Should I worry about hairline cracks for this season?

armsdealer

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Mar 24, 2015
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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I am currently pumping my pool out right now, it wasn't shutdown properly after getting flood water this past August (house did not flood).

I have a leak on one of my skimmer boxes that I am 100% sure is leaking, I suspect the other is leaking so I am going to patch both with epoxy putty.

I got a quote pre flood to completely chip out my pool, staple the cracks and do a complete redo from the tile down but that pool builder is booked solid. Right now in our area labor prices are high, pool builders are booked and well owning a small business in a city that got flooded our sales took a temporary but substantial hit that we would like to recover from.

I don't think the cracks are leaking, if they are it is very little. Is it worth my time to patch them with something while I have the pool empty. I am guessing I have pumped about 15k gallons out with another 15k gallons to go. I really don't want to get in with a chisel and make the cracks bigger for a repair, I am just getting he pool up and running for this season and plan a total redo for next season.

I will get some pictures in the morning of my leak and my cracks. The pool held water just below the skimmer line all fall/winter, so I am fairly certain that is my only leak source of concern.

I did already do some upgrades, I got a new properly sized filter, new pump, new light, picked up some blue mosaic glass tile for when it is time to get the job done right.
 

pooldv

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If they aren't leaking then I wouldn't worry about it for now. If they do start leaking you can use pool putty to seal them up, it cures under water. My PB fixed 3 cracks in my pool mixing black and white pool putty together to get a sort of matching gray. One of the cracks was leaking and it has been fine for several years now.
 
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armsdealer

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Mar 24, 2015
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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1. Pool putty is AWESOME.
2. Pool is filling back up now. I fixed my known leak spot in under 20 minutes. It is water tight.
3. Since I had time to spare and an empty pool I sealed every crack I could reach without getting a ladder (Deep end is 11'6" from drain to the top of the tile line)
4. Since I had my pool almost completely empty I decided to put a shop vac on my main drain. I pulled out a broken bottle piece from who knows when, we think the pool was built in the late 50's. Hopefully I can get some more flow going through my main drain now.
5. Pool putty is awesome.

I have 2 hoses going now, I put some tablets and chlorine in, I will have to run to the pool store in the morning to get everything I need to bring my parameters in check. I think there are 2 cracks that are going to need a little more pool putty, they had damp spots where I stopped the putty at, but I don't think they were major leaks. If I didn't have the pool dry I doubt any moisture would come through. Next task is to replace the light, but I will wait until the weather and water temps warm up.