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Leaking Pool

Leaking Pool

Common signs of a leaking pool

It goes without saying that if the water level in your swimming pool continues to drop, this should be your first indication that there is a leak.

Remember that in windy seasons, evaporation may also be the cause of a reduction in water level due to wind speeds and air temperature. Cracks or gaps in your swimming pool could suggest a water leak.

Due to the obvious soft ground around and beneath the swimming pool, the pool may shift over time, causing cracks and gaps. Erosion caused by subsurface water movement can cause landscaping to shift and sink. Standing water or rust at the pump or around pipes is a dead giveaway that there is a leak.

How to confirm a swimming pool leak?

A dye test is the first thing you could try. A dye test kit can be acquired from your local swimming pool store. After everyone has left the pool and the water has settled down, apply a few drops of the dye near the suspected cracked region.

What you’ll be checking for is if the dye persists and gradually fades. However, if it is sucked into the suspected location and reveals the crack this will be confirmation.

You could also run a bucket test for swimming pool leaks during a calm period when no one will be using the pool. This test will be carried out during a 24-hour period. First, make sure that all equipment is turned off and that no water is being automatically refilled.

Fill a bucket halfway with water, about 10cm from the top. Place this bucket on your swimming pool’s step area. Make a mark on both the inside and outside of the water level. After 24 hours, check to see if the outside level has dropped.

How often does a pool lose water without any leaks?

Swimming pools typically lose 0.5cm – 1cm of water each day due to evaporation and wind. This equals to between 2 – 4 centimeters per week. Due to evaporation, a typical sized pool will lose 25,000 to 50,000 gallons of water every year. This means you’ll have to refill the pool with a hose every 7-10 days.

 

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Pool Bladders

Pool Water Storage Bladders

 

What Are Pool Bladders?

Pool bladders are used to store water and made of soft plastic that can hold a lot of water. The plastic is BPA free, soft, and flexible making sure it provides complete control when moving around.

While working on your pool, don’t waste hundreds of litres of water. Make use of a pool bladder. We will store your swimming pool water in large, collapsible water storage bladders. When work on the pool is completed, we pump it back.

No need to replace the water. Draining your pool for maintenance is both wasteful and costly. Our swimming pool bladders will stop both.

How a Water Bladder Works?

As the bladder fills it will gain height but in the process will lose some width. This leads to an increase in the circumferential load, limiting the maximum fill height achievable.

The maximum fill height of a water bladder is usually limited to approx. 1.3m in height for very large bladders. This is why only durable materials can be used in making a bladder.

How To Save Your Pool Water?

Thousands of litres of water are wasted every day during swimming pool renovations and repairs. There is no need to throw the water down the drain. Store it in a bladder till it can be used again. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference saving water makes in a typical swimming pool.

By saving 25 000l of water will equal to one South Africans water usage for 500 days, given only 50 litres a day is used. That is 1.36 years of drinking water that would have originally been thrown away.

Benefits of Pool Bladders

  • Store Loads of Water – The sole purpose of a water bladder is to store loads of water and that’s what it does best. You may now save your existing water by pumping it into water storage bladders and storing it on site. The water is kept on the premises until the pool maintenance or repairs are finished.
  • Save Time – Getting your pool to sparkling perfection takes time and effort, using a pool bladder means your water goes in the exact same way it came out.
  • Save Money – It takes money to refill your pool, and you risk being penalized if you do so when water restrictions are in effect. A swimming pool bladder means you don’t discard the water and you don’t have to refill.
  • Better for the environment – Water is a scarce commodity and the more we can save the better off the environment will be. By Storing your water a pool bladder means saving, not wasting water.
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Re Marbelite Pools

FQA About Re Marbelite Pools

How long does an re marbelite pool last

The truth is that most re marbelite pools are made to last for around ten years. After that, the surface can begin to display signs of aging, which are unaesthetic and unpleasant for swimmers.

