Survey Reveals Shifting Preferences in Pool Chemicals and Sanitation Systems Maintenance

As professionals navigate an expanding market with more products, our survey finds out which methods are gaining widespread use and which are nearly obsolete.

The way we sanitize pools has become, in a word, sophisticated.

With so many chemical solutions and sanitation systems on the market, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to gauge which methods are gaining traction and which are slouching toward obscurity.

PSN conducted a wide-ranging survey to determine which among the myriad hardware products — salt chlorine generators, ultraviolet systems, ozone, advanced oxidation processes (AOP) — were gaining steam. We also wanted to learn how dealers navigate an increasingly complex market, not only competing against the internet, but also other dealers setting up shop down the street.

The results bring clarity to a somewhat chaotic field — further muddied by an abundance of sales channels and shifting consumer attitudes — so you can operate your business more profitably.

CHEMICAL IMBALANCE

The days when chemical brands guaranteed dealers an exclusive sales territory have, by and large, gone the way of the phone booth.

Chemical Survey Charts

These charts illustrate what’s trending in chemical and sanitation systems. Results came from an online survey of pool and spa industry professionals, representing builders, retailers and service technicians, throughout the U.S. and Canada.

 

That’s still a source of frustration among 45% of respondents, who would like to be the only dealer on the block. E-commerce competition represents another sore spot. Nearly 60% would like more support from manufacturers in curbing online sales at lower prices.

The encroachment of internet competition has become so fierce that 30% of respondents say that providing exclusive, in-store products was the No. 1 factor that would determine their loyalty to a brand. This far surpassed an exclusive dealership territory and dealer rewards programs.

Despite these obstacles, the majority of dealers — nearly 75% — say they stand by their brands.

Debbi Leclerc is one of them. She’s been committed to her supplier for more than 20 years. “There’s a family culture that’s very comfortable to work with, even though you’re dealing with a corporation,” says Leclerc, co-owner of the Pool Doctor of Rhode Island, in Coventry, R.I.

She recalls investing $15,000 into her first inventory. That amount has increased incrementally over the years as her business steadily grew. Had it not been for her supplier’s ongoing support, in terms of technical training and marketing, she says, “we wouldn’t be at the level we’re at.”

For her part, Leclerc isn’t as concerned about internet pricing and dealers encroaching on her turf. She commends her supplier for enforcing minimum advertised prices online, and says the vendor is cautious not to create competition too geographically close to her business.

“Because of the relationship we have with [them], they wouldn’t open anyone right down the street,” Leclerc says. “And if there was interest in an area, they’ll talk to me and ask ‘How is that going to impact your business?’”

THE LOYALTY PARADOX

The perception that consumers care about nothing but cost is challenged by this statistic: Respondents say that nearly 60% of customers buy products that have earned their trust.

That means customers are nearly as loyal to chemical brands as the dealers who sell them.

This points out something of a paradox: Helping foster this loyalty among consumers, ironically, is the very thing that keeps retailers up at night — the internet and big-box operations that offer lower-grade products at bargain-basement prices.

That’s been Ralph Hartsing’s experience. The store manager at B&L Pool Supplies in Phoenix says customers often come to him for advice after being burned by low-cost, low-quality products. He’ll gladly put his copper-based algaecide up against any similar product sold by a competing department store. His preferred brand contains 7% copper and sells for $19.99. Compare that to the generic brand, which contains only 2%. Though Brand X is cheaper, the customer isn’t saving any money at the end of the day.

“You’d have to spend $46.62 on their product to equal what we have,” Hartsing says.

Customers also complain about cheap chlorine tablets that leave film of scum on their waterlines — the result of sub-quality tablets that use animal fat instead of borax as a binding agent. It’s a not-too rare occurrence that has homeowners running to their nearest pool store for professional advice. Hartsing is happy to turn them on to a superior product that only his store can sell.

“Pool stores live and die by the quality of their products,” he says, “but big box stores live and die by price.”

SPECIALISTS AND ALTERNATIVES

There’s something to be said of the dizzying number of water-treatment products on the market.

As far as dealers are concerned, the more the merrier, so long as they work. According to the survey, most of these products — stain removers, conditioners, scale control, enzymes, etc. — perform as advertised, which helps solve perplexing pool problems and adds to dealers’ bottom lines.

Nearly 86% of respondents say sales in this category are up.

Algaecides, water conditioners and stain removers particularly fared well, with 85%, 84% and 75% or respondents, respectively, saying they sell or use these products.

In the ever-expanding category of secondary sanitation systems, it seems there is only one that has truly become mainstream.

No surprise here: Salt chlorine generators lead the pack among UV, ozone and AOP. Sixty-four percent of respondents say sales of salt-gen systems have increased over the past three years.

According to the survey, three top reasons explain this upward trend: Customers request them; dealers urge homeowners to buy them; and many builders include them as part of their new-pool packages.

However, the technology has its detractors. Almost 19% of respondents discourage consumers from purchasing the product.

Hartsing sells quite a few of the units, but acknowledges that salt isn’t for everyone. He equates investing in a salt-chlorine generator to belonging to a golf or tennis club: It’s only something you’d do if you plan to participate in that activity every day.

“If you’re not swimming a lot, you’re not going to get the enjoyment out of it to make it worth the investment,” he says.

Plus, there is the added cost of replacing the salt cells, which is a deal breaker for some.

As more and more salt-gen systems are installed, other methodologies are losing market share. Most respondents say sales for in- and off-line chlorination systems are down.

Likewise, more than half the respondents say that sales of UV, ozone and AOP systems for residential pools have decreased over the past three years. Some chalk this up to cost, saying the units are still too pricey for many homeowners. Others say the technology is overkill for small backyard pools, as the units were initially designed for commercial pools to meet strict health codes and kill bacteria amid high bather loads.

From where Bill Kent stands, salt-gen has come to dominate the market so much that other secondary sanitation systems do not stand much of a chance. The CEO of Team Horner, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based pool supply distributor, hasn’t seen the UV, ozone or AOP technologies make inroads into the residential market. That isn’t to say these systems have no buyers.

“There are high-end, niche people who buy things just because they like the idea,” Kent says, “but it’s not a necessity for sure.”

As Leclerc puts it: “When it comes to ozone and UV, people say if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Original Source: http://www.poolspanews.com/how-to/maintenance/survey-reveals-shifting-preferences-in-pool-chemicals-and-sanitation-systems_o

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Teaching Customers: Five Essential Tips Every Pool Service Tech Should Use

 

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Service techs interact with more than water, chemicals and equipment — they must work with human customers. It’s rare that a pool or spa owner understands the nuances of maintenance, so it’s largely the tech’s job to not only solve a problem but also explain the situation and update customers. The key is to offer enough information without talking over their heads or showing condescension. Follow these tips for a constructive conversation.

1. Be a Good Listener

You may know the root of a service problem the second you see it, but sometimes it pays to let a customer talk. People want to feel heard, and listening to their story might help gain details about the issue or, if nothing else, how best to interact with that client. But if a customer feels ignored or dismissed, that changes their perception of your service.

2. Use Familiar Language

Chances are good that your customer won’t understand industry terms. They may not even know a pump from a filter. People can become confused or intimidated if instructions are too complex.

Humans also digest information in different ways. Some want more information than others, says Steve White, owner of Underwater Pool Masters Inc. in West Boylston, Mass. For those seeking an in-depth explanation or tutorial, offer it. And be kind to those who don’t know about the pool, he advises. Ultimately, a customer wants to know what you’ve done or what they need to do.

“We try and document everything we do at the pool in the easiest language possible,” says Howard Weiss, general manager of Gaithersburg, Md.-based Contemporary Watercrafters.

Comparisons also can help. For example, Rebecca Smith uses the systems in the body to describe how the pump and filter function. The president/CEO of Dallas, Ga.-based Splash Pool Management compares the pump to the heart, the piping to the arteries and veins, and the filter to the kidneys and liver. She says this helps her customers better understand.

