Don’t let homeowners cheap-out on fixing structural cracks properly. Do it right the first time with Torque Lock Structural Staples and spare them the expense of multiple repairs. There are a number of times, as a contractor, that a customer will opt out of the installation of Torque Lock Structural Staples because filling a crack with epoxy is less expensive. Don’t try to argue with them about it, just state the facts and wait for the phone to ring.

It’s true, when homeowners have to consider spending a couple hundred dollars per linear foot of crack repair, they are going to consider other less expensive options for fixing structural cracks, but those options are short term fixes and the pool is still going to leak. This situation isn’t at all uncommon.

A customer notices water loss in their pool and after a proper leak detection, it is confirmed that a structural crack is causing the leak. The customer learns that the pool is to be drained, the surface of the pool is will be cut, Torque Lock Staples get installed and the surface will be re-finished. When the pool is filled, the water loss stops. This is the only option they have to provide the benefit of a controlled compression to keep the crack from separating, or re-cracking with time. After all, if the crack began, the reason of why it cracked isn’t going to go away with a band-aid repair. Maintaining the strength of up to 5000 lbs. of compression around the crack with Torque Lock Structural Staples, however, is going to ensure that the crack won’t separate any further, but it isn’t a $100 fix.

Epoxy Repair on a Structural Crack

Epoxy Repair Failure

Many homeowners aren’t educated in how structural cracking, and proper repair work. Contractors should do their best to educate them on it and then let them decide what’s right for them. Paying to do the work right one time, or paying two times to get the results they want is, for the most part, how it will work.

Dave Baker, a contractor in Northern California explains, “They want it fixed as cheap as they can get it. Some pool contractors tell customers that they can dive in and put epoxy in the crack to make it stop leaking. Good luck with that! When the epoxy fails, and it always does, I get a call back from the customer asking more questions about using Torque Lock to fix it right. In the end, they’re paying me for another leak detection, and for the repair they could have done the first time. I always say, just do it right the first time.

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Epoxy isn’t the only issue with structural crack repair that customers call to have fixed a second, or even a third time. Some pool guys install flimsy carbon fiber band-aids with epoxy. They cut slits in the pool and put in these fiber-type wafer boards with lots of glue. Then the pool shifts, the glue comes apart, the fiber repair product bends and the crack gets wider. Carbon fiber might be great for bumper repair on a car, but it does nothing for repairing a crack in thousands of pounds of concrete. What does work, cold-rolled steel and a controlled compression.

Torque Lock Structural Staples are the only patented structural staple in the world to offer controlled compression with the installation. Other products like carbon fiber straps and even re-bar are just temporary repairs that involve embedding them into the pool shell and using epoxy to fill the gaps. Every one of those products will fail as soon as any shift in the pool shell takes place. Only Torque Lock Staples apply a controlled compression to either side of the crack. Not only does this mean the staple itself won’t move, but when properly installed, the staples ensure that the concrete itself won’t separate or move to widen the crack. Once installed, it’s permanent.

Fixing Structural Cracks right the first time and sparing the expense of applying those band-aid repairs will fix cracks, stop water loss and over time, will simply cost less expense and stress to get repairs done.

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