the inside of the wall. There is no particular way to "fix" the rust, however you will be able to sand the rust down and cover the rust with a clear rustoleum. This will help prevent the rust from increasing over time and greatly lower the problems of rust in the future. Once the liner is out of the pool, make sure that you take these steps to lower the damage of the rust on the pool wall and you will extend the life of your pool for years to come.

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