How long after re marbelite can you fill the pool?

To prevent the finish drying out, it is strongly recommended that the pool be fully filled with water 24-30 hours or earlier after the marbelite application is completed. If the pool is not filled fast enough, shrinkage cracks can appear.

Do I have to remove all previous coatings?

We recommend that all previous coatings be removed down to concrete for best results.

Will the cracks in my concrete come back?

There is no way to prevent cracks from reappearing. Since your concrete is continually moving, there’s a risk that old cracks will reappear and new cracks will appear.

How long until I can walk on the floor?

We recommend 24 hours for foot traffic.

What colours can I choose from?

There are many pool plaster colour options to choose from. White is your cheapest option.

What lasts longer Marbelite or Fibreglass?

Marbelite is made to be underwater, you should get betweeen 15 to 20 years if applied by a pro, Fibreglass will start to lift off the wall.

Did you know

  • Algae on a marbelite or re-marbelite pool should not be allowed to form as it can cause staining
  • Minor surface cracks are not a problem, but deeper cracks are.
  • White pool plaster produces a uniform white surface in the swimming pool, with some slight surface colour variations. When viewed from a distance the pool has a crisp light blue appearance.
  • Classic colours: White, Black, Sky Blue, Pool Blue, Cobalt Blue, Midnight Blue, Turquoise, Emerald Green, Pool Grey, Sandstone and Tan.
  • Coloured marblite creates a variety of colorful swimming pool effects.
  • Black marblite gives a natural looking effect with some more pronounced surface colour variations of black marble, giving the surface the effect of natural black marble.

Swimming Pool Paving

Swimming Pool Paving made of Poured Concrete

Concrete coping has multiple options as they are linked with caulking and mortar. Since, it consists of separate stones, it is easy to mix and match. They are also available in different colours, by experimenting with them we can come up with a fine design according to our liking.

Precast Concrete

Another kind of concrete coping is precast concrete. It is quite thinner when compared to poured concrete and it is considerably lighter. This lighter concrete makes the perfect pool’s bond beam/wall as it stresses lightly against the pool structure. This aids in increasing the lifetime of the pool. If you are looking for a pool that lasts longer, precast pool copingstone is the right choice.

Pool paving made of Natural stone

This pool coping stone is used by many because of its natural look and feel. It gives a new personality to the pool with its warm colour, texture and firmness of the stone. There are various natural stones that are used for coping swimming pools such as the quarried granite, limestone and other fieldstones. These natural stones form a sturdy beam and with its uniform thickness, these natural stones form an element of visual beauty

Bricks

This kind of coping is famous for its charm and comfort feel. The coping made of bricks are available in a wide range of colours which makes it a convenient choice for people looking to beautify their pools. One should know that the dark coloured bricks can absorb the heat easily during the summer. We mostly use swimming pools on hot sunny days, it becomes a nuisance if it is too hot to touch the sides of the wall. Choosing lighter colour is a sane option to avoid such inconvenience, else you will have to wear flip-flops around the pool area.

Bricks are not as firm and smooth as materials like concrete and natural stone. It is extremely rough and can be chipped easily, causing minor cuts in our feet. If look is what you are going for, then these minor inconvenience can be put behind us, as it provides a stylish looking pool.

Facts About Your Swimming Pool

Your Swimming Pool

A swim is a refreshing way to unwind your day or just enjoy. Most homes have built-in swimming pools which certainly need a lot of maintenance.

There are so many pool facts that are vital for you to know before you carry out any kind of cleaning service.

Acid Content

It is good to determine the acid content in your water. Hard water makes the water acidic and the adjoining areas too. For the same, it is good to have a duct directed to the nearest sewer close to your house.

The acidic water can harm your garden plants and surely cause a problem and hence discharge of this water has to be done appropriately.

Filter

Looking into the various aspects of climate, temperature and usage you will need to look into weekly cleaning service for your pool. Getting a good filter helps you in getting all the dirt as well as debris filtered.

