Tag Archives: maintenance

Building and servicing above-ground pools

Mermaid Pools and Hot Tubs have trialed several above-ground swimming pool installation and winterization techniques since the company was established in 1965. This experience has provided the company with informed and unique perspectives on above-ground pool installation and service procedures that are still being used today. This article is not a step-by-step technical account of how the company installs its above-ground pools, but rather an opportunity to share some of the company’s best practices, observations, and lessons learned.

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A bacterium harbouring slime found on wet surfaces

The annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) brings together a variety of new science-based ideas and technologies. Those who attend the symposia always leave with new found concepts and sciences to improve their knowledge. This past conference, held in Indianapolis, Ind., in October, James Amburgey, PhD, with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte presented findings from the fifth International Conference on Swimming Pool & Spa (ICSPS), held in early 2013 at the University of Rome. His discussion peaked a lot of people’s interest with regards to a shift in microbial focus internationally—that is, away from just traditional recreational water illnesses (RWIs). While Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E-coli) (fecal-related illnesses) continue to be serious health issues and incidences are on the rise, a new spotlight is now on Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) and Legionella pneumophila (L. pneumophila).

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Specialty pool care programs can increase profits by providing service techs more time to investigate

Shrewd service professionals are increasing their revenue streams by taking time to look around the backyard for additional sales opportunities. Rather than waiting for things to breakdown, these pros are looking for ways to upgrade the homeowner’s pool experience, while at the same time increasing profits by selling cleaning accessories, replacing/upgrading old equipment, and offering advanced maintenance programs.

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One backyard can yield profits over many seasons

Many pool builders think of a project as a one-shot deal—build the pool and move on. Others may build the pool and generate profits from maintenance work, while some builders focus on understanding their client’s lifestyle and find ways to continue generating considerable profits by taking on renovation and remodelling work year after year. Using some specific project examples, this article shows how two savvy builders have capitalized on updating both gunite and vinyl-lined swimming pools with creative ideas that suit each client’s way of life.

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Dealing with vinyl liner stains

Vinyl pool liners, which are protected by special additives and coatings, can withstand the extremes of sunshine, heat, cold and constant exposure to chemically treated water. However, even the highest quality liner is still subject to staining, discolouration and other unsightly symptoms if proper water balance is not maintained, debris is allowed to remain in the pool and if water treatment chemicals are used improperly.

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Concrete coating systems

Today’s concrete pool decks no longer need to be plain grey. There are many options on the market that allow pool designers/builders to beautify a concrete pool deck. Aside from esthetics, should builders go to the trouble of designing an elaborate concrete deck, they should also understand the advantages of protecting it with a deck coating system.

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