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Complete swimming pool maintenance requires more than weekly pool cleaning, routine equipment repairs, and the occasional pool water drain and restart. The surface and deck area of swimming pools also requires periodic inspection and attention. In particular the material filling the gap between the pool deck and pool coping needs to be maintained. Gradually, the pool expansion joint material will begin to age and eventually fail due to constant exposure to the famous San Diego sun as well as other weather elements. An improper pool expansion joint installation will also cause the deck joint to fail more quickly and need early replacement. Generally speaking, the swimming pool expansion joint has a lifespan of around three to four years.
Pool expansion joints and San Diego swimming pools
Why does my pool need an expansion joint?
The expansion joint is important to the overall structural integrity of a San Diego swimming pool. Maintaining the condition of the pool expansion joints will certainly help to prolong the life of a pool and spa. A rubberized expansion joint caulking material separates the the deck area from the swimming pool coping. This separation allows the pool deck and pool shell to move and settle independently. As the expansion joint material begins to breakdown, the swimming pool could become structurally unsound. If left alone, this situation could potentially cause the pool deck, coping stones and the pool surface to become subject to damage such as cracking.
Pool expansion joint failure is bad for the pool.
When the mastic material filling the pool expansion joint deteriorates, the missing or broken mastic material allows the pool and deck to be exposed to the underlying soil. Naturally, rainwater and even the splash out from normal swimming pool use can cause the erosion of the exposed soil. Where the expansion joint has failed, significant erosion could occur in the void and cause the soil compaction to be reduced. Eventually, this could result in unstable foundational support resulting in cracking along the pool deck, loose coping stones, tile to pop off and even cracks to form in the pool surface. In addition, the standing water behind the pool shell could result in rust and corrosion, which also decreases the structural integrity which could be very costly to correct.
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In the event that the existing pool expansion joint material is cracked, is no longer attached or is entirely missing in spots, the total replacement of the expansion joint material is necessary. This is true whether the material has separated from either the deck or the coping. Removing the old and dilapidated joint material is only the first step of the replacement process. It is important to use a high quality material to replace the failing pool expansion joints. Deck-O-Seal is currently the pool deck joint material of choice for our professionals at ProTouch Pool Services.
Only a professional should replace the pool expansion joint material.
The repair or replacement of San Diego pool expansion joints should only be performed by qualified specialists because the process is very complex and labor intensive. If not installed properly, uneven compaction and sinkholes could result causing premature failure. These are major issues that will take additional time and effort to repair. Even the preparation process is difficult to manage and should not be attempted by an amateur. If the two part Deck-O-Seal compound is not mixed thoroughly, an essentially useless sticky material will result. This sticky substance quickly latches on to everything it comes into contact with and is very difficult to remove. The expansion joint material is only meant to be in the joints, not all over the swimming pool deck and coping.
Pool Expansion Joint Removal and Installation In San Diego
ProTouch Pool Services offers only the highest quality products and services, including swimming pool expansion joint. San Diego residents can depend on our knowledgeable staff and professional business practices. The price to remove, replace, and install new pool expansion joint materials is a per foot basis that varies based on the width and length of the expansion joint. We offer free inspections and provide accurate estimates for San Diego County pool owners.
Depending on the size of pool, it only takes about one day to remove the old material and install replacement Deck-O-Seal material into the pool expansion joint. We ensure that all the old material is completely removed from the surface before preparing the area for installation It then takes about two or three days for the new material to fully cure. The new material must have sufficient time to fully attach itself to the existing decking and pool coping to ensure a secure bond and a long lifespan. If you have noticed areas of decay or concern around your existing pool expansion joint, it may be time for replacement. Call the experts at ProTouch Pool Services today for your free consultation.