Fibreglass Lining of New Pools
Fibreglass Lining of Existing Pools
Falcon Fibreglass has been lining pools in KwaZulu Natal with fibreglass since 1983, under the expert direction of Hennie Wiegand. After 33 years at the helm, Hennie decided to take a well-deserved break and hand over the reigns to Pieter Swanepoel, who now supervises Falcon’s highly experienced team onsite.
Falcon Fibreglass’ attention to quality and service remain unchanged, with all work carried out quickly, neatly and efficiently. In addition to relining domestic pools, Falcon Fibreglass also has the expertise and experience to take on considerably larger pools such as school and public pools.
Over the years, Falcon Fibreglass has undertaken work for a variety of commercial establishments and has successfully relined numerous school pools as well as a wide variety of pools in residential complexes, resorts and hotels in and around Durban.
Although much of Falcon’s work is concentrated in the greater Durban area, the team also travels further afield in KwaZulu Natal and sometimes even beyond, depending on the size and scale of the project.
We line new and existing swimming pools in private homes and residential estates.
We line new and existing swimming pools in resorts, B&B’s, hotels and apartment blocks.
We line new and existing swimming pools in schools and for olympic size training pools.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why Choose Fibreglass?
If you have black algae, stains or a rough surface in your swimming pool, a fibreglass lining is definitely the answer to your pool problems. Algae will grow in any water that is not correctly treated but the roots cannot get a grip into the smooth, non-porous surface of a fibreglass lining. A light brushing is all that is needed to remove it, ensuring easier maintenance and less chemical usage.
What Type of Pool Surfaces Do You Reline?
Any pool that is gunite, marble plastered, brick or vinyl can have a fibreglass lining installed.
What is the Process?
- The pool is drained and cleaned.
- A groove is cut below the coping tiles to anchor the fibreglass.
- A primer resin coat is applied.
- One layer of reinforced chopped strand matting is laminated onto the surface at a ratio of 4:1, resin to matt.
- The complete surface is lightly touch-ground to eliminate any strands of glassfibre.
- A pigmented topcoat is applied.
- The process only takes two days with no mess left behind.
- Tissue transfer mosaics, applied to the scumline, are an optional extra.
- All work is guaranteed.
What Do I Do When My Pool Lining is Complete?
Step 1: BACKWASH your filter
Make sure the filter is working properly without a pool cleaner (See filtration below)
Step 2: PH
6.8 – 7.5 on test kit. Add 1 litre of pool acid at a time until the target of 6.8 is reached. Thereafter check WEEKLY.
*** Acid should always be diluted in a bucket of 5 litres of water before adding to the pool
*** DO NOT continue to Step 3 until pH has correct reading on test kit.
Step 3: CHLORINE
1 TO 2 parts per million (ppm) on test kit. Add one to 2 cups of granular chlorine at a time until target of 2 ppm is reached. Thereafter check WEEKLY.
Avoid using chlorine floaters. Keep chlorine constant and do not over-chlorinate
***DO NOT continue to step 4 until correct chlorine levels have been reached.
Step 4: TOTAL ALKALINITY
60 ppm on test kit. Add 1 to 2 kgs Sodium Bicarb on start up.
Thereafter check MONTHLY and add 1kg per month to maintain 40 to 60 ppm.
***DO NOT add Bicarb and stabiliser at the same time; wait for a 2 to 3 day interval.
Step 5: STABILISER
Add 1 kg per 50 000 litres of water, on start up.
Follow instructions on packaging.
Thereafter check BIANNUALY by having pool water tested at a reputable pool shop.
AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANERS: Use 2 days a week only.
FILTRATION: See instructions below for Filtration.
COPPER RELATED PRODUCTS: Definitely NOT recommended.
Do I Need a Filtration System?
The most common cause of green water in your pool is usually insufficient circulation of the water through the filter and not a chemical cause.
Ideally all the water should pass through the filter in 8 hours or less.
Filters should run approximately 6 hours in winter and 8 to 10 hours in summer.
Most systems filter between 8 & 10 kilolitres per hour WITHOUT a pool cleaner or skimmer connected to the system. If automatic cleaning devices are used, disconnect them when the pool is clean. This way you ensure maximum flow rate through the filter, resulting in cleaner water and using less chemicals. The most efficient cleaning system is manual vacuum with an 8 wheel sweeper.
Do I Need Filter Sand?
For a sparkling pool you need to manually wash the filter sand (backwash) every 3 months or at least twice a year.
Sand should be replaced between 3 to 5 years.
Good filtration ensures less running time, cleaner water, less chemical usage; which altogether saves time, money and energy.
Can I Use An Automatic Pool Cleaner?
By design, pool cleaners reduce the flow rate of water through the filtration system, which means less water passes through the filter. The filtration system without a pool cleaner will filter approximately 10 000 litres per hour. Some cleaners will reduce the flow by 50%. This poor flow rate is often the cause of green water.
Why Are There Brown Stains On My Pool?
***Stains are usually caused by metal precipitation.
All water generally contains some particles of metal. The existing metal content of the pool water will be increased with the use of aftermarket products that contain metals (e.g. copper). Brown stains are often caused by a high chlorine level and very alkaline water (pH too high). Simply follow the maintenance procedure by correcting chlorine levels to 1 – 2 ppm and pH to 6.8.