Swimming Pool Repair Jupiter Florida

Get The Best Swimming Pool Repair Jupiter Florida

Swimming PoolMost people in the Jupiter area have inground concrete pools that provide them an escape from the intense sun here in the Florida. Over time those pools become weathered and aged and are in need of repair. To be able to enjoy your pool all year long you should have a professional ensure that there are no leaks or damage that can lead to a much bigger problem.

The design of the inground pool is unique here in Florida because many areas are very close to canals or even swamps and need to be installed in a dry location so the products can properly cure. Over time the intense pressure of the water can cause weak areas to become exposed and cause the pool waters to seep into those leaks and into the surrounding ground. When the water continually is allowed to escape the pool, it can cause the surrounding areas to become weak. Over time the water will begin to loosen the casing around the pool and cause significantly more damage. Contacting a professional as soon as possible to diagnose the problem is the best way to eliminate any further issues.

Concrete Swimming Pool Repair Jupiter Florida

The concrete used to create the swimming pool acts like a casing and is under tremendous pressure from the water. Having a professional apply a sealant to the walls of the pool can eliminate the leak at the source. This protectant will not peel or come apart from the concrete regardless of the intense pressure present. By waterproofing the walls of the pool, especially around light fixtures or water jets, you will stop water from escaping the pool.

Our professional swimming pool repair Jupiter Florida will work to clean the surface of the concrete in the pool so they can apply the waterproof sealant to a smooth and dry surface. After applying a primer coating the solution will work to penetrate the pores of the concrete and then form a bond that in impenetrable.

Any areas in need of repair within the swimming pool will be properly patched. This includes any cracks, holes or seams in the concrete. The final application will be to waterproof and eliminate any water from escaping the pool. The chlorine in the pool water has the ability to penetrate many sealants that are not 100% waterproof. The proper sealant can provide you many years of fun in the sun with your pool and ensure you will not need to fix those concerns.

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Pool and Spa Heating – Best Heating Sources

Difference in Sources of Pool and Spa Heating

A swimming pool is a worthwhile investment because it can increase the market value of your home while creating a healthy, recreational area. Building a pool can be a considerable investment which will also involve on-going maintenance costs. Many people find that an unheated pool is simply too cold to swim in. You can realize a greater return on your investment by extending the swimming season with a pool heater. Factors such as location and climate, the desired pool temperature, pool size and your budget will determine the best type of pool and spa heating system. Options include:

Electric Heat Pump Heating: Electric heat pumps keep pool temps between 80 and 90 levels even if the outdoor temperatures dip into the 40s. Using the heat in the air to warm up your pool water, this option is efficient because the heat used is free. This type of heating uses the same principle as those used in refrigerators and air conditioning units, but with technology modified for pool and spa use. These units pull residual heat from the air and uses electricity only to transfer the warm air electric and not to produce heat. The heat pump is a more efficient and more economical way to heat your pool because it’s safe, trouble free and it’s considerably less expensive than using electric or gas pool heating systems. People who want to extend their swimming season to include most of the year find the electric heat pump to be their best choice. The initial costs for the heat pump unit can be higher than solar or gas heating units, but the installation costs are lower than solar heating and are comparable to gas heater installations.

Gas Heaters: Gas heaters can maintain your desired water temperature in practically any weather to extend your swimming season however they are more expensive to operate. They are great for a quick heat up of the water for short periods of time making them a good option for spa heating. Depending upon the size of the pool, the price range for a gas pool heater unit can cost less than the electric heat pump or more than the heat pump on the upper end of the scale. The installation costs for electric and gas pool and spa heating are comparable.

Solar Heating: As the name indicates, solar heaters use the sun to heat the pool but there are operating costs using these systems. The solar heating unit is typically attached to the roof of the home or building and the water circulates through it. The pool pump, which operates using electricity, must be running for the solar heater to operate, pumping the water up to the heater, adding to the electricity bill. Solar heat can be effective year round in sunny southern climates. They can also extend the swimming season when used in northern climates. However, periods of inclement weather and lack of sunshine will impact the ability for the unit to heat the water. Solar heaters are recommended for swimmers who are comfortable in pool temperatures of low to mid 80’s.

Need Help Deciding the Best Pool and Spa Heating Source?

Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches can assist you with making the best choice for your pool heating needs.  Contact Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches if you have questions about pool and spa heating systems or click here.

 

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Florida Pool Energy Law – What You Need to Know

Florida Pool Energy LawIf you are one of the many in Florida who own a pool or spa either at home or anywhere else, then you must have heard about the new Florida Pool Energy Law; a law mandating pool owners to junk their old energy-wasting pool pumps and replace it with an high efficient and energy-saving pump. The aim of the law is to minimize the overwhelming monthly energy demand brought by inefficient and low profile pool and spa energy pumps.

