The Process of Resurfacing Your Concrete Swimming Pool: Step 1 Draining the Pool
You may already know it’s time to resurface your swimming pool, but do you know what that work entails?
The most frequently asked questions we receive in the office are about the pool refinishing process, how long it takes, and how does it work. While there are concrete pools of many shapes and sizes, the general process for refinishing the interior surface is the same—the only thing that changes is the length of time it may take (based mostly on the size of the pool) and if there are any repairs needed. We decided we would walk you through this process by writing a series of short blogs that give you more information on the process and each step.
There are five main steps in resurfacing a swimming pool: draining the pool, prepping the pool (which would include repairs and tile work, if any), bond kote, applying the interior finish, and filling the pool. Over the next five weeks we’ll look at each of these steps more in-depth to help you understand the general process used when we remodel your swimming pool!
Draining the Pool
The first step in resurfacing your swimming pool is to drain and prep the pool for the new finish. At this stage in the process—the prep crew will arrive and prepare the work area. In order to properly prepare the work area, the pool needs to be drained and the hydrostatic plug removed from the pool to prevent it from popping out of the ground.
Many homeowners are unaware that their pool has a plug in the bottom and that it is the water that holds the pool down in the ground. When the pool is drained the plug is removed to relieve pressure from the ground water that sits around the pool shell in the ground. If the plug is not removed, the pressure from the ground water can push the pool up and out of the ground. Therefore, we do not advise homeowners to drain their own pools. Advanced Pool & Spa has 35 years of experience in refinishing and remodeling pools and will always do their best to care for your pool as if it were their own; however, as an extra precaution, we also are fully insured with “Pool Pop Out” Insurance which specifically covers this risk.
Once the pool is drained, in most cases a sump pump is placed at the deep end of the pool to remove any excess ground water that may be coming up from the plug. Often, this comes as a surprise to homeowners who may not realize how close the water table sits to the surface here in Florida.
Stay tuned for next week – we will dive into step two of the pool refinishing process. In the meantime, please feel free to check out our social media: like Advanced Pool & Spa on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see some of our current work, and feel free to browse our blog for other pool related topics and to look through our gallery for more photos of our work. Advanced Pool & Spa has the experience to assist you with all your residential and commercial swimming pool and spa remodeling needs!