Common Mistakes That Occur in Pool Maintenance

We all make mistakes when it comes to maintaining our homes and our pools are not exempt.  When caring for your pool a simple mistake while adding chemicals can take the pool out of commission for weeks.  Unfortunatly however, mistakes in maintaining your pool occur both big and small.

Large mistakes in caring for your swimming pool turn into valuable lessons to learn.  Pool maintenance education is imperative to prevent mistakes and in turn your pool is safer, cleaner, and more efficient without extra frustration on your end.

One of the biggest mistakes pool owners make is with the addition of a chemical commonly referred to as pool shock, a large dosage of chlorine. When dosages of chlorine are too high your pool water will essentially bleach out the color of your clothing.  Although you technically can’t over-shock the pool it can cause issues with more than your clothing.  Too much chlorine can lead to pitted plaster, vinyl liner discoloration, or brittle tile pieces breaking off.

One way to ensure this doesn’t occur is to dissolve the shock chemicals in a bucket of water prior to shocking the pool.  This allows the shock chemical to disperse more evenly throughout the water and in turn protects the pools finish.  As a norm, in pool maintenance a good rule to follow is to dissolve chemicals thoroughly before adding it to the pools water.

Another common mistake when owning a pool that homeowners make is that they don’t take the necessary time or care when brushing and vacuuming your pool.   A good brushing pushes the build up out into the water and settles on the bottom of the pool and then can be vacuumed up. Take the time to brush behind all those hard to reach places like pool ladders, steps, and stairs.  Corners, crevices, and water lines especially in plaster pools should be scrubbed really well.

Pool chemicals are a huge source of the mistakes made by homeowners when caring for their pool.  Your pools plaster can literally be destroyed if the chemicals in the water are not properly balanced.  Don’t ignore your pools pH and alkalinity levels.  A low pH indicates acidity and a high pH indicates alkalinity, too much of either one is bad for your pools plaster. Too low of a pH can damage the equipment used in the pool such as a pool pump and filter, plaster or vinyl linings, heaters, automatic pool cleaners and more.  Proper water chemical balance in a pool is easily accomplished by testing your pools water on a regular basis and making adjustments as needed.

Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks, plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

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Benefits Of Hiring A Pool Remodeling Agency

Owning a private pool has numerous benefits. Let’s get one thing clear – swimming is one of the best exercises out there as it activates your whole body. Along with that, there are numerous benefits of water to your skin and hair health, and by swimming only a few times a week you will be doing yourself a great favor. And building a private pool is not as hard as it once was – a few decades ago only the most famous celebrities and sportsman had a pool inside their backyard, but now it is much more common.

If you have enough outdoor space and you are living in a state that is sunny throughout most of the year investing in a pool is one of the better moves you can make. On the other hand, your private pool will need regular maintenance and it can be prone to weather damage as well. In case such a thing happens you will want to react as soon as possible as leaving the problem unattended is never a good idea. Hiring a pool remodeling agency can come in handy in multiple situations – whether you want to restructure, repair or resurface it!

Advantages Of Owning A Private Pool

1. First and foremost, by investing in a fast build pool you will enrich your outdoor space and get a place where you can relax and do cardio once you feel like it.

2. Along with that, a private pool is always going to be attractive – imagine all the crazy parties that could be organized with it in the middle of entertainment.

3. Last but not least, a private pool is a good investment in terms of reselling your house as it increases the value of your property.

When You Should Hire A Remodeling Agency

Now, there are few situations where you might need a service of pool repair agency. First and foremost it is for regular maintenance and proper repair. Whether it is time to clean/change the filter systems or there is plumbing work to be done a professional team expert should be there at your service. Along with that, if you want to add certain water features like waterfalls or fountains you shouldn’t install it on your own – instead call in a fastest pool build team and stay trouble-free. A repair agency is going to use either fiberglass or concrete material when repairing cracks and holes – this all depends on your budget and the looks you are trying to achieve. Such agency is a great choice if you have built your pool a few years ago and know you don’t like how it looks – by hiring a remodeling team they will be able to provide you with the best service restructuring, plastering and resurfacing your private pool (according to your idea). And from an ugly pool, you can end up with an excellent 5-star pool that is as good as a spa, in a matter of a few days. What is most important is that it is all for a fair and a reasonable price?

