How to Repair Interior Tiles inside Inground Pools


In order to reduce the cost of repairing your inground pool, you need to do a regular and scheduled maintenance to the inground pool. Some of the normal maintenance includes cleaning, checking on the parts, maintaining the right water level plus also trying to minimize the pool’s impurities. The tiles inside your inground pools in due time can be damaged due to usage of poor chemicals as well as harsh sunlight. If you want to reduce the cost of repairing tiles inside inground pool, you need to do it immediately once you notice any damaged such as tiles or grout lines that break or even wear down due to harsh sunlight.

To repair interior tiles inside inground pools, you need:

  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Cement
  • Mixing tub
  • Notched trowel
  • Tile spacers
  • Tile nippers
  • Grout
  • Rubber float
  • Sponge
  • Leaf rake
  • Skimmer
  • Tile brush
  • Tile cleaner
  • Shock chemical
  • Pool cover

Repairing Interior Tiles Inside Inground Pools

How to Repair Interior Tiles inside Inground pools

  • First thing that you have to do is to
    • Completely drain out all the water in your pool before you start any repairing work on your interior tiles inside the inground pools.
    • Remove any dirt, debris and leaves if there is any inside your pool. If you leave debris to settle in your pool’s floor, you will have difficulty in removing it.
    • If your pool has a pool filter system, you need to backwash the pool using the filter and follow instructions provided by the manufacturer.

You must make sure that the tiles inside your pool have been thoroughly dry because tiles are normally slippery when it is still wet. Do not try to walk in your pool if you notice that there is still water inside the pool.

  • You can use either a chisel or hammer to remove your damaged tile.
    • In order to loosen the tile, you need to chip it right at the grout lines before prying the tile away.
    • If there is any remaining cement, you also need to chip them away so that your new tile will have a clean area to adhere the tile accordingly.
  • The next step is to mix a small portion of cement and always ensure that you follow the cement manufacturer’s instructions when you are mixing cement.
    • Then, use a notched trowel for spreading a thin layer of your cement to the surface.

The notches in the trowel that you create will produce grooves in the cement. This is to allow your new tiles to have better grip and enable you to remove the possibility of having bubbles underneath the tiles.

  • Ensure that you maintain a uniform grout lines once you set the new tile in place
    • You can use spacers to maintain your grout lines
    • The tile needs to be pressed firmly right in the center so that no trapped air is created from beneath the tile.
    • If you are having trouble of fitting in the tile onto your desired location, you can trim it using a pair of nippers.
  • Then, you should leave the cement to dry thoroughly enabling it to harden with a minimum time of 4 hours.
    • Once you are certain that the cement is dry, you have to mix waterproof grout into your clean tub and kindly follow the manufacturer’s instructions,
  • Use the grout to spread a layer of it onto the tiles with a rubber float.
    • Hold the rubber float in perpendicular way to the surface before you start to swipe the grout all over the tile at a 45-degree angle enabling the lines to be filled.
    • Any excess grout from the tile needs to be removed by using the float.
  • Once finished, you need to wipe any excess grout that you see on your tile’s surface. This can be done using a damp sponge.
    • Make sure that the new tiles are fully hardened.

    Always remember that you must ensure that

    • You do backwashing of your pool’s filter regularly to ensure the smooth running of your pool’s operation. Besides that, you also have to clean the hair basket and skimmer.
    • The grout has hardened fully and always follows the manufacturer’s instructions when doing any maintenance or repair work for your swimming pool.
    • The water level of your pool must be maintained at a proper level. It should be too low or too high because if the level is set at an improper level, it would affect its skimmers operation and also the collection of debris. Besides that, the lifespan of the motor will also be shortened.
    • The ideal water level of your pool should be maintained at the half way level to the skimmer.

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