Is your pool ladder rusted?
Does it have hints of corrosion on it?
Does the ladder feel wobbly or loose? Do the treads seem sharp or brittle on feel? Do you want to know How To Replace A Pool Ladder?
Then, you guessed it right. It is time to replace your pool ladder. While ladders are usually replaced when safety is compromised, you can also wish to do the same if you want to upgrade the look of your pool.
The ideal time to replace pool ladders is right at the beginning of the season or at the end. It is safer to not have water in the pool while replacing the ladder. The other reason is that doing it at the start or end of a season ensures that you can enjoy the pool for that season without any mishaps.
- The first step is to drain the pool of any water.
- The next step involves removing the shielding plate where the ladder socket is and loosen the underneath bolt.
- Unscrewing the bolt about an inch will enable you to remove the anchoring wedge.
- If, in any case, the wedge does not seem to come out then, hammering in the same bolt into the frame should do the trick.
- Repeat the same for the other side.
- Following that, the ladder should quickly come off from the socket with a little bit of a back and forth wiggle.
- Suppose the ladder still isn’t coming off as quickly then you can either use a rubber mallet or a car jack.
- With a rubber mallet, try hitting above the side that is inserted in the deck of the pool.
- As for the car jack, place it under the curved side of the railing and gently apply upward pressure while pausing and wiggling at intervals, or the ladder might get deformed.
Once the ladder is removed safely, you are free to replace any of the steps that were not in great shape or tighten any bolts that were coming loose.
If taking out the ladder was too much of a hassle, then it might be that the ladder has started to get eroded. You might want to consider replacing the ladder altogether in case of corrosion.
Once the ladder is out, you should also clean the anchor sockets by flushing out the dirt. Occasional cleaning of the ladder is essential during this replacement to prevent it from becoming slippery.
Consider upgrading the safety of your pool ladder when replacing it. Adding rubber grips on the railing of the ladder is a good idea if you have children or the elderly who frequent the pool.
Pool ladders are the most overlooked pool accessory. Swimming pool ladders are often where most accidents and slip-ups occur. The ladder should be checked regularly to ensure safety at all times. Regular cleaning of the handrail and steps must be carried out to make sure it isn’t slippery, brittle, or sharp. Make sure you get done with this at the start or end of the season to avoid any unhappy surprises.