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Sinking Pool Equipment Pad? Here’s How to Lift It Back Up

July 27th, 2023 | 3 min. read

By Sarah Etler

Find out how concrete leveling can help lift your settled pool equipment pad back up to where it should be.

Your pool is the ultimate escape, especially during the scorching summer months. You want to enjoy every minute of it while the season lasts, but if your pool or the important equipment that makes it run isn’t taken care of, it can quickly turn your oasis into a costly headache.

Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling, we see lots of issues around pools every day, especially related to the concrete pool decks or equipment pads. One of the most common problems we see is when the concrete pad housing valuable pool equipment starts to settle.

The last thing you want to deal with is expensive equipment damage or leaks as a result of a sinking pool equipment pad. But there's a solution to this problem that won't break the bank or disrupt your pool paradise – concrete leveling.

Concrete leveling is a fast and durable way to lift your sunken pool equipment pad back up to the proper position, helping to make sure your pumps and filters work the way they should.

This article will walk you through what you need to know about concrete leveling for sunken pool equipment pads. By the end, you'll have a good idea about whether or not concrete leveling can help you have a stress-free pool season.



How Does Pool Equipment Pad Lifting Work?

To lift settled pool equipment pads, we start by strategically drilling holes in the concrete pad, around the equipment. One of the biggest advantages of using concrete leveling for lifting a pool equipment pad is that the equipment can stay in place during the lift. 

Then, we inject a specialized leveling compound through the holes, filling the voids beneath the slab, and gently lifting it back to a level position. 

Once the lift is complete, the drill holes are sealed with non-shrink grout, leaving your pad good as new.

If adjustments or repairs have been made to the equipment after the pad sank – like adding or taking out PVC pipes – we may need to unhook the connections for a smoother leveling process.

If this is the case, we’re happy to coordinate with your pool care company to make sure you have the least amount of downtime with your pool as possible.

Related Resource: How Concrete Leveling Works

Why Should You Lift Your Settled Pool Equipment Pad?

A level surface is vital for pool equipment, as it ensures the system runs smoothly and efficiently.

Lifting your settled pool equipment pad saves you from the hassle of having to remove the equipment, tear out the pad, replace the pad, and reinstall the equipment. Instead, all of your equipment can stay in place as it's lifted back to a level position together with the slab.

Also, the entire concrete leveling process usually takes less than a day, so your pool is not out of commission for a long time – a big deal in the summer heat.

Concrete leveling is cost-effective and gentle on your lawn, landscaping, and pool deck area. Plus, with most concrete leveling companies offering multi-year warranties, you'll enjoy peace of mind knowing your investment is secure for the long term.

Related Resource: Concrete Leveling vs. Replacement: Which Is Right for You?

Do You Have to Unhook the Pool Equipment Before Lifting?

If you've never made any changes or repairs to your pool equipment, we can lift the pad without a hitch. However, if you've altered the pipes and connections – especially after the pad settled – it's best to unhook the equipment before the concrete leveling repair.

By unhooking the equipment connections, you help avoid potential pipe cracking or leaks when the equipment is lifted back to its original position. 

With this being said, the choice between whether or not to unhook your pool equipment is ultimately up to you. You can weigh the risks and costs of unhooking versus leaving everything connected. 

It’s important to note that we can't take liability for any pre-existing damage.

Your Next Steps for a Level Pool Equipment Pad

Keeping your pool equipment pad level is a sound investment in your pool's future. Not only does it make your pool area look better, but it also helps keep your equipment in good shape when you need it most on those hot summer days.

Many people opt to adjust the pipes and equipment every time their slab sinks a little bit more – but concrete leveling is a long-lasting solution that helps avoid the need for these recurring adjustments.

At A-1 Concrete Leveling, we’ve been repairing the concrete around our customers' pools for over 30 years. We take pride in providing an affordable and convenient alternative to what otherwise might mean a messy replacement.

If you want to ensure your pool equipment pad stays level, click the link below to request a free onsite concrete inspection and cost estimate with a member of the A-1 team!

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Sarah Etler

Sarah Etler joined A-1 Concrete Leveling after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Northern Kentucky University. As A-1's Content Marketing Manager, she works closely with industry experts to produce content that will best answer questions related to concrete repair and maintenance practices. Sarah loves living a life full of discovery and is excited every day to see what new things she can learn and share with those around her.