When it comes to building pools, it’s an understatement to say that weather delays are not a popular topic.
However, it’s important to know that before Mother Nature brings you days of sunny poolside fun—she could rain on your construction parade: Unfortunately, weather delays are something that all pool contractors and some of their clients will have to face.
What can be confusing and particularly frustrating for pool buyers everywhere is how delays can be longer than the duration of the inclement weather. In other words: one day of rain does not equal a one-day delay in construction. There are several reasons why.
One is that the ground needs to dry before crews can proceed with certain construction phases; this process of soil drying out usually takes several days or longer.
In cases where rain was unexpected, an excavated pool hole that was awaiting gunite may fully or partially cave in, or it may fill with rainwater. Sometimes, water in a hole like this must be pumped out before the soil can even begin to dry out.
There is also the dreaded domino effect. Typically, pool builders have several or more jobs that are simultaneously under construction. When it showers on multiple pool sites, even a modest downpour can throw a wrench into construction schedules for everyone.
This domino effect even can occur when you would never expect it—it’s the phenomenon known as a “sunshine delay”: Even if a single drop does not fall at your house, a downpour in another part of town may delay crews from finishing work on another pool. This in turn holds up their arrival to work on your pool!
In addition to rain, other weather conditions can sideline progress. For example, pool plaster cannot be applied during gusty winds that could blow sand, leaves, or other debris into the smooth, freshly applied material.
Naturally, weather delays can be trying for anyone waiting for their new pool to be completed. Do keep in mind that you and your builder will be on the same page regarding your pool’s completion: Like you, they want to finish as soon as possible.
A good builder will also want to ensure the integrity of the pool structure—even if it means taking longer. Maintaining quality requires they not take risks during construction that could adversely impact the end result.
For example, you would not want your builder to gamble on your new pool by installing ceramic tile in freezing temperatures, which could result in mortar failing to properly bond to the tile and pool beam—eventually causing them to separate.
A pool is a major backyard addition. Ultimately, a well-built one will add beauty to your home and give your family years of enjoyment—all making any extra wait well worth it!