Don’t start to panic when you see cracks around your concrete pool deck. It’s only natural as the shifting of the soil and weather exposure inevitably causes cracks over time. Barely there concrete cracks shouldn’t be a problem. However, larger and more noticeable cracks may be the result of an underlying problem like structural issues. These can really take away from the beauty of the pool. Not only that, large cracks pose a safety hazard for swimmers. In this article, we show you how to repair pool deck cracks.
What You’ll Need:
Water for rinsing
Concrete repair agent
Mason trowel or putty knife
Step 1: Preparation
To prepare the crack in your concrete deck for repair, use a chisel and hammer to enlarge the crack in your swimming pool. This allows the filler material to thoroughly penetrate the damaged area. There is no need to prepare already large cracks. Use a wire brush to dislodge the debris and clear the cracks of any crumbles. Rinse out the cracks with water before letting it completely dry.
Step 2: Filling in the Crack
Once you’ve made sure that there is no moisture present in the cracked areas, it’s time to fill in the crack with a bonding repair agent. You can either use high-strength epoxy or polyurethane fillers that you can purchase from the local hardware store. Mix the repair agent according to manufacturer’s instructions. Ready-mix repair bonds are also available. Apply this to the crack with a mason trowel or putty knife and smooth it out.
Step 3: Curing
Allow the product to cure properly. Follow the recommended curing time of the concrete repair agent. Make sure that the pool deck is undisturbed throughout the curing time. After the curing time has passed, check if additional patching is required. Repeat step 2 on problem areas if necessary and leave to cure.
This quick fix is enough to repair cracks for the meantime. However, for severe cracks that are too large to repair or if repaired cracks worsen over time, it is advisable to call a pool deck contractor. Calling a professional contractor ensures that these cracks are dealt with a long term solution which is essential to prolonging the lifespan of your investment. This can save you from the stress and lessen expenses for constant repairs. Visit our homepage to know more about concrete deck repairs. If you’re interested to know more about repair by resurfacing, browse through our blog about resurfacing FAQs.