Stop Press: Chemicals are going up in price by almost 40%

Most people will see an increase of around €10-15 per month in Chemical costs.

With the recent news that Tri-chlor and Di-Chlor (the most common chlorines used in Cyprus) are about to increase in cost by up to 40% isn’t it time to look at an alternative? Salt Water Chlorination has always been an excellent alternative to standard chlorine used in the majority of swimming pools. In the past however it has had a number of disadvantages. Such as; “Cost, and amount of salt required, and the increased level of maintenance.  Anyone that has used salt in the past will agree. Salt is much kinder on the skin and helps balance the pool water. However, the high cost of the initial system and the maintenance required has meant that only people who have a greater need or those troubled by allergies have switched to salt.

Recently salt systems have come on leaps-and-bounds, capable of self-maintenance and higher efficiency. If we couple this to the fact that the initial cost of the unit has fallen drastically then there must be a case to review options. 

Benefits of Salt Water Chlorination:

  • Gentle on Eyes and Skin. Chlorine levels are generally lower with a salt generator. People who are sensitive to chlorine often report fewer irritations when using these pools.
  • Safer Than Chlorine. In tablet or liquid form, chlorine can be dangerous to store and transport. Studies have shown that chlorinated water may also pose a long-term health risk, which may not apply to saltwater systems to the same extent (on the other hand, they do still produce the same disinfection byproducts as traditional pools).
  • Soft Water Feel. If you have a water softener in your home, you know that the addition of salt makes the water feel smooth and silky to the touch – like rainwater. Most people prefer this to the sometimes-abrasive feel of chlorinated water.

 the self-cleaning system increases efficiency

  • Increased efficiency = less salt required
  • Softer water *  Lower Cost to install

 Special offer for March and April.

  • Soft water chlorinator supplied and installed (Subject to site survey)  €  895 + vat .
    • For pools up to 75,000 litres.
    • For larger pools please request information .

Dust in Cyprus

We have taken several calls over the past 2 weeks regarding the dust that has hit Cyprus and how to deal with it.

Many people will advise either using a flocculant to promote the dust to the bottom of the pool or leave the filter running for 24 hrs.  Unfortunately, the dust is “dust” not sand or dirt.  This means the particles are suspended in the water and a quick fix is not the solution. For example; if you run your vacuum over the ground to clean, over 50% of the dust is spread again into the water.  This means the dust simply disperses in the water again and the following morning the pool looks dusty.

Best practice:  

  • As the dust is a fine dust the most effective way to remove is simply switching your pool pump off for a few days (or until the dust storm is gone).  And, allow the dust to slowly sink to the base of the pool and vacuum to waste very slowly.  Repeat the following day and the water should be clear.  Yes, you can promote the speed by the addition of the flocculant, but this is an extra cost at this time of the year that is really not necessary.  Remember if you use a flocculant you must vacuum to waste and flush the filter before putting back into filtration.

Your pool doesn’t get a Christmas Holiday

Christmas is coming and we’re all looking forward to a fabulous festive period. However, forgetting to manage swimming pool water-balance at this time of year can be expensive, and could take longer to rectify.

Your pool doesn’t get a Christmas Holiday. So, you must look after it. Especially if you have unexpected guests’ turning-up who may be looking forward to a swim on Christmas day. Certainly, if they have come from colder climes.

Worth remembering!

If you have a high Cyanuric acid level (a build-up of by-products from Chlorines trichloro and di-chlor) – now is the time to fix it. Get in touch to find out more about our ‘winter reduction programme’.  This will reduce your Cyanuric Acid level and has the added benefit of reducing your calcium content; and your TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) levels.

You can improve the look of your pool and keep it looking bright and welcoming by cleaning calcium deposits. A great way to reduce any unsightly scum lines.

Remember to,

Keep the Pool Sanitised. Keep it balanced. Keep it clean.

We’d like to wish you all, a very Happy Christmas

If your New Years’ Resolution is to take better care of your pool, we can help you!

Winterising a pool in Cyprus ..Yes or No ?

A question that we always get asked at this time every year is…… should we winterise our pool ?