By hiring a professional team you will not have to go through the tough time of trying to repair cracks, holes, plumbing issues or add certain features by yourself. Yes, you do have to pay them but it will be a long term investment – a fancy looking and the well-maintained pool is going to be something to enjoy and on top of that it will increase the value of your house as well.

Summary

There are numerous advantages of investing in a private pool, but what good it is if you don’t take good care of it. Proper maintenance is a must, and that is where a professional team is your best bet!

Original Source: https://thefrisky.com/benefits-of-hiring-a-pool-remodeling-agency/

Original Date: Feb  26 2019

Written By: Petar Mikonoss

Finishes for a Gunite Pool: Plaster, Pebble, and Tile

Pound Pool Plastering cares a great deal about our clients and their concrete pools.  We want to ensure that your plaster pool is finished with the utmost of care.  Standard white plaster is a classic, timeless, look that many homeowners still choose today however, there are other options available that may change your mind. 

Standard White Plaster Pool Finish

Plaster is made of a combination of white cement, white sand or a marble aggregate, and water.  Professional pool builders use a flat, rounded trowel to apply the plaster to the concrete (Gunite) base structure.  White plaster can be dyed different colors during the combination process if the homeowner desires. 

Advantages of Plaster

Plaster is a well-known material that has been used in pool design since the beginning of pool construction.  As a pool finish, plaster is an inexpensive option that provides a simple, classic look to your in-ground swimming pool. 

Disadvantages of Plaster

The main disadvantage of plaster is that it can feel rough to the touch.  As with any pool finish, plaster required regular surface maintenance to prevent algae build up.  Once every three to five years plaster requires acid washing which removes staining.  If a plaster pool is not maintained correctly it is prone to cracking however this is the same of many pool finishes.  Plaster, if well maintained is durable, and can lasts upwards of ten years.

Aggregate Pool Finish

An upgrade from a plaster finish is an aggregate which is a combination of pebbles instead of sand to cement, water mixture.  Once the pebbles, concrete, and water are combined it is applied to the pool.  The top later of plaster will be wiped away to reveal the pebbles.  Although pebbles are a common aggregate material other material such as glass beads and quartz can be used.  Aggregate finishes can be exposed or polished.  An exposed aggregate reveals the whole pebble which provides a bumpy texture.  A polished aggregate is polished flat and provides a smooth texture. 

                Advantages of Aggregate

Aggregate pool finishes, when maintained, can last longer than standard plaster finishes.  Quartz finishes can last twelve plus years while pebbles can last some twenty plus years.  Glass beads are small and soft on feet.

                Disadvantage of Aggregate

The larger the aggregate material, the less comfortable it can be to walk on.  Consider the last time you have walked into a rocky Great Lake; large rocks make navigation tricky to the feet.  Smaller aggregate materials are less of an issue.  If glass beads are used in creating the aggregate, it is common to experience some fading and discoloration.

Tile Pool Finish

Pool tiles are created from several different materials including standard porcelain, stone, and glass.  Some homeowners choose a combination of the three to create a unique pool design.  Porcelain pool tiles can be glazed, textured, or hand painted.  Porcelain tile is usually used around the waterline of the pool. 

                Advantages of Tile

Tile is the longest lasting material that can be used as an interior pool finish on concrete pool foundations.   Tile is easier to maintain as well.

                Disadvantage of Tile

Tile is costlier than plaster or aggregate which can add thousands of dollars to finishing your pool.  Another disadvantage is that tiles chip and crack easy and if installed incorrectly can have sharp edges. 

Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks, plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

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Pool construction crew discovers dozens of 1950s-era artillery munitions

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – A military ordnance was safely removed from a building site in Garden City on Friday.

Deputies with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office said a swimming pool construction crew dug up about a dozen corroded artillery munitions in the homeowner’s backyard off South Waccamaw Drive.

We’re told the munitions date back to the 1950s.

Deputies were able to secure the scene until personnel from Shaw Air Force arrived to remove them for disposal.

Original Source: https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/pool-construction-crew-discovers-dozens-of-1950s-era-artillery-munitions/1756270666

Original Date: Feb  5 2019

Written By: Tim Renaud

Properly Opening a Freshly Plastered Pool

The first 30 days after a swimming pool has been plastered are the most important.  It is critical that the plaster is properly cured.  This is done by maintaining a proper balance in the pool waters chemistry and maintaining it throughout the life of the pool.  When starting up the pool the main objective will be to clean and get rid of the dust left over from the plaster while stabilizing and balancing the water that is in the pool.  This article will give you a few things to consider if you are contemplating having the plaster on your swimming pool re-done or a new plaster pool installed.

The Quality of the Water You Are Adding to the Pool

Before you begin to add water to a freshly plastered pool it is important to know the quality of the water.  Believe it or not all water is not the same.   The quality of the water in your home may not be the same as the quality of the water in the water spout outside of the home.  The local source that you have for filling the pool may not be suitable.  It is important to take a sample of the pools water to a pool retailer to have it analyzed.  Write down the water’s chemistry for reference at a later date.

Determine How Much Water Is Needed for The Pool

If you determine that your water source is appropriate for filling your swimming pool the next step is to take a meter reading to make sure the source is adequate to fill the pool without issues.  To measure the amount of water needed to fill a swimming pool use the following measurements:

Oval – Length x Width x Average Depth x 5.9

Round – Diameter x Diameter x Average Depth x 5.9

Square/Rectangle – Length x Width x Average Depth x 5.9

Irregular Shapes – Divide the pool into geometric shapes and add the gallon amounts together

Starting the Pool Filling Process

After the pool has been plastered, the water has been tested, and the amount of water needed to fill it is determined it is time to fill the swimming pool.  When filling the pool use a clean hose with a soft cloth tied to the end to diffuse the water so that it does not whip about and mar the freshly plastered surface.  It will also catch debris coming out of the hose.

If you are bringing water in via a truck note that a cushion of two feet is needed in the bottom of the pool.  Water should be added quickly but in a manner that does not harm the plaster.  If a pool fills too slowly cracks may appear.  In order to avoid this the plaster should be added in as quickly as possible.

Tips:

  • Do not let the hose flip and flail around the pool
  • Put the fill hose in at the deep end of the pool
  • Do not allow the hose to rest on the fresh plaster
  • Do not add anything to the pool until it has finished filling including clarifiers
  • Do not stop the water until the pool is completely filled
  • Do not walk on the freshly plastered pool

Test the Water After It Has Finished Filling

The water may test substantially different once the pool has been filled.  It is important to test the water and write the current water chemistry down.  The pools water must have the correct chemistry to prevent staining or pitting.  Calcium is especially important to the pools water chemistry.  If the calcium is not maintained, it will pull calcium from the plaster which could cause issues to the plaster surface

In our next installment on pool plaster we will continue to discuss the steps involved in properly opening a newly plastered pool including: starting the equipment, adding in chemicals, and maintenance. 

Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks, plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

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How to stop your pool from draining your wallet: Top tips for cutting pool power consumption

For many home owners, summer marks the time of year when the expense and effort of owning a pool can finally be justified.

Pool owners can spend anywhere between $800 and $1200 per year maintaining a pool, with electricity to run the pump making up the bulk of this expense.

But smart strategies and upgrades to your pool and your home’s energy system can significantly reduce the impact your pool has on your household budget.

