Pool Fountain - Gold Medal Pools & Outdoor Living

3. Your First Few Weeks

Please note that discoloration and staining of plaster are very common in pools that have not been properly cared for by pool owners.  This is especially true with new pools and fresh plaster.  Poor water conditions, poor weather conditions, and chemical imbalances can cause these problems.  Therefore, it is important that you take maximum care and caution to prevent any problems due to improper maintenance and service.


You may also notice a blotchy, gray, mottling appearance develop on the plaster before the pool is filled or after the water clears.  This is the natural curing process of the plaster. Several months may go by before the plaster cures to a fairly even shade.  Sometimes blotchy patterns may seem to appear during shade and disappear during sunny hours.  This is also normal with plaster.


Checking, Crazing, or Small Cracks in the PlasterGenerally on the top steps, bench seats, and next to the tile line, these conditions are often caused by wind or dry weather or a combination of both situations.  Unfortunately, it can happen at almost any time but will not cause any problems with your plaster durability and are considered normal occurrences with plastering outdoor pools.

Frequent backwashing or cleaning of the cartridges is normal, during the first few weeks.  Once the plaster has finished curing, backwashing and cleaning requirements will return to normal, provided proper filtration, chemical, and cleaning care is followed.  The filtration system may now be set to operate for normal seasonal and swimming pool size requirements. The swimming pool cleaner may be installed after the two week curing period is completed. If you have a salt pool, salt may be added at this time.

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