Here the effort to clean the filter is more to check for entrapment and remove any kind of oil collected during the cleaning process. Understand the pH factor for water and neutralizing is so much important. Bather’s rules must be communicated.

All kinds of pool require brushing at least once a week and circulating the water is a must to avoid all kind of infestation.

In Ground Pool Cleaning

An in ground pool cleaning is much different from others. These facts are essential before you clean your pool. Brushing the tiles is good but cleaning the corners is more important as the bristles do not reach well.

An ergonomic brush with a modulated handle is much necessary.

Draining your pool and treating it with disinfectants can be done simultaneously. Water levels need to be maintained as per the shape and depth of the pool. Pool disinfectants have to mixed as per the instructions mentioned so that the clean up is easy.

Water Evaporation

Water evaporation causes water loss and hence it is vital to know these facts especially during summer time. Knowing whether you pool is leaking is another way to know the reason for water loss. Pool thermometers are a reliable.

Additionally any kind of repairs has to be done by a specialist. Sealants like putty can easily chip off and further contaminate the pool. Fixing broken tiles is good for safety as well as ensuring that the pool is water tight. Much has to be evaluated about a faulty pump or back washing to know the real reason for water loss in your swimming pool.

 

 

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FQA about Swimming Pools

Some Questions we Received about Swimming Pools.

 

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What is the best time of year to renovate swimming pools?

You can renovate your swimming pool at any time of year. The best time is the winter, then your swimming pool will be ready for the summer.

What type of projects can be done with renovations?

  • Tile replacement or repair.
  • Tile cleaning.
  • Installing better pumps, heaters, and filters.
  • Change the lighting colour of the pool.
  • Replace the pool coping.
  • Install solar heating.
  • Install waterfalls, fountains, sprayers or slides.

Is it possible to redesign my pool and the surrounding areas?

Certainly! We can do just about anything to your pool and/or backyard.

How will I know it’s time to renovate my pool?

When the plaster is rough on your feet.
The coping around the pool is damage.
The plaster is discoloured or cracked.
Tiles are old fashion, discoloured, damaged or falling off.

How big must my yard be to install a swimming pool?

Pools come in all shapes and sizes.

How often should I change the sand in my filter?

This depends on how the pool is used. Normally every second year.

How often should I test my pool water at home?

In summertime we recommend that you test your pool water at least once a week.

How many hours must I run my filter each day?

The average and small size pool should run a minimum of 8 hours a day. Larger pools should be increased in length of time relative to the larger size.

Is it dangerous to be in or around the pool during an electrical storm?

Keep an eye on the weather, because summer storms can be severe. It is extremely dangerous to be in or around the swimming pool during an electrical storm, so rather go inside when the sky darkens.

We offer all types of swimming pool repairs, pool coping, pool renovations and the installation of new pools at very competitive rates in the Randburg and Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg. We also install and repair Koi ponds and water features.

Contact us for more info 074 292 4498

Eye-catching Pool Coping

Pool Coping

Pool coping can be made of stone (capstone), brick, clay or terracotta, concrete or cast stone, tile, slate, wood, thatch, or various metals.

Why Your Pool Needs Pool Coping?

  • Practically all in-ground pools have coping stones around their edges.
  • Pool coping help swimmers to enter and exit the pool without slipping.
  • To get the most out of your pool, you have to take care of it.
  • Pool pavers keep debris like grass, leaves, and dirt out of the pool.

What Type of Pool Pavers Material Should I Use?

There are three main types of pavers.

Concrete

  • Concrete coping is mostly used as pool pavers.
  • They are durable, versatile, affordable and tough.
  • They offer a lot of characteristics and qualities that make them the perfect choice.
  • Concrete coping is usually less expensive than clay, granite or sandstone pavers.
  • They are slip-resistant, salt resistant, and chlorine will not affect their colours.
  • A wide variety of shapes, colours, and sizes are available.
  • A benefit of concrete coping is that it can easily fit any style and is the most affordable option compared to natural stone, tile, etc.
  • Paving is easily maintained by sweeping and occasional rinsing.
  • Remember you need to seal the pavers.