When explaining things customers must remember to do themselves, visual aids can help. To outline simple tasks, Mike Peacock, owner of Atlanta-based CES Services, puts together a spa maintenance sheet. It’s one page, front and back, and it tells the customer what chemicals they need and how to use them.

3. Be Honest

Explain what you can do and let a customer know when something is outside of your experience or realm of expertise.

Don’t be afraid to say things such as, “You need an electrician for this repair,” and then explain why an electrician is more qualified for that job. Most people understand once you show your decision is based on their safety and satisfaction. If you can give a referral, that makes things even easier for them. If you get the customer the help they need, says White, they will be grateful and you will keep a client.

4. Keep Detailed Records

Thorough records can be a huge benefit, to you and your clients. In the digital age, there are plenty of ways to document what was done during a service call and pass that on to the homeowner.

Some software allows techs to take notes on the site and email a summary to the client, says Tamara Saylor, service manager at Browning Pools and Spa in Germantown, Md. Using a tablet or laptop is easier to read and looks more professional than a handwritten note. Browning plans to go completely mobile in the near future, with iPads and notes that go right to a client’s inbox.

Customers are paying for a service, so they want to know you’ve been there. They may also be watching, warns Weiss: Some of his customers have backyard cameras that record the tech’s activity.

Techs don’t always want to go into a lot of detail, but some customers want more information than “fixed pump.” To accommodate both, Contemporary Watercrafters has prepared notes in its system that techs can choose from. They can customize, add and delete what they need, depending on the job details. There are about 20 in the system, covering topics ranging from opening and closing to pump repair, Weiss says.

5. Be Available

Being there when a customer needs you goes a long way, whether it’s taking the extra time to explain something or responding to a call quickly.

Time is money, and so is education. “I give away 10 or 15 minutes worth of help [at my store] and don’t charge them,” says White. “They come back.”

People appreciate when you go the extra mile. “I’ll have a customer take a picture of the spa and send it to me to let me know what’s going on,” Peacock says. It saves them money on a service call, and frees his time to go out on calls for customers who have major repair issues.

“I get hundreds of texts and respond as I can,” Peacock says. “If I help the customer resolve it themselves at no charge over text, I’ve got a customer for life.”

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Your customer may not be able to find the right words to explain an issue. This can be a pain point, especially when they’re frustrated and don’t know the correct terms to help you understand what’s wrong. It will help you and the client to ask the right questions in order to get the answers you need.

The attitude of the communication is key, says Steve White, owner of Underwater Pool Masters Inc. in West Boylston, Mass. He recommends asking the customer targeted questions to help you both stay on track:

⚫ What’s the most important thing I can do for you today?

⚫ What’s the problem you’ve had?

⚫ How long has this been an issue?

It’s also important to know how your customer wants to receive communication. Howard Weiss, general manager of Gaithersburg, Md.-based Contemporary Watercrafters, recommends asking these questions to avoid misunderstandings or missed communication.

⚫ Who is the primary contact in the household?

⚫ Should information only go to one person or multiple people?

⚫ Do you prefer home phone calls, email, cell phone calls or text messages?

Original Source: http://www.poolspanews.com/business/teaching-customers-five-essential-tips-every-pool-service-tech-should-use_o

Original Date: Nov 20 2017

Written by: Rena Goldman

The Process of Resurfacing a Plastered Swimming Pool

Pool plaster does an excellent job of creating a watertight seal for an in-ground swimming pool. Choosing the right plaster finish for your pool can make all the difference in terms of durability, functionality, and maintenance. A good plaster coat may last for as long as 20 years before re-plastering is required because it is a durable surface that can stand up to the harsh environment of pool water chemicals.

