There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a dip in the pool. Summer is just around the corner, so now is the time to look into repairing the decking around your in-ground pool. Pools are luxury amenities (yes, your neighbors are jealous), so it only makes sense that you should keep yours in tip-top shape. Damaged pool decks are not only unsightly and diminish the charm of your backyard, they can be hazardous to you and your family. In this blog, we’ll provide information about how and why your pool decking is not what is used to be, and the options you have to fix it.
Why does pool decking settle?
Settling is all too common among pool decking. After a pool is constructed, soil (usually called backfill) is often poured around the pool before the concrete decking is poured. Typically, this soil does not get compacted well enough and over time, it settles and erodes away. The soil becomes unable to support the weight of the concrete above it and in turn, the slab itself eventually settles. Like other types of settling, it can take many years for this to happen, or your pool deck can drop significantly at once.
How do I know when my pool deck has settled?
There are a few tell-tale signs that your pool deck has settled:
- Excessive slope. If it feels like you are walking downhill when you get out of the pool, your concrete has probably settled. Water may begin to collect in areas away from the pool itself due to excessive sloping.
- Uneven concrete. Typically, settled pool decks will become unlevel at the joints between slabs. This creates a tripping hazard and can be very dangerous, especially for children.
- Cracks. Cracks will form in the early stages of settlement, so they are a good indicator of trouble ahead.
How can I fix my settled deck?
We use two techniques to fix settled decks; mudjacking and polyinjection, both of which involve pumping material under the concrete to raise it and fill any voids. The preferred method depends on the amount of damage and your pool’s individual needs, so our experts will come to you and provide you with a free consultation. If your pool deck is in need of some TLC, don’t hesitate to give Epp Concrete a call and get your pool area prepared for summer!