There are many different materials for in-ground swimming pool surfaces.  Fiberglass, vinyl and plaster are all popular with pool owners.  Plaster remains the most common interior finish used when installing an in-ground pool.  You can choose from a variety of colors and additives to create a unique, durable surface.  When including additives into the plaster finish the pool surface is able to hide minor imperfections that can be found.  To ensure properly applied, cured and cared for plaster pool surfaces follow the suggestions below.

  • Apply Pool Plaster During The Cooler Months

It is in the best interest of your new pool plaster not to be installed during the hot months of summer.  If you know that your pool is due for new plaster be sure to schedule the job to be completed before you open your pool in the cool spring months or before closing the pool in the cooler months of fall.

If plaster is applied to a pool during hot months it can prematurely dry out causing tiny cracks throughout the plaster surface.  Plastering a pool in cooler months allows the air to suck out the moisture slowly.  The perfect temperature to install plaster is between fifty and seventy degrees with above average humidity.

  • Add Water To Your Freshly Plastered Pool Without Stopping

When a pool is freshly plastered it is best to call in a company that can bring in enough water to fill the pool all at one time.  The pool plaster will cure better then it is underwater.  Filling the pool slowly or is able to standstill for any amount of time you risk a line of dirt forming around the new pool plaster at the level the water has stopped.

  • Keep The Pool Water Clean

While filling the freshly plastered pool and throughout the swimming season do your best to keep the water clean.  Leaves and dirt that is left to build up on the fresh plaster it will stain.  When cleaning the new plaster choose to brush the pool by hand daily.  For a few weeks after automatic pool cleaners can leave marks on the plaster.

  • Maintain The Chemicals In The Pool Water

New plaster creates a water environment with higher than normal pH conditions.  During the first year with new plaster it is essential that you check the pH balance daily and add a pH reducer regularly as needed to keep the total alkalinity.  The calcium hardness should range between two hundred and four hundred ppm to prevent the calcium from being pulled out of the plaster.

  • Acid Start The Pool After New Plaster Is Installed:

An acid start procedure is a method that lowers the total alkalinity level in the pool to as near as 0 as possible.  This helps the water to absorb all of the dust leftover by the plaster and cures the plaster quicker.

Now is a perfect time to set up a meeting to meet with pool plaster companies and choose one to schedule your pool plaster revival for the spring.

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