You just installed your new plaster pool — or had the old one re-plastered. You’re excited and already planning a pool party. The last thing that you expect, of course, is that a defect with the pool could turn into a disaster.
There are a few defects that can occur in a plaster pool. Knowing what to look for so you can spot defects can help you avoid damage to your yard and the foundation of your home.
What are the defects that might occur in a plaster swimming pool?
Some of the more common defects include:
- Etching: This indicates a soft spot within the plaster. It causes the layers of plastic to separate and is most common on steps and around the wall fittings.
- Discoloration: This occurs when the plaster suffers damage by an excessive calcium chloride set accelerator. It creates a mottled look in the plaster that can return even after it’s addressed.
- White spots: White spots on the pool’s finish signal that the surface has become porous. This indicates that the plaster is weakening in certain areas faster than it should.
- Cracking or crazing: Excessive drying before the pool is filled can lead to cracking. In the most severe cases, it’s known as crazing. This sets up the possibility of algae and is often filled with dirt.
- Flaking and spalling: Plaster flaking off is usually the result of improper trowel passes. It creates a weakened subsurface that reduces the integrity of the pool.
It’s imperative that anyone who thinks that they have a defect in their swimming pool takes swift action. While many contractors will correct issues immediately, others try to pass the buck. Taking legal action might be necessary if the contractor won’t provide a suitable remedy. Working with an attorney who’s familiar with these cases is critical so you can find out the options you have and work toward a solution.