Spider webs and cracks in a fiberglass pool may not pose a significant physical threat to your pool. Still, according to professionals, they can definitely make for an unsightly addition to your backyard landscape. Though generally not posing any structural threat to your pool itself, most homeowners choose to go through fiberglass pool repairs to improve their pool’s overall look. The biggest threat to a fiberglass pool is probably that small bit of hairline crack or hole that forms in the corner of the pool, which looks like a black diamond. Since black diamonds are not very common in pools of any type, this slight defect can really stand out and detract from your pool’s overall look. Many homeowners are therefore inclined to undertake some form of pool repair to conceal these small imperfections.
One such possibility that you might see in a pool repair shop is a hole or crack that might be too small for a standard chemical treatment. Though these holes can be filled using chemical products, there is always the risk that they might get infected while undergoing treatment. If this were to happen, you would need to take extra special precautions as soon as possible to stop the spread of the infection. This of course entails another expense in terms of having to treat your pool for the purpose of treating the hole or crack.
Just like concrete pools, fiberglass swimming pools also come with certain risks and complications. For one thing, fiberglass swimming pools are much more susceptible to cracking, peeling, and fading. You might see an area of discoloration where the fiberglass has been scratched or damaged. In extreme cases, you might even see sections of the pool material separating from the shell. This would obviously affect the overall aesthetic appeal of your home.
Another thing that you have to consider is the fact that such pools cannot be repaired using typical DIY pool repair methods that you can find in a store. There are many contractors who specialize in repairing fiberglass pools. But since it is such a delicate material, it is best that you leave the task to them. They would be able to make necessary repairs on your pools without endangering the shell itself. But if you want to do it yourself, here are some DIY tips for fixing cracks and fissures in fiberglass pools.
For holes that have already gone through, you can try filling them with concrete mixture. However, this should only be done during the initial pool repair attempts. This is so the concrete will harden enough to fill the entire hole. Once this has been done, you can then proceed to sand the area and fill it with new concrete. This is the basic pool repair process that you can use to fix cracks and fissures in fiberglass pools.
For larger cracks or for large areas that have sunken into the ground, you will have to use backfill when you get around to pool repair. Without a backfill, there would be nothing holding the pool up. What makes this type of pool repair so difficult is that many fiberglass pools have large backfills that go all the way to the floor of the pool and even sometimes extend several feet into the ground. Without a proper way to fill these backfills, the pool would become completely submerged in its pool and would not be able to support itself. If you want to avoid having to use backfill on large areas that you can see sunken into the ground, you will need to make sure that you take the extra time needed to install a backfill on small holes before you even begin installing a new pool.
If the damage is caused by small spider cracks or even tiny cracks, then you might be able to fix them on your own with a little help from an electrician. Spider or tiny crack repairs for fiberglass pools are fairly easy to perform. You will just need a bit of plexiglass and some putty or plastic that you will apply on the cracked area and then insert into the hole. Once you have everything secured, you can fill the hole with fiberglass or water and let it set overnight.
Pool structural repairs usually take a few hours or even a day, depending on what kind of damage you are dealing with. However, if you have cracks or large holes in your pool that cannot be fixed by a simple patch job, then it is time to call in the professionals for a more thorough cleaning and repair. You can prevent structural damages to your pool simply by following the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines for maintenance and cleaning procedures. With a little care and attention, you can ensure that your pool remains safe and stable for years to come.