How To Cure Your Plaster Swimming Pool Properly
Concrete pools last for a very long time if they are constructed well. The period immediately after the construction is also very important since it determines how well that concrete cures and sets. This article discusses the special steps that have to be taken to ensure that the concrete cures well. Do not swim in the pool during this curing period.
Quickly Fill The Pool
Once the plastering process has been completed, quickly fill the pool with water. Use as many hoses as you can get so that the pool fills up in the shortest possible time. It is also important that you prevent the water from hitting the pool floor with force to avoid damaging the plaster. Tie a cloth to the hose top so that the hose is firmly on the pool floor. Once the pool fills up in a short time, the curing process will be slowed so that cracks do not develop in the concrete.
Brush The Pool
Once the pool is full of water, take a soft pool brush that has nylon bristles and begin brushing the pool. Pay attention to the walls, floor and steps. This brushing is important because it prevents the buildup of sediment on the pool's walls or floor. The water will turn cloudy as you brush the pool. This is a sign that you have dislodged dust and other particles that would have stained the pool. Brush the pool at least twice a day in the first week and twice a week in the next three weeks.
Turn The Filter On
Start the filter as you brush the pool and leave it on until the water has become clear. This will take several days, so keep checking the filter pressure every day. Any pressure rise indicates that the filters need to be cleaned since they have become clogged with dirt. Turn the filtration system off as you clean the filters; then activate it once you have finished cleaning the filters.
Add Stain Inhibitors
Add stain inhibitor chemicals to the pool so that the materials brushed off the pool do not re-attach themselves to the pool walls or floor. The stain inhibitor also attracts metal particles to it so these chemicals are a good way to sanitise your pool thoroughly before you start using it in about three weeks.
The pool constructor should (ideally) perform the measures above. However, it is good for you to know what is involved so that you ensure that everything is done correctly. If all the steps are followed, your pool will cure well and it will last for a very long time without needing any repairs.
For more information, contact a business such as Gold Coast Family Pools & Spas.