Brick

Brick pool coping Randburg

  • Brick coping is resistant by chlorine.
  • They are anti-slip which is very important around the pool.
  • Brick pavers come in one size normally squared and rectangular in shape but there are a variety of patterns and surfaces.
  • They are affordable and will give you value for your money.
  • The coping looks very natural and can be used in many design styles.
  • Bricks are durable and will last for decades.
  • They do not require a lot of maintenance.
  • They’re also easy to clean and maintain, and can even increase the value of your property!
  • Seal the coping to ensure the sun`s heat and pool water don’t affect them.

Stone

Stone Pool Coping Randburg

  • Stone pavers are the product of Mother Nature.
  • It is stain resistant.
  • Has strength.
  • Resistance to abrasion
  • Durability
  • Stone has many advantages that make it worth to pay more because it is an investment.
  • Natural stone also holds up to busy lifestyles.
  • Caring for natural stone is low maintenance
  • Stone coping is safer than other materials
  • Natural in texture and they come in many striking colours.

We offer all types of pool repairs, pool coping, pool renovations and the installation of new pools at very competitive rates in the Randburg and Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg. We also install and repair Koi ponds and water features.

Contact us for more info 074 292 4498

Pool Filter Sand

The importance of pool filter sand.

 

Granules of sand are irregularly shaped and make an efficient filtering medium, as evidence by the many freshwater creeks that are naturally filtered by sand.

 

Sand filters contain a deep layer of sand that traps dirt and debris as water flows through it. The trapped particles fill the spaces between granules of sand and actually help the filter collect even smaller particles. Over time, the accumulation of trapped particles will restrict water flow, the pressure inside the filter will increase, and it will be time to backwash, or clean the filter.

 

When the sand in the filter is clean, water passes through easily. When pool water is unbalanced and the filter isn’t cleaned properly, mud balls can form and impede the filtering process. As the situation worsens, the water forces channels through the sand, allowing unfiltered water to pass back into the pool.

 

This is why it is important to get your Filter sand change every SECOND year!

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Pool water levels

Pool Water Levels – Does it matter?

The level of your pool’s water is constantly rising and falling – depending on how much it rains and how much water is lost by evaporation. In Gauteng this is especially relevant in the warmer seasons when it is both hot and raining.

When the pool water level is higher than half way up, the water moving into the skimmer is going so slow that debris may pass by the opening without being sucked in. If the pool water completely covers the skimmer opening, floating debris can’t get in at all.

When the pool water level is too low the pool skimmer can bottom out, thereby sucking air into the pump system which can result in losing the prime (water moving through the system) .This can result in burning up your swimming pool filter pump motor.

Ideally you should keep your swimming pool water levels between one third and one half the way up the opening of the swimming pool skimmer. This is the level at which your swimming pool skimmers operate most effectively.

Feel free to Contact us for any advice or a Quote for any pool maintenance or repair services.

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Pool Safety Tips

Pool Safety Tips

Pool Safety tips

Nothing beats relaxing in a swimming pool on a hot summers day in Gauteng. By following pool safety guidelines, you can make sure that you can relax without worrying about accidents happening in or around your pool. We suggest pool owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:

Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 1.2-meter-high fence with a self-closing and latching gate. Use a safety cover on the pool when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm.

Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child.

Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.

Designate a responsible person to watch the pool when people are in it—never allow anyone to swim alone.
Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a life jacket.

Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate swimming courses.

Keep your pool clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to reduce the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.

Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “ask permission to swim”, “no diving”, “stay away from drain covers”, “swim with a friend”, “no glass containers near the pool” and “don’t run.”

Ensure everyone in your home knows how to respond to swimming pool emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking, first aid and CPR courses.

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