Pools and Hurricanes Pt 2 The Cleanup


Ok, the storm is over and everyone is coming back to asses the damage.  Assuming the surge didn’t wash away everything, and your pumps and piping are all still intact…  Your pool is full of water.  Half of it happens to be ocean water from a quarter mile away.  On top of that you have roofing from the courthouse, leaves from the trees in the park, and half of your favorite tree, all in the pool.  Not fun.

This is where we help out.  Obviously, one guy with a net and pole can’t pull the 200 lb tree limbs out by himself.  The crew of folks (read Family Members) helping with your cleanup are going to have to do the heavy lifting with ropes etc.  In some cases, a truck may have to pull some of the big items out.  However, for 95% of it, we are going to come in and systematically bring things back online.  Debris first, shock to help clear water from bacteria growth, pumps and piping after the power comes on.  Once we do those things it’s a process of follow up to keep filters, and baskets clear and allow the systems to function properly.  There is often a period of water removal, and dilution as well.  Harbor water has a lot more than salt in it.  We often use special pump and filter systems to supplement what you already have.

In some cases we may run the pool and then shut it down to allow separation of different elements.  Then we pump from the top or bottom, depending on the weight of the water we want to remove.  Science… Yay!

Finally, we will do our thing while the rest of your property is being attended to as well.  Doing our best to stay out of the way while real important repairs like roofing and windows are being done.  The cleanup is usually not too expensive, as we had prepared the system already for power up etc.  So in most cases, it’s just the time required to get things back on track.  Add these invoices to your insurance claims just as you would anything else.

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Power Consumption Myths and Winterizing

Recently, there have been some slightly exaggerated claims about pools drawing lots of electricity. While this is true to many people, there are things you can do to minimize the strain.
While many of the bigger, more complex pools will always have a lot of consumption due to the nature of the pool, many can be tuned to draw much less power. Here at ACPS we make a point of making seasonal adjustments to the programmed settings to do just that.
Also, the new variable speed motors available now are helpful in running the motor at lower RPM’s during off peak usage periods. Thus saving more power. One obstacle to watch for though is the myth that running a low speed for short run times is as good as high speed for the same duration.. This is not true! A pools water must be “turned over” which means that the water has to ALL pass through the filter at least once per day. If not, then the organic materials, dust, and waste that blow around every day can build up in the water. Since our locale has many warm days throughout the winter season, these organics can blossom into algae very quickly!
This is why we don’t shut down pools in the winter. That, and the fact that a stagnant or covered pool is just not fun to look at!
So yes, like any addition to a home, a pool will add to your power bill. But the offset of fun times, relaxation, and beauty is more than worth it !! 🙂

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Spring is right around the corner now. It keeps peeking out it’s head and ducking back behind a wall of cold. : )
Here in the South, this is the best, and also the most trying time for a pool tech.
We will be dropping by at random times to empty a basket. We ask that if you’re home, you empty it too! Because the Live Oak tree doesn’t care. These trees almost completely shed their leaves and regrow them twice a year.
That makes for a lot of leaves in the pool. And… Every few years, the seed pods from these trees drop a carpet of seed pods. Literally.
Consequently, we ask our clients that are in town to clean baskets daily, as we try and get to everyone that’s out of town.
When left as normal, we see pumps burn out, pipes melt, and other scary events. All from leaves!
But once they’ve finished…. You know Spring will be here any minute!



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Kiawah Pool Maintenance

It seems that there are a lot of new pool companies trying to break into the market around the Charleston area. Obviously, everyone thinks that all they need to do is have a truck and a lower price than the established companies!

Well here is some food for thought…. Many of these “companies” are simply one person. What if heaven forbid he/she gets sick? It’s a fact that it will be the day your grandsons birthday party is scheduled.
Worse… what if they get hurt on Your Property? Do they have liability insurance? Do they have Workmen’s Comp?

Some of the more established companies aren’t the evil empires they can be made out to be. Quite the opposite. Many of us are dialed in to what you our customers demand in service providers. We understand what it takes to stay in business AND give you the High Level of Service that you’ve come to expect from us. Price Wars are for fools. They only lead to diminished returns for the customers. If a Pool Cleaner is trying to service too many accounts to make his profit margin, how can he give YOU any attention?

It’s food for thought the next time someone says they can do it for less.

At Atlantic Coast Pools we have always offered the fairest price to value ratio in the Charleston area. We want to be your service company as long as you own your pool.

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It’s Cold! Why is my Pool running?

It’s Winter! Why am I even thinking about my swimming pool?
You may have awakened in the middle of the night to discover that your pool pump is running. In most cases…Don’t worry.. It’s your freeze protection!
Most computerized systems, and some of the stand alone timers, have air temperature sensors that will turn on the pump(s) at a preset temperature.
This is designed to protect the system, and keep water from freezing inside the equipment. If the water freezes, it can of course expand and block pipes when the system turns on. This could potentially shatter or crack, not only pipes, but other components as well.
Moving water takes much longer to freeze as we all know. That’s the reason for leaving a faucet dripping in the house on cold nights. So the pump turns on, and keeps the water in your pool moving, keeping it from freezing up.
The freeze protect will shut off after the temperature rises.

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Pools and Hurricanes

When living in paradise we have learned to take the good with the bad. We don’t have a lot of bad. But when we do, it gets Pretty Heavy fast!

So this is a short (not all inclusive!) primer on what to do with the pool at hurricane time.

The first thing to remember is that Your safety and that of your Family comes first. If it’s time to evacuate and you haven’t dealt with the pool yet…. GO! It will all sort itself out in the end, and your family can’t be replaced!
So one myth about this subject is that: You should drain the pool at least partially; This is very wrong.
Leave all of the water in the pool. It will overflow. It doesn’t matter. You aren’t adding any more water to your property, than the storm would without a pool being there. However….. If you drain the pool, the water that the storm brings can raise the water table underground. This can cause the pool to be lifted out of the ground like a boat on a lake. If it’s full, the extra thousands of pounds counteract the lift, and keep the pool safely where it belongs. Remember this; It only takes 2 psi underneath a pool to lift it up!
So leave the water in the pool.

Next, to prepare everything for wind, surge and power outages.

Wind: Remove all of your deck furniture, umbrellas, portable grills, tables, and pool poles. Try and store them in a garage or outbuilding. Almost everything but the grill can be tossed into the pool if there is no storage available. The wind can’t send it through the back window if it’s 4 feet under water!

Surge and power outages: Turn off all breakers to the equipment. This will prevent any shorts and possible fires should the surge rip things loose. It also allows for a systematic power up when the electricity is restored. This will prevent the grid from being overloaded. Shut off gas supply to heaters. There is always a cutoff valve near the heater for emergency shutoff.

Close all valves to and from the pool. Should the surge be intense, pumps, filters, heaters and plumbing can be snapped off and washed away. Especially if you have a flooded system where the equipment is below the level of the pool. Returning home to an empty pool is not high on the list!

Finally, don’t worry too much about the chemicals ruining things if the pool overflows. Everything is going to get really diluted, and rain going into the pool is also going into every other inch of your property. So dilution will be high. The chances of the chemicals causing an issue are pretty low.

Stay tuned for what to do when the all clear is sounded and you can come home.

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