The Florida Pool Energy Law

Following the State of California with their pool energy law, Florida has also launched a law banning the sale, use, and installation of the old single-speed pool pumps. The state requires all owners to replace their old version of single-speed pumps (1hp or higher) to a new variable speed pump which will save a lot more energy (approximately 90% savings each month) and will extend the life of the pump greatly.

This law started as House Bill 7135 last 2008 and has faced final editing as House Bill 849 in 2010. During this final edit, codes effective date is now extended from December 31, 2011 to March 15, 2012 to ensure a well-established enforcement.

The Codes Requirements

As to requirements, the state mandates every pool owner to meet the requirements set at the Florida Pool Energy Code. Here is how the requirement is read:

  • those filtration pool pump motors in residential homes cannot be types that are split phased, capacitor start-induction run, or split-phased;
  • the pumps should be with at least two speeds, it could not be with just one horsepower;
  • pool filter pump controls used for multi-speed pumps should also be at least with 2 speeds;
  • portable spas should meet a specific standby power;
  • the heating systems of spas and pools that are manufactured or used since 2007 and before have no bearing in this laws requirements;
  • default pool filtration speed should be at a certain speed rate that will not turnover the pool in a time that is less than six hours and as to high speed override, the default filtration speed should be less than 24 hours.

Believe it or not there are actual true benefits of this upcoming law for consumers.

Did you know that your pool pump is the #1 energy consumption appliance in the home?

Did you know that your existing 1hp pool pump is wasting $807 per year in electric costs?

Florida legislators should be thanked for passing this law. The initial expense is higher, but your return on investment for this new pump will be less than 24 months.

If you are interested in the dramatic energy and maintenance cost savings using a new variable speed pump please contact us today for a free energy evaluation and on-site consultation at 561.586.2815 or email customerservice@pooldoctorpb.com.

 

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Why Use a Heat Pump vs Gas Heating Your Pool

In Florida, heat pumps are the most energy efficient heating source for any pool and/or spa. Why? Because a heat pump uses nature’s free heat from the air to heat your pool or spa water. It applies the same principle used in refrigerators and air conditioners with technology adapted to pools and spas. A heat pump can even pull residual heat from cool air. Electricity is only needed to transfer the heat, NOT to create it!

Because it is significantly less expensive than gas or electric heating, a heat pump is the most economical, safe and trouble-free way to heat your pool. Recent audit comparisons of heat pumps vs: gas heaters for energy expenditures for pool heating for a period from October 1 – April 30th show that as a rule of thumb, on any given day, you could realize a minimum savings of 75% for energy expenditure using a heat pump over gas heating.

And, if you are concerned about pool and spa maintenance costs, you will also be attracted to expense savings using a heat pump versus the chronic maintenance expenditure that is demanded by gas heaters that only include a typical (1) one year manufacturer warranty.

We believe all our customers should be informed of all the tools and options available to make the best decision for their pool heating needs. We continually promote to residential customers the win-win that you receive with an electrical heat pump installation. The initial additional expense is recovered just in the (7) seven year warranty alone and then the energy savings just pays incredible dividends.

If you are interested in the dramatic energy and maintenance cost savings using a heat pump to perform the same function as a natural gas heater, contact us today for a free analysis and on-site consultation at 561.586.2815 or email customerservice@pooldoctorpb.com

 

Myths and Facts:

When I get red eyes while swimming, it means there is too much chlorine in the water and does it matter if i have a salt water pool?

If you have a salt water pool instead of a chlorinated pool you can still have the burning sensation on your eyes and throat because contrary to popular belief it’s not the chlorine that burns you. Red eyes and itchy skin are usually caused by improper pH or high chloramine levels. Surprisingly, the pool may actually need additional chlorine treatment to get rid of chloramines and sanitize the water.

 

If I do my pool myself it will be cost effective and save me money.

Pools may look easy to take care of but they actually are not. It might be cost effective in the short term but in the long term you can get into trouble with costly repairs. It’s best to let a professional handle the upkeep of your pool.
As long as a child is wearing a diaper in the pool, there’s no chance for a contamination of the water.

Accidents from diapered children pose a risk of contamination. To minimize this risk, parents must wash children thoroughly, front and back, with soap and water, and make sure a clean, form-fitting swim diaper is worn by the child at all times. Just remember that swim diapers are not leak proof.

When I smell the strong odor of pool chemicals, it means the swimming pool water is very clean.

The heavy chemical odor is not from chlorine. It means that unhealthy chloramines have formed in the water, created from the mix of chlorine and contaminants. Chloramines are not as effective in disinfecting swimming pool water. A well-maintained pool has little odor.

I can�t get sick from swimming in a pool.

