What To Do When You Have A Crack In Your Pool

Posted on: 4 May 2015

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It's common for the plaster on your pool to crack, peel, or bubble once your pool is several years old. This can make your pool unsightly, and it may even make you worry that your pool may have serious problems. Cracks don't necessarily mean there is a structural problem with your pool because many times the damage is only cosmetic. Still, you want to fix the cracks, so they don't spread and cause water leaks. Here's how to fix cracks in your pool.

Locate The Cracks

While you will see long cracks fairly easily, your pool might have smaller cracks you can't even see. If it seems like your water level drops quicker than it used to, you should consider the possibility of hidden cracks in your pool. One way to locate cracks is to use blue food coloring or pool dye. Turn off your pump first, so the water is still. Then go around your pool squirting dye in various places and look for the dye to move. Water will naturally flow toward a leak and pull the dye along with it.

The problem with this method is that it's difficult to do deep underwater. The only way you can stay underwater long enough to use the dye and watch where it goes, is to use scuba gear. Therefore, you'll probably need to call a professional to locate and repair cracks on the bottom of your pool.

Fill Cracks

Repairing cracks in your pool is as easy as filling cracks in your sidewalk. The only difference is you need to use marine-grade putty or epoxy that is made for underwater use. You won't have to worry about the trouble and expense of draining the water out of your pool when you use these crack fillers. If the crack is high on the wall, you can even do the job yourself. If you have large areas of peeling and cracking, you'll probably want to hire a professional, so the end job is smooth and invisible. Filling cracks on the bottom of your pool will be difficult to do yourself unless you have scuba gear and can stay underwater for long periods of time.

If your pool has been neglected for so long that it is mostly cracks and peeling plaster, then you can rejuvenate it by hiring a pool company to resurface the pool. They'll remove the entire top layer of crumbling plaster and replace it with a new layer. To keep your pool from getting that bad, you should have cracks filled as they happen, so you can prevent the need for more costly repairs.

For more information, contact Guaranteed Pool Service & Repair or a similar company.