POOL CONSTRUCTION PROCESS – STEP 9
“WATER FEATURES” – BRIEF OVERVIEW: Water features can be made of many different materials, from natural rocks to block, and concrete to tile. There are many ways to install & build water features, and they involve usually a few days to build. Now is the time in the job where we are integrating the water feature, waterfall, or fountain into your swimming pool. This step can be done BEFORE or AFTER the decking & waterline tile, so – don’t worry about the order (let us handle the best scenario).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What happens if I don’t like the water feature? Probably our most asked question, and Unique takes pride in making all of our water features look the way YOU want them to! You should have seen some picture or design prior to us building it, but since they are custom built, please say something instead of waiting. Generally, if you let us know your thoughts, then we can come up with a reasonable solution to make you happy.
We DO NOT want you to be unhappy with the finishing touches of the pool, since these are what you will be looking at for years to come… say something, tell us what you don’t like, communicate, and let us see what we can do!
Is it too late to add to my water feature? Odds are, we have probably ordered the proper materials to build your waterfall or feature, but based on our philosophy of your “SATISFACTION” is our priority, then please let us know your thoughts ASAP. We can usually come up with something to make you happy.
**ARTIFICIAL WATER FEATURE PHASE** (IMPORTANT INFO)
Duration:5 to 9 days (depending on size & scope)
Notes: This phase requires an extended amount of time because of the complex nature & steps involved in artificial rock work – please be patient! Also, since this is not natural rock, it requires some bit of setting expectations on what to expect, and how to maintain your water feature & slide over the years to come.
SETTING EXPECTATIONS – Our water feature installers and Unique would like to set some expectations on what to expect from a maintenance standpoint.
- Your concrete slide is designed and built to provide many years of service. However, with all concrete structures, small cracks may occur. These cracks are normal, and should not compromise the integrity of the slide. The downside is they may allow water to settle in them and cause a deposit of efflorescence. Efflorescence appears as white streaks or “calcium-like” build up at the crack. This is, of course, exaggerated by the “hardness” of the water here in the Valley.
- These deposits can be removed by scrubbing with a synthetic or plastic “scotchbrite” sponge pad. These are the same pads used to scrub Teflon pots & pans. Do not use metallic scouring pads or brushes, as they are too aggressive and will remove the clear sealer. Another household product that may help is CLR (calcium, lime, rust) which is available at most grocery stores. Follow the directions on the container for surface cleaning, and rinse with fresh water. Scrubbing these areas should keep your slide useable, but may need to be re-sealed.
- The slide is colored using concrete stain and sealed using a clear, high-gloss, “high solids” concrete sealer. This sealer is designed for high traffic floors and is quite durable. It will keep its gloss for many years, but may need re-application if slide is worn or surface cracks need to be sealed
(sometimes as soon as 2-3 years).
RESEAL PROCESS: It is usually best to do this process in outside temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees, if possible.
- Application procedure starts with a light hand sanding (120 grit paper) to slightly rough up the area to be resealed. Be careful not to sand completely through the old sealer to the stain layer.
- Thoroughly rinse the surface with fresh water and a clean sponge. Make sure the area is completely clean & dry before applying sealer.
- Use a 2″ bristle or foam brush in even strokes, and blend any drips or runs before the sealer becomes tacky.
- Slide should be ready to use the following day.
The Clear Seal HS is available at:
Cohills Building Specialties – 3825 E
Anne Street – Phoenix, AZ – 85040
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At any time, you can contact your project scheduler and/or check your ONLINE project folder (click for access) (which will tell you important information, such as completed phases, next phases, and payment amounts due for certain phases).