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    To seal or not to seal... That is my question

    A little history first: My pool is currently under construction. It was dug and shot with gunite back in fall. Now that this long winter is over in the northeast and construction has finally resumed. Hopefully our pavers will be completed this week and we can get the pool plastered in the next 2 weeks.
    That brings me to my question/s: I noticed a lot of efforvescence around the pool walls (while having to stare at them for the past 5 + months). A friend of a friend whom is a pool builder saw my pool and said that I should seal my pool prior to the plaster to prevent further efforvescence and protect my plaster He said if I did not do this then the efforvescence could come through the plaster later. Does this sound right? Do you know of people doing this to their pools?
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    Re: To seal or not to seal... That is my question

    I sealed my pool. I did mine primarily because it is a negative edge pool and the negative edge wall will have water flow on both sides. Also if not treated properly, I could have problems with effervescence and tile or stone pooping off the wall. It never hurts to have it done although, pool builders seldom do it.

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    Re: To seal or not to seal... That is my question

    Did he suggest you seal it on the front side or the backside of the gunite? I could see some value in that if the spots are above the waterline of the pool.

    BTW, it's efflorescence.
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    Re: To seal or not to seal... That is my question

    We did both sides as well as the complete interior

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    Re: To seal or not to seal... That is my question

    Thanks for the feedback! I would only be sealing the interior of the pool as we do not have a negative edge or raised beams. Does efflorescence ever come through plaster if not sealed?

    Thanks in advance!
    MJ
    27,675 GAL IG Gunite pool, Jandy 2HP E Plus Pump, Nature 2 Fusion Soft salt water and mineral sanitizing system , Jandy CL460 Filter
    41 x 21', 740 sq/ft w/ 2 LED Jandy Water Colors Large, 18" Raised 8' Perimeter Spa with LED Jandy Water Colors Small, Jandy LRZ 400K BTU Heater
    Polaris 280 Clearner. 2080 SQ/FT Techo Bloc Blu 60 Decking with 424 face/ft Techo-bloc Mini Creta retaining walls with lighting.

    NEXT Purchase: TF-100 test kit

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