First a saw cut with a diamond masonry blade is made to undercut the tile line to preserve the existing swimming pool tile, unless new tile is being installed, then the old tile is removed. The pool is checked for loose plaster, which determines if we need to remove the plaster down to gunite, or bond coat the surface of the pool. While bond coat is the preferable way to prep your pool for plaster, sometimes the old surface is in such poor condition that all the old plaster has to be chipped off down to the gunite. All plaster chips and waste material will be cleaned up and hauled away.
If the pool cannot be bond coated we use air driven hand held chipping tools to remove the existing plaster down to the original gunite in a narrow band under the tile and around all penetrations of the plaster shell. The purpose of this is to give a nice smooth even transition where the new plaster meets the tile and other penetrations.
Any other work to be done on the pool, including tile or equipment that is listed on your contract, will be done prior to the pool being plastered. Usually the pool will be plastered within 48 hours of the completion of the pre plaster inspection.
When plastering is complete, our plaster crew will start filling the pool with water. It is important that a hose is available to fill the pool. A protective cloth will be placed on the end of the hose. Additional hoses can be added, as long as they are protected on the end to prevent channeling the plaster. Hoses should not be allowed to whip or flail around in the pool. All hoses should be placed in the deep end. The pool “fill lines” should not be used until the water is within 6 inches of where the water comes into the pool. Water must not be turned off while the pool is filling.
The water should be shut off when it is about halfway up the tile line. If a spa is to be filled at the same time, it is important to turn the water off before it begins to flow over the dam wall into the pool (making sure water cannot leak through spa plumbing back into the pool) if there is any possibility of that happening, the spa should not be filled until pool is full. It is important that all irrigation sprinklers that may spray on exposed plaster are turned off during the pool filling sequence. Nothing should be added to the pool until it is finished filling. Nothing should be dragged across the pool surface nor should anyone be allowed to walk on the new plaster while it is filling with water. Your pool should fill in 24 hours.
If this creates a problem our office should be contacted at (281) 590-5656 for instructions.
The pool is now ready for start up.
All material and labor are provided by Express Pool Plastering & Repairs with a two year bonding warranty on standard Plaster Finishes and a five year warranty on upgraded Plaster Finishes. Warranty covers any defect of materials or workmanship (pop-ups or cracks) from the date of work completion to the end of the warranty period and guarantees that plaster will be watertight and will not peel, blister or delaminate provided that the pool structure remains sound.
Express Pool Plastering & Repairs is not responsible for damage to surface caused by existing pool defects (weep holes & leakers), acts of God (serious and unforeseen weather conditions following completion of work), improper filling procedures, improper start ups or third party work.
Express Pool Plastering & Repairs will provide pool owner specific written instructions regarding startup and filling procedures to ensure that appropriate curing of plaster occurs and warranty is not voided.