At Specialist Pools Services (SPS), we know crystal clear water is a sign of great water quality and we use the Pooltest 25 Professional plus for all our water testing, as it provides a full range of pool parameters to ensure disinfection control and water balance testing. Professional pool testing should always be carried out with a photometer and the Pooltest 25 Professional Plus is the choice of major international events such as Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
When interviewed for a recent article on water testing, SPS Director Phil Stevens said:
“Compared to a manual comparator, it makes a world of difference. It looks at all elements which contribute to the state of the water, including hydrogen peroxide, ozone and copper. Making the switch has significantly improved testing by providing us with a complete picture of the water’s health. Since we made the switch, we’ve found our accuracy with testing has significantly improved and we now have a complete picture.”
Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK’s longest running and most respected trade title. Produced bi-monthly, the magazine covers swimming pools, covers, enclosures, spas, swim spas, hot tubs, saunas, chemicals, accessories and much, much more!
See the full article in the August 2018 issue of SPN (Swimming Pool News) – link here
If your pool or spa water isn’t crystal clear then call us today on 07500 112041, or via our contact form to discuss how Specialist Pools Services could help you.
The maintenance of your pool can be a tricky task, Specialist Pools Services are here to make it easy for you. Over the Summer, it’s important to regularly check the condition of the pool, to ensure it stays in perfect condition, ensuring plenty of use in the Summer months.
1) Filter, pump and heating system. Regularly check to see if there are any cracks or signs of damage.
2) Debris, get rid of it! It’s essential you remove large debris quickly to avoid a build-up If you’re thinking about sprucing up your garden it’s important to dispose of any debris on your pool before taking a swim.
3) Water Levels: Low water level: keep your pool nice and full at all times, especially if you have an automatic cover that sits on top of the surface. This will help you when you vacuum clean. High water level: drain so it doesn’t overflow. Doing this manually might take some time depending on how much there is, so a pump may be required.
4) Test your water quality. Although we love our party-goers, they may bring some uninvited guests to the party; sweat, dirt, oil and sunscreen… just to name a few. The increased amount of pollutants can change your water’s chemistry, which may lead to cloudy water and algae growth in your pool. So test often and treat the water to maintain perfectly clear water in your pool
We have listed just a few ways you can check whether your swimming pool has fallen victim to heavy use during the Summer seasons. However, to get the full care your pool deserves, please get in touch with our specialists who can ensure that everything is working to its optimal potential. We will chlorine wash your pool, vacuum to remove any debris, dose the water, and check the systems for leaks and any signs of damage. We can also take care of any repairs that may need doing to ensure that you keep your pool up and running in tip-top condition.
Is your Heat Exchanger working at Optimum Efficiency?
The benefits of having a heat exchanger incorporated into your pool or spa are two-fold;
• Your pool will heat quicker, without a heat exchanger fitted the water temperature will rise by just 1-2ºC an hour, the addition of a quality heat exchanger can raise the water temperature by 12ºC an hour.
• Dramatically reduce your fuel costs, the costs of fitting a heat exchanger can typically be recovered in the first few months.
However, without regular maintenance and cleaning a heat exchange can soon lose its efficiency and also cause additional problems resulting in poor water quality. The cooler temperatures in the winter months put an enhanced strain on a heat exchanger, it is therefore imperative that it is working at optimum performance. A service plan from Specialist Pools Services will ensure your heat exchanger is maintained and performing at its best.
Regular Service Plans
Over time, plant room equipment experiences wear and tear and will need to be replaced with new parts or with more technologically advanced products that become available on the market. We will advise you on the best products and solutions for their plant room and then undertake the upgrade to ensure that you benefit from the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly product.
Our regular maintenance plans ensure your pool and spa filters, pumps, heaters and controls achieve optimum performance.
The most common causes of cloudy swimming pool water are improper filtration, insufficient water circulation or flow rate, poor pool water chemistry.
Properly balanced swimming pool water chemistry is the single most important factor in maintaining a healthy and safe swimming environment. A correct water balance protects bathers and increases the life of the pool plant equipment and fittings.
There are a number of factors that contribute to balancing pool water.
• Total Alkalinity,
• Calcium Hardness,
• Total Dissolved Solids (TDS).
At Specialist Pools Services we know the clarity of pool water is critical. You must be able to see clearly the bottom of the pool at its deepest point. If you can’t then there is a problem with the water treatment regime, resulting in discomfort to users along with damage to plant equipment or the actual fabric of the pool. The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group has the following to say,
Clarity of pool water is critical. It should be possible to see clearly the detail of the bottom of the pool at its deepest point from the pool surround. If not, this is a sign of deterioration in water quality and could lead to an immediate physical danger to anyone in distress, as well as the likelihood of discomfort to bathers because of the poor condition of the water. Also, it is a sign of ineffective disinfection and similarly if the cause of the cloudy water is ineffective filtration then disinfection will be compromised.
Water levels dropping in your pool by more than 5cm a day…
If the water level in your swimming pool or spa is dropping by more than 5 cms in a 24 hour period, you may have a leak. If a leak is not dealt with in a timely manner, then there can be serious consequences. These include possible erosion or subsidence causing serious structural damage to your pool and nearby buildings, resulting in expensive repairs.
At Specialist Pool Services we can quickly locate the cause of the leak and make good a repair, often with minimal impact and frequently done in a day. This is also an ideal time to have your pool serviced.
A real example, a leaking joint in a buried pipe.
Recently, we were called out to an outside pool in a garden in Surrey. The pool was losing 6 cms in a 24 hour period, with the pump running. We were able to locate the cause of the leak, with pinpoint accuracy, a combination of our extensive experience, knowledge and having the right equipment to locate the leak.
The repair was made to a leaking joint on the pipe, we followed this up with a service to ensure the pool was in tip top condition.
Can my Vinyl Swimming Pool Liner be repaired if it has a leak?
When it comes to leaky vinyl swimming pool liners, you have two options either you can repair the leak in the liner or you can purchase a replacement pool liner.
The only problem is, how do you know which is the better option for your pool? When you come across a leak in your vinyl swimming pool liner, there are a number of things to consider that can help you make this decision, two key factors are, the age of the vinyl liner and where the leak is.
Quick update from Phil of Specialist Pools Services on a couple of jobs completed during October 2016.
Replacement of a leaking filter
We had to cut out and replaced a leaking filter on a hydrotherapy pool in a private health club in Chelsea. This was made especially difficult as the plant room was 2 floors underground and the leaking filter was obstructed by many other pieces of plant room equipment.
However, it all went to plan and the manager was extremely happy as we had advised the hydro pool would have to be closed for 7 days while we carried out this work, and we were delighted to open the fully working spa after only 4 days of downtime. One very happy customer.
Plant Room Install
We also completed a plant room installation in a private residence in Chelsea, without drama and within the specified time. This was an OSPA system, far more complicated than a basic plant room install. Another happy customer.
About Phil Stevens
Phil has been in the Swimming Pool business for nearly 20 years, 10 of these years were spent with one of the best pool construction companies in London, whilst he was with them he lead the team in the construction of many swimming pools and spas.
Phil established his own company, Specialist Pools Services, in 2016, in Tadworth, Surrey and tells anyone who will listen that his first company vehicle was a motorbike and not a scooter.
Phil continues to lead the company, ensuring that the service delivered is the best, he is a Member of the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE).