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How to Repair Bricks Around a Swimming Pool

By Laura Leiva ; Updated September 21, 2017

Coping bricks are often used to complete the look of the deck that surrounds the pool. After years of being subjected to everyday wear and tear and exposure to pool chemicals, the mortar that attaches the bricks may loosen or bricks may become weathered or chipped. Removing a brick for replacement only takes a few tools to complete. Once you remove the damaged brick and mortar, replacing it enhances the look of the pool and yard.

Chisel away the damaged mortar on either side of the brick and underneath, using a flat-nosed chisel and hammer.

Remove the brick from the mortar bed. Dispose of it if you are replacing it; set it aside if you are simply redoing the mortar.

Clean out the gap left behind by the missing brick by chipping away at rough edges with a chisel and hammer. Additionally, chip off any residual mortar from the brick if you plan on using it again.

Mix mortar mix and water together in a mixing tub according to package instructions.

Moisten the bricks alongside the pool to keep them from sucking moisture out of your new mortar.

Apply a scoop of mortar to the gap on the siding to create a mortar bed for your new brick, using a brick trowel. Press the brick into the mortar firmly.

Scoop mortar with a trowel to deposit down into the space between bricks. Add enough until the mortar is level with the top of the bricks, and smooth down with a rubber float held at a 45-degree angle.

Remove any mortar on the surface of the bricks, using a scrub brush dampened with water and being careful not to remove any mortar from the grout lines.


Things You Will Need

  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Mortar
  • Mixing tub
  • Brick trowel
  • Brick (if necessary)
  • Rubber float
  • Scrub brush


  • Wear plastic gloves to keep the mortar off of your hands.