Oh the Weeping! Gunite in August still waiting for Plaster!

Maria Henderson

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Mar 26, 2019
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207 days!

I have read through several threads about weeping gunite and the wait for plaster. I think we have a record.
We started our pool in August during the build of our new home. To be certain there were times early on when I believe the pool could have been plastered but we weren't close to finishing on the house.
Lesson one: wait to start that pool closer to the completion of the house. Of course, we thought we would be in the house in November... but that turned into December.
We had record rainfall in those months leading up to completion of the house.
Now the pool continually weeps. The plaster company will not finish the pool unless we sign something about the weeping and that there could be a problem down the road. We won't sign that.
We are hopeful for dry and warm weather to finally get this hole plastered and filled with the kind of water we desire.
 

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proavia

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Welcome toTFP :wave:

Has any drainage been put in place to mitigate the water issue? If so, do you have details on what was done?
 

pooldv

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Welcome to TFP!

Yeah, the rain we've had the last year or two has been crazy. :crazy: Being on the downhill side there isn't helping either. We have several springs on our property that normally run for 3 or 4 months after big rains. I don't remember the last time they stopped running. We had 3" of rain and hail in an hour last Sunday. :shock:

You could dig a hole behind the pool and put a pump in the bottom of the hole. My brother had to do that in Florida before they could plaster his pool.
 

Maria Henderson

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Mar 26, 2019
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North Texas
@proavia We have not done any drastic measures of digging yet.. but if we can't get it done this week I think we will have to look into that.
@pooldv The weather went all around us on Sunday. We were out doing weather dances to keep it away.
 

proavia

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I would think you would need some type of drainage longterm. Maybe french drains or at least a wellpoint or two with sump pumps. With that hill above you, water is always going to be a concern.
 

jimmythegreek

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You are going to need drainage pits. Otherwise you are gonna wait a long time for a weather window. A compact excavator, enough 10" pvc to reach deeper than the pool, and a load of clean stone and your done in half a day. Dont forget 2 sump pumps and some drain pipe to get away from the pool. I have 3 pits took me half a day tops to install 7ft deep on my 3
 

tuyenie

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May 16, 2019
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North Richland Hills, TX
I feel your pain. We're in the same boat waiting for our gunite to stop weeping. It's been over a month now. Not as long as your 200+ days but I'm feeling anxious to get this finish before summer starts.
 

Maria Henderson

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Mar 26, 2019
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We are still on hold with our pool. We have installed two deep wells behind our pool with pumps. That seems to have helped with the back wall weeping but not entirely. We are still battling rain every 4th day or so. Tonight was began operation spaghetti tubing. We had to drink 5 bottles of wine to make this happen. :ROFLMAO:o_O We hope this will demonstrate to the plaster company that if the holes are plugged that water will not weep around those holes. #fingerscrossed
 

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jimmythegreek

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let us know how that works, interesting idea. have you thought about getting a huge harbor freight tarp and making a half bake A frame roof? I did it and it worked, i let the runoff go into storage totes on each end and had a sump pump with float in them to pump water out into the street. if you get it kinda dry they can hit it with a propane/kerosene heater and dry it up to plaster