Swimming pool waterproofing is a crucial part of the construction works needed when building or repairing a pool. It is critical to work with professionals in this trade to provide you with the best waterproofing work. Waterproofing your pool properly will help you to maintain your fun and fitness facility in the right shape for several years. The primary benefit of waterproofing your pool is to prevent the various types of leaks. Leaks can result in many losses and unnecessary expenses. A swimming pool with one major leakage or several small leakages can lead to wastage of essential resources for operating a swimming pool including water and energy.
What are the main types of pool leaks?
Swimming waterproofing work mainly focuses on preventing any form of leaks. However, the three main types of pool leaks include:
- Structural leaks
- Penetration leaks
- Plumbing leaks
Each of the three leaks requires specialized waterproofing techniques. Our specialists are highly-trained and licensed to fix all the three types of leaks.
What are the possible signs of pool leakage?
Possible signs of pool leakage may include:
- If your pool water is being replaced at a faster rate, you may need to hire experts to check for leaks.
- If you currently require more chemicals in your pool that in the past, that is a perfect indicator of unseen leaks.
- If you see puddles of water outside your swimming pool that has no other possible source.
- Cracks in your pool decking are also an excellent indicator of settling earth that eventually causes cracks in your pool.
Which is the best swimming pool waterproofing technique?
Swimming pool leaks can be irritating and frustrating. Eliminating them involves removing tiles and adhesives. The process can be time-consuming and expensive, especially if you hire the wrong technicians. Our expert technicians employ both crack isolation and swimming pool waterproofing methods to assist our customers to enjoy their pool facilities without any hassle. Most swimming pools are designed with tiles. Such structures need a cementitious waterproofing product to be applied professionally to their concrete shells. Waterproofing products are uniquely designed to withstand both positive hydrostatic pressure and negative hydrostatic pressure.
Positive hydrostatic pressure refers to the pressure that emanates from behind or beneath your pool’s substrate. A crack isolation membrane is usually used along with waterproofing to prevent positive hydrostatic pressure and to obviate water from leaking into your mortar bed. The particular membrane is typically applied to the surface of the substrate and then allowed to cure before placing the tiles. It effectively prevents issues related to moisture expansion and saturation. For the best installation, search for a membrane that enhances a direct bonding of tiles.
What are the steps followed when utilizing crack isolation membrane and waterproofing?
If you choose to use a crack isolation membrane and waterproofing technique, our experts follow the following steps to provide you with the best outcomes:
Smoothening the Substrate
All variations on the floor or the wall of your pool must be brought within the ideal flatness levels. Reputed additives are employed efficiently in the particular application for pools. We are always keen to meet the strict installation deadlines. Our additives are top brands designed with quick-drying qualities.
Cleaning the Substrates
The substrate must be adequately prepared to enhance a strong bond between your tile and the swimming pool waterproofing membrane. Our experts are always keen to remove any impurities on the surface of the substrate such as loose materials resulting from laitance or honeycombing, as well as, dust, residues, and grease. Reputable techniques for cleaning include grinding, shot blasting, sandblasting, scarifying, and pressure washing. After completing the preparation procedures, all dust is removed by vacuuming. The surface is then cleaned with a clean and wet sponge. It is then left to dry before the membrane is applied. Our experts may opt to scrub and wash the membrane if your concrete has no contamination.
Applying the Waterproofing Membrane
Our experts follow international standards and procedures to apply to apply your favorite swimming pool waterproofing membrane. Some membranes can be sprayed over or applied using a trowel or roller. It is crucial to pre-fill all the concrete cracks to about 1/8” wide before coating the whole surface with the membrane. Flashing is then performed using globally acceptable standards.
Testing for Leaks
After the membrane is adequately cured, it is paramount to ensure that your pool is water tight before commencing the tiling. The pool is filled with water at a slow rate, and then a test vessel (bucket test) filled with water is placed next to the swimming pool. After filling both, the water levels of both the test vessel and the pool are measured for several days. If both the test vessel and the pool have lost almost the same amount of water, then it means the waterproofing system is functioning as per the expectations. If otherwise, the pool should be drained to perform more repairs to its waterproofing system.
What are some of the most efficient swimming pool waterproofing products available on the market?
They are cement-based paints and mortars that incorporate active additives that offer perfect swimming pool waterproofing. They are usually sprayed on or applied with a brush. Decorative tops can also be applied to swimming pools.
Resin Based Products
They are uniquely designed to fill cracks in pools. They should be professionally injected into the cracks. They remain elastic when cured, allowing them to contract and expand with additional movement around and in the crack. A stiffer epoxy resin may be recommended for some circumstances. An experienced pool repair technician is the best specialist who can help you to choose the ideal product for your swimming pool.
Pool paints usually consist of two types, 2 pack epoxy, and chlorinated rubber paints. You need to have a specialist handle the task for you because it is crucial to select a paint that is specially designed for pool applications and utilize it as specified by the manufacturer.
Pool membranes are also referred to as pool liners. They are UV treated PVC membranes that can cover your whole pool. They are highly recommended for inground swimming pools located in areas that experience ground movements more often.
In conclusion, swimming pool waterproofing work is crucial for both new and old swimming pools. Ignoring leaks can cause you to lose thousands of dollars. Every astute pool owner should always be keen to avoid unnecessary wastage of resources. Waterproofing your facility properly will assist you to keep your fuel and water bills at the minimum. Our professional technicians have vast experience in providing the best pool waterproofing solutions. Our products and services are always the best and the most competitive in the market. Contact us today to assist you in addressing all your pool leaks as timely as possible and on a budget.