Swimming Pool and Spa: What Causes Construction Delays
Updated: Mar 12, 2020
In any type of building project, construction delays can happen and it’s good to be prepared for them when deciding to begin building a new swimming pool or spa. Permits, weather, and other factors can all cause delays and extend the timeline of a project.
Construction can be delayed before it even begins if problems are encountered during the building permit application process. Once the application is received, it goes through a plan check and at least one additional re-check before the permit is issued. The first plan check takes approximately 5 working days for standard pool construction plans, and 15 working days for non-standard plans. Re-checks take about 3 working days for standard plans, and 10 working days for non-standard plans. Even with all paperwork and plans in order, processing takes time. Click here for more Building Permit Information.
Southern California does not experience very many types of extreme weather, but high temperatures should be considered if your project will be under construction during the summer months. Extreme heat can affect steel framework installation, gunite application, and the welfare of the construction crew. Steel installation is done manually and though crew members wear gloves to protect their hands, extremely high temperatures can make the steel too hot to handle and construction may be delayed until the weather cools off. Gunite application can also be delayed due to weather, as the concrete may not cure correctly without enough moisture and the machinery used to apply it can overheat. Extreme temperatures can also make working conditions unsafe for the construction crew, and they may need to adjust their hours to avoid working during the hottest part of the day or reschedule work entirely.
Construction delays can also be caused by other projects being delayed. Contractors often have multiple projects being worked on at the same time, and if one of those experiences a delay it may also affect the timeline of your project.
For specific concerns or questions about construction and potential delays, be sure to communicate with your contractor. They can provide information and help find solutions to keep your project running smoothly.
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