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reduce maintenance time for pools

I love having a pool in my back yard, but it does require a lot of work during the summer. I have spent a lot of time trying to find ways to reduce the amount of time that goes into taking care of my pool so that I can spend more time enjoying it. During my search, I have learned quite a few short cuts that have reduced the time that it takes me to keep the pool clean and healthy to use. My blog will provide you with all of the tips that will help you decrease the maintenance time for your pool.

reduce maintenance time for pools

Replace Damaged Ceramic Tiles That Line The Top Of Your Pool's Interior

Mitchell Cox

If a few of the ceramic tiles that line the top of your pool's interior are cracked, remove the damaged pieces by completing the steps below. Afterward, use waterproof pool tile grout to fill in gaps between adjoining tiles to complete your swimming pool repair.


  • knee pads
  • cushion
  • metal pry bar
  • detergent
  • water hose
  • bucket
  • sponge
  • scouring pad
  • putty knife
  • ceramic tiles
  • tile adhesive
  • narrow paintbrushes
  • tube of waterproof pool grout
  • caulk gun

Drain Water And Remove Damaged Tiles, Adhesive, And Grout

Drain water from the pool until the waterline is just below the top row of tiles. Secure knee pads over your knees or kneel on a cushion that is on the pool's deck. Wedge the tip of a metal pry bar under the sides of the damaged tiles to loosen them from the pool's interior. Afterward, mix detergent and water together in a bucket and use a sponge or scouring pad to clean the surfaces that tiles were removed from.

If hardened adhesive or grout is difficult to remove, rapidly move a scouring pad back and forth over each substance or loosen adhesive or grout with the edge of a putty knife. Rinse treated surfaces with plain water and wait for the pool's interior to dry. 

Install Replacement Tiles 

Use a narrow paintbrush to apply tile adhesive to the back side of one of the new tiles. After lining the tile up with the surrounding tiles, press against the tile for a minute or two until it adheres. Add a coat of adhesive to the back of the remaining tiles and secure them to the pool's interior. Avoid touching the tiles until the adhesive has dried. The container that the adhesive was in will list the amount of time that is necessary for the drying process.

Use Grout To Fill Gaps

Pull the handle on the back of a caulk gun to open the tool's chamber. Insert a tube of waterproof pool tile grout in the gun's chamber before pressing the handle. Insert the caulk gun's tip in gaps between adjacent tiles. While squeezing the gun's trigger, move the tip of the tool along the seams in straight lines.

Once all of the gaps have been filled, inspect the grout and use a non-abrasive sponge that has been dampened with water to remove excess grout that accidentally was applied to tiles. Wait for the grout between tiles to harden before adding water to the pool's interior. Fill the pool until the waterline is the same height as it was before you began the repair project.