549 West Billinis Road
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
Phone:
(801) 685-2212

Remodeling & Replaster

With new health codes constantly being updated and changed for commercial pools, Precision Pools and Spas is uniquely situated because of our complete (including plaster) service to satisfy the requirements of the Health Department, not to mention the safety of the swimming public.

In addition to what you “have to” do, we can do what you “want to” do. It may be just a simple replaster or maybe you would like to use that investment to completely change your look.

  Plaster

 

A plaster finish is a versatile finish for your pool or spa. You can get a nice clean look with standard white plaster or choose from a variety of colored plaster options. The Beadcrete or exposed aggregate finishes are very durable and they come in a variety of colors as well.

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The surface of your pool is constantly changing, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many factors contribute to these changes, including the water hardness, heat, evaporation, treatment, maintenance, usage and the composition and curing characteristics of the plaster itself. In time, the cosmetic appearance of the plaster will gradually change as a result of these naturally occurring events. There are some procedures that can be helpful in minimizing these effects. Please consider the following section on preventative maintenance for better plaster care.

BRUSHING
The brushing of your pool is an important plaster maintenance procedure. Brushing will help keep the surface smooth and free of debris, as well as helping to prevent metals and minerals from adhering to the surface. Whether you have a pool service or an automatic pool cleaning device, the pool owner should thoroughly brush the pool at least every other week.

WATER TESTING
The pool owner should test the pool water for pH, alkalinity and disinfectant levels before adding chemicals. At least two times per year, have your pool water tested for calcium hardness, total hardness and dissolved solids. In areas of high water hardness, evaporation or other unique chemical factors it would be advisable to perform these tests more frequently. If possible, have copper and iron levels checked as well.

STAIN PREVENTION
The regular use of stain preventative chemicals can greatly reduce the staining effects of the dissolved minerals in your pool water. Follow manufacturer’s directions or refer to your pool professional for proper dosages for your pool.

FILTRATION
Proper filtration is important to the upkeep of your plaster and your pool. Your pool should be filtered daily to ensure the removal of dirt and debris, as well as to provide adequate circulation. Never allow dirt and debris to remain undisturbed for long periods of time as this will cause discoloration and mottling. It would be helpful to mark down your filter’s clean operating pressure so that you can easily determine when cleaning is necessary. Generally speaking, the filter will require cleaning when the pressure is 5-12 pounds over the initial clean starting pressure. This will vary, depending on brand, type and model. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for yours.

WATER CHEMISTRY AND YOUR PLASTER
Water normally contains many dissolved minerals and metals. When water evaporates, only distilled (pure) water is lost and all the dissolved minerals and metals are left behind. The eventual build-up of these materials in your pool water contributes to the hardness. Calcium is one of the key elements found in both your pool water and plaster. It exists in equilibrium; if the water is too high in calcium, it can withdraw calcium from the plaster in order to maintain its balance resulting in “etching”. Calcium is necessary in the water, too much or too little will affect the plaster. PH and alkalinity imbalances will also contribute to these problems. Exercise caution when adding chemicals to your pool, some chemicals can bleach or burn the finish if allowed to settle on the surface. Scaling or corrosive conditions can be minimized by monitoring and maintaining proper chemical conditions.

When you sanitize your pool, you are primarily treating the organic (living) material in the water and adjusting the pH and alkalinity to compensate for any changes the sanitizing agent may have had upon them. Water used to fill your pool can also change the balance and may require treatment. Regular pool treatment does not reduce the amount of dissolved minerals and other elements in the water. If you pool water tests high in dissolved minerals or calcium hardness, you should consider using stain preventative chemicals. In time, you may need to drain and refill your pool when the levels of dissolved minerals and hardness become excessive.

LOCAL WATER CONDITIONS
Local water conditions will play an important role in your pool and plaster chemistry. Water composition by its nature, is not stable, it will vary from day to day and from location to location. You may want to consider having the water analyzed from the tap you use to fill your pool to check its chemical makeup.

ALKALINITY TESTING
Alkalinity is often neglected as an aspect of pool care. Proper control of your water alkalinity is essential to stabilize your pH and ensure that your pool water does not experience drastic pH changes. Contact your builder, plasterer or service company for suggested levels based on the sanitizer used and local water conditions.

COLORED PLASTER POOLS
Naturally occurring mottling is more evident in colored plaster pools. Since the scale that forms on plaster in very light in tone colored plaster pools may require different care than white plaster pools. Strategies to deal with colored plaster can include chelation or calcium reduction. Even with these additional measures it may not be possible to entirely prevent discoloration. Please consult your builder, plasterer or service professional for more information.

CARE OF SWIMMING POOL TILE
Swimming pool tile provides the “scum“ line for the collection of material on the water surface. Preventative maintenance is the key to keeping the tile clean. Hard water or insufficient pool water maintenance can lead to a scale buildup that can be quite unsightly and costly to remove. Periodic brushing and the occasional use of tile cleaner will help keep your tile clean and shiny.

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We Take It From A…Past Z

Whether you have a small backyard or an out of code 200k gallon lap pool, we take care of the whole process. Including Engineering review, Health Dept compliance, and Architectural review.

Regardless of the size, shape, or problem with your current pool, we can find a solution!