Pool and Spa Restoration is a process that can take anywhere from one day to three weeks. Many factors will dictate how long the restoration process will take, such as the size of the pool or spa, the type of material being restored, and any damage to equipment. The most important factor, however, is time. The pool or spa will look best if the restoration is done correctly. Most restorers will use a fine-grade fiberglass mesh to cover any exposed areas that were damaged during the flood. The mesh allows air to circulate and dry out the weakened concrete surface. This will require four weeks of specific attention for most pools and spas to ensure the mesh has been installed correctly.
Pool Pump Upgrades
The pump is an essential factor in the overall success of the restoration. Usually, there is enough water left in a flooded pool or spa to make running the pump more difficult than usual. The extra water can also cause damage to the equipment if it runs too long, so most restorers will drain out all of the water and have the customer purchase a new, more powerful pump to get through the restoration process and clear out any standing water at the end. For in-ground pools, this usually requires a new pump. For above-ground pools, this usually requires nothing more than a new cartridge and filter. The replacement of the old pump is essential, and the restorer is not recommended to do this. Pump upgrades are best left to professionals or people with experience with that equipment.
Pool Tile Cleaning
One of the factors that can significantly affect the success of any restoration is the condition of the tile itself. Standing water can damage many tile materials, especially long-term ones. If there is any question, it is best to consult a professional in that field before making any assumptions. A total blast with a pressure washer will remove most of the dirt and grime from the tile, but some restorers may opt to power wash while wearing protective gear to ensure they don’t damage their equipment. If the tile is black, grout lines can be repaired by cleaning it with a particular chemical that will enhance the grouting. Restoration of all tile surfaces should be completed within the first week. Many customers will have to have their insurance company assess the damage, so it is best to ensure everything is thoroughly cleaned and ready to be inspected as soon as possible. Again, remember that time is essential, and the longer the restoration takes, the worse it will look when finished. The correct way to clean tile stains is at 75 degrees F, never above 120 degrees F or below 50 degrees F.
Cosmetic Pool Repair
Once the tile is cleaned and restored, most pools can be repaired with a non-pool-specific patch or epoxy. The patches are installed over the damaged areas and painted to match the pool’s color. This process can take one to two weeks, depending on the pool size, amount of damage, and what is needed to complete repair work. The pool is left to dry for at least one week before any finishing touches can be added. Again, the pool or spa must be immaculate to ensure proper drying, inspection, and any needed repairs once the pool is filled again.
Pool Mastic Sealant & Control Joints
During the restoration process, many pool contractors will add an extra layer of protection by using a mastic sealant to fill in any gaps or cracks found along the perimeter edge of the pool. Some even opt to put down a thin layer of mastic sealant as an extra precaution. The “control joints” are also sealed with this thin layer of mastic, allowing the pool to flex and move more easily once filled. This procedure lasts for at least four weeks and gives the new layer of concrete time to dry before being filled with water.
It’s important to keep a look out for the signs that you need to replace the pool mastic
- Concrete decking is sinking lower than pool level
- Cracks forming on the concrete near pool edge
- Coping pieces becoming loose
- Pool Tile Cleaning, Scale Removal
After the pool, tiles are dried and the epoxy or patching is applied, it is time to give the pool a good washdown with a pressure washer. The pressure washer will remove any loose dirt and grime, but some restorers may use a soft scrub brush for stubborn spots or stains. After removing all loose dirt and grime, it is time to chemically clean the fiberglass surface with a product that removes calcium from the surface of tile materials. The calcium from the pool water allows algae to form, so it is critical to treat the tile surfaces before algae forms. When the tile is clean, the restorer will use a high-pressure power washer and then go over the tiles with a soft paintbrush. The restorer will use a dye or clear sealant to color the tile surfaces before they are allowed to dry. The dye will allow the customer to choose between different shades of grey, while the clear sealant will allow for vibrant colors when it’s finished.
Resurfacing the pool is the last step in most restoration processes. This will involve filling in cracks or seams with a thin layer of fiberglass mesh, then laying down a new layer of resin over the old one. The restorer will follow the manufacturer’s directions to ensure that the surface and pool deck surfaces are adequately prepared for the best results. After four weeks of drying, it is time to fill the pool again.
What Is Pool Resurfacing?
Pool resurfacing removes the old surface of your pool or spa and adds a brand new one. Some professional pool contractors do it to give pools and spas a fresh start. Resurfacing can prepare an old pool deck before installing a new tile surface or outdoor living space. Before you begin this process, it is wise to add an extra layer of protection to avoid any problems in the future. The process is quite simple, but some pool resurfacing companies will supply a much more detailed timetable as they remove the old surface and prepare the pool for a new one. They can also assist you in determining what material is best for your home and what that lifestyle will be.
Pool Resurfacing Options
There are many different types of pool resurfacing options to choose from. The three main options are concrete, vinyl, and synthetic. Concrete is a very durable and long-lasting material that can last for decades. It is perfect for any backyard or in a commercial setting. Vinyl is another durable material that can withstand sun, rain, heat, and freezing temperatures well. It is not as strong as concrete but will last longer than most synthetic surfaces because it won’t crack or chip easily. Synthetic is typically a solid material ideal for commercial pools but can also be used for residential pools. Another option to look into is using colored resin to suit your tastes. The color can be easily matched to your pool if you choose this option. Before you begin this process, it is wise to mention any wooden areas surrounding the pool or spa that may need protection and any decorations or art around the pool area so they don’t get damaged.
Vinyl is great for most residential pools, but it does not have as much durability as concrete, so if you have many children or animals in the pool or use it frequently, vinyl is not the right choice. It is also not as safe or firm as surface material as all-foam resurfacing options. An all-foam resurfacing process is only recommended when replacing an older pool deck.
Pool Resurfacing Process
The first step in the resurfacing process is using a power washer to clean the old surface material. More recent cement or resin surfaces will need a more powerful pressure washer, and the older surfaces will not be as easy to remove. You will also want to add a release agent before you begin this process that helps keep any paint or other surface residue from sticking to your new surface. This process can take quite a while, depending on your existing surface. One way to speed up this process is to use a portable pressure washer to clean the surface and remove any loose dirt quickly. The next step is to use a few different grinders depending on the age and condition of your existing pool deck. The newer the surface, the simpler it is to remove it, but the older and worn down, the more difficult it can be, so you may want to hire a professional company to do this process for you. After your old surface has been completely removed, you can begin installing your new surface material.
It can be a very time-consuming process to get your pool or spa resurfaced. The initial cost of the resurfacing process can be pretty expensive because it involves removing the old surface, grinding away all of the old material, and then installing a brand-new one. Depending on the pool size, you will need professional help with starting this process when you are ready to begin it.