Power your pool with solar

Solar panels work best in conjunction with battery storage because the energy generated during the day when the sun is shining can be stored and used in the evening when residents are at home.

But pool owners can take advantage of solar panels without having to fork out about $10,000 for a battery because power-hungry pumps can be scheduled to run when the panels are generating electricity.

SolarQuip principal Glen Morris says homeowners who can use solar energy when it’s produced, such as pool owners, can see the biggest benefit and recoup the cost of solar panels quickest.

But before investing in a solar system, Morris says home owners should focus on efficiency.

“If you don’t have solar, schedule the pump to run when the power is cheapest. If you do have solar or you are considering solar, schedule it to run during the solar period.”

Solar panels can help offset the cost of running a pool pump.
Solar panels can help offset the cost of running a pool pump.

Canstar Blue editor Simon Downes said it was worth investing in solar, provided home owners understood it was a long-term investment.

“Any savings made will be further down the track once the system and installation costs are paid off,” he said.

Whether or not home owners would save money by powering their pools with solar comes down to their feed-in tariff, according to Downes.

“If the feed-in tariffs available are modest in your area and because your solar system is new you’re not receiving a premium rate, then it’s probably beneficial to use the power you generate rather than exporting it,” Downes said.

“If you do receive a premium feed-in tariff … then it makes more financial sense to export your solar power rather than use it during the day.”

Downes suggested pool owners talk to their energy retailer about controlled-load pricing, which involves installing a separate meter for the pool pump.

“Controlled load pricing is generally much cheaper than a general usage tariff,” he said.

Data-driven pool pump savings

If the expense of setting up solar power is a barrier, Sydney pool owners seeking lower running costs and automation have another option.

Technology company and energy retailer Pooled Energy has created a system it claims reduces the energy consumption of pool equipment without having to replace existing components.

By monitoring water quality, weather and energy prices and analysing the data at a control centre, the system remotely triggers pool pumps, heaters and chlorinators to run more efficiently.

“An average pool represents about 40 per cent of the electricity consumption in the house,” said Pooled Energy co-founder Greg Irving. “A typical pool runs about 1.5 kilowatts. We reduce that by two-thirds in most cases.”

Most pool pumps are fixed speed and use more energy than necessary for most tasks. A key component of the Pooled Energy system is a smart controller that dynamically adjusts the speed of the filter pump as required.

“It changes the amount of electricity that’s delivered to the pump and the frequency of that electricity, and by that, it’s able to vary to the pump’s power consumption,” Irving said.

“You just plug a normal pump into our system and it decides how to run it and when to run it.”

The system also replaces traditional pool chemicals with a unique formula, reducing the number of chemicals and the quantity required to keep a pool healthy, which reduces the load on chlorinators.

Home owners need to sign up to Pooled Energy as their energy provider, and pay a $330 installation fee and $67 monthly management fee. The chemistry has an initial cost of $150 to $200, with periodic top-ups for about $100 every six months.

The offering appears to come at a cost, as although the company claims to reduce energy usage, it doesn’t offer discounting and pricing is among the highest in NSW, according to a Canstar Blue comparison.

“We don’t discount our electricity because our experience is the reduction in energy consumption will match pretty much any discount in the market,” Irving said.

While it’s available only in Sydney, Irving said there are plans to roll out the system to the rest of NSW and Queensland.

Tips for cutting pool power consumption

  • Switch to a variable speed pump: Analysis from the Department of the Environment and Energy revealed that a variable speed pump can cost twice to buy as much as a fixed speed pump, but half as much to run over the life of the pump, saving pool owners far more than the difference in the purchase price.
  • Take advantage of peak and off-peak pricing: Households that take advantage of time-of-use or flexible pricing for electricity will generally see the biggest savings by running pumps between 11pm and 7am. On the other hand, power will be the most expensive between 2pm and 8pm.
  • Adjust your maintenance schedule: Set your pool pump to the minimum runtime that still keeps the pool clean. Empty the skimmer basket regularly to maintain good water flow and reduce the load on the pump.

