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Swimming Pool Automation Offers Remote Control, Monitoring and Cost Savings

May 1, 2017 8:04:00 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Maintenance, Pool & Spa Construction

You’re stepping off the plane, thinking about wading in your warm South Florida pool—so you pull out your mobile device, click on an app and adjust the pool temperature. The water will be ready by the time you arrive home.

You’re renting your Florida Keys home to visitors during the months you are away. Rather than worry about guests adjusting pool settings (and possibly emptying a gas tank or running up electric costs), you remotely adjust and lock the settings. Wherever you are, you can check in to see if the pool temperature, lights and filtration systems are where you want them to be.

You’re entertaining in your outdoor living space, so you use your tablet to turn on an LED light show that changes the pool color. You also can slow down or speed up the flow of water streaming from the pool’s waterfall.

Swimming pool automation gives you the control and flexibility to manage pool settings with the click of an app on your phone, tablet or computer. Plus, a pool maintenance provider can gain access to the master controls to monitor efficiency, sanitation and filtration.

Pool owners gain peace of mind knowing that they can manage pool settings when they’re not at home—and the convenience of using a mobile device to change lighting, water temperature and other features.

Here is how today’s advanced swimming pool automation equipment works and why about 98% of our pool and spa owners are adopting this technology.

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What’s the Best Way to Heat My South Florida Pool in Winter?

Feb 27, 2017 6:06:00 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Maintenance, Pool & Spa Repair and Renovation

Even in South Florida where we swim outdoors year-round, pools need to be heated during winter so you can fully enjoy the water. Night-swimming, splashing with children, entertaining guests, appealing to renters and those sensitive to water temperature—these are all reasons to maintain an optimum water temperature of 84 degrees.

A pool heater will simply make your pool more comfortable, and you’ll want to run it approximately November through March. (We always recommend connecting the pool heater to mobile devices so you can adjust the temperature easily.)

So, what is the best way to heat your South Florida pool? There are gas and electric heaters that do the job, and each has benefits. Let’s talk more about what type of heater will work best for your South Florida swimming pool.

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Your Guide to Hiring a Commercial Pool Service in Miami and South Florida

Feb 10, 2017 7:24:00 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Maintenance

You’re a property manager charged with overseeing a commercial pool at your South Florida resort, condominium or club. You have staff caring for the grounds, but the pool is a different story. It requires more attention and knowledge of chemicals and pool mechanicals. There are codes and regulations that must be met in order for the pool to be open to the public. (“Pool closed” is not an option at your resort—people expect to enjoy the water.)

You’re hiring a commercial pool service, but how do you select the best professional for the job?

Here are four questions to ask before hiring a commercial pool service to help you choose a knowledgeable, experienced partner to maintain the safety, health and beauty of your commercial swimming pool.

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Commercial Swimming Pool Maintenance: Meeting Safety, Health & Code Requirements

Oct 12, 2016 4:52:34 PM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Maintenance

Pool Closed. Those are two words no guest wants to see posted outside of a desirable pool and spa space. Whether they’re vacationing at your resort, spending an afternoon at the private club you manage, or planning to take a dip at the condo association pool, a sign indicating that something is wrong is frustrating. (And, it doesn’t do a whole lot for your reputation, either.)

But “pool closed” is exactly what will happen if the mechanicals, structure and water inside are not properly maintained to meet stringent Florida state and international regulations.

If chlorine and pH levels are off-balance, forget it. Pool closed. (Who wants to risk a sanitary health risk?) If signage and depth markers not up to standard or non-existent, swimmers could have a serious accident on your property. Again, pool closed. That is, unless you want to invite a lawsuit.

From proper main drain covers to appropriate depth markers and highly technical chemical measurements, there’s so much to account for when maintaining commercial swimming pools and spas in South Florida. And here, we swim year-round. So, commercial pool maintenance is a requirement up to five days per week.

The reality is that facility managers are focused on guest experience and cannot truly dedicate the necessary time to stay on top of the evolving regulations and standards for constructing and maintaining a pool. It is nothing like caring for residential swimming pools.

There’s risk involved when property’s pool manager is not properly certified or trained on the latest pool equipment. Swimmers could get very sick from your pool if the chemistry is off. Some common recreational water illnesses  include Cryptosporidium (Crypto for short), Giardia, Shigella, Norovirus and E. coli. If your pool is responsible, that could mean a costly lawsuit.

Now, you might be wondering what’s involved in maintaining a commercial swimming pool and whether your pool manager truly has it covered. Let’s dive in and touch on some key issues an experienced CPO-certified pool operator will manage during a commercial pool maintenance visit.

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Preserve Your Pool: Why Annual Preventative Pool & Spa Maintenance Matters

Oct 7, 2016 1:03:00 PM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Maintenance

You wouldn’t run your car 20,000 miles without an oil change. Otherwise, you’d be just asking for a mechanical breakdown. And, you would not wait 10 years before stepping foot inside a dentist’s office—or news of cavities or a costly procedure would be no surprise. So why do some pool owners tend to let annual preventive pool and spa maintenance slide?

Like any type of technology, the systems that regulate and operate our “bodies” of water—we’re talking about your pool and spa—need maintenance. Because some mechanical devices are exposed to the environment, they are subject to wear and tear. (And we also find that some owners can “push buttons” not realizing what those controls do.)

For all of these reasons, pools and spas need detailed annual inspections conducted by experienced pool professionals who are well versed in the intricacies of complex pool systems. Even the simplest pools are essentially complex aquatic ecosystems that demand careful oversight.

Annual pool and spa maintenance includes conducting tests, taking measurements, making adjustments, replacing parts, cleaning, and performing duties to prevent failures from occurring. Failures mean risking the health and safety of people using the pool, and incurring expenses to fix problems that could have been avoided. It all goes back to that saying, “An ounce of prevention…”

So what, specifically, should you understand about preventive pool and spa maintenance? What can you expect when an experienced pool professional conducts annual service? Let’s dive in and talk more about the necessary care and servicing your pool and spa requires to retain its beauty and value—and to function efficiently and cost-effectively.   

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Resurfacing a Pool in Florida: Your Guide to Cost and Other Considerations

Aug 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Maintenance, Pool & Spa Repair and Renovation

South Florida’s year-round summer conditions pair perfectly with a cool, tranquil pool. Whether you want to go for a swim or entertain guests around a stunning water feature, a pool can be a great investment in your property.

And just like your other investments, pools need some attention, especially as they start to age and have signs of normal wear and tear. So if your pool’s finish is starting to fail and is chipped or damaged — or you’re ready for something new — it could be time for it to be resurfaced.

Depending on the original finish type, amount of use and your level of maintenance, your pool could need resurfacing after about five to 10 years. So whether you’re beyond due or just starting to think about resurfacing, here are some breakdowns of costs, materials and timelines to consider before resurfacing your pool.

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Hire a Pro vs. DIY — An Honest Look at South Florida Pool Maintenance

Jul 19, 2016 11:08:40 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Maintenance

The DIY trend continues to grow across the country. Heck, there’s even a network for just that on TV now.

From television shows to YouTube videos, you can pretty much watch and learn about any task you want to. But actually doing it correctly often takes more than just watching a how-to demonstration.

Being in the pool and landscape industry, we constantly hear horror stories about how someone thought they could handle a project on their own — only to end up with a bigger mess on their hands once they “finish.” What started out as a cheaper solution ends up costing more because now they need to bring in the pros.

So, what’s the best option when it comes to your South Florida pool maintenance: Should you DIY or hire a professional? Before you can answer that question, you need to figure out what your pool requires to keep it sparkling and if you have the time.

What Your South Florida Pool Needs

There’s a lot that goes into keeping your pool jump-in ready, beyond just removing debris and keeping the water at the right level.

Here are just a few of the maintenance tasks you need to perform regularly to ensure a crystal-clear pool:

  • Vacuum the pool, skim, brush and clean trap baskets
  • Test and correct the water chemistry for chlorine, pH, alkalinity, stabilizer and calcium levels
  • Polish handrails and ladders
  • Inspect all of the pool equipment for potential problems (understanding the equipment)
  • Backwash the filter when needed
  • Test the water balance

And those are just some of the tasks your pool will need, assuming it’s in good condition and doesn’t need work to get it to a maintainable level.

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How Much Does Pool Maintenance Cost Per Month in South Florida?

Jun 22, 2016 2:23:49 PM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Maintenance

No one wants to spend the summer cleaning leaves out of a pool, checking the water’s pH, buying and adding chemicals, polishing handrails, adjusting water levels or inspecting equipment.

You and your family want to spend your time actually enjoying and entertaining around your pool.

But what will that cost, and what maintenance services does your pool need? And how can you make this experience enjoyable and feel comfortable with the quality of the maintenance company? What are the factors that are most important?

Here’s a cost and service breakdown to show you what it takes to maintain your South Florida pool.

What Maintenance Does Your Pool Need?

You want your pool to be ready to entertain all season long at a moment’s notice. So to keep it sparkling and refreshing, make sure to incorporate certain tasks as part of your pool maintenance:

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Continuous Monitoring & Chemical Controls on Pools & Spas

Jul 28, 2015 5:28:00 PM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Maintenance

Reef Tropical Pools executives and select staff took a day and visited Jupiter FL to see Alvaro Mendoza, President of Commercial Energy Specialists (CES), and got a tour around his facility.  

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I Bought a Home With a Pool and Spa, I NEED Advice

Apr 14, 2015 10:52:45 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Maintenance, Pool & Spa Construction, Pool & Spa Repair and Renovation

When homes sell, Reef Tropical Pools helps consult the new owners on their existing water features. As a highlighted part of the new home, all parties involved want the pool and spa to exude quality. Reef Tropical Pools can help consult with certainty on the age and condition of the mechanical equipment (pumps, heaters, filters), the age and condition of the pool finish or tile, the overall cleanliness of the pool and usually the existence of any potential leak (if servicing the pool regularly). We can also help consult on a pool renovation or complete rebuild of the pool. Common things to consider would be adding a spa, updating your Diamond Brite or Pebble Tec finish (recommended every 8-10 years), acid washing and re grouted tile finishes every so often (tile can last a long time). Lastly, pools need constant care. We can propose an aspect of weekly service along with annual preventative maintenance for the equipment. 

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