We often say we know how to build pools and spas right because we see so much that has been done wrong.

Occa­sion­ally, we describe one of these sce­nar­ios in the blog—and we recently came across a doozy.

 

This photo shows the spa step filled in with plas­ter instead of being prop­erly repaired.

 

Ear­lier this fall we got a call to resur­face a spa. Some time ago, they had it resur­faced by another com­pany. As we were prep­ping it, we dis­cov­ered that the per­son who’d done the work ear­lier had taken a short­cut and, instead of prop­erly fix­ing cracks that had devel­oped, they sim­ply filled in the miss­ing con­crete areas with plaster.

Our prep work is exten­sive, so we often catch issues like this. The prob­lem is that patch­ing it in this way actu­ally cre­ated two sep­a­rate con­crete enti­ties, which move sep­a­rately from another and lead to fur­ther sur­face dam­age.  You need to have one solid entity for struc­tural integrity.

When we fig­ured out what had hap­pened, we showed our cus­tomer the issue and how we could struc­turally repair it. We then drilled in rebar to add rein­force­ment to the edge of the steps and benches and then repaired the con­crete shell. Once the bond coat was installed, we installed the plas­ter.  The cus­tomer was delighted with the look and dura­bil­ity of the new surface.

 

Here’s the fin­ished spa… this should last a while!

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