Pool Resurfacing Importance

However, even with a properly maintained water balance and maintenance, pool plaster is susceptible to wear and tear, which can cause damage to the shell and leave it looking quite uninviting. Pool resurfacing done by a professional, in this case, is important because swimming pools are far more complex, involving a lot of components that can potentially fail and result in expensive repairs

How well can you tell if your pool’s drop in water level is from normal evaporation or a leak? The reality is that some concrete pools will leak because, while they are highly water resistant, but being a porous substance makes them inclined to leaks. This is why any pools component that is worn out, broken, or failing should be attended to immediately upon detection.

Reasons For Damage

In order to maintain the integrity and esthetics of the most visible part of a pool a professionally done smooth plaster coating will prevent water from leaking through into the gunite and potentially damaging other components of the pool’s structure. Damages such as stains, streaks, erosion, pitting, mottling, discoloration, hairline cracks, and especially pool water chemistry are often the most common causes of pool plaster damage.

There are many benefits that come with having a pool plastering or pool resurfacing job done, and the type of pool plaster finish, how much pool maintenance you are willing to put up with, durability and cost should factor in your decision making. The current condition of your pool and the type of material you decide to use is the biggest factor, it all, however, comes down to the prep work.

Steps For Resurfacing

The following are some important steps when resurfacing a plastered pool which essentially involves the removal of your old pool interior and resurfacing it with a new coating.

  • Drain the pool then chip away the old plaster to expose the granite followed by thorough cleaning the pool.

PS: All cracks should be filled evenly to ensure that there aren’t any uneven places on the surface when you later apply the plaster.

  • Wash the pool with a wire brush, then with trisodium phosphate (TSP) followed by a coating with muriatic acid to remove all mineral deposits. The surface can also be sandblasted in order to make it rough, then a bond coat applied.
  • The next step is to resurface it by spreading plaster, which can either be plaster, pebble, quartz, or fiberglass using a plaster swimming pool resurfacing system.
  • When a pool resurfacing job is done professionally, you can expect to enjoy your swimming pool for years to come.

Learn more about Pound Pool Plastering and their numerous pool plastering options including: pool resurfacing, plaster surfacing, commercial pool plaster, residential pool plaster, plastering swimming pools, tiling swimming pools, coping swimming pools, and more at www.pound-pool-plastering.com.  To contact our pool plastering specialists call 248.476.4544 today.

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Quality Pool Plastering Services

The process of constructing a pool with the best materials and the most reliable finish is definitely one that takes time and money. This is the reason why it is so important to be able to choose the best pool plastering services available. The best thing to do if you choose to use a pool plastering service, is to look for the most reliable providers in your area and then make an informed decision about which one you are going to be using.

Need Repair On Your Pool

There are many pools that are finished, but they need to get pool plastering repairs because the current work wasn’t up to standards. You should start by conducting some research regarding the best options available for pool plastering in your area. This is going to make the process a lot easier for you and that is going to be essential for you to get results faster.

Check Quotes With Multiple Companies

Pool plastering services have all kinds of costs depending on each situation and this means that you have to be very careful about the kind of services that you choose. Most companies will provide a free quote by visiting your location and coming up with a great quote for your needs. Be sure to call a couple of good choices and have them give you their best quote and timeframe to get the job done. You will be glad that you took the time to do this as it will give you more time to choose the best service.

Each Repair Is Unique

Pool plastering repairs are often as complicated as initial plastering services, so always consider this before you decide to start any kind of project. A good service provider is always going to evaluate the kind of damage that your plastering has and they will give you an estimate on the costs and the time it takes to repair them. Some cases require that new plastering is applied to the entire pool, but this will depend on the situation and the quality of the work that was done before yours.

Taking proper care of a pool is now an easy job because it requires maintenance and it needs to be repaired with quality plastering in order for this to be as long lasting as possible. That is the essential thing to always consider when you hire a service for this purpose. Get results that last and get them with efficient services that provide a guarantee of the work they do for your pool.

Learn more about Pound Pool Plastering and their numerous pool plastering options including: pool resurfacing, plaster surfacing, commercial pool plaster, residential pool plaster, plastering swimming pools, tiling swimming pools, coping swimming pools, and more at www.pound-pool-plastering.com.  To contact our pool plastering specialists call 248.476.4544 today.

