Repair of fine crack in gunnite tub

veedub

New member
Feb 14, 2022
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Pensacola, FL
I have a small crack in my Gunite hot tub that I would like to repair. The crack causes about an inch of water loss a day in a 400 gallon hot tub. Someone has tried to repair it before, but I understand from the previous owner that the professional companies will not attempt a repair due to the proximity to the jet.

I have done a dye test and I am certain that this is the area where the water is leaking from.

It doesn’t have to look pretty (obviously), but I am looking for recommendations on products I can buy for a DIY repair. Should I try to remove some of the previously patched material?

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JamesW

TFP Expert
Mar 2, 2011
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It's definitely structural going through the bond beam and gunite.

In my opinion, staples are not going to do much if the gunite is cracking due to the shell settling.

If the force caused 9" of reinforced gunite to crack open, some staples or glue won't be strong enough to stop further cracks.

You can cut the crack and patch with plaster, but any repair like staples or epoxy injection isn't going to stop the force of the shell settling.

Unless you can address the cause of settling, there is nothing that will keep it from opening up more.

If you have two halves of a pool, the gunite is maybe 100,000 lbs per side plus the water weight/pressure.

Unless the ground is holding all of the force or 99.999% of the weight, there's no way that any type of repair could hold that type of force.

Even if the staples were unbreakable, the concrete they go into would crack open under that much force.
 
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