When I teach an NSPF Certified Pool and spa Operators ( CPO ) training course one of the subjects that always causes a stir is winterising a swimming pool. In many countries across the world, winterising a pool is essential providing the process is completed correctly.

In Cyprus I advise never to winterise a pool due to 1 main factor. Temperature! Remember December is always in the early 20’s and we can have 25 degrees in February. With the high temperatures comes a breading ground for bugs and disease.

Now re-phrase the question (which is what everybody is really asking).

I only want my pool maintained once per week or even once per month in the winter, can you do this? This is the question that people are actually asking. Basically to save money. There is nothing wrong with this question providing the answer is correct and the reason we do not winterise a pool clearly stated.

Even though people seldom use their pool in winter it is still open to the elements, just different elements that we face in the summer. Rain, sand from the Coptic storms, debris from wind etc., all contribute to a different issue we face in the summer. The only real difference is less people actually swim in the colder water and for obvious reasons as a pool maintenance operator this should give us a little breathing space and time to resolve any issues we encountered in the summer.

This is the perfect time to reduce Cyanuric acid levels, reduce Calcium levels and TDS. Repair any issues with the pool such as heavy stains or essential repairs.

We use the winter period to reduce the above levels and prepare the water for the summer using our tried and tested winter programme (ask for details). This allows us basically to prepare for the summer season ahead. Remember we look after the water in the winter and the water looks after us in the summer.

You have to understand that between Late June and mid September we are basically performing damage limitation on the pools to keep them clean and clear , if you have not prepared the water correctly and are starting as an e.g. with Cyanuric acid levels in the high 90`s then you are going to have major issues with chemical use and water balance during the heavily used summer period.

So in short, the simple answer is NO.

We do not winterise pools in Cyprus . We look after them differently and prepare the water and the pool for the coming season …

Oil Issues

In a pool, oil can be introduced to the water via suntan lotions and sunscreens. Almost everything people apply to their skin contains oil.
Water can dissolve just about anything—from sugar to cement. One thing it cannot dissolve, however, is oil… thus the old adage, “Water and oil don’t mix.” The electrons of the water molecule are similar to those of sugar or cement; therefore, the substance will become soluble at some point. On the other hand, the electrons in the molecules of hydrocarbons such as oil are not similar to water and, therefore, they repel one another.

For example, if oil is added to a bottle of water and shaken, one will notice the molecules of each substance separate from one another. Oil will float because hydrocarbons are lighter than water. In a pool or hot tub, oil can be introduced in a number of ways—suntan lotions, sunscreens, deodorants, makeup, and hair care products. Almost everything people apply to their skin contains oil. Further, natural body oils from bathers can also be drawn into the water as well.

Oil in pool water can cause numerous problems. It will combine with small particles of dirt and debris to form scum that will stick to the waterline and filter media, requiring additional work and maintenance. Oil in pools and spas/hot tubs have been an ongoing problem for more than 50 years. It becomes more prevalent, however, during the summer months with the increase in use of sunscreens and other sundry products.

In the last 30 years, two naturally based technologies have led the way in fighting and removing oils along with the problems they cause. One is chitosan and the other is enzymes. This article will look at these two technologies and discuss their similarities and differences, as well as how they can work together.

What are enzymes?
A good broad-spectrum enzyme formula will include many types of enzymes to deal with numerous non-living organics that can lead to common pool maintenance issues.
Biologically speaking, enzymes are catalysts or agents of change. Their purpose, on a cellular level, is to accelerate chemical reactions quickly. Enzymes are actually non-living proteins that speed up the break down process so that reactions, which would normally take much longer to accomplish, can be produced at a faster rate.

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How do they work?
The main job of enzymes in living organisms is to reduce the level of toxins and enable the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the 
prime ingredient for energy and muscle growth in living animals.

Enzymes work in the digestive system to break down foods into absorbable units that can be better assimilated into the body. They have also been used for many years in water treatment systems, including pool and spa/hot tub water. In recreational aquatics, enzymes act like chemical knives cutting up 
and reducing oils, greases, and proteins to their elemental building blocks of carbon dioxide and water. A good broad-spectrum enzyme formula 
will include many types of enzymes to deal with numerous non-living organics that can lead to common pool maintenance issues.