Resurfacing pool eliminates cut feet, cracks and lost water

Resurfacing pool eliminates cut feet, cracks and lost water

Dennis McGillicuddy and his wife, Tonie, would have enjoyed the pool at their Round Rock, Texas home more often, but the chipped surface left their feet rough, worn and occasionally bloodied. “As long as you didn’t walk on the bottom, everything was cool,” Dennis says.

Dennis admits they should have had the pool repaired 12 years ago when they moved into the home. But the whole house was a fixer-upper. So they dedicated more time and effort to other projects, until last March, when the couple decided to use a home improvement loan to resurface the pool and complete other odd projects.

“It was in pretty bad shape and losing quite a bit of water,” Dennis says of the pool.

The couple hired highly rated Crystal Clear Pools & Spas of Austin, Texas, for the job and spent about $6,500 to make the repairs.

Although the McGillicuddys focused on keeping costs reasonable, Dennis says Crystal Clear Pools & Spas’ bid wasn’t the lowest or the highest. Ultimately, Dennis selected the company because the salesman listened to what he wanted. Other contractors suggested complete makeovers or landscaping he says he didn’t want.

The McGillicuddys intended to spend many afternoons in the pool, but Dennis says Tonie found a house they could downsize to, and the first person who came to their home after it was listed bought it.

Dennis doesn’t know if the pool helped clinch the sale, but he says resurfacing it significantly improved its appearance. Workers removed loose and unbounded plaster, removed rusted reinforcement, sealed new reinforcement and pressure-tested all lines. Afterward, they installed lights, fittings and new receivers for the ladder and hand rail. “I can’t say enough good things, ” Dennis says. “The foreman was one of the best people I’ve ever had in my house to do work. ”

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