A Minnesota based pool-plug manufacturer offers a suggestion on their website for pool crack repair, with no actual repair experience in actual Gunite pool repair. It’s important to demystify the misguided advice and understand that when someone offers repair recommendations, they should be experienced in professional pool repair. This manufacturer states, “The simplest and least expensive type of crack repair is a topical patch to the surface of the crack. Such repairs can be made with a variety of epoxies and sealants many of which can be applied underwater.”
Ironically, that manufacturer sells patches and epoxy.
If your home had a crack running up the wall, you wouldn’t simply paint over it and consider it repaired. Smearing on underwater epoxy to hide a crack does not repair a crack either. It may temporarily block some water from seeping through for a short period of time, but the crack isn’t repaired. Yes, this is simple, and probably the least expensive way to hide a crack, but it isn’t a repair. This is a useless expense that will still have to be repaired professionally as it fails to stop water loss and cracking in the very near future.
When a professional Gunite Repair Contractor approaches a pool, the first thing they do is to drain the pool and find out where the pool is cracking, and the severity of those cracks. Like CalTech Pools CEO Darren Merlob shares, “We first mist and map the cracks. We use this specialized technique to see where the cracks end, so we can be 100% sure of what exactly needs repair.”
Once the cracks have been identified to their full extent, marking the surface area for repair takes place. The surface is prepared for the installation of the Torque Lock Structural Staples and the patented staple is installed every 12 inches along the cracks, ensuring complete coverage and the best repair potential that can be made.
The Torque Lock Structural Staple is the only patented post-tension controlled-compression staple in the industry. It allows the user to apply an opposing force to the separation of the crack. An applied torque of up to 5000 lbs. means when a crack attempts to widen due to ground movement, pool shifting or settlement or water pressure – it simply can’t.