Tips and TricksWith over 40 years in the pool industry we are in the perfect position to offer you some important information.
Have you registered your swimming pool or outdoor Spa?
Failing to register your pool can result in an on the spot fine if a complaint is made to your local government. See the SPASA website www.spasa.com.au for further information.
Pool Fencing By Laws can also be viewed on their site.
Always make sure you use a registered contractor
In Queensland it is State Law that any domestic works over $3,300 are carried out by a registered licensed contractor and is in written format.
Our license number with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is License No. 42854.
This ensures that the contractor has been certified to do the works efficiently and safely and is not just a handy man without the correct knowledge to perform the job.
This is where you are protected. The Queensland Building and Construction Commission is a Statutory Authority established under the Queensland Building Services Authority Act 1991. It regulates the building industry by ensuring the maintenance of proper standards within the industry. It can provide support and advice to consumers undertaking building work, and can act as a dispute resolution service in relation to building disputes.
Please see the QBCC website for more information or to check if your contractor is licensed. www.qbcc.qld.gov.au
Benefits of using a SPASA member
When you contract a member of SPASA (which we are) to work on your swimming pool, you have many advantages. SPASA Members agree to abide by the Association’s rules, regulations and strict code of Ethics in the conduct of their businesses.
Only SPASA Members can provide a SPASA Approved contract which we use on all of our swimming pool renovations work. To be considered for membership, a business must provide evidence of a substantial period of competent trading, acceptable credit, skills assessment and adequate public liability insurance to ensure protection of consumers.
Watertight Contract Benefits
Once again the advantage of using a SPASA member is that SPASA offers an insurance called WATERTIGHT CONTRACT BENEFITS.
The consumer can take out this insurance for a reasonably small amount of money to cover the works being done to the pool in the event that the contractor falls ill, goes broke etc. The Watertight Contract Benefits ensures the completion of the contracted works, even if they need to get another contractor to finish.
A word of CAUTION
If you are planning on doing major works to your inground swimming pool, do not drain the water from it until you have discussed the works with a contractor such as ourselves. Pools are meant to have a weight of water in them and if you drain them unnecessarily for any length of time they can move and create all sorts of damage, such as broken PVC piping to and from the filtration system and in the case of a figreglass pool or paneled pool they can ‘pop’ out of the ground. We urge you to do your homework and contact us to decide on the level of work. We can then drain the pool for you, just prior to commencement of work.
Untreated or improperly treated water can be a health threat. Out of balance water can also cause expensive damage to the pool and may inhibit the sanitizing process.
The pool owner should always keep a good eye on pool levels and test them regularly. Different pools need different types of chemicals, depending on their interior finish.
Please contact us if you need help in this area.
Algae is a slimy substance and resembles moss. It is usually found in the shallow end of the pool (as the sunlight can still penetrate the water) and around steps.
The removal of the Algae when noticed is important! This can be done with an Algaecide.
If you let it get out of control and the pool goes “off”, then you may end up having to do an extensive ACID WASH of the pool. Meaning that the water is drained and the pool has to be high water pressure blasted with a mix of different acids to remove all the microscopic spores.
Seek help if you seem to be losing the battle of keeping Algae out before it gets too bad.
We all know that the way to sanitize a pool is by adding Chlorine to the water. There are different types of Chlorine:- Granular, Liquid, Tablets etc. The interior finish of your pool will dictate which is the best to use in your case.
Remember that the smell of Chlorine usually means that there is not enough being used. Have the water tested to see if you need to add more than you are using.
This is another way to sanitize your pool. These units generate Chlorine in the water using a process called electrolysis to convert salt into chlorine.
Units are available in different sizes to suit different sized pools depending on the turnover of the water through the filtration system and the bathing load. You may still need to add extra chlorine from time to time to make sure a satisfactory residual is maintained. There are some very good salt chlorinators on the market at the moment that if fitted and sized correctly will help greatly with the overall maintenance of the pool.
Buying Equipment on the Internet
We advise you to consider wisely before ordering a system over the internet. Whether it is a pool pump, sand filter, salt chlorinator etc.
Apart from hoping that you are ordering the right size for your pool, how will you install it? You may find it difficult to get someone to just install the units.
There is also the question of warranty’s etc. If you call on someone like us to come to your premises, we work out which model and size suits your pool (they are upgrading the equipment all the time). If we supply and install the components, then you have BACK UP SERVICE if anything does go wrong.
You may always have manufacturer’s warranty but what if you need it disconnected and serviced? If you deal with a technician like ourselves, we get it back to the manufacturer if there is a problem and re fit and start up again for you and you can rest assure that you have the best system working for you, not against you.
There is sometimes a need for some people to demolish their existing pool. We can help you with this as well.
There are strict guidelines to follow to fill in a pool. After all, years down the track someone may build a structure in that area unawares that there once was a swimming pool in existence. We organise for the pool to be de registered, then start work to remove any fencing, break up the pool shell, remove debris and finally fill in ( legally).
It then needs to have a certifier to sign off it has been done correctly. We suggest that you then leave it settle for a couple of months before finally turfing over the area. This type of project is quite intense and we stress it really needs to be done properly. It can cost almost as much as a refurbishment of your pool and at the end of the works you have nothing to show for it, so we confer with you to make an informed decision whether this is in fact the right way to go or maybe you just need help with making sure that the pool is as low maintenance as possible with the correct sized filtration system , pump, saltwater chlorinator, automatic cleaner etc.
We have found that a lot of pools are built with undersized equipment so as to keep it under budget but this can make for a labour orientated asset and take the fun out of owning a swimming pool.