Swimming is a fun and healthy activity. However, swallowing, breathing, or having contact with contaminated water from swimming pools can spread illnesses. In fact, the number of outbreaks associated with swimming has increased over the past decade. Be very careful when choosing a pool company that is giving a steal of a price, chemicals are expensive and when not used properly can cause these problems.

Weekly Pool & Spa Service

Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches has been providing professional pool care for over 25 years. We provide a large selection of pool service for swimming pools, spas, & water features. We offer maintenance programs in custom tailored packages that work with your needs and budget. Generally, we visit each pool and/or spa on a weekly basis. We work with you to create a pool and/or spa service plan that will exceed your expectations. Pricing varies by size and frequency of service. Please call customer service for a quote today. 561.586.2815

KNOW THE LAW!

pool service and repairAny unlicensed or uninsured contractor that gets hurt at your home you are 100% liable!
(Always ask to see license and insurance before job starts, not a driver’s license and vehicle insurance)

All work to be done needs to have a permit
(Ask to see the permit before the job starts)

Any contractor using unlicensed and uninsured sub-contractors you are 100% liable
(Make sure a license and insurance has been issued to contractor’s)

Any people who work on or provide material for your job and do not get paid you are 100 % liable
(Get lien release at each payment)

Any damage done to city or county property you are 100% liable
(Broken sidewalks, waterlines, pavement, etc)

Any environmental damage done you are 100% liable
(Dumping trash, draining water, killing protected plants)

 

KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS

  • Low, too good to be true price
  • Ready to start right away, do most work on weekend
  • Vehicles with NO Signs
  • No job signs

Employees with no company shirts

No license number on proposal, card, or vehicle

 

Pool and Inground Spa Drain Cover Recall

The following manufacturers, in cooperation with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), have announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer pool and spa drain covers. Read the CPSC press release here and click here to read the Notice to Associations.     There are approximately 6.2 million residential and public inground pools and inground spas. This recall will affect less than 5 percent of these installations. For more facts about the recall, click here.

Consumers with one of these drain covers in their pool or spa, and builders, installers or service companies who have installed any of these drain covers should refer to the manufacturer websites below for recall information. The Drain Cover Recall Hotline, at (866) 478-3521, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Company Model Information (Websites)
Dates Sold
Remedy
A&A www.aamfg.com Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
AquaStar www.aquastarpoolproducts.com/draincoverrecall Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
Color Match www.poolfittings.com/drain_cover_recall.htm Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
Custom Molded Products www.c-m-p.com/DrainCoverRecall.htm Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
Hayward www.hayward-pool.com/draincoverrecall Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement
Pentair www.pentairpool.com/draincoverrecall June 2009- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
Rising Dragon www.risingdragonplastics.com/en/draincoverrecall.html Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit

Several other manufacturers have recalled drain covers as well. For a complete list of the manufacturers, go to cpsc.gov.

 

Pool Doctors Guide to a Happy Pool!

Signs to look for when maintaining your pool

If your water is turning a different color call your pool professional immediately as this might have been caused by rain or too few chemicals when your pool was serviced.

It’s important that your pool maintain a perfect balance at all times so it will be ready when you are!

The water is too low! Especially in the dryer parts of the country the water seems to evaporate quickly. Always call your pool professional before adding water to the pool. If you add water on Tuesday and the service day was Monday they wont be back until that next Monday and thats too many days without the perfect balance! They will also be able to tell you know how much or how long to run the hose. If they are excellent at customer service and are in the area they might be able to do it for you!

 

Safety � Kids out of school

With the kids out of school and the moms and dads busy we sometimes forget how fast those little ones can get to the pool. Try to set up your work station at the pool if need be and never leave a child unattended, whether it be the phone ringing, doorbell or dog barking.

 

Snowbirds- We all have em!

For those Snowbirds it’s anyone’s guess if their pool company has even shown up! Some wait until the day before you return to clean the pool. Make sure your company makes you aware of their being there by having the tech sign and date the card. This should be a standard practice especially for those that are out of town for months at a time! Have a neighbor check your pool on your pool cleaning days to see if it was touched. If not, you know what to do, call Pool Doctor!! If so, just bring your kind neighbor a little something from your travels. Before you head out of town let the company know the date and when you expect to return so they can make arrangements with the guard, front gate person or neighbor if the tech needs special entry onto the grounds.

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Services Include:

  • Test and adjust the water chemistry for Chlorine, pH, and Total Alkalinity.
  • Empty traps and skimmers.
  • Vacuum the pool.
  • Brush tile, walls, steps, and floors as needed (calcium removal from tile is additional)
  • Skim pool surface.
  • Clean filters or backwash filter as needed
  • Add water to pool while on site only & keep equipment area clean
  • Inform customer of any problems noted and /or all necessary repairs

 

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