Pool Info: Pebble Tec

Pebble Tec Pool Finishes

 

Pebble Tec swimming pool surfaces are very similar to plaster or Marcite. Small river pebbles are mixed with Portland cement and dye at the truck. The mix is then pumped through a hose to the pool via high pressure. The mixture is then troweled on to the pool walls and floor. After the new pool surface dries, the surface is acid rinsed to remove the thin cement covering, therefore exposing the smooth surface and pebbles. There are a variety of colors and styles to choose from. From white to dark blue to black. Pebble Tec adds class and personality to your pool, and is a dependable long las ting finish.  

 

Caring for Your Pebble Tec Surface

 

Poolcenter.com recommends that pool owners "balance" their pool water using the "Langlier Saturation Index" This system takes into account pH, alkalinity, water temperature, chlorine and calcium hardness. We recommend that for the first 30 days after the Pebble Tec (or new plaster) is applied, pH and alkalinity be monitored regularly as they can directly affect the appearance of the surface. It might help to maintain levels of pH, alkalinity and calcium hardness toward the lower end of the index. Keep in mind, based on your water source; you may need to add "muriatic acid" to your new pool 2 to 3 times per week during the first month. After 30 days, the pool should be checked 1 to 2 times per week and adjusted accordingly. If your finish is a darker color, in particular black, it is even more important that you follow these instructions. Do not chlorinate your pool until water is filtered and pH and alkalinity are acceptable. Chlorine is highly reactive and can cause metals or minerals to precipitate (cloud water, scale and/or stain).