After a bitter winter and rainy spring it is almost time to rejoice; summer is right around the corner! It is approaching quickly, bringing with it barbeques, basketball games, and of course lots of swimming. Though the first thought on your mind may be to remove your shirt and take a dip, pause first and investigate the pool deck; is there any settlement that could prove dangerous to you or your family? While stubbing a toe on an uneven concrete section never feels great, it is compounded on an uneven pool deck where shoes are generally not worn. Appearance and functionality can also suffer when a pool deck is unlevel. Luckily for homeowners in Virginia and North Carolina, there is a solution; pool deck leveling with polyurethane foam.
What Causes Pool Decks To Sink?
Pool decks are one of the most common concrete structures to settle, usually caused by improper soil compaction following the placement of a pool. Over time the soil settles, lowering the concrete and creating a compromised appearance and potentially dangerous trip hazards. While pool deck settlement may occur alone, it is usually accompanied with other visual signs of stressed concrete such as cracking or crumbling. Over time such damage can lead to hazardous conditions, leaking pools, and a very unapproachable appearance.
How Can I Fix My Pool Deck?
The three main options for repairing a sunken pool deck are demolition and repouring, mud jacking, and foam jacking. We go into more detail about the pros and cons of each of these methods in another article, but will provide a pool-specific comparison here.
As a general rule for concrete structures, demolition and repouring of concrete should only be considered if the concrete has deteriorated beyond significantly. If excessive crumbling or cracking is present throughout a pool deck, replacement is unfortunately the only fully viable option despite the hefty price. Mud jacking is the cheapest option, but leaves the pool deck with more noticeable injection holes than foam lifting (roughly twice as many that are about 1/4" larger) and adds weight to the already compromised subsoil. Using foam injection, sections of pool deck can be lifted back up to their proper height, eliminating the potential for injury and, more importantly, stabilizing the subsoil to eliminate the likelihood of further settlement.
Concrete grinding can also be considered, but only as a temporary fix. If a pool deck is settling it is likely going to continue settling, so damaging the surface of the concrete to maintain a level surface is unlikely to work in the long term. That being said, grinding is the least expensive option and is a viable alternative to mud jacking, foam jacking, and replacement when the only consideration of the homeowner is the safety of the slab.
Past Experience Fixing Pool Decks
JACKCRETE has had great success with this application in the past, easing the burden on residential homeowners with pools and community pools alike. Not only does JACKCRETE complete their projects in the same day, but there is little visual evidence of work having been performed and the cost is approximately half of concrete replacement. In fact, we can finish our work in as little as 45 minutes without any additional pool downtime necessary! Our largest projects to date have occurred at Browns Neck Community Pool in Poquoson, Virginia, and Moody’s Run (part of the Kingsmill Resort) in Williamsburg, Virginia. As both of those entities experienced, JACKCRETE can restore damaged pool decks back to their original condition while eliminating the potential for resettlement.