Swimming pools are great not just for recreation but also for keeping you and your family members healthy. Pool construction includes installing the plumbing of the pool and building an aesthetic, yet safe, structure in and around the pool. There are certain problems that pool tile installations can give you either during pool construction, or when you are using the pool. The following guide will give you a better idea of what you need to look for, when trying to identify pool tile problems:
- Changes in temperature:
Once constructed, pool tiles do not stay in the exact same place format. With changes in surrounding temperature, the tiles can expand or contract. Even though this effect is almost negligible in individual tiles, the combined effect of all the tiles expanding simultaneously will put pressure on the entire structure.
- Application of pressure:
The tiles inside a swimming pool would not only have to be adaptive of temperature changes, but it would have to sustain the weight and pressure changes in water. The overall weight of the pool water would be distributed throughout the immersed area, but as more and more people use the pool, there would be a lot more pressure on the tiles.
- Pool water chemistry and cleaning agents:
You would have to add chemicals like chlorine to the pool water so that it remains sanitary for use. Although you would take care to maintain the pH level of the water, the kind of chemicals that you add may react with the cement based adhesive or fillers which are used between pool tiles. Even cleaning agents used around the pool may slowly erode the surface.
There are many different ways to prevent these problems but they would have to be undertaken during the construction and installation of the equipment in the pool. The pool tiling process must begin only after the pool shell is completely ready and waterproof. This may take seven to eight weeks of curing, after which you would have to ensure that the surface is clean and dry.
After finishing filling the gaps between tiles with cement-based mixtures, it is best to give more than three weeks of curing time before you fill the pool. Also, damages done to the pool tile need to be addressed immediately by a professional. Ensure that you get a reliable service to repair your pool tiles as cracked or broken tiles can be a safety hazard to your family members.