When installing an in-ground pool you have a variety of different surfaces to consider including fiberglass, vinyl, plaster and pebble tec. The most common type of surface material used when installing an in-ground pool is plaster. Plaster is available in a variety of colors and textures; additives such as quartz can be added for extra durability. The chemical additions to the plaster help to hide stains and imperfections to the surface of the pool. Below you will find tips to help ensure your freshly plastered pool surface is perfect.
Plaster During the Spring and Fall
Plastering a pool is best done in the spring and fall months because of the cooler temperatures. Having plaster laid in the hot months can cause the plaster to dry out prematurely before the water is added to the pool. It is less worrisome to plaster in the cooler months as a calcium additive can be added to the plaster to naturally speed up the curing of the plaster.
The prime time to have your pool plastered is when the temperature is consistently between fifty and seventy-five degrees with decent humidity. Contact your local pool plasterer to schedule an appointment to have your pool plastered when the weather is perfect for your area. You can schedule an appointment for the fall even now. If you know that after this season the pool will need to be re-plastered schedule a time to have it done during the cooler fall months.
Fill the Pool with Water Without Stopping
Having your in-ground pool filled with water all at once is the best situation for a freshly plastered pool. The best way to accomplish this is to bring water from a hydrant or brought water in via a truck. The new plaster cures better underwater and is best to be filled quickly. Do not stop filling the pool with water at any point a dirt line or demarcation line will occur and is not the perfect addition to a newly plastered pool
Keep the Pool Clean
It is so important that your pool stay clean especially during the first few weeks after having it freshly plastered. Dirt and leaves can stain new plaster so it is important that they are not allowed to find a home in your pool. Instead of using a manual or automatic pool cleaner get out the pool brush. Use the pool brush a few times a day, if possible, to keep the sides clean while also using a skimming net to filter out floating debris.
Balance the Chemicals in the Pool Water
Fresh plaster requires balanced pool chemicals. The plaster will naturally have a high pH condition so it will be important add a pH reducer as necessary. During the first year keep an eye on and adjust the total alkalinity regularly. The calcium hardness needs to be maintained as well as if any of these things is off balance your plaster can etch or pit. Not exactly the look you want for a newly plastered swimming pool.