Swimming pools are a wonderful addition to any home, but they are extremely heavy due to the amount of water they contain, and this means they require a lot of support. Just like your house, your pool has a foundation which is resting on soil. The structure of a pool is heavy in and of itself, and when you add to that the thousands of gallons of water it takes to fill one, you’ve got a very heavy item. Imagine the damage that thousands of gallons of water could do to your home’s foundation if it were suddenly let loose! If you’re going to have a pool in your backyard, whether it’s an above ground pool or an in-ground pool, you need to be aware of any damage that could cause water to begin leaking into the soil around your pool and your home.
What About Pool Equipment Leaks?
The supply and return lines to pool equipment are the most common source of slow leaks that can cause a foundation to heave over time. Homeowners are often unaware of the damage as it is occurring. Pool equipment is often located next to the home with pipes buried between the equipment and the pool. Have your pool tested for a leak if you suspect you are losing water in the pool.
Types of Foundation Damage Due to Swimming Pools
Some things to watch for if you have a pool you suspect may have sprung a leak are similar to signs that your home’s foundation may have been compromised. For instance, if you notice cracks in your in-ground swimming pool, that could be an indication that one or more parts of the pool are moving at different rates and/or in different directions. This places stress on the foundation, causing it to crack. If the paving or decking around your swimming pool begins rising or sinking below the pool’s edge, the pool itself could be moving, rather than the paving or decking. This lifting or sinking is also indicative of soil problems beneath the pool, as in the case of any cracking of the pool floor.
Another warning sign to watch for is a change in moisture around the pool. If the soil surrounding your pool is suddenly soggier than normal, you may have a serious leak. The leak could be from the pool itself, or from underground plumbing that may have developed problems. In either case, it’s not a problem you want to ignore. Soil expands and contracts depending on its moisture content, and this expansion and contraction can cause the foundation of a pool or a home to shift and become cracked or damaged.
If you are having foundation problems or worry that your home might have foundation damage due to a swimming pool, we can help. At Advanced Foundation Repair, we offer multiple financing options assist you with handling the cost of foundation repair. We work closely with the good people at GreenSky Finance to offer you several programs for financing the cost of repairs. To learn how we can help, check out our available financing options.
Advanced Foundation Repair is proud to be the most trusted foundation repair in the Dallas Fort Worth area. We offer precise inspections, and we can spot foundation issues before they become major problems that cost you thousands of dollars. Our Advanced Pro-Lift Technology will correct your foundation, and with our easy payment and financing options, and unmatched customer service, you can’t go wrong. If your home is in need of foundation repairs, contact us today at 214-333-0003 for a free inspection of your foundation and free repair estimate.