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Different Pool Plaster Materials

When hiring pool plaster companies, you’ve likely heard mentions of the different materials. Something that companies can forget is that you have no idea what the different materials do or the downsides to using particular ones. You’re left looking for the information about the different options.

The next time you need pool plastering, go in armed with information. These are the different materials you need to know about.

White Cement/Marble Mixture

White plaster is one of the most common options, because it gives a clean and bright finish. Many companies will now use a mixture of white cement and marble to create their classic white finish. It’s economical for all, as it is one of the strongest against the pool or spa water. The plaster is reliable and one of the cheapest to lay in the first place.

However, if the pool isn’t maintained properly, the plaster will start to look worn and old. Scaling can start to appear or there may be some shading in certain areas. In more extreme cases, the plaster can start to crack due to the fluctuating chemicals within the water. It is possible to determine the cause, helping you to limit the problems. However, pool plastering will likely need to take place again.

Pozzalans Added to Strengthen Plaster

Pool plaster companies have started adding pozzalans to their plaster (both white and colored plaster). The pozzalans are chemicals added to create stronger plaster that isn’t affected as much by chemical changes within the water. One of the chemicals is silicone-based, which helps to repel the water to protect from attacks.

Using a pozzalan-added plaster is still cost effective. However, the use of the plaster doesn’t solve all long-term problems. A good pool maintenance schedule is still required to keep the finish looking like new.

Colored Ceramic Quartz

Colored plaster is popular for those wanting to match a decor within a pool or to add a brighter look to the water. For example, a grey-colored plaster can help to add more of a blue tint to the pool water. Color ceramic quartz is one of the most popular pool plastering options. Ceramic-coated sand is added to plaster products.

One of the biggest benefits is the decor. All types of colors are available, whether you want a deep red, bright blue, or sea green to finish your underwater look. The ceramic can also add more durability to the plaster. The downside is the cost. The ceramic is usually more expensive, but that cost may be justified with the extra durability.

Pebble Surface Plaster

A fourth option is a pebble surface plaster, which is exactly as it sounds. The plaster is embedded with smooth river pebbles to create a more nature-based look. The pebbles actually help to add more durability to the plaster, so it’s not as likely to be affected by chemical fluctuations in the water.

The biggest downside is the extra cost. However, it will take extreme chemical conditions to damage the surface of the pebbles, making it one of the most cost-effective options.

Talk to pool plaster companies about your plaster material options. Discuss what you would like to achieve with the look and finish, along with the type of chemicals you use in the water. Not only will you get the best pool plastering options, but you will learn the best ways to look after your pool.

Learn more about Pound Pool Plastering and their numerous pool plastering options including: pool resurfacing, plaster surfacing, commercial pool plaster, residential pool plaster, plastering swimming pools, tiling swimming pools, coping swimming pools, and more at www.pound-pool-plastering.com.  To contact our pool plastering specialists call 248.476.4544 today.

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Making The Right Choice On A Company For Pool Plaster

Experience and expertise in pool plaster and pool plastering services is a must when looking for a company to newly plaster, repair, or re-plaster residential or commercial swimming pools.  No matter what services you are in need of it is crucial to hire reliable pool plastering services.

Whether the pool is in need of a simple plaster repair, a simple re-plaster or a comprehensive overhaul to the swimming pools plaster it is crucial to work with a company that offers a guarantee.  A reputable plastering company should offer a guarantee to offer the best and most amazing competitive edge without compromising the quality of service and materials.

Whatever the requirement or choice of the homeowners, ranging from regular plaster to pebble finish quartz, or modified added mixtures no one should ever push you in one directions or another.  Gunite swimming pool plaster professionals are often highly experienced with fine arts having a degree and eye for color and design.  This enables plastering companies to deliver the most recent and modern eye catching designs affordably.

