Archive for June, 2012

Quick Pool Audit For The Owner

Bob Russell | June 12, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

It’s June, most pools and spas are opened and running.

Pool Owners generally trust their service providers, but there is also a trend towards a more “hands on” approach. 

Here are some quick observations you as a pool owner can make. It takes about 3-5 minutes if you know what to look for. These are general areas of health, safety and efficiency that can be observed by taking a lap around pool and equipment: 

1. Safety: Are your suction outlet covers secured by stainless steel screws? This picture was taken through water, while standing on deck with pumps turned off. Note: this is NOT an approved cover. The important point being made here is to ensure covers are secure!

 

 

 

 

  

2. Security: Is the pool secured? Awareness is the thing. Walk around and look at your pool the way an adventurous 4-year-old might. Look at gates and anything that can be climbed to gain access.

Consider hiring a certified lifeguard from your local Y for your next party.





3. Reliability: Is the filter system and other equipment operating correctly?

A quick check 2 or 3 days before the guests arrive is a good idea. Mechanical systems sometimes fail.

Make sure your service provider has a reputation for speedy response time and a 24/7 “on-call” service. Because STUFF happens!



4. Efficiency: Is your pump, filter and heater efficient? New technology has brought these a long way in just the past 5 years. For more information I suggest you consult with your service provider first before going with Google. Avoid the confusion and ask the expert.





 

 

 

 

 

5. Sanitization: Look at your pool as a giant Petri Dish and bathers, rain storms and warm water as chlorine demand. When a pool drops to zero chlorine (or bromine) plant and animal life can multiply rapidly. In other wirds, it will take more sanitizer to get the job done under cetrain circumstances than others. It is far easier to prevent algae than to kill it. It is critical to the health of bathers to maintain a sanitary environment. When in doubt- dipstrip test your pool or spa. It’s a 5-second test.



 



 

 

 

 *Summary:

Safety: Be sure your suction outlet covers are secured.

Security: Be aware of any breaches in pool area barrier.

Reliability: Test equipment 2-3 days before an important event.

Efficiency: Consider updating older equipment.

Sanitization: Recognize that sanitizer levels are impacted by demand place on them.

Enjoy your pool!

Call if you need anything!

 

*Summary: This summary is NOT intended to be exhaustive or complete – it is intended to facilitate a higher level of awareness and enjoyment of pool ownership.