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Excavation
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Tile and Coping Installed
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Finished Product

In addition to repair and renovation of existing pools, Sparkling Pool Services, Inc. also builds new swimming pools. All aspects of construction, including permits, will be coordinated by our expert staff. By incorporating creative elements such as natural stone coping, designer colored plaster, and stamped concrete, the possibilities for your new pool are limitless!

There are three common types of inground swimming pool: concrete pools, fiberglass pools, and steel walls/vinyl lined pools.

At Sparkling Pool Services, Inc., we specialize in renovating and remodeling concrete pools. There are many ways to construct a concrete pool, but the most common method involves the following procedure:

1. Excavate the site – the site is marked out, and the hole is dug using excavators or loaders. The dimensions of the hole will exceed the pool dimensions by approximately 1 foot on each side of the pool. The additional 1 foot will accommodate the width of the concrete pool shell.

2. The underground plumbing is installed- This will include the skimmer wells, main drains, and return fittings, in addition to all the underground piping connecting these fittings to the filter equipment.

3. The reinforcing steel is installed – Often called the rebar cage, the reinforcing steel is installed. This steel will add considerable strength to the concrete.

4. The concrete shell is installed – There are a variety of ways of installing the concrete. It can be installed by erecting forms and pouring the concrete. More commonly the concrete shell is “shot” in place. The concrete (or shotcrete) is pumped from a concrete truck to the pool site. It is placed by shooting the concrete against the earthen walls of the pool. There are two types of shotcrete:
     a. Wet: the water is mixed with the cement and aggregate in the truck. The wet mixture is pumped to the pool for placement.
     b. Dry: (also called gunite): The dry materials (cement and sand) are pumped to the end of the hose. A small amount of water is added at the end of the hose to allow for the hydration of the materials. This mixture is shot against the earthen wall at a high velocity to ensure good compaction.

5. Coping is installed – coping is the cap that is installed at the top of the pool wall. The coping can be a pre-cast concrete block, or brick.

6. Waterline tile is installed – typically a 6” band of ceramic tile is installed at the top of the interior pool wall. The water line will sit on these tiles during normal operation. Because the tiles are non-porous, the tile will allow for the easy cleaning of a “bath-tub” ring that may develop during use.

7. Interior finish is installed – Sometimes the concrete interior is painted or coated in fiberglass. However, the most common interior finish in a concrete pool is composed of pool plaster. Pool plasters are a cemetatious finish that is composed of a white cement and an aggregate:
     a. White plaster: a combination of white cement and crushed marble. This has been a staple of the pool industry. It gives the pool a light blue appearance when filled. This finish can be damaged by bad water chemistry.
     b. Quartz finish: The marble is replaced by colored crush quartz. The quartz comes in a dazzling array of colors. In addition, as quartz is stronger than marble, this surface will have a higher life expectancy and with resistant poor water chemistry better than white plaster.
     c. Pebble finish: This finish uses pebbles as an aggregate, as opposed to crushed quartz or marble. The pebbles are as strong as quartz, so the life expectancy of these finishes can be quite long.

8. Filter system is installed – The combination of pumps, chemical feeders, and filter tanks is installed. This equipment is designed to remove debris and sanitize the pool water.

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