Original Source: https://www.domain.com.au/advice/how-to-reduce-the-running-costs-of-your-pool-793219/

Original Date: Jan 6 2018

Written By: Daniel Butkovich

 

Procrastinating On Closing Your Pool For The Winter

By now, most of us Northerners have shut down our pools in preparation for the winter season.  Let’s face it, unless you are a polar bear and enjoy frigid cold-water temps you aren’t going to be swimming after November. However, there may still be a few of you out there that have delayed the inevitable and need some quick tips to get your pool safely closed now that autumn has faded, and winter mayhem is knocking at the door.

In order to prepare your pool for winter, it is crucial to complete some very basic maintenance. The first and most important step in shutting down your pool involves balancing the water that will be left in the pool.  Not only is balancing the pH of the pool critical for the pools water clarity it is also crucial in increasing the longevity of the pool equipment.  A pH level of between 7.2 and 7.6 is suggested in order to keep the water sanitized throughout the winter months.

Another vital step is to finish the season with a clean pool.  Cleaning the surface of your pool will help to prevent permanent damage and surface stains on the pools plaster while the pool sits stagnant in the coming winter months.  All leaves and debris should be removed before the pool is closed to prevent difficulties removing them in the spring.Along with cleaning the pools water the pools filter should also be removed and fully cleaned.  This will help the filter in the spring to operate properly and avoid complications opening the pool.

When closing your pool for the winter it is also important to protect the pools plaster from the growth of algae.  Algae can quickly turn the cleanest of pools into a murky mess. There are a number of chemicals that can be added to the water to maintain an algae proof environment. 

If you haven’t figured it out by now, it is important to leave the water in the pool.  DO NOT EMPTY THE POOL! The water should be left above the skimmer box.  Keeping the water in the pool prevents putting a strain on the structure which could cause extensive, not to mention expensive, damage.

Once these steps have been completed it is important to further protect the pool from falling debris by placing a cover over the top of the pool.  This also will help to keep the water balanced.

Now if you haven’t, go close that pool!  Winterizing your pool makes opening the pool in the spring 100 times easier.  If this all sounds like too much to you it give us a call and we can help!

Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks,plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

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The cost of making a splash in the backyard

When one of Sydney’s spectacular northern beaches is a short walk away, is it worth putting in a pool?

Fran and Stuart Boag, parents to three, wrestled with that question when building their Hamptons-style dream home.

Joshua Boag enjoys the family's swimming pool, while mother Fran Boag saw it as an investment in the property.
Joshua Boag enjoys the family’s swimming pool, while mother Fran Boag saw it as an investment in the property.Credit:Steven Siewert

Their conclusion? Future buyers would probably expect a pool to be part of the lifestyle package.

In the meantime, the family is thoroughly enjoying the life aquatic.

Their youngest child Lachlan,12, begins campaigning for his first swim of the season in September.

“We had Christmas here last year and we had all the cousins and everyone was in the pool,” Fran says.

“There are afternoons where we walk down the beach and then we just feel like having a refreshing swim at home.”

Their 35,000-litre oasis cost about $80,728. Excavation was $8600; the pool, its installation, and equipment including a pump and filter $42,000; fencing $7920; Geotech reports and private certifier’s fees $2348; tiles and tiling, coping, water feature, electrical work $9360; and deck $10,500.

Heating is on the back-burner, so maintenance, including aqua-therapy minerals, costs about $1000 annually, plus electricity.

The Boag family are not the only ones keen to make a splash in their backyard.

Australia has about 1.2 million constructed backyard pools, according to the Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA). Figures from Roy Morgan show Sydney was home to about 15 per cent and Melbourne 9 per cent in September 2018. In regional NSW including the ACT, it hit 10 per cent and regional Victoria 9 per cent, both rising from 7 per cent in 2014.

