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Weather……And the Pool Builder

I would like to consider myself rather adept at being able to address the various issues and dilemmas that those of us putting water in the ground sometimes face. However, sometimes you can come across something, written by someone else, that addresses an issue so perfectly that you can’t say it any better.

I found that recently while looking at an other pool contractor’s Website. They had made a post relevant to weather and I want to re-post it here while taking only a little creative liberty by inserting the name Admiral Pools LLC 🙂 where necessary.

So, thanks to Presidential Pools and Spas in sunny Arizona for this perfect post.

When it comes to building pools, it’s an understatement to say that weather delays are not a popular topic.

However, it’s important to know that before Mother Nature brings you days of sunny poolside fun—she could rain on your construction parade: Unfortunately, weather delays are something that all pool contractors and some of their clients will have to face.

What can be confusing and particularly frustrating for pool buyers everywhere is how delays can be longer than the duration of the inclement weather. In other words: one day of rain does not equal a one-day delay in construction. There are several reasons why.

One is that the ground needs to dry before crews can proceed with certain construction phases; this process of soil drying out usually takes several days or longer.

In cases where rain was unexpected, an excavated pool hole that was awaiting a concrete collar or gunite may fully or partially cave in, or it may fill with rainwater. Sometimes, water in a hole like this must be pumped out before the soil can even begin to dry out.

There is also the dreaded domino effect. Typically, pool builders have several or more jobs that are simultaneously under construction. When it showers on multiple pool sites, even a modest downpour can throw a wrench into construction schedules for everyone.

This domino effect even can occur when you would never expect it—it’s the phenomenon known as a “sunshine delay”: Even if a single drop does not fall at your house, a downpour in another part of town may delay crews from finishing work on another pool. This in turn holds up their arrival to work on your pool!

In addition to rain, other weather conditions can sideline progress. For example, pool plaster cannot be applied during gusty winds that could blow sand, leaves, or other debris into the smooth, freshly applied material.

Naturally, weather delays can be trying for anyone waiting for their new Admiral Pool to be completed. Do keep in mind that you and Admiral Pools LLC will be on the same page regarding your pool’s completion: Like you, we want to finish as soon as possible.

Admiral Pools will also want to ensure the integrity of the pool structure—even if it means taking longer. Maintaining quality requires that we do not take risks during construction that could adversely impact the end result.

A pool is a major backyard addition. Ultimately, a well-built one will add beauty to your home and give your family years of enjoyment—all making any extra wait well worth it!

Admiral Pools LLC Announces Alliance with RicoRock Inc.

RicoRock 4Admiral Pools LLC announces a new alliance with RicoRock Inc. Admiral Pools LLC has been using manufactured  water features and rocks for years. The problem with most of these types of features is they are usually very light weight fiberglass, are not modular, and you are very limited in terms of shapes and designs. RicoRocks are precast concrete and modular. They are heavier, much stronger and we can better anchor them into place. We can also attach safety covers to them which you cannot do with the lightweight fiberglass types.Ricorock 3

The modular design gives us unlimited creative possibilities. They can be added to any type of new pool construction, and can also be added to any type of pool renovation. Contact Admiral Pools LLC today and let us show you the possibilities.

Going Green

The swimming pool industry, like many others has gone green. There are numerous ways you can use a “green” philosophy or technology with your swimming pool. We will touch on different ways in different posts, but today I want to address pumps. A variable speed pump brings you substantial savings in the cost of operating your swimming pool. The motor for a standard swimming pool pump is made with copper windings that can operate either as a single or 2 speed pump. The motor for a variable speed pump consist of magnets made from rare earth elements which allow you to vary the speed of you pump much like you do when using a dimmer on your interior home lights. variable speed pumps also have programmability built into them so, you can program then so they use as little as 10% of the energy of a standard pump, unless you need the full power for cleaning or use of a water feature. Yes variable speed pumps cost considerably more than a standard single speed pump, however, the energy savings will result in a return on investment in approximately 3 years.

If you have an existing pool and your pump is in good shape you can even replace just the motor with a variable speed motor at considerably less cost than replacing the whole pump. what ever your needs are, whether it’s a new pool, a replacement pump or a replacement motor Admiral Pools LLC is here to help you make the right decision and support you in any way we can.

 

Time to schedule that Renovation!

Spring is rapidly approaching. If you are considering or need a renovation of your swimming pool now is the time to schedule it. Whether it’s a major concrete pool renovation, a simple liner replacement, a new pump or filter many customers are planning ahead so they don’t loose any of the up and coming season with down time to do a major repair. Give Admiral Pools LLC a call and we will be glad to discuss your options, inspect your pool and provide you with a written proposal for what it will take to get your pool looking like new again. Don’t lose a single day swimming this summer call us now!!