What’s the best way to chlorinate your pool?

Chlorinating your pool.Think all chlorine is the same? Think again. While you may find a great price for discount chlorine at the store, it might not be a deal at all. Different types of chlorine have different chlorine purities. Take a look at this chart below provided by Hayward.

Chlorine Purity Comparison
Chlorine Type Percentage of Available Chlorine
Salt Chlorination 100% Available Chlorine
Trichlor 90% Available Chlorine
Calcium Hypochlorite 65% Available Chlorine
Dichlor 60% Available Chlorine
Lithium Hypochlorite 35% Available Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine 10% Available Chlorine

While salt systems supply the purest chlorine (by converting salt to chlorine), many people are hesitant to install salt systems due the cost of the initial installation. However, over the long run, you will save money as you won’t have to buy anywhere near the amount of the chlorine. Salt Chlorination is hassle-free as well as a controller decides how much chlorine you need. Hayward provides another chart to show how much chlorine is required to match a single salt cell.

Chlorine Type Amount of Chlorine needed to equal Chlorine produced by a single Salt & Swim 3C Cell
Trichlor 225 pounds
Calcium Hypochlorite 308 pounds
Dichlor 333 pounds
Lithium Hypochlorite 571 pounds
Liquid Chlorine 208 gallons

Obviously, salt cell chlorination provides the best bang for your buck when it comes to chlorination, but if you still decide to have a traditional chlorine system, be sure to read the ingredients on the package. You may save a few bucks on discount chlorine but not getting anywhere the amount of ‘chlorine’ that you actually need.

If you ever have a question regarding pools or chlorinating systems, please do not hesitate to contact Platinum Pools!

Here Comes The Sun?

In the days of fun and sun, it only make sense that pool companies would try to develop products to harness solar-energy. However, it seems the pool industry has been somewhat slow embracing the use of solar power. Part of the hesitancy stems from the mid-90’s when there was a big push for solar products. And while the sales were good, it turns out most of the products just didn’t work very well.

Flash forward twenty years later, and the products have improved, especially in the case of photovoltaics, or solar-electric power. While solar power has long been used to heat pools with passive, low-tech solar heaters, photovotaics are creating ways to supply power for devices ranging from LED lighting and floating debris skimmers all the way up to wall-mounted chlorine generators and even pool pumps.

Take for instance a solar-powered pump that is being provided American West Windmill and Solar, the master distributor stateside for German-made Lorentz Solar Pumps. “The beautiful marriage between them is that when there’s a lot of sunlight, that’s when you really want to be moving water through the filtration system, and that’s when your pump is going to be running at its peak,” says Cody Locknane, American West’s national sales manager. “A lot of people package the systems, but that’s not a requirement.”

However, going green isn’t cheap. The cost for a solar-powered pump can range from $4000 to $5000 and many are hesitant to make that kind of investment. But manufacturers maintain that the cost can be offset by two factors: savings from lower energy bills and 30 percent federal tax credit, which is slated to remain in place through 2016. This is especially true in states with high energy costs like California and Hawaii.

In the meantime though, pool owners may be more inclined to take advantage of other solar-powered products such as LED lights, in-pool chlorinators, and pool skimmers. But expansion in the solar arena for pool products is slow at best, leaving many to wonder what the future holds for solar products.

John Stiglmeier, president of RecWaterTec, which offers a solar-powered mineral purifier had this to say, “I think the pool and spa trade has been slow to respond to innovation in general. It’s just not an industry that embraces change. But things are changing, and the people in the pool industry who get out ahead of it are going to be the ones who’ll have the best opportunity to be successful. Consumers will drive this change.”

Arizona Pool Owners Legal Responsibility.

Each year, too many children in Arizona are victims of drowning or near-drowning. Arizona legislature has passed laws in order to help protect children from gaining unsupervised access to residential pools. Here are a few of the requirements as posted by the ADHS Office of Environmental Health:

Pool Enclosure Requirements

At a residence with a swimming pool where one or more children under six years of age live in the residence:

A.R.S. § 36-1681 requires that a swimming pool be protected by an enclosure (wall, fence, or barrier) that surrounds the pool area. Unless a local code provides otherwise, the enclosure of a belowground or aboveground pool must:

  • Entirely enclose the pool area;
  • Be at least 5 feet high;
  • Have no openings other then doors or gates, through which an object 4 inches in diameter can pass;
  • Have no openings, handholds, or footholds accessible from the exterior side that can be used to climb the barrier; and
  • Be at least 20 inches from the water’s edge.

If, however, a residence or living area makes up part of the enclosure required by A.R.S. § 36-1681(B), there must be:

  • A wall, fence, or barrier located between the swimming pool or other contained body of water and the residence or living area that:
    • Has a height of at least four feet;
    • Has no openings through which a spherical object four inches in diameter can pass;
    • Has a gate that opens outward from the pool and is self-closing and self-latching;
    • Has no openings, handholds, or footholds accessible from the exterior side of the enclosure that can be used to climb the wall, fence, or barrier; and
    • Is at a distance of at least twenty inches from the water’s edge;
  • A motorized safety pool cover that requires a key switch and meets the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards in F1346-91 (www.astm.org);
  • For each door or window in the residence or living area that has direct access to the pool:
    • A self-latching device that is located not less then fifty-four inches above the floor; and
    • Either a screwed in wire mesh screen covering a dwelling or guest room window or a keyed lock that prevents a dwelling or guest room window from opening more then four inches; or
  • For an aboveground swimming pool, non-climbable exterior sides which are a minimum height of four feet and access ladders or steps that are removable and able to be secured when the pool is not in use.

Gate Requirements

According to A.R.S. § 36-1681(B)(3), any gate in either the five-foot-tall wall, fence, or barrier enclosing a pool or the four-foot-tall wall, fence, or barrier between the residence or other living area and a pool must:

  • Open outward from the pool
  • Be self-closing and self-latching; and
  • Have a latch:
    • Located at least fifty-four inches above the underlying ground;
    • Located on the pool side of the gate with the latch’s release mechanism located at least five inches below the top of the gate and no opening greater than one-half inch with twenty-four inches of the release mechanism; or
    • Located at any height if secured by a padlock or similar device which requires a key, electric opening, or integral combination.

Platinum Pools encourages all pool owners to remain vigilant and NEVER allow children under 6 y/o unsupervised access to swimming pools. We can also help you create a safe environment around your pool. If you have any questions, please call us (480) 888-9200 – East Valley or (623) 847-9200 – West Valley.

Please note the information provided is not legal advice. To read the full documentation on the law please visit http://www.azleg.state.az.us/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/36/01681.htm&Title=36&DocType=ARS.

California Sting Nabs Illegal Contractors

When you are shopping for pool repair or installation, beware!

Nearly 80 contractors, including pool contractors, were charged with operating without a license in a sting conducted in California recently. Undercover agents posed as homeowners needing repairs or installations for their homes. In addition to being charged with operating without a license, some of the contractors may be charged with illegal advertising, as well as fined for charging excessive up-front fees for the contracted work. Offenders could be facing up to six months in jail and $5000 fine.

When it comes to the pool construction industry, there are several types of certifications that pool contractors can obtain to demonstrate their commitment to professionalism.

Platinum Pools and Spas is proud to be a member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), which requires its members to maintain strict professional standards in terms of quality, service and craftsmanship. Membership in these organizations must be earned and shows Platinum Pools and Spas’ commitment to the highest levels of professionalism in the pool industry.

The APSP requires that the pool builder adhere to strict ethical standards and have a commitment to the highest standards of workmanship and construction, business stability, and superior customer relations. This designation is held by an elite group of pool and spa builders in the country who have met all of the program requirements.

If you need a reliable, legal, and professional contractor to work on your pool, call Platinum Pools today! (480) 888-9200 – East Valley and (623) 847-9200 – West Valley

Managing Pool Systems with the Web and Mobile Apps

While you may not think initially of using the web to manage your pool, technology marches onward. And these advancements are making it easier for Commercial Pool Managers. Hayward recently released new ways of managing water quality of multiple commercial pools and spas from a single remote location on any computer, Blackberry® or iPhone® or web-enabled mobile device. Poolcomm.com is a web interface that allows pool managers to monitor pH and ORP adjustment, compliance documentation and more via the internet.

Here’s a list of some of the features and benefits:

  • Direct control of systems from any web browser
  • Monitor and display multiple facilities simultaneously
  • Receive real-time detection of pH and ORP problems
  • Color-coded alarm display, with notification via email or text
  • Up to 25% savings in labor costs yearly
  • Identify detrimental patterns and issues
  • Make better use of maintenance personnel time
  • Logs read hourly and updated every 24 hours or upon request
  • Satisfies most local recording requirements
  • Generate electronic logs of physical tasks
  • Avoid downtime, health department closures, customer liability issues

Just another way the folks at Hayward are advancing the industry. If you have any questions regarding Hayward Pool Products or other questions about your pool, please contact Platinum Pools of Arizona.

Water inside pool… Good. Water under pool… Bad.

Lifted Pool
Spring is almost here and many Arizonans are excited for the warm weather. For many of us, this includes shorts, flip flops, sunscreen and most importantly, a swimming pool. Residents begin preparing their pools for our long and hot seasons and for those without a pool, a friend with a pool is a friend indeed! As we prepare here in the West, the Midwest prepares to continue fighting their cold winter storms.

For many residents in a small town named Leslie, located in Georgia, their main issue has been the heavy rain. Many flood warnings have been issued for the last several days and the weather is just beginning to clear up. Unfortunately, for one pool, the heavy rain had finally taken its toll. The 20 feet by 60 feet fully concrete pool, had managed to be lifted from the ground. Half of the pool is dislodged, while the brick around it is cracked and broken. As heavy as the concrete pool may seem, the power of the heavy rain was enough to raise the pool from the surface! The homeowners could not believe that rain could do such a thing.

While doubtful we will have the issue of too much rain in Arizona, it’s still a good idea to check your pumps and pool equipment regularly. If you have any issues or are considering upgrading your pool, please contact the professionals at Platinum Pools today.

Pool Pump Energy Star Specs Released

Pool Pump Energy Star SpecsFinally! The government is set to release new specifications for pool pumps to achieve the coveted Energy Star certification. While many household items and appliances have the Energy Star label, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines, it will be the first time pool pumps are able to be given this rating. The certification has widespread implications from allowing consumers to choose more energy efficient options to allowing utility companies to offer incentives and rebates for homes using those products.

A recent final draft shows that pumps with an energy factor greater than, or equal to, 3.80 meet the Energy Star criteria. The energy factor is defined as the volume of water pumped in gallons per watt hour of electrical energy consumed by the pump motor.

However, the specifications are only the first step in the process, as testing methods and certification bodies must be approved. Additionally, products must have the features expected by consumers and save enough energy that consumers will be able to recoup additional costs through energy savings in a reasonable period of time.

Still, once approved, the Energy Star certification of pool pumps is good news for consumers and their wallets. For more information, http://energystar.gov/products/specs/node/187.

Hey, Let’s Swim to Work!

Platinum Pools & SpasAs unusual though it may sound, the city of London is considering a proposal that would turn the 8.6-mile Regents Canal into a swimming lane, allowing Londoners to swim to work. In the winter, the designers imagine ice-skating.

The proposal is one of several being considered as part of a competition staged by the city’s mayor and London’s Landscape Museum. London is looking for way to turn some of its industrial artifacts into useable public facilities. In this case, the Regent Canal, which was built more than 200 years ago for the purpose of transporting materials throughout the city’s then-burgeoning industrial district, would become an aquatic thoroughfare where residents would swim from place to place, presumably as new type of commuter lane.

Read more about this idea here!

New Year’s resolution, no more pool-less Arizona summers!

Picture27_smDo you spend you summers listening to the neighbors splashing and having fun in their pool while you are wishing you had your own? Well why not make 2013 the year you have your own pool! Prices are down and competition is up, so it only makes sense to consider having your own custom pool built before the summer comes. Imagine hosting great bbq’s and impressing your friends/relatives coming into town from colder climates with your own sparkling custom pool. There’s never been a better time to have a pool installed and here are a few things to consider when purchasing:

1. Experience counts! – Look for pool builders that are well established. Platinum pools, for example, has been building pools for 25 years plus and is the preferred builder of many renowned home builders throughout the Southwest.

2. Beware of “too good to be true” deals – Small pool companies may offer you a great deal, but will often cut corners during the construction process which will cost you more money in the long run.

3. Pay attention to the brands! – There are many pool filters and products that are energy efficient, aimed at saving you money. Platinum pools prides itself on using top quality, and energy saving products to keep your pool running as efficient and inexpensively as possible.

4. ASK QUESTIONS! – Educate yourself online and ask as many questions as possible. Many pool companies have great ‘salesmen’ but lousy products. Make sure your pool company is one you can trust! Platinum pools can answer any question you may have. Give us a call at (480) 888-9200 in the East Valley or (623) 847-9200 the West Valley today!

Saving the world.. one pool at a time!

Platinum Pools Energy Efficient pool productsProtecting the world and our environment is everybody’s responsibility.

Platinum Pools is proud to offer the very latest products from Hayward®’s Energy Solutions line. These products save energy, water, run quietly, and reduce operation costs — and that helps protect our planet for future generations. The line of the latest pool products includes pumps, cleaners, filters, heaters, lighting and controls, all designed make your pool and spa operate at peak efficiency. Read more about the products we use and how we can save you cash.

Whether you need pool products for commercial or residential use, now is the perfect time to upgrade your pool equipment. Even simply replacing your pump can save you money. Why not call Platinum Pools for an estimate on upgrading, or even redesigning your pool or spa area?

Remember that best way to educate yourself is to ask questions! Call us today at (480) 888-9200 in the East Valley or (623) 847-9200 in the West Valley.