In Sydney the proportion of dwellings with a swimming pool has fallen slightly because of apartment construction, but there’s steady growth in the rest of the state.

While there’s always the option of an above-ground portable pool for an outlay of a few hundred dollars, prices for a permanent constructed pool are much more, starting from $23,000 for a small plunge pool, according to an online search.

Natalie Bugden of Freedom Pools, which installed the Boags’ pool and this year won the SPASA’s national pool of the year award, says a fully functioning pool starts at about $45,000.

But costs can rise a lot higher. “We’re doing a pool and two spas in a house in Mosman that’s got all the bells and whistles and that’s upwards of $300,000.”

Heating, tiling, lighting and add-ons such as a cabana; an outdoor kitchen, toilet and shower; and water features all push up the price.

“A lot of people are using the space to be more of an outdoor entertaining area,” Bugden says.

Automation is also becoming a thing. “So from inside the house you can change your lights; put the water features on; turn on the jets in the spa.”

Or control systems can be operated by apps. “So if you’re overseas and you want the spa to be nice and hot [when you get home], you can set that on your phone from anywhere in the world.”

While backyard pools have traditionally been the domain of the suburbs, there is growing demand in inner-city locations.

Spiros Dassakis, chief operating officer, SPASA, reports increasing demand for plunge pools, swim spas, and other smaller offerings as properties are either subdivided or smaller lots are offered.

The energy-conscious are also turning to solar heating.

Not every swimming pool owner wants one. Tom Burns, director, Reverse Pools in Victoria, points to a variety of reasons why people get rid of a pool.

They might be empty-nesters or young families who prefer their kids to have a backyard where they can play year-round.

Investors might have different ideas to owner-occupiers about the worth of a pool.

The decision may be driven by fashion or legislation. “Thirty to 40 years ago they would build a pool smack bang in the middle of the yard and it would be a monster pool,” Burns says.

Now they are fenced on one side.

Burns says removing a pool can cost $7000 to $13,000, plus landscaping costs.

So how do you keep a lid on the price of a pool?

Think small. Pools can require 22,000-60,000 litres of water, according to SPASA. Fran says storms or lots of splashing can increase pool maintenance costs.

Be energy conscious. A typical in-ground pool can represent about 30 per cent of a household energy bill, according to energy.gov.au.

A minimum five-star energy-efficient pool pump and LED lighting helps keep energy bills lower.

Dassakis points to new technology such as variable speed pumps and filters designed to promote water sustainability too.

Bugden says it programs equipment for off-peak times. She suggests using a pool cover to keep heat in and opting for solar or gas heating.

Original Source: https://www.smh.com.au/money/planning-and-budgeting/backyard-pools-splash-costs-portable-home-20181129-p50j2l.html

Written By: Christine Long

Published Date: 2 December 2018

How Will I Know If It’s Time To Redo My Pools Plaster Finish?

There is one question we are asked more than any other.  Can you guess what it is? If you guessed, “When will I know it is time to re-plaster my pool?” you were right!

Unfortunately there isn’t one simple answer we can give you except that trust us, you will know when it’s time.  There is a great deal of difference between when a commercial pools plaster needs to be re-done verse a residential pool.  Most often commercial pools can expect to be re-plastered once every ten years.  However, when evaluating if a residential pool needs to be re-plastered a number of factors, not just time go into determining if a pool needs to be re-plastered.

When determining when a residential pool is ready to have its plaster replaced comes down to the aesthetics and structural integrity.

Aesthetics

Most often phone calls from residential pool owners start out with a long explanation on how the pool doesn’t look or feel right.  If a homeowner’s plaster has light staining it is possible that instead of fresh plastering that the stains can be removed through acid washing. Since pool plaster is a natural product it is impossible to prevent staining from occurring.  If the pool is white and the noticeable stains bother homeowners, we will most often recommend a colored plaster be used when the plaster needs to be refinished.

