The ISOBLOK pool system is a type of polystyrene block that is designed for quick and simple pool construction. There are several advantages in using these rather than concrete blocks or cast concrete structures. The blocks are light and therefore quicker and easier to transport and install. The isothermic properties provides two layers of insulation which will help reduce heat loss to the surrounding earth and keeping the pool warmer. Another advantage is that with this system you do not get the thermal difference at the water line that causes cracks in cement pools as the cement changes temperature at different rates. ISOBLOC are suitable for most types of pool finish and can be manufactured to any shape or design you would like.
Here is the perfect reason why you shouldn't entrust the construction of your pool to any old builder who says he can do it. This customer has paid for an automatic PH controller and dosing pump but unfortunately the pool company attached the feed and sensor to the waste pipe!!!! Any PH- liquid would have been pumped straight down the drain and the sensor would have been ruined almost straight away as it needs to be kept wet and would have quickly dried out as the waste tube isn't used very often.
I have mentioned this before, but in the light of recent events I feel the need to mention it again.
If you are asking an agent to get you quotes for work please please check the prices your are given with a reputable company to see if they in the ball park of where they should be. Recently we were asked to quote for some work at property and duly gave the quote to the agent. A few weeks later I bumped into someone in a bar who started talking to me as they saw the Puglia Pools name on my jacket. To cut a long story short, it turned out that our quote of €3000 had turned into a €7500 quote from the agent. It's a relatively common occurrence which seriously annoys me especially as we could become associated with charging exorbitant prices for relatively simple work and our customers are being ripped off. We are more than happy to give you advice any quotes you may have if you feel they may be too high.
The pumps small filter basket is designed to remove the larger pieces of debris which could damage the pumps impeller or even jam the pump completely. Depending on model of pump they cost between €5 to €20 to replace and can prevent costly pump repairs. If your pool maintenance company is repairing them with bits of wire then what other shortcuts are they making while looking after your pool?
A continual problem with older or cheap PVC liner pools is the unsightly stain that builds up just above the water line. Even with constant cleaning it eventually gets to a point that it ruins the look of the pool. The simplest way of tackling this problem is with an adhesive tile band that is applied to the original liner and revitalises the look of the pool. There are several different makes on the market, some better than others so if you are interested then please contact us.
When laying the base of a swimming pool the pool company must use steel reinforced concrete to ensure it is strong enough to withstand any movement once the pool is finished. The base should be cast in one layer of concrete with the reinforcing grill mid way through the cement. It should not be cast in two layers with the grill dropped on top of the first layer once it had set! It should also have a waterproof membrane underneath which this hasn't. Please check progress with your pool construction as even the big companies are not necessarily doing it correctly.
Cyanuric acid is a chemical that is added to dichlor and trichlor pool products to help stabalise the chlorine in outdoor swimming pools. Cyanuric acid forms a weak bond with free chlorine in the pool water, protecting it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays to reduce chlorine loss. If levels of cyanuric are too low then the free chlorine is quickly destroyed by the sun's UV. If the levels of cyanuric are too high then the effectiveness of the free chlorine is reduced and it becomes and ineffective sanitiser for your pool. The time it takes to kill bacteria in the water is longer and the chlorine is less effective in keeping the water clean and problems such as increased cloudiness and exceeding combined chlorine limits can occur.
Ask your pool company what the level of cyanuric acid is in your pool and how they test for it? It should be done on a weekly basis and adjusted accordingly.
A clean, clear, correctly balanced, healthy pool should not smell in the slightest of chlorine. If there is a strong chlorine smell coming from the pool then it is an indication that something is not as it should be. It isn't however what most people believe the problem to be. It isn't because the level of chlorine is too high, in fact it's opposite and the smell is caused by a compound called a chloramine.
The three types of chloramines are monochloramine, dichloramine, and trichloramine which are formed in the swimming pool when chlorine reacts with sweat, urine and other nitrogen compounds in the water.
Monochloramine is the product of the first part of the reaction between chlorine and ammonia and is not much of a problem as it acts as a disinfectant itself. Monochloramines in turn are converted into dichloramines and trichloramines and these two are the compounds that produce the strong chlorine small and can irritate they eyes and nasal passages when their levels rise. Trichloramine has a high toxicity level, is insoluble and is therefore likely to exist in a vapour form which being four times heavier than air sits just above the water level where bathers are breathing.
These compounds are known as combined chlorines and it is important to ensure that their levels are monitored and correctly maintained otherwise your pool will become very unpleasant to swim in.
Total hardness is one of the water parameters that you need to check regularly to ensure you keep you pool in perfect condition. Total hardness is the measure of dissolved minerals such as magnesium, Sodium and Calcium in the water and is also known as Calcium hardness when referring to pools. High levels of Calcium hardness result in scaling of pumps, pipework and filtration equipment. If the level is low then the water becomes corrosive which results in etching of the pools surface and corrosion of metals in the system which can in turn create staining on the pools wall and floor.
In general pool lamps are very simple to replace when they blow and the pool water level does not need to lowered. The light units are attached to the housing in the pool wall by a length of cable that allows the unit to be lifted out of the water and placed on the side of the pool while the bulb is being changed.
A replacement 300 watt bulb is normally priced at around €30 to €45 and fitting is less than an hour per bulb.
All pool bulbs are 12volt so there is a transformer that reduces the mains supply usually found in the pool room. On occasions these may need replacing but again this is a very simple job. Prices start at around €70 depending on the make of transformer and replacement is again less than an hours work.
When building a pool make sure this type of lamp is installed as we have seen types used that really should not be in a swimming pool.
Modern LED lights run on around 20watts rather than 200 or 300watts of the tungsten versions so even though they are more expensive to buy the cost of running them is much less.
Chris at Puglia Pools has been maintaining pools in the region for over 9 years after spending 25 years in Customer Service back in the UK. Both Puglia Pools and Perfect Puglia are family run businesses by Chris and Graham with their respective partners Alison and Hayley.