When it comes to a swimming pool, rust repair can be required in more sights than just around metal pool accessories. You will find that there are a number of reasons for the formation of rust, which can develop on a variety of surfaces. To ensure that the problem does not become worse, it is important to know how to undertake a repair.
Start the process of swimming pool rust repair by draining it in accordance with the instructions for the type of pool that it is. This may often require removing a cover at the bottom of the pool. Draining the pool will give you the opportunity to properly access any section of the pool where rust is a problem and to clean it properly. Ensure that you have all the equipment necessary for the task, including safety gear for you to wear during the repair process.
Check the area around swimming pool accessories, such as ladders and diving boards, for signs of rust. You will find that it can develop at the points where the accessory meets the pool and around fasteners. This will give you an idea of the extent of the problem, which will enable you to determine the quantity of materials required to complete the rust repair effectively.
If draining the water has not rinsed away any debris in the pool, you can use a hose to run water over the sides of the pool to wash it away to allow it to gather. This will make it easier to sweep it up and remove it from the pool to dispose of it.
At this stage, you will be in a position to undertake the rust repair in earnest by treating the sights of erosion. If possible, remove the accessories that are affixed in the pool around which rust has formed. This will make the task of cleaning easier to undertake thoroughly. Make sure you wear safety gear during the process of treating the pool, which will provide protection against harmful chemicals. Overalls, gloves, goggles and a face mask should suffice.
Mix a solution of one part water to one part hydrochloric acid in a watering can to make it easier to apply. Though it will depend on the size of the pool and the extent of rust repair necessary, a gallon of each should produce enough solution to complete the task. Pour the solution over the affected areas of the pool after replacing the plug and let it sit for approximately thirty seconds. During this period, use a pool brush to scrub at any stubborn stains or instances of rust. It can then be hosed down with clean water and this should be done over the entire surface.
The hydrochloric acid will need to be neutralized before it can be rinsed away, which can be undertaken with pot ash. From outside the pool, pour it into the acid solution that has gathered in the bottom and agitate it with the pool brush. Once the suds have dispersed, the solution can be drained.