Our dedicated repair team performs a range of pool repairs. They’re in contact with our leak detection specialists, so the particulars of each new project stay crystal clear from start to finish. No details lost. No instructions overlooked. We stand behind our repair work with a one-year warranty.
Once we have pinpointed the location of a broken pool pipe, the line then needs to be repaired. Because your pool deck is the only thing people see once the repair is complete, we understand the importance of minimizing excavation. To make a clean hole, we start by saw-cutting the concrete. The concrete deck and the gunite underneath are then jackhammered out to expose the pipe. Our trained technicians carefully cut out the broken section and use signature repair techniques to reconnect the pipe and minimize restrictive flow.
We retest the pipe to ensure a sound repair and, if necessary, locate secondary leaks along the same line. We then backfill and compact the ground. The final step is the most aesthetically important. Pool decks have many different textures, colors, and designs. We strive to match color and texture as closely as possible to prevent eyesores in your most valued leisure-time area.
Skimmers look fairly simple from the deck: a lid with a basket, an opening into the pool with a weir to skim the water. But below the surface, that skimmer is built into the pool wall, reinforced with rebar, and plumbed with various pipes encased in gunite. It is of utmost importance that a replacement skimmer not shift or separate from the pool wall.
Skimmer replacements are a highly technical repair. Once we’ve removed the leaking skimmer and installed the new one, we retest the plumbing to ensure the pipes are free of leaks. The skimmer is reattached to the pool wall by pinning in new rebar and pouring a concrete collar around the body of the skimmer. Finally, we patch the deck and skimmer throat with attention to aesthetic detail.
POLYURETHANE GROUT INJECTION
Polyurethane is a water-proof, water-activated, injectable foam. First developed to seal dams and prevent water from leaking through retaining walls, this product has been tried and tested for years and is a durable, proven repair for structural cracks and leaking skimmers. When our technicians perform the initial leak detection, typically they apply a two-part epoxy to minor structural cracks and skimmer throats to temporarily stop leaks. The polyurethane injection is a permanent repair with a one-year guarantee.
To begin, our technician bores injection ports into the pool wall, intersecting the structural crack, or into the skimmer, intersecting the crack at the throat. He then inserts high-pressure injection nozzles into these ports and lays protective plastic over the area to prevent staining. The grout pumps into the ports at pressures of up to 1000 psi, filling in voids and washed out areas that would be unreachable by surface patching.
The grout chemically reacts with the water that has leaked out through the crack, transforming into a water-proof foam and expanding to permanently seal the leak. Once the foam has cured, our technician removes the protective plastic and cleans the area of excess grout. Please be aware that minor staining sometimes occurs.