Cracks in Swimming Pools – What You Should Know
The most common cracks in a swimming pool occur in the gel coating that is meant to protect the foundation of the shell. While these cracks are easy to fix and can be repaired with routine care, there are more damaging cracks that could be hiding beneath the surface.
The tiles and the corners of the pool are a hot spot for damage. These are the most damaging because they are often hidden and remain invisible until a more substantial problem becomes apparent.
Signs of a Swimming Pool Crack
With the summer in full swing, you should be on the lookout for any signs of a swimming pool crack or leak. Depending upon where the cracks are located in your pool, the side effects vary. Sometimes a break can cause a deck, porch, or sounding area to shift, which can cause an injury, such as someone tripping. Then not only will a surrounding structure need to be replaced, but someone could get hurt.
Large cracks in a pool can cause significant water leaks that can damage the landscaping and effect the foundation of your home. Too much water in an area weakens the soil, which can cause considerable problems such as your foundation to sink or crack.
Causes of Pool Cracks
There are countless causes of pool cracks, such as regular wear and tear. However, some areas are known to instigate problems. Such as yards that do not have the proper drainage. These locations can cause the soil to shift, affecting the integrity of the pool structure. To ensure adequate drainage, you may need to install a French Drain or other water removal technique.
Most of the time, new pools do not get cracks due to the soil shifting because an experienced pool installer will complete an inspection of the surrounding area to ensure that you have a proper location. This will not help avoid the need for constant repair.
Repairing a Pool Crack
Pool cracks need to be repaired as soon as they are spotted to avoid significant damage. If you catch a break as it is still small, you can use silicone or pool putty to repair it. These glues will hold up well when the pool is filled with water.
Cracks that are too large for the silicone and pool putty may need to be repaired with pool plaster. First, you drain the water from the pool. Then you cut into the crack in the shape of a “V.” Once the cut has been made, you can use the pool plaster to fill the crack. The plaster works similarly to cement; however, it does not need time to dry. Meaning, you can refill your pool immediately.
If pool putty or plaster will not solve your crack problem, we suggest that you call an experienced local pool repair company.
Maintenance is Key
Cracks in a pool should not be ignored, no matter how small they may appear. However, if a crack is hidden until the damage becomes evident, Ark Basement Services is here for any French Drain or home foundational repair needs. Visit our website HERE to request a free estimate today
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