Q: Why choose a Fiberglass Pool?
A: The smooth surface is non-abrasive to skin for the life of the pool shell, which carries a 35-year structural gurantee. Over a period of ten (10) years, maintenance costs are an average of $15,000 lower than concrete-gunite pools. For more information on Fiberglass pools visit our Fiberglass Pools Page.
|Q: What does your company do if I decide to drain my own pool?|
A: NEVER drain your own pool! Have a “CPC” on site any time you lower the water in your pool. Picture an empty pot, shoved down into a sink of water ¾ of the way – let it go – "BOOM" goes the pool. If you did drain your own pool what we will do is Dig outside of the pool deck, down below the bottom of the pool, and check for any water in the hole. If there is none, then the walls are properly braced, the pool is drained, the floor is walked to check for water pressure, and the pool is repaired. If there is water in the hole, we set well points to de-water the outside of the pool shell, stabilizing the pressure so we can drain it and proceed with the repair.
Q: There is a small crack in my pool that seems to be leaking. How do I stop it?
A: Most pool supply stores (i.e. Pinch-A-Penny, Leslie’s) sell A/B Putty. Rough up the crack and place A/B Putty on the crack until the leak has stopped.
Q: What is the most economical way to go when my pool has a leak and I don’t see an obvious crack?
A: While the pump is off - Get 3 or 4 bottles of red dye out of your pool test kit. If your pool has a light, go around the outside screws of your niche, unscrew the one screw that hold the light inside the niche, take the light out of the niche, look into the back where the cord exits and check there with red dye as well. The old metal niches tend to corrode and leak. If there is no leakage there; go to your returns, your skimmer opening, inside the skimmer base and the main drain.
If you still can't locate the source I recommend you call a professional Leak Detection Company. If you live in the Tampa Bay area, I recommend Zeroed-In Leak Detection. They cover the Tampa Bay Area and can perform a pressure test on all of your pool's plumbing and fittings. Even if the leak is in the plumbing under your pool deck, they locate the exact spot of the problem. They can also repair the leak inside your pool and under the deck. They are properly qualified, licensed and insured. Zeroed-In also recommends you setting up a simple evaporation test first, to see if you actually have a leak. Visit their website to see an illustration of an easy method to set up the test.
But remember, they usually start out by using red dye around your fittings, drains, light, etc. If you check first, this is where you can save some money.(hint)...
Q: How much water am I losing with my leak?
A: Calculating surface area:
Length of Pool x Width of Pool = Surface Area of Pool
Example: 34 x 16 = 544 square feet (surface area)
Calculating make-up water (refilling due to leak):
(Inches of Water) x (Pool Surface Area in Sq. Ft.) x (.625) = gallons/water
Example: Oh My!! My pool dropped 4 inches last night…
4 x 34 x 16 x .625 = 1360 gallons/water lost overnight = BIG Leak!
Q: I have a white powder on the bottom of my feet and on my hands when I get out of the pool. Is my fiberglass coming off?
A: No. If your fiberglass is coming off your pool you would see big chunks of actual fiberglass. The powder is typical calcium hardness. Your water tends to balance correctly at the pool store, but the scaling is forming on the walls. They make a calcium hardness reducer. Scrub the walls and the floor down really well, and add the calcium hardness reducer. Also, do not “over shock” your pool.
Please refer to the Pool Chemical Balancing Tips.
Q: Should I handle pool repairs myself, or hire a professional?
A: A professional should always perform large repair projects such as tile repair, liner repair, replastering, and major equipment repairs. Smaller pool repairs such as small equipment replacement can be performed by anyone.
Q: How do I know how many gallons of water are in my pool?
A: To determine the total gallons of your pool, follow these simple equations:
Length X Width X Average Depth X 7.5 = total Gallons
Diameter X Diameter X Average Depth X 5.9 = total Gallons
Long Diameter X Short Diameter X Average Depth X 5.9 = total Gallons
Q: Why is controlling my pool’s pH so important?
A: pH is the measure of alkalinity or acidity in your pool. Pools with unbalanced pH levels are uncomfortable for bathers and can cause eye irritations, skin discomfort, and hair and bathing suit bleaching. Too much acidity in a pool is corrosive to pipes, filters and metal fixtures. Too much alkalinity in a pool causes "scales" to adhere to metal fixtures and reduces the effectiveness of chlorine.