The Splash Pool in South Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2017. Repaired with Concrete Mender in 2001.

Swimming Pool Repair with Concrete Mender

Pool spalls are cleaned and prepared for repair with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender.
Pool spalls are cleaned and prepared for repair with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender.

What do you do when your pool has cracks and spalls and it has to be open is three days? Back in 2001, the City of South Saint Paul, Minnesota had a problem with their new splash pool. Just before opening the pool for its second season, cracks and spalls were discovered in the concrete pool bottom and along corner where the floor meets the wall. The damaged was probably caused by the first Minnesota winter for this neighborhood splash pool facility. The repairs needed to be done fast. The pool was scheduled to be open in just three days. Any delay would be a disappointment for local families and political problem for the City who spent a lot of money to build this water recreation facility.

The call went out to see if anyone could come up with a solution. Roadware Incorporated, also located in the City of South Saint Paul, received a call from the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Department to see if we had any ideas. It turns out, Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ is a great product for repairing concrete pools. The cross-linked polyurethanes in Concrete Mender and very resistant to water, chlorine and other pool chemicals.

Roadware personnel were at the pool within a few hours and repairs were made using a mixture of Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender and manufactured sand.

Mixing 10 Minute Concrete Mender with sand in a bucket prior to repairing a spall in the concrete pool floor.
Mixing 10 Minute Concrete Mender with sand in a bucket prior to repairing a spall in the concrete pool floor.

 

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender is flooded into the spalled ares and seeded with manufactured sand.

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender and sand are applied to spalls in the pool floor.
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender and sand are applied to spalls in the pool floor.

 

The Concrete Mender and sand bland can be troweled in place and will cure in about 10 minutes.

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender mixed with sand is troweled into place.
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender mixed with sand is troweled into place.

 

Vertical surfaces can be repaired by mixing Concrete Mender with fine manufactured sand and troweled in place.

Pool repairs at the pool edge are made with Concrete Mender mixed with sand and troweled in place.
Pool repairs at the pool edge are made with Concrete Mender mixed with sand and troweled in place.

 

Repairs can be painted using standard methods in 10 minutes after application at 70 degrees F (23C).

Finished Concrete Mender spall repairs in pool were ready for paint in minutes.
Finished repairs were ready for paint in minutes.

 

All the repairs took just a few hours to complete and the pool was ready for a fresh coat of paint in minutes. The pool was painted and filled with water the next day. The Concrete Mender repairs have largely been forgotten, but continue to perform to this day.

The South Saint Paul Splash Pool in 2017. Concrete Mender repairs in the pool still look good 16 years later.
The South Saint Paul Splash Pool in 2017. Concrete Mender repairs in the pool still look good 16 years later.

 

 

Products:

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ 600ml cartridge item 80300.

 

 

7 thoughts on “Swimming Pool Repair with Concrete Mender”

  1. How or where can I buy Roadware 10 minute concrete mender?
    I am a retired Automotive engineer with a B.S. in Automotive Engineering degree from W. M. U. 1976 with a Mechanical Engrg minor. Worked at Ford Motor Co. 6 years and retired from Chrysler Corp after 26 years as Dodge Truck Senior Manager. Looking to use this product around my home/pool area.

    1. Hello Lynn,

      For your pool deck, I recommend our MatchCrete Clear. Concrete Mender will turn yellow in the sunlight unless you coat or paint it. MatchCrete Clear is an aliphatic polyurethane they is UV color stable. We have distributors across the USA. I will send you an email.

      Kelton at Roadware

  2. Kelton,
    Did they have any problem with residual moisture in the repair areas ? and if so how did they dry/remove the moisture ?.
    How did the vertical cracks retain the Road ware liquid or was it just a cosmetic repair and not a structural injection repair?
    Curious minds want to know.
    Dave

    1. Hello,

      The pool was fairly dry when repairs were made. If wet of damp conditions exist, a propane torch can be use to dry the repair area. Since Concrete Mender sets in about 10 minutes, we only need to have it dry for that amount of time.

      The cracks at the wall edge were not structural. We can mix Concrete Mender with fine silica sand and make a mortar that will stick to vertical surfaces. Today we have methods of using Concrete Mender for easy vertical crack injection if needed.

      Kelton – Roadware

    1. Hello,

      We do not recommend Concrete Mender for driveways and sidewalks unless you plan to coat or paint over the repairs. For exterior repairs that are left exposed to sunlight, we recommend our UV Color-fast MatchCrete Clear. http://concretemender.com/products/matchcrete-clear/

      Roadware products are sold thru Commercial Concrete Products Distributors. Send us your location for more details. http://concretemender.com/contact-roadware/

      Thank you!

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