Some stains are from the minerals that are found in your water.  If this is the case homeowners will want to take care of the mineral problem in the water before re-plastering the pool.  Remember that minerals not only affect the homes water but can also leave build up in pipes and plumbing.  The issue must be addressed throughout the source of the water to prevent staining issues in the future.

Some stains on a pools plaster aren’t stains at all and are in fact from the combination of plaster and application of white coating.  There are variations that occur from a combination of things: variation in the mixture, the temperature at which it is applied, and the method of application.  Slight variations in the plaster should be considered normal.

The Touch of Plaster

The feel of the plaster is just as important as the look.  The pools plaster is supposed to be soft and smooth.  Pits and pockets can occur from improper water chemistry or from acid washing too frequently.  If etching occurs on your pools plaster the surface can feel rough, snag swimsuits and can give algae and dirt a place to hold onto. Another common reason for etching is a poor plastering technique or plaster that is too hot or includes too much calcium in cold water. If rough plaster occurs in a small, localized area, it can be sanded smooth, however if it is wide spread it is recommended to re-plaster the pool.

Structural Issues

Structural issues are another reason that residential pool owners need to consider re-plastering their pools.  “Structural” may be an improper term because as you know the structure of a pool is created from steel webbing and sprayed in concrete and the plaster is the outer, waterproof coating on top.  If a pool was left without the addition of a plaster shell the water would slowly seep through to the ground.  If homeowners start to see bare spots coming through the concrete it is time to have the plaster evaluated.  Large cracks in pools plaster can also be an issue structurally and should be addressed as soon as they are spotted.  Waiting gives the crack time to expand and larger issues to occur.

Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks, plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

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Winter is Right Around the Corner

When it comes to closing your plaster pool for the winter there are three goals for most homeowners:

  • Preserve the quality of pool water
  • Secure all pool equipment
  • Protect the pools plaster surface

Water freezes, it’s pretty simple.  When the temperature dips below 32 degrees Fahrenheit the water in your pool will begin to freeze.  When the water freezes it will expand.  Water that is allowed to freeze and expand without any special treatment given to it can cause homeowners a lot of grief in the from of busted plumbing, plaster cracks, and more.  The best way to prevent these issues is to follow a precise closing method when the season ends that includes draining the excess water from the pools plumbing.

When winterizing your plaster swimming pool one key element that must be taken into consideration is the need for chemically balanced water.  If the water is not balanced when you close your pool for the season there are a few issues that could arise including: build up and corrosion.  If water issues exist when you close the pool they will still be there when the pool is opened next spring which can make the opening process more difficult.  Stagnant pool water often “attracts” the growth of algae.  Chemicals also help to eliminate issues with pool staining from dissolving metals that are not being filtered.

Before the pool is closed down for the winter is crucial that homeowners not only take time to balance the chemicals in the pools water and include additives to prevent algae growth and staining.  Not only is balanced water important but also clean water.  The pool should be thoroughly cleaned and free of leaves, dirt, outside debris.  Any outside material left within the pools water has the ability to leave unsightly markings on the pools plaster surface.

Another step that is super important when closing your pool is the water level.  The pools water level should be lowered below the skimmer and all plumbing, drains, and pool equipment should be drained.  Once the pipes are drained it is important to use drain plugs to prevent the water from seeping back into the plumbing.  DO NOT completely drain the water in your pool.  This is especially true when it comes to plaster pools.  Water needs to be kept in the pool to avoid under ground water from putting pressure on the plaster which would cause it to crack.  Although having a pool re-plastered is common, it is not practical every year and is not financially cost effective to have done on a regular basis.

Pound Pool Plastering offers several options when it comes to servicing your pool including plaster, caulk, tiling, cement decks, plumbing, and coping in both commercial and residential settings.  More information can be found at http://www.pound-pool-plastering.com/.

 

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