Is Your Pool Telling You Something About Your Foundation?
If you have a swimming pool in your yard, you’re enjoying a great investment for your home that adds both value and a lot of great memories for your family. A swimming pool is a fantastic addition to any home, and you should enjoy the good fortune of having one.
However, a swimming pool can also be a warning or a barometer about the state of your home, specifically the foundation. But how can that be? Is your swimming pool somehow a danger to your foundation because it has water in it? That answer is “not exactly,” but it’s all tied into the “health” of your pool’s surroundings.
The Same Stresses
If you own a swimming pool and you begin to notice cracks in the pool itself, or the area surrounding the swimming pool, this is going to mean two things. First, for the safety and integrity of the pool, you should get these cracks repaired to continue to enjoy your pool safely.
More importantly, however, these cracks indicate that portions of the ground are moving in different directions. If these forces are great enough to act on your pool, it’s quite possible that the same stresses are being inflicted on your foundation. In other words, your swimming pool may inadvertently be acting like “the canary in the coal mine,” warning you about something in the ground that could be affecting your home itself.
If this is the case, you should call a foundation repair expert to come over and evaluate both the pool and the home. Cracks occur because of a combination of weak points and too much stress being applied to areas that were never designed to sustain that kind of force. If the ground around your home is now shifting and moving around, you’ll need to find out exactly how and why this is happening. A seasoned team that understands how subterranean forces and physics work is critical in working out the nature of the problem. More importantly, they will be able to provide you with a solution and then implement it. AA Action Waterproofing is happy to provide this service.