Some homeowners are unsure of the design they want.  A professional plaster team will help you choose the perfect color combination to complement the existing pool, landscape, or new pool.  Most swimming pool plastering companies use high quality materials that are fully backed with the best warranties available

It is important that the plaster company you chose to work with realizes that each and every customer is an individual with individual needs and concerns. It is crucial that plastering companies offer a great deal of attention to details throughout the phases of pool construction or re-plastering.  It is also important that consumers are given the necessary information to make educated decisions that best offer the finished product that is desired.

A fresh coat of plaster can breathe new life into spas and swimming pools.  Plastering services can include: remodeling, resurfacing, tiling, and renovation of coping services; all of which can enhance the beauty of an existing or new spa or pool.  This can completely transform the existing outdoor space into something completely new.

No matter what your desire, whether it is to give a fresh new look to your outdated spa or pool or you want a complete and comprehensive reshape or redesign a reputable pool plastering company can offer you exactly what you are looking for.  A company that you want to work with will have positive testimonials that specify the company’s quality, workmanship, as well as cleanliness for the homeowner’s environment where they handle the details of your project from start to finish.

Learn more about Pound Pool Plastering and their numerous pool plastering options including: pool resurfacing, plaster surfacing, commercial pool plaster, residential pool plaster, plastering swimming pools, tiling swimming pools, coping swimming pools, and more at www.pound-pool-plastering.com.  To contact our pool plastering specialists call 248.476.4544 today.

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New Pool Index Indicates More Gradual Growth

While taking longer than other industries to reach pre-recession levels of activity, pool construction is definitively on the upswing.

The latest quarterly index from market intelligence firm Metrostudy represents an industry that’s still growing steadily but gradually.

Metrostudy, based in Irvine, Calif. and owned by PSN parent Hanley Wood, has released a report on the new inground pool construction sector for the second quarter of 2017. It shows a 7.7% increase in new inground pool construction activity compared with the same quarter of last year, and a 1.9% rise from the first quarter of this year.

The firm attributes the continued upswing to an increase in consumer confidence. “Rising home values, the bull stock market run, and still-low rates for borrowing money have been behind most of this confidence,” said Metrostudy Chief Economist Mark Boud.

These assessments and projections are largely based on Metrostudy’s New Pool Index (NPI). Launched in late 2016, it was developed to help fill the statistical gap suffered by the industry and predict future activity. In addition to tracking permit figures, analysts look at data points for each local market, including tax assessor information showing who owns pools, home sales, unemployment rates and reports from consumers. This provides a way to assess market conditions, make forecasts and supply detailed information about consumers in each market. By considering these variables, specialists expect to provide more reliable information than would be offered by raw statistics. The report is sold to interested parties.

The NPI works not as a raw number but as a comparator, showing how activity stacks up with 2007, the year with the highest new-pool activity. The figure works roughly like a percentage, showing how much activity was seen in a given year relative to 2007, which is reflected by the number 100. For other years, the number above or below 100 indicates the percentage increase or decrease. So an index of 120 would indicate that activity exceeded the 2007 baseline by 20 percent. Conversely, an 80 would mean it was 20 percent lower.

In the second quarter of 2017, the index basically maintained from Q1, rising to 45.3 from 45.

By the end of 2017, the NPI is expected to rise 6.5% over 2016. Annual gains of 3.9% and 3.6% are projected in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Metrostudy also assessed the number of new projects built in each of the 381 metropolitan statistical areas it studies. Here, the firm expects 354 of the markets to grow this year, with an average increase among these local areas of 19.5%. The year is expected to finish out with approximately 80,800 projects built in the U.S. A significant increase – to approximately 90,500 – is projected for 2018.

The market intelligence firm also ranks the 381 markets it analyzes. Once again, most of the top 10 for Q2 2017 are located in Florida. This can be attributed to a combination of brisk current activity, health economic conditions, and a high representation of demographics that traditionally gravitate toward pool purchases.

