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.
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.
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