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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