The top 10 market areas for Q2 2017 are: 1) Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla.; 2) North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; 3) Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.; tied for 4) Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.; and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla.; 6) Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Fla.; 7) Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.; 8) Panama City, Fla.; 9) Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.; 10) Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla.

But the figures show a still-significant gap between current activity levels and those seen in the construction boom of the middle of the last decade. The main index figure for the new pool construction in Q2 2017 is 45.3. While this represents a 7.7% increase from the same quarter in 2016, it also means that the industry saw 54.7% less new pool construction than during the new-construction peak in 2007.

And, while encouraging, the recovery of new pool construction lags the home-remodeling industry. Home remodeling grew by a smaller percentage this quarter than the pool industry, with a 4.7% increase. However, the new index of 108.7 represents a new high for the remodeling industry, with an almost 9% increase over its previous peak. Remodeling completely recovered in 2015.

“The real strength in the pool industry over the last few years has been in renovation, repair and maintenance,” Boud said.

Original Source: http://www.poolspanews.com/business/new-pool-index-indicates-more-gradual-growth_o

Original Date: August 17 2017

Original Author: Rebecca Robledo

Tips on Closing Gunite Swimming Pools

Gunite is a preferred material for homeowners to use when having a backyard pool installed.  Gunite, is very versatile and is suited to build a swimming pool in the shape and size desired.  Top pool installers are partial to Gunite and are happy to accommodate to homeowners with their plans for a pool.  Knowing that a homeowner is using plaster to mold their pool it gives pool installers more freedom with the pool design, deck additions, and more.

Gunite pools are also popular amongst American homeowners.  Installing an in-ground pool involves excavation and construction involving setting up of the pools frame, a grid of rebar rods coated by Gunite.  Gunite is a mixture between sand and cement.  It is the substance that is sprayed in around the rods.  This is then allowed to cure for about a week and then the Gunite is smoothed and then the surface is finished with plaster.  A Gunite pool covered by plaster is far more durable than a fiberglass pool.  Just another advantage when it comes to installing a Gunite swimming pool

There are many different kinds of things that can be designed with Gunite swimming pools.  Builders are able to create basically any shape you desire.  They are also able to install colored tiles, small pebbles and colored plaster to enhance the aesthetics of the entire pool areas and to complement landscaping.  Your pool is unique to your home so create a design that doesn’t overwhelm your property but instead enhances all of its best features.

The process of installing a Gunite, concrete, pool begins with a construction crew digging a large hole, putting plumbing in place, and assembling a grid structure that is created from rebar.  Once this is complete the rebar is secured with wire and the crew can being to spray in the heavy coating of Gunite, the mixture of cement and sand that is the main structural element of the pool.

The sprayer unit combines the dry Gunite with water and this produces the mixture that is the structural element for the pool.   The crew then trowels the Gunite smooth and allows it to cure for a week or two before applying the smooth plaster finish.  Plaster is the combination of cements and marble sand.  Gunite pools are highly durable and a number of different plaster finishes, pebbles or tile can be applied to enhance the look of your pool area.

Learn more about Pound Pool Plastering and their numerous pool plastering options including: pool resurfacing, plaster surfacing, commercial pool plaster, residential pool plaster, plastering swimming pools, tiling swimming pools, coping swimming pools, and more at www.pound-pool-plastering.com.  To contact our pool plastering specialists call 248.476.4544 today.

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Clean your pool year ’round

Pools are synonymous with relaxed summer fun. However, maintaining a pool can prove to be just the opposite. People often struggle to keep their pool clean during non-summer months, which can lead to costly damages.

Ed Frazier, owner of Rosepine Pools and Spas, has been providing pool maintenance in the area for over 12 years.

Frazier has a few tips and tricks for maintaining a pool all year long. “In-ground pools can be kept clean all year long,” said Frazier. “It is important that you keep your pump running year ’round, and have your water tested at least three times per year.”

Pool water can be tested with a basic pool water testing kit, which can be bought at most stores.

Frazier stressed how important regular pool work is, in keeping a clean pool. “Think of cleaning your pool in the way you would think of cleaning your yard. If you mow your grass once a week, then clean your pool once a week. Scoop the leaves and pine straw out with a net on a weekly basis. Be sure to shock your pool with chemicals as needed.”

 Frazier also noted a common misconception about chlorine in pools. “A lot of people believe that when the water causes your eyes to burn, it is because there is too much chlorine in the water. However, it is really because the water is too acidic. The best way to remedy this is to adjust your total alkalinity.”

The alkalinity of a pool can be checked with a basic pool water testing kit. If the total alkalinity of a pool becomes too high marbelite and plaster walls can be damaged, metals in the pool could corrode, the pool’s walls and floor can stain, the water can turn green, and it will burn if it gets into a swimmer’s eyes.

Original Source: http://www.leesvilledailyleader.com/news/20170726/clean-your-pool-year-round

Original Date: Jul 26 2017

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Proper Pool Start-Up with New Plaster Finishes

Through years of trial and error, research, testing, and input from pool plaster manufacturers and specialty pool chemical companies the following recommendations have been adopted by most of the pool industry as standards for opening your swimming pool with a new plaster finish.

To begin, after your pool has been freshly plastered homeowners should begin to fill their pool with a constant output, like a garden hose, until the water reaches the tile line.  A new, clean filter should be ready to go.  Start the pool pump and allow the pool filter to operate continuously without pause.

It is best that for every ten thousand gallons of pool water volume that is added a quart of a good quality sequestering agent is added.  Use the right product for your application; ask your pool supplier for the right application for your pool, salt vs. non-salt pools.

In addition to the sequestering agent homeowners should add one gallon of muriatic acid for every ten thousand gallons of pool water.  The chemicals should be added to the pool water directly pouring the chemicals directly into the pool while walking the perimeter of the pool.

With nylon brushes, starting at the tile, start brushing the pools surface downward toward the pool floor.  Each stroke should overlap the previous one as you work your way around the pool until all of the pool walls have been brushed.  Brush the steps, swim outs, and ledges as well.

Start with the shallow end of the pool when brushing the floor.  A cloud of dust should follow after each brush stroke.  Continue brushing the pool floor until you care confident that every square foot of the pool surface has been brushed.  It is highly recommended that this process is done at least twice a day, morning and night.  The filter will need to be cleaned frequently.  Keep an eye on the pressure gauge as an indicator.  No matter what the filter should be cleaned each and every morning.

Note that you don’t need to add any more chemicals yet.  Keep cleaning the filter and brushing the pool day after day without adding chemicals.  The sequestering agent and acid that was added right after the plaster was finished help to burn the plaster dust off the pool finish by keeping the pool alkalinity on the low end.  The dust itself raises the ph and alkalinity of the pool water over the course of the next few days.  With stone and quartz finishes this is extremely important as the acid that was added will lower the ph and alkalinity creating an environment that is difficult for the plaster dust to adhere to.  By constantly brushing the pool plaster you are getting the dust out of the water where it has less change to stick on the surface and more of a chance on being filtered out.

Every day as you brush the pools plaster, less and less dust should be present.  At about day three or four it is time to test the pools water for ph, alkalinity, calcium, and stabilizer.  The levels should be as follows:

  • Stabalizer: 30 – 50ppm (the closer to 30ppm the better)
  • Calcium: no higher than 200ppm for stone and quartz, 250 – 350ppm for marcite (plaster) finishes

The following day the water should appear clearer, bluer and looking almost ready to swim in.  Your filter should receive a thorough cleaning.  If the cartridge is looking questionable go ahead and change it.  At this point the pool water should be balanced with a total pool alkalinity of 80-90, and the ph to 7.2-7.4.  The plaster will not be fully cured for 28 days.  During this time you will want to be diligent in monitoring the ph and alkalinity.  It will climb as the pool plaster finish cures.  Adding acid allows them to be kept in check.  Chlorine should be between 1.0 and 1.5 and at this point you can slow the pool plaster brushing to a weekly basis.

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