Swimming Pool Maintenance

If you have a pool at your property you will know that it requires regular cleaning, chemical testing and servicing to keep the water sparkling and safe. We employ professional staff to regularly maintain our clients swimming pools during the summer months. Our pool servicing staff will remove surface debris and empty the skimmers, vacuum and clean the pool and surrounding areas, flush the water filters, adjust the chemical balance and test to ensure a safe water quality.

At the beginning of the season we arrange a full clean and service to bring the pool into operation, and at the end of the season the pool is shut down and prepared for winter. Again this is a specialist job and is necessary to prevent damage to the structure and equipment from freezing during the colder months.

This service is available from the 1st of April to the 31st of October.

We ensure that the management of your pool will consist of the following checks:

  • Test the pH and Chlorine
  • Test Hardness & Alkalinity
  • Add Chemicals when required
  • Pool Filters & strainers check & clean
  • Vacuum and clean the pool
  • Check and top up water levels
  • Check pumps and lights

Garden Maintenance

We offer a top of the range garden service to ensure that your garden is well tendered and looking its best all year round so you can enjoy its full potential. We will make regular visits and we offer a wide range of services to cater for your garden. Our gardeners are fully experienced in recognising how to care for your garden, as no garden is the same. Our services include mowing, watering, feeding and seeding as well as pruning, weeding and edging. We can also arrange the instalment of a sprinkler system should you need one.

Our gardeners will use their own equipment and tools; however our price for this service excludes seeds, plants etc.

These folks feed their family with a garden in their swimming pool — and you can, too

When Dennis and Danielle McClung bought a foreclosed home in Mesa, Ariz., in 2009, their new yard featured a broken, empty swimming pool. Instead of spending a small fortune to repair and fill it, Dennis had a far more prescient idea: He built a plastic cap over it and started growing things inside.

Thus, with help from family and friends and a ton of internet research, Garden Pool was born. What was once a yawning cement hole was transformed into an incredibly prolific closed-loop ecosystem, growing everything from broccoli and sweet potatoes to sorghum and wheat, with chickens, tilapia, algae, and duckweed all interacting symbiotically to provide enough food to feed a family of five.
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Within a year, Garden Pool had slashed up to three-quarters of the McClungs’ monthly grocery bill (they still buy things like cooking oil and coffee and, well, one can’t eat tilapia every day). Within five years, it’d spawned an active community of Garden Pool advocates – and Garden Pools – across the country and the world.

What began as a family experiment and blog is now a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a small staff. Garden Pool has been voted the Best Backyard Farm in Phoenix, gotten press from National Geographic TV and Wired and Make, and formed a Phoenix-area Meetup group that has nearly a thousand members. It’s attracted hundreds of local volunteers, students, and gardeners who’ve helped build a dozen more Garden Pool systems in and around Phoenix.

Scientists and engineers from Cornell University, Arizona State University, and even the space industry have all visited Garden Pool. This spring, “GP” volunteers paired up with Naturopaths Without Borders to travel to Haiti and build a Garden Pool there. Plus, Dennis says, “we’ve helped maybe three dozen being built across the country” through email and phone consultations, “from Florida to Toledo to Palm Springs.”

And these systems are pretty great. Instead of soil, the Garden Pool’s plants grow on clay pellets or coconut coir. Excess moisture drips into the pond below, and that, plus a rain catchment system, means that the whole thing requires a tiny fraction of the water used in a conventional garden. This is especially crucial in a place like Mesa, which gets just a little over nine inches of rain per year.

Instead of commercial fertilizer, chicken droppings fall through wire mesh strung across the pool’s deep end, nourishing the algae and duckweed in the pond below. The tilapia eat the pond plants, release their own nitrogen-rich excrement, and the fish water then gets funneled (using a solar-powered electric pump) into the hydroponics system that grows the family produce.

The McClungs have added pygmy goats and a bunch of fruit and nut trees to the backyard mix, so their mini farm is starting to look a lot like a very hopeful — and very delicious — urban future.

Dennis says building your own Garden Pool is not as labor-intensive and complex as it sounds. In addition to free online tutorials like “Getting Started in Barrelponics” and “Growing Duckweed,” McClung teaches GP certification courses; so far, he’s certified about 20 “GP” enthusiasts in Arizona and about 12 more during the trip to Haiti this spring. He plans to help a few recent grads start their own Meetup groups in Los Angeles and New York.

He also just released the second edition of Garden Pool’s extensive how-to book, featuring 117 pages of detailed instructions, illustrations, photos, and QR codes that link to video tutorials. His goal is to encourage aspiring Garden Poolers to build and maintain their own aquaponics greenhouses, whether or not they’ve done anything remotely like it before, and whether or not they even have a pool. (One of Garden Pool’s main taglines is “use an old pool or just dig a pond!”)

Build your own pool

Apart from the satisfaction of taking control of your project, owner-builders typically slash the construction cost by up to 30 per cent – thousands in savings that could win you a more generous design, landscaping, fencing or fun accessories like a slide!

The ideal pool for owner-builders, Fuzion pools are designed with owner-builders in mind, whether you choose to build:

  • yourself with the help of friends
  • yourself with two consultation visits
  • yourself, with consultation visits and the liner installed by an approved Fuzion Pools liner installer; or
  • have the pool built by your own team of tradespeople.

Step 1. Design and approvals

Fuzion walks you through the whole