Prevent Swimming Pool Leaks
Cracks are typically a very bad sign when it comes to your pool. If you can see a visible crack in your pool, it is best to address it immediately. Why? Well, for anyone who owns a pool, you will know that filling your pool with water is expensive. More importantly, heating that water is expensive. If there is a crack in your pool, precious water that is meant to stay in your pools can seep outside of the plaster casing of your swimming pool. This can mean that you will lose gallons of water, thousands of dollars, and see a very high water bill at the end of the month. To prevent all of this, be vigilant about looking at the state of your pool and contact a professional if you see a crack appear or gradually get bigger.
In this blog, we will be discussing why swimming pool cracks happen and how to prevent them. More importantly, we will be discussing how to receive assistance, if you have a crack in your pool’s plaster casing.
Why Do Pools Crack?
There are a lot of ways a swimming pool can crack. Any time the pool’s plaster casing is subjected to stress, it has the potential to break and crack. There are four main causes of cracks in your pool.
- Improper Engineering
- Poor Workmanship
- Soil Issues
- Natural Disasters
If a pool is not designed or constructed properly, issues could arise. One of the major issues with pool engineering is that the soil was not tested before construction. As you can imagine, swimming pools (when filled) are very heavy. Some soils won’t be able to support the capacity of a pool. Soils that are high in clay content are expansive soils, which means they will not be able to support your pool’s weight. This can lead to pool sinking, and yes, eventually cracks. Why would cracks happen in this scenario? Well, if the soil underneath a pool isn’t able to support the soil, it can give in to the weight unevenly. This means one section of your pool can sink, while the other half is held at a different height. This inconsistency can cause the pool’s plaster casing to fracture and break dramatically.
If your pool builder was not experienced enough or did not follow through with proper building techniques, your pool could be at risk of cracking. When inground swimming pools are made, a hold must be dug in the ground and the casing must be put in. If your pool installers cut corners, they could have placed a plaster casing this is too thin or too thick. Aside from this, they could have added too much water to the gunite or shotcrete when spraying the rebar of your pool. Also, no fully securing the rebar of your pool can also cause cracks.
As stated above, soil issues can cause problems when it comes to your swimming pool. If the soil is not tested before the shell of the pool is installed, the soil may not be able to support the weight of the pool. Aside from just building a pool on unreliable soil, there are other soil issues to consider; soil movement. Soil movement on hillsides can cause cracking, as the soil can shift and move the plaster casing of your pool and cause cracks. Also, if you are living in an area with heavy water or flooding issues, this could also be an issue. Soil can be watered down over time, especially if subjected to flooding. If this happens, the soil could become uncondensed and cause a collapse of your pool’s casing.
Natural disasters, however rare, also are culprits in cracking your swimming pool. Soil shifts, such as earthquakes, can cause your swimming pool to bend and move in ways it was not supposed to. With this being said, the plaster casing of your pool and break or crack. It is important to always monitor your swimming pool after an earthquake. And, keep in mind that you won’t always be able to feel all earthquakes. This means that even though you may not feel the ground shake, that does not mean your pool is immune to damage.
Preventing These Types of Cracks
Now, here is the important part of this blog: prevention and planning techniques. When installing a pool, know and understand that who installs the pool matters. You don’t want to entrust your pool’s construction to a company that has no experience. You also want to ensure that the engineering company you choose to go with has high recommendations from past customers. If you choose a less than trustworthy engineering company, you might have to face pool damages later. Aside from making sure that your pool is constructed by a reputable service, you also should make sure you have the money to fix your pool if something goes wrong. For instance, if there’s a swimming pool leak present, you want to confidently say you have the resources to fix the issue immediately. If you do not save aside money in case your pool has a crack or leak, you may be scrambling to find funds to fix it in time.
At AmeriTex Pool Services, we offer extensive pool repair services. If you are a Houston resident, and need pool repairs, contact us today.