Thursday, 30 November 2017

Wild Weather ? Great info from SPASA Victoria

Do You Know Best Practice When It Comes To A Flooded Pool?

How do you remove potential contaminants such as clay, dust & debris from flood-affected pools?

If a pool has been susceptible to heavy rainfall, it is likely to have gained plenty of dirty water, mud, debris and other various contaminants from the surrounding environment.

Although a dirty, clouded and flooded pool is a huge inconvenience, the pool can be used soon after if it is treated promptly, after the weather subsides. The following procedure is recommended to rectify flooded pools.
  1. Check the pump, filter and other mechanical parts of the pool system for damage. If there is any damaged equipment, see the applicable manufacturer for instructions or replacement parts.
  2. Remove all debris from the pool. The rainfall has probably brought in leaves and other debris from the surrounding areas. This will add large amounts of organic matter to the water, which in turn will cause issues with algae and chlorine residual. The sooner rubbish is removed from the pool, the sooner clean-up can begin.
  3. Use a high quality floc to drop the clay and dust that has clouded up the pool to the bottom. Remember that overdosing with a floc will not make the job work faster
  4. Vacuum the debris formed from the Power Floc to waste.
  5. Turn on and leave on the pump/filter until water balance has been achieved. From now, much of the debris should have been removed from the water. Although still cloudy, the filter is the easiest way to clean the water.
  6. Test for metals and treat accordingly. The pool water may look a lot clearer than the start, but there may be many dissolved particles within the pool that came in with the dirt and clay. If there is a residual of metals (copper/iron) it can cause permanent staining, especially when chlorine is added back to the pool.
  7. Test for chlorine demand and treat accordingly. The flood water has washed an incredible amount of organic and inorganic material into the pool. Although most of it has been cleared out, there are still large amounts dissolved within the water. These particles can cause a huge drain on the chlorine added to the water to keep it healthy.
  8. Treat pool with high quality algaecide. The chorine is what makes the pool healthy to swim in, but as the chlorine is working at oxidising, the pool needs to be protected from algae. This defends the pool from algae whilst the chlorine is working at oxidising and killing bacteria. Once a good chlorine residual has been achieved, go back to a maintenance dose of algaecide.
  9. Use a clarifier. At the same time as Step 9, a clarifier can be added to the water. By now the water should be holding a chlorine residual, so that the filter can be utilised to collect dead algae and other oxidised organic waste.
  10. Manage the water balance. The water should be tested again by a professional pool shop. The chemicals just added to recover the pool will have had an effect on the water balance. This is because the pool has just been flushed with new (dirty) water. The water needs to be balanced again as it is the most important step to keeping the pool healthy, sparkling, clean and inviting.
  11. Use a clarifier one last time when the water is balanced. Although the water may look beautiful and fresh, the addition of one last clarifier, will really bring the sparkle back to the water. 
The above information was written by William Mansfield of BioLab Australia Pty Ltd/BioLab Ltd and represents the best interpretation of available technical information at the time of preparation.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Happy Friday Everyone

The weather is really warming up now and our pools are in Peak production.
There is still time for a Summer pool. 
Let's not panic about Pre Christmas if you are not site ready this side of 2018, we are happy to look to the New Year and enjoy January through to March as a great swimming season.

Call our office to discuss your plans and time frame and let's see if we can get you swimming soon.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

"Pools made Easy" - A Celebration of Success

I thought as we are approaching our final weeks in the office I would Post a few images from our recent installs to show how easy it is to suddenly own a ready to swim Luxury Concrete pool....
Our new year bookings are quickly moving into Autumn  so be quick with your inquiry and quote forms please.
Don't worry , if you miss this Summer I'll be sure to look after you with prompt pricing, Autumn specials and priority builds for early deposits. :)

 So at this point you may think it looks like an easy solution to your project. It usually is!.
Call me or talk to your builder / designer, I've got loads of info to share as well as constant support from our design team , our crane and transport team and Pool and Spa industry updates.

Looking forward to delivering to you in 2017. 
Thank you to all for your support, feedback and Orders, making this our biggest season yet...
PS - Keep those site photos coming, we love to see where our beautiful pools call home.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Dedicated Pool Manufacturer vs Tank conversions

Buyer Beware -
With the popularity of our Compact Plunge Pools on the rise we are noticing many a Tank and septic company lending their hand to pool building.
While it's always great to add another line of income to your business it is worth keeping in mind the Pool Industry Standards and the knowledge and accreditation that goes with being a part of a Regulated and Professional Industry.
Some companies are even going as far as duplicating our website, closely copying our name and informaton and marketing text. While this is all very flattering it is also misleading.

If you have a competitor quote then feel free to send it in to us and we will show you the differences and you will be glad you called us.

This article was written in support and respect of the hardworking design professionals and Pool manufacturers .
We continue to encourage Professional Design and supply our engineered plunge pools to our very talented, builders, architects, landscape architects and designers around the country. :)

Monday, 17 October 2016

New information regarding fencing from SPASA Victoria

 We have a lot of enquiry regarding pool safety and barrier regulations in all state and regional areas, following is a link just released by SPASA Victoria.

Click here to read the Backyard Pool Safety Information Kit for Victorian Real Estate Agents

This is a very imformative read for everyone, covering many aspects of Pool Barriers. Initially produced for real Estate Agents , Landlords and Tenants. It also has some great links for all , see below...

Thanks SPASA :)

Victorian Building Authority – About Swimming Pools, Spas and their Safety Barriers ( See article above for link )
SPASA Victoria – Safety Barriers ( see article above for link )

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Helpful Resources for our Owner Builders - Soil tests and Council Approval

Australian Plunge Pools is a manufacturer and supplier to Pool and Spa industry and building professionals.
While we do not install we do like to provide resources for our Owner Builders to access and be aware of in the course of preparing to receive our pool delivery.
Scroll through our links and tips below.....

1.Dial Before You Dig

See or visit your State SPASA site

Dial Before You Dig Dial Before You Dig is a free national referral service designed to prevent damage and disruption to the vast pipe and cable networks which provides Australia with essential services.
Dial Before You Dig creates a unique partnership with Australia’s underground asset owners. They act as a single point of contact for you to receive information about underground networks at your excavation site so you don’t have to contact the utility organisations individually. You tell them your dig location and they pass on this referral to the affected asset owners. They then send the information directly to you.
The Dial Before You Dig service is also designed to protect Australia’s excavators. Whether you are a back yard renovator, an individual tradesman or a commercial excavator the potential for injury, personal liability and even death exists every day. Obtaining accurate information about your work site

significantly minimises these risks.

2. Get a soil test

Personally I would not even think of placing a $30,000 + investment in any landscape without first ensuring it was supported on the correct base.
Our plunge pools have specific engineers drawings not just for the pool as a product but for each  pool and their placement on various soil types - and there are a few. ( Sand, Clay , reactive, problematic, and various classes of each may be present on the same site ) The report will cost around $400+ be about 10-20 pages in lenght and show detail over the whole site . When we receive your soil test we can then order your engineers drawings and compliance certificate for your state, all appropriate to your site address, ready to accompany your council application.
If your pool manufacturer or installer is not recomending a soil test for their product then chances are no matter what happens to your pool after you have taken delivery, they will not be in a position to take responsibility or even be able to assess future claims of fault or recomended repairs. What lies beneath the pool once it is in place will be an unknown factor.

3. Council Application and Permits

Not as difficult as it sounds... Drop in to your local council or private certifier. Explain what it is you want to achieve, perhaps have a sketch or plan of your proposed pool site and they will lead you in the right direction. See previous blog on council . Ask for an estimate of Fee's and approval time. Leading into Spring this could be anywhere from 2 - 12 weeks in some councils and may cause delays. I suggest this as one of your first calls.
Australian Plunge Pools has association with private certifiers in most capital cities around the country, if you would like information then please email me.


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

SPASA Show Melbourne Aug 13 -14, 2016

Hi All,

We are coming to Melbourne. ....
If you have plans to discuss then bring them along and let's get creative.
..Just curious then come along for a chat, it's a great opportuntiy to ask questions walk away with pricing, info and plenty of inspiration. (and maybe some tile samples)
click on the link for Show info
Email me if you are coming and I'll look out for you.

See you soon,