Let’s suppose you are in the market to buy a home and have done your research. You’ve visited open houses and narrowed down your options. You might find something surprising in the backyards of some properties, like millions of potential home buyers. It could be an old swimming pool that has fallen into disrepair.

This is not a common situation. Pre-built pools are common in existing homes. In the United States, there are over 10 million homes with pools. Thousands more are added each year. Some homeowners are better at looking after their pools than others. This leaves future owners with new pools.

What can you do if you have a pool that isn’t being used? Many factors can affect the outcome of your decision, and most of these factors will not be in your control once you move into your new home.

It is possible to make a pool look modern in many cases. Do you want to do it yourself? Do you think it is better to hire professionals? Is it better to start all over and remove your pool to build a new one?

Let’s look at your options as the new owner of an old pool…

How is your pool?

The condition of your pool when it was first built is the most important factor in your decision to renovate.

Let’s suppose you have a lucky pool, and there is nothing wrong. It’s just a little bit dirty, grimy, and untidy.

Is the interior of the pool in good condition? Are the pump and filter still working well? Are the patio and surrounding decor still in good condition?

You’ve just bought a house that has a pool! The previous owners didn’t care enough about pool maintenance before selling their home.

If all else is in good order, you may be able to do a little deep cleaning. Perhaps some pressure washing, swimming pool shock or other DIY upkeep can bring back your pool’s former glory.

It’s often quite simple to restore a pool that has been unused for several months. To ensure that your pool is safe and clean, you might consider hiring a pool maintenance company.

You may need to acid clean your pool’s interior surface if it is concrete or gunite. In the next sections, we’ll discuss this further.

If the pool doesn’t work, but the parts don’t…

Swimming pool machinery such as filters, heaters and pumps can easily fail.

Every machine eventually breaks down. Pool machinery is more susceptible to failure because it is constantly in contact with water. This is especially true for pool machinery and equipment that the previous owners did not properly winterize.

If the temperature drops below freezing, it can cause havoc to any pool equipment.

We recommend that you consult a pool maintenance company if the pool’s interior is salvageable, but you aren’t sure if you will be able to use its machinery. They will be able to test your equipment and recommend the best cost-effective solutions.

It is likely to be expensive. The majority of integral swimming pool machinery can be expensive. If your pool’s plumbing is damaged, you might need to decide whether to repair or replace your pool. You may need to contact a professional pool builder. We would love to connect you with the River Pools franchise near you. Click below to get in touch!


You might also find that your pool has working parts but an old, worn-out interior surface. You might need to consider a more expensive fix if you inherit a pool with poor plumbing and bad surfaces.

How much will it cost to resurface an existing pool?

Fiberglass pools are our preferred choice because of their durability. You may never have to replace a fiberglass pool’s surface if it is well-maintained.

The same cannot be said for other types of inground pools made with concrete or vinyl liner interiors.

No matter how well you maintain your pool, concrete and vinyl liner will need to go.

Concrete pools should be resurfaced approximately once every 10 to fifteen years. Depending on the complexity and size of your pool’s interior, this can run up to $10,000. A concrete pool that is not being used may need to resurface its plaster surface. Concrete pools’ interior plaster can quickly become porous and difficult to maintain.

Vinyl liner pools can last for between 5 and 10 years. Most inground vinyl pool liners have a life expectancy of about 9 years. If the pool is not maintained properly, it will be more difficult to replace. This can cost at least $4,000 if handled by a professional.

You can replace the vinyl liner yourself, but we do not recommend it. One mistake and you could end up with a leaky, useless liner that you will have to replace immediately.

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