There are a variety of surfaces available when it comes to in-ground pools: fiberglass, vinyl, plaster or pebble tec.  The most common material for in-ground pools is plaster and with that commons many choices in color and texture. To make the most of your in-ground swimming pools plaster you will want to ensure your pool plaster is applied properly, cured properly and cared for.  Different additives can help hide imperfections and conceal staining when added to your pools plaster.  Below you will find tips on how to ensure your pools plaster is properly installed and cared for.

The best time to plaster your pool is during the later part of the summer into the fall.  If you plaster during the hottest months you can cause premature cracking.  The plaster needs time to dry and the pool needs time to fill with water.  After your pools plaster has been applied it is important to be on the lookout for small cracks in the surface.  Plaster is more susceptible to drying out too quickly when applied during the heat of the summer months.  This is one of the most important reasons to apply plaster to your pool in colder temperatures.  You can add special preservatives to help the plaster cure.  For the best results it is important that the temperature range between fifty and seventy degrees with excess humidity in the air.

The best way in which to fill the pool is using a truck or fire hydrant.  Pool water cures faster under water and the quicker this is done the better.  By filling the pool at a faster rate you are better able to secure your pools plaster and curing.  If the pool stops filling by any chance, even if only for a few hours, you risk the plasters appearance.  Your plaster may show a dirt line where the filling was paused.

The pool and the new plaster should be kept clean throughout the filling process and for several weeks after it has been installed.  Use only a pool brush to clean the pools plaster daily.  If time allows make sure you use the pool skimmer as well.  The cleaner you are able to keep your pool after the plaster is installed the longer your pool plaster will look brand new.

The last thing you need to take into account when having your pool newly plastered is balancing the chemical balance.  Remember that the chemicals in the pools plaster will add a different balance to the pools water.  Be ready to add chemicals to ensure that the pools ph and alkalinity levels keep your pools plaster in brand new condition.

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