Today we are off to Phoenix for calcium removal off 20 year old Pebble Tec. Dick called asking for our help because he was putting the house on the market and wanted the waterline cleaned up. The build up was about 15 years old and actually stuck out 1/2 inch from the pebble surface! I told Dick this type of build up is considered extreme and we will do our best. Calcium removal from Pebble Tec can be tricky. With all the nooks and crannies it is difficult to get perfect results. I explained that after the process there will be a very faint line where the heavy stuff use to be. I call this a ghost line. Its barley visible when its dry but will disappear once the water returns to it original level. Two hours later, with a few touch ups, the calcium removal process was complete and Dick was amazed at the results. (So were we. That was a tough one!) His pool was now a great looking focal point in his backyard. Dick thanked us for the job well done and we have his new pool in the books for next week.
Pebble Tec History
It all started in Australia… during the early 1960s, a tradesmen creatively applied small exposed aggregate finishes to driveways as a decorative solution to ordinary concrete. Because of its aesthetic appeal and anti-slip qualities, this quickly became a popular material for patios and pool decks. In 1969, they began experimenting with this aggregate by applying it as a pool interior finish. By 1974, the process had been proven and a patent was issued in Australia, the United States and Canada. At this point, they began the process of approving and licensing applicators to ensure the installations were of the utmost quality.
This new exposed aggregate pool finish became an overnight success and a popular substitute to plaster because it eliminated the staining issue that was so prevalent with this finish. In the mid-1980s, an American businessman purchased the PebbleTec patent for the United States and Canada. Under his leadership, the application process was greatly improved, and new resources were found for superior quality pebbles. In 1987, the brand name PebbleTec® was established, and an Arizona-based corporation was started. Two years later, Australian investors purchased PTI and today, remain the current owners offering pebbles, glass beads and seashells that are imported from around the world to create four beautiful and distinctively different product lines found in PebbleTec®, PebbleSheen®, PebbleFina®, PebbleBrilliance®, and BeadCrete® branded pool finishes.