Evaporation, Drag-out, or both?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Is your pool’s water level low right now? With Lahaina Noon this month and the sun directly overhead, and light tradewinds, your water is evaporating, and your pool is probably not leaking. Pool parties and increased swimming means more water is coming out of your pool when swimmer’s get out and water comes with them in their boardshorts and bikinis, dripping onto the deck and not back into your pool. Again, probably not a leak, but keeping your water at the right level increases the efficiency of your skimmer, and decreases stress on your pump.

Keep calm, and swim on!

LED Pool Light Replacement

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Yes, we do that too!

Your pool light is burnt-out? Or it just uses too much energy? Instead of replacing it with a standard pool flood lamp that uses 300, 400 or 500 watts, consider an Energy-Efficient LED flood lamp, that lights your pool with as much light as a 300 watt old-fashioned light, but uses only 20 watts, and is expected to last 20 years, as long as the gasket remains watertight!

Use your pool light and enjoy your yard at night more often, using 1/10th of the energy.

Virginia Graeme Baker Act compliant drain cover installation

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Is your drain cover safe enough to prevent suction entrapment? If not, you should consider installing a drain cover that complies with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act) which takes its name from Virginia Graeme Baker, a young girl who drowned after she was trapped under water by the powerful suction from a hot tub drain.

We just installed one for an investment property pool owner who will be renting their Kailua home with swimming pool to tenants. The work is done without draining the pool, using scuba gear and hand tools and tamper-resistant stainless steel screws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some VGBA-compliant suction inlet covers fit exactly into the existing floor or wall suction fittings, while others, like this one below, fit universally over any fitting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think about it, and let us know if you want to make your pool safer with one of these drain covers.

Aloha, Scott

 

Salt Chlorine Generator Installation

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Just installed another salt chlorine generator for a Kailua pool owner. The Pentair IntelliChlor is a small chlorine factory added into your pool’s return plumbing that  manufactures chlorine from salt added to your pool water every time your pool pump runs. No more tabs floating in a chlorine dispenser.

How does it work? Salt (NaCl) is a mineral compound made up primarily of sodium (Na) and chloride (Cl). Inside the salt chlorine generator are metal fins which are charged with an electrical  current. When salt water passes over them, the chloride is converted to chlorine gas, sanitizing the water as it returns back  to your pool.

Swimming in salt water is easier on your skin and eyes, because the water is softer with the minerals added to it.

It’s easy to convert your  regular chlorine pool to a salt water pool that generates its own chlorine. Just give us a call.

 

Energy efficient pump installation

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Intelliflo Variable Speed PumpJust installed another super energy efficient swimming pool pump for a Nuuanu pool owner. The Pentair Intelliflo VS 3050 has 4 speeds, most pools run most of the time on speed 2, but speed 1 is even quieter and more efficient. Use speed 3 and 4 for vacuuming or really moving water after adjusting chemical balance. Most Oahu pool owners save about $100.00 per month on their HECO bill after installing this pump.

How much can you save by installing a multi-speed pump with your pool? Click here for Pentair’s Pump Savings Calculator

Heavy rains are overflowing pools!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Pools are filling up and overflowing with the recent storm that keeps on giving us the rain we’ve needed this winter, all at once!

I’ll be draining pools back to the normal water level this week and bringing the chemistry back into balance. Your salt-water pool may likely need some more salt added after all this rain dilution.

One of my newer customers has a pool that is mostly outside but also partially inside the house. Fortunately the pool builder made the exterior deck lower than the interior deck, so the pool overflows outside instead of inside the home! Good thinking!

Aloha, and stay dry!

Scott

Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Just serviced all my customer’s pools in time for Christmas Eve, so they’ll be sparkling clean and clear for the holiday weekend, in case anyone cares for a swim on Christmas Day.

Mele Kalikimaka!