The Why and How of Swimming Pool Repairs

Your swimming pool will need a repair every once in a while no matter how diligent you are in caring for it. The damages may come from the pool’s frequent use, adverse weather conditions or improper installation. Cracks and chipping will be the common problems which might need your utmost attention.

If you find problems with your pool, don’t panic. Assess if it’s something that you can mend on your own with the help of proper blends and tools. That can save you from spending money for professional help. Listed below are some do-it-yourself ideas for a quick fix of your pool.

Small crack patch-up - Concrete pools get cracks easily. This can be attributed to deficiency in the mixture used during the initial plastering. Small cracks, over time, can grow into deep ones. And so, they need to be repaired upon their first appearance.

Crack repair starts with deepening and widening its size by half an inch. Dusting off sand particles comes next. Thirdly, caulk has to be applied on each crack so as to make it water tight. As it becomes water-tight, no water can penetrate into it. Let the spot dry. Do leave enough space for liberal application of plaster.

When it dries up, prepare the mixture right off the bat. Secure these ingredients - sand, white Portland cement and bonding agent. As you combine them, put enough amount of water. Mix them well. Sprinkle some water on the caulked part before you apply the blend you previously prepared. Ensure there is no space for water and air. Apply the mixture thoroughly. Check if it’s leveled with the pool surface. Let it be moistened for a few days.

Plaster restoration - Once plasters start shedding off, most owners think of pool renovation. For times like this, simple repair would be enough. With a hammer and chisel remove all the loose plaster. Work on the loose ones only, leave the solid ones untouched. Should there parts that are about to chip, you can remove them as well. Afterwards, measure the width of the damage area.

A mixture is again needed here. For the mixture, you will need one-third of Portland cement and two-thirds of sand. With some water and ample amount of bonding agent, you can get a semi-solid blend for your patch-up task. 

Before you start coating the damaged part, splash enough water on it. Apply your mixture using a trowel. Same with the crack blend, apply your mixture thoroughly leaving no space for air to come in. If bubbles appear, it means some spaces were loosely covered and the plaster might shed off easily. Make the edges of the new patches smooth with water. Don’t forget to even it out with the surface. Keep the area moistened until the pool is filled with water.

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