We recently had our 20x40 inground pool replastered. A few weeks after
the replastering, I noticed hairline cracks around the upper part of the
walls and the steps. We talked to our installation person (who
basically contracted out this job to someone else) and he said that our
Ph was too high and it was our problem.
We do live in an area with a high water table, they did remove all of
water to replaster, and the pool was refilled with our garden hoses,
which took a few days.
Did the upper portions of the plaster "cure" too quickly and now are
cracking? What does the Ph of the water do to new plaster?
Any information or pointers to information will be greatly appreciated.
Do a ph test , But honestly Id say BS. An installer error. And take
the sob to small claim , Why , because if he even truely thought that
was a possibility he would have checked it and wavered you on the
So he is negligent, or a lier or both.
The SOB has his line down doesnt he.
The pool company came back everyday and checked it. I as the consumer
was not told to spray the plaster, but I can not guarantee that the
installer did either.
So, it does sound like the plaster did not "cure" properly, (ie, dried
too fast)? Now, I guess the issue is "whose fault is it?" and what
needs to be done to correct it? Does it require a total redo?
Its their fault, they monitored the job they did the job, they did not
give you instructions or orders to follow that you failed on. I dont
know pools but if paint , concrete , plaster, mortar, welds , etc dont
bond you remove all loose product and redo the job.
If they dont jump to fix it or agree in writing to a agreement tell
them you will file small claim for full cost. here it costs 35$ and
takes 5 minutes, That will get them a movin.
It possibly was bad surface prep. Either way get an agreement today or
file, tell them you will drop claim if its fixed.
I can't believe they told you not to keep this thing wet. I understand they
don't want you blasting the plaster off but you should have been misting it to
keep it wet until the pool water covered it. This is basically stucco and it
has to be treated the same way.
They didn't tell us to do anything special when it was filling with
water.They set up the hoses with the socks over them, they came out each
day and checked on it, all we were told to do was leave the water
running, one hose in the deep end and one in the shallow end (which we did).
So, are these cracks serious defects, or are they possible "crazing"?
I have been trying to find out as much as I can on the web, and I found
reference to "crazing" which kind of sounds like what we have. Only
problem is that I have not been able to find a picture so that I can
verify that's what our pool looks like.
I wonder if the pool shifted a bit causing the cracks? You mention you live
in an area with high water table..My parents used to live in Titusville
Florida and they had a pool that had to be replastered..Mom said they put
some sort of pipes in the ground all around the pool to relieve water
pressure under the pool while it was empty..The guy told her without them
the ground water could push the pool out..They did not have any trouble
after the replaster, but maybe this is your situation??
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