Plaster is a common type of internal finish for many in-ground pools. While you're probably used to doing regular maintenance on your pool, a pool plastering is something you'll only need to do maybe every few years once you notice significant signs of cracks or other decay in the plaster. If you've never re-plastered your pool before, you may want to get some professional advice. But if you are going to re-plaster it yourself, follow these tips for making sure the new plaster holds up properly.
Use Caution When Re-Filling
Filling your pool back up with water following a plaster job is a delicate moment. You don't want the water to strike the new plaster with too much force. Place a hose at the bottom of the pool in the deep end, but wrap a towel or cloth around the end of it so that the water hits the cloth first upon coming out of the hose and won't hit the plaster with too much force. If you are going to add another hose, wait until the entire pool has some water in it to further diffuse the strength of the flow.
Start It Up Correctly
"Starting up" is a term often used by plaster companies to describe the maintenance steps you must take following the installation of new plaster and water. There will likely be dust and various chemicals in the water following your refill of the pool. You'll want to measure the pool for its pH, hardness, and total alkalinity levels; and you'll want to add chemicals as needed. Don't let anyone swim in the pool until the water is deemed to be safe.
Be Extra Diligent About Cleaning
For the first couple of months following a new plaster, you will want to watch the pool for debris even more carefully than normal. Dirt, leaves, and other substances that make it into the pool can cause a stain on a new plaster job. Brush your pool daily and make liberal use of the pool skimmer net.
If your in-ground pool needs a new plaster job, it may be best to contact a professional, like Heritage Pool Plastering, Inc., for help. But if you are going to go it alone, make sure you re-fill the pool with caution and take your time measuring the chemicals in the water before allowing anyone to swim in it. Keep a close eye out for pool debris in the weeks that follow so that your new plaster job does not pick up a stain.