Existing Pool Cracks: What To Do

For many families, the pool is a popular hangout and respite from hot weather and stressful responsibilities. Your family may be in the structure constantly for a period of months until autumn weather starts to make an appearance. As such, you probably spend some time looking at the floor and walls of the pool often. If you're getting worried about the cracks that seem to be forming on your concrete pool, don't. They may be fixed with these crack-attacking suggestions.

1. Drain Out Pool

Seeing the cracks through chlorinated water doesn't give you a fully accurate idea of what you're dealing with. Before attacking any cracks, drain the pool. Then ensure that you ignore the area for a day or two, so it becomes bone dry. You might want to cover the structure if you expect rain, but exposure to the sun may help drying happen faster.

2. Measure Cracks

A variety of interesting tools can assist you in analyzing cracks. Comparators, for example, enable you to accurately measure width. Other tools use different technologies to discover depth. You may wonder why these tools are needed, but realize that without knowing the true crack sizes, it is impossible to treat them fully. You'll require concrete filler that leaves none of the cracks behind.

3. Make Cracks Bigger

Homeowners can make common errors when working on pools by themselves. A major one is to simply stick filler into cracks. Remember, filler works because it adheres to concrete and remains in place. This is difficult when there's not much surface area and debris in the hole you're filling. 

For that reason, if you really want your work to stick, you're going to have to fix cracks by chiseling an even wider crack each time. By doing this, you can control the edges and make them straight and neat. You can then use a brush to remove any concrete bits and dust. When you fill up the space, the wider area and lack of debris will enable it to stick better.

4. Use a Sealer

Remember to seal in fillers with a synthetic, clear, water-resistant sealer. This substance provides more protection so your work isn't undone as soon as you fill the pool.

If, when you drain the pool, there are more or deeper cracks than you expected, you may need a full pool renovation. Contact a renovation contractor and discuss the current state of the structure so good advice can be given