It’s a thrill to have a swimming pool in your own yard. But all plaster and concrete pools are prone to some problems. There are two types of plaster problems. First, your pool plaster gets stained due to dirt, leaf tannins, rust and other minerals. Second, the plaster can crack and chip over time. When the surface naturally wears away, the sealant on the surface breaks down. That allows the plaster to crack more easily. In order to tackle these problems, you need pool cleaning and pool repair. Here are some tips to keep your pool looking clean and beautiful.
Tips for pool plaster cleaning
There are multiple ways to clean the plaster, depending on how dirty it is and what has caused the dirt.
- Scrub the sides and floor of the pool with a hard brush at least twice a week in order to prevent anything holding on to the plaster.
- If the stain is organic, left from a leaf or acorn for example, a small amount of granular chlorine added and allowed to settle on the stain will usually remove it instantly.
- Remaining stains can be rubbed with sandpaper.
- If chlorine doesn’t work, use acid. Draining and acid washing will remove a thin layer of plaster along with stains, exposing fresh, new looking plaster beneath.
- To avoid future problems, scrub plaster regularly with a brush.
Tips for pool plaster repair
Here are some tips on how you can repair the plaster yourself.
- First of all put on the safety gear. Remove dirt and debris from the crack and use a broom to remove loose plaster pieces.
- Before repairing the crack, make it larger. Attach the blade to the grinder, place the tip in the crack, and turn it on low. Move it back and forth and up and down until it is wide and deep enough to fill with new plaster cement.
- Soak the area in order to prevent moisture from being pulled out of the fresh cement to be added. Wipe away the plaster dust.
- Make the cement mix using 3 parts Portland cement, 2 parts sand, and 1 part water.
- Take a small amount onto the putty knife, and place it into the crack. Line the walls and sides of the crack, and then fill it entirely with cement.
- Trowel it to remove excess cement and even it out with the rest of the surface.
These tips can help you tackle pool plaster problems, if you are the DIY kind of pool owner. Still, if you are not sure how to do this or if these procedures seem like more than you can handle, call our pool professionals to discuss pool cleaning and pool repair. One visit by our pool professional and your pool will have an appealing shine with sparkling water! Whether you need advice on pool cleaning, pool maintenance service, or pool repair feel free to call on us.