May, 2014

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Pool Maintenance Tips from Artistic Pools

How do I care for my new pool’s plaster finish?

A marcite plaster pool interior is a time-tested, durable pool finish, superior to any paint or fiber-tech finish. Brush all areas of the pool surface DAILY for the first 10 days after the pool is filled for the first time. You should continue with weekly brushings for the first year. The cleaning action of an automatic cleaner is NOT adequate. You need to use a brush! To maintain long term beauty and integrity of your marcite plaster finish, please give careful attention to the instructions detailed in the POOL CARE GUIDE from Artistic Pools during the first year.

What is the proper chemical balance for my pool?

Maintain the pH between 7.4-7.8 at all times. Your pH is likely to increase as the plaster cures during the first year. Check pH at least twice weekly and adjust if necessary. Have your water professionally checked for Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness and Metals monthly! Be sure to follow normal chlorinating and shock procedures as detailed in the POOL CARE GUIDE from Artistic Pools.

How do I close my pool after the first season?

Covering your pool at the end of your first season requires special attention to avoid potential scaling and staining to the pool’s surface. We recommend having Artistic Pools close your new pool after the first year to help prevent scaling and staining. The procedure includes bringing the pH to 7.4-7.8. Be sure to remind your pool-closing technician that you have a new plaster finish so they will take these precautions. You will also need to check the pH monthly and adjust if necessary.

What else do I need to know about the plaster finish?

Marcite plaster is not intended to be a slick finish. It is designed to provide you with a non-slip, long lasting pool interior. A plaster finish is not perfect or flawless. You will be able to see some indications of its “hand troweled” workmanship. The plaster mix normally has some small speck of other colors. An underwater light will magnify the trowel marks and cast shadow, giving the bottom a “wavy” appearance, This is a normal effect on all plastered pools. It is normal for some small “check cracks” to appear in the plaster surface. These do not represent any deterioration in the integrity of the plaster nor will they cause any water leakage. Your plaster surface may naturally have some “streaks” or “blotches,” A perfect, uniform all white surface cannot be obtained with plaster. It is also normal for some mild discoloration to appear in parts of the pool as it ages. A mild acid wash of the plaster surface will generally remove most discoloration and stains that may build up over time. Please contact Artistic Pools for more details. Never drain your pool without professional supervision. The drying effect of air and sun can cause extensive damage to the plaster. Likewise, your pool is subject to extensive damage due to “floating” any time your pool is drained.

Pool Safety Guide

Enjoy a safe summer with these swimming pool safety tips from Artistic Pools

Though your pool will become your aquatic playground and provide countless hours of relaxation and pleasure, keep in mind that it is always a potential source of danger. You should always observe the following safety tips when you, your family and guests are in and around your pool.

  • Provide constant supervision when children are in and around your pool.
  • Running, pushing, shoving or horseplay should not be permitted.
  • Diving should only be done from the deepest end of the pool.
  • Only one person should use a diving board at a time.
  • Make sure your children know how to swim.
  • Learn basic water safety training, including rescue methods.
  • Keep a first-aid kit near the pool. Inspect the contents of the first aid kit frequently and replace supplies as they are used.
  • Invest in basic lifesaving equipment and always keep it near the pool. Inspect all lifesaving equipment regularly to ensure that it is in good condition and easily accessible. Basic lifesaving equipment should include a ring buoy with rope attached and a rescue hook.
  • Consider having a cordless phone near the pool for emergencies.
  • Take precautions by restricting access to your pool when no one is around. Do not permit other adults or children to use the pool by themselves. Consider installing an alarm system to alert you when someone enters the pool area.
  • Illuminate the interior of the pool and the area around it with ample lighting. Be certain that a swimmer can be easily seen before allowing nighttime swimming. Be sure that all lights are in good working order.
  • Inspect the drain grates of your pool or spa. Immediately replace damaged grates. Steer activities away from drain grates and do not allow children to sit on them. The suction from a drain grate can hold a person underwater