What is Swimming Pool Ground Water?
Ground water is simply naturally occuring water in the earths crust. Ground water is very common in most places and is even considered normal in some geographic areas like Florida. Ground water can be caused by shifting underwater streams, exessive rain in a short period of time, and many other things.
What does ground water do to Vinyl Pool Liners?
Swimming pools which use a vinyl pool liner to hold the water inside the pool are especially effected by ground water. Under normal circumstances the pool liner will have several tons of water on top of the liner which means that the liner cannot be moved (even by the strongest man in your town). However, when several tons of ground water suddenly fill in underneath your pool liner the pressure on top of the liner is equalized by the pressure under the liner and the pool liner will “float”. Floating Pool Liners lift up off of the floor of the pool which can cause bubbles under the liner and can cause the liner to be ejected from the top liner track that holds the liner in place.
Did my Pool Company do Something Wrong?
Probably not. If you have a ground water issue it is considered to be an act of nature that is totally outside the control of any business to prevent without major additional work. The pool owner is 100% responsible for ground water damage to their pool.
I have never had this happen before so shouldn’t the pool company have to pay for damages?
If lightning strikes your brand new roof should the roofing company have to replace the roof for free? Of course not! The same legal principles apply here.
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