Have Cracks In Your Pool And Want To Fix Them? Here's How
A swimming pool can be a source of fun and relaxation for your family, but over time, it will require some maintenance work. For example, you might start to see cracks forming along the sides and bottom of the pool; taking care of them while they aren't that big might help you prevent you from more costly repairs down the road. Here are some steps you'll need to take in order to fill concrete pool cracks.
Know For Sure How Big the Cracks Are
The first thing you'll need to do when setting out to fix the cracks you see is to find out how deep and long they are. If you don't fill the entire crack, you will have to tackle the problem again in the future. To do this, you'll need to empty your pool and let it dry out. Then, there are a couple of techniques you can try to get an accurate idea of the cracks' size. You can grab a hose and water down each crack, a practice called misting. When the entire pool is dry and the cracks are wet, you can see what area needs to be fixed; the cracks absorb the water and are more pronounced.
You can also purchase testing supplies such as a comparator, which will give you a reading of exactly how wide a particular crack is so that you're sure to have enough filler. There are other tools that can tell you whether a crack extends beneath the surface, and how deep it goes.
Make the Cracks Bigger
It may seem odd that the next thing you'll need to do is to effectively make the cracks bigger, but this can be a smart move. If you have very narrow pool cracks and apply a filler, the filler might not bond or set well and you'll have to apply it again. When you take a chisel and hammer out bigger cracks, the filler can bond to a larger surface area, making it more likely to set properly. Before pouring the filler into a crack, be sure to brush dust and tiny concrete pieces out.
Use a Sealant
Once the cracks are filled, there's one more thing you'll have to do. To protect your work, after the cracks are filled, brush on a sealant that is water-resistant. That can help prevent additional cracks later.
With these pointers, pool cracks can be filled easily. If you need help, don't hesitate to contact a local pool repair contractor (such as All-American Pools).