Are you searching for information about pool deck repair? If so, you’ve landed on the right page! 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 start thinking about pool deck repair for 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 unsightly and diminish the charm of your backyard. They can also be hazardous to you and your family. This article will provide information about how and why your pool decking is not what it used to be and the pool deck repair options available to fix it.
For more information see, Concrete Lifting Foam Beats Mudjacking Hands Down For Fixing Uneven Slabs.
Why does concrete crack?
Concrete can crack when the soil isn’t adequately compacted before the slab is poured. Here’s what typically happens with pool decks:
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. The soil becomes unable to support the weight of the concrete above it, and in turn, the slab eventually settles. Like other types of settling, it might take many years for this to happen, or your pool deck can drop significantly at once.
Settled pool decks are pretty common. Fortunately, pool deck repair can restore them.
Signs of concrete pool deck problems
There are a few tell-tale signs 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 to repair settled pool deck
We use two techniques to fix settled decks:
- Poly injection – Polyurethane foam injection involves injecting an extremely lightweight foam under the concrete to lift and level the slab.
- Concrete replacement – This may be an option, especially if the damage is extensive. While it would be nice, we can’t fix every problem with concrete lifting. Some pool decks are just too far gone.
The chosen method depends on the amount of damage and your pool’s individual needs.
If your pool deck needs some TLC (aka pool deck repair!), don’t hesitate to give Epp Foundation Repair a call. We’ll come out and provide you with a free consultation that will help get your pool area prepared for summer!