Having your own swimming pool is great – being able to take a dip on your own private property on a hit day is both refreshing and relaxing. Unfortunately, it also comes at a cost – not just the initial cost of installation, but also in maintenance and repair. After several years of use, pools will eventually start to crack and chip, and hiring a professional can cost several hundreds of dollars. Luckily, in many cases it’s not that hard to perform the pool repair yourself at a much cheaper price.
Start your pool repair by draining it out. Once it’s empty and dry, take a concrete saw and actually expand your crack by a few inches on each side. Clean it out by rinsing the crack with water and allowing it to dry, then apply a line of caulk to fill the crack while leaving about a quarter inch of space available. Allow the caulk to dry for 24 hours, then continue on.
Create a mixture by combining Portland cement, acrylic bonding agent, and maybe some white sand with some water. The goal should be to get a thick butter-like texture. Go back to the pool and lightly moisten it with a wet sponge, then begin spreading your mixture in to the crack with a trowel. Take care to make sure you fill up the crack completely – you don’t want any air bubbles underneath. Be careful when applying this step here as it is an important step in this process.
It may take a little teasing, but try to get the mixture to match the consistency and look of your existing pool surface. Once you’re happy with it, it’s best to fill up your pool immediately before the mixture dries out. If that’s not possible for whatever reason, cover the mixture with a wet towel or blanket. All of these tools and supplies should be available at your local hardware store for a reasonable price, saving you hundreds (possibly thousands) of dollars in the long run.