Pool repair is inevitable

Carolina Pool Plastering crew doing tile repair
Sooner or later, the time will come for tile repair for your pool or deck as your tiles will begin to loosen, crack, or fall off. If you have had your pool for a long time, consider calling in pool companies to inspect your pool. The reason for this is because about every 20 years or so, a complete replacement of the pool tile may be necessary. As part of your regular maintenance, you can have your pool contractor perform simple repairs to re-attach tiles that are in disrepair.

However, if you like to perform your own pool maintenance, we will offer some tips so that with the use of some simple tools, you can make small tile repair jobs in a very short amount of time. Larger runs of several feet, or entire sides of the pool, are an indication that something has seriously deteriorated to the point that you will need to defer to your pool contractor.

Removing loose tile

Loose tile should be removed with a small flathead screwdriver or chisel. Remove the grout stuck on the sides of the tiles with small pliers or a small, sharp screwdriver. This includes any old grout that remains stuck to the edge of the tile that is still affixed to the pool wall.

Prepare the surface

Prepare the wall behind the tile by removing any loose or cracking material. If there are cracks in the surface of the pool wall behind the tile, they should be opened up and filled with hydraulic cement, be sure to push the cement as far into the crack as is possible. Look for large cracks in the wall, as these are the most common cause of the tile falling off. In cases where there is severe damage, call a pool builder as you should expect your tile repair to only last a year or two.

Apply the mortar

Mix an appropriate batch of thin set mortar. Wet the area that you will be filling with tile before applying the thin set. Make sure that your mix is at a spreadable consistency, similar to that of peanut butter. With a notched trowel, spread the mix evenly, in a thin coating. Some may drop in the pool, if it does not dissolve, you can use the pool brush to clean-up any clumps.

Spread enough mixture to cover no more than 12 square inches at a time. 6×6 tiles are fast and easy to set. Small mosaic tile will take more time. Press the pool tile firmly into the thin set bed until it squeezes out from behind. You will need to work fast, before the mortar starts to dry. It is best to set tiles during a cooler part of the day, or make some shade if necessary. Check your work every 10 minutes to make sure that tile pieces do not begin to slide down the wall. If larger tiles start to fall off, long pieces of duct tape can be used to help tape the tile in place temporarily.

Grout the tile

After the tile has been in place for 24 hours, use a waterproof tile grout to seal the space in between the tile. Thin set will not work well as grout; however, you can use pool plaster mix as well. With a flexible spreader, force the grout in between the tiles. After it has set up for 10-15 minutes, use some water and a gentle wiping motion to clean off the extra grout that has smeared onto the tiles. If necessary, after another 24 hours, you can use a scrub pad or brush to remove the haze and clean the tiles.

Tile repair and pool maintenance in Charlotte, NC

Carolina Pool Plastering offers many services to repair and modernize your pool, tile and the surrounding areas. If your swimming pool is becoming an eyesore, or is in need of renovation, they are on hand to restore and transform your pool to a place of beauty. They offer eco-friendly solutions to prep the surface of your pool prior to its restoration. Carolina Pool Plastering can provide you with many options for your deck and enhancing additions to your pool. They take pride in offering quality and individualized work, ensuring that each customer is more than satisfied. To learn more about tile repair for your pool or deck, contact Carolina Pool Plastering, in Charlotte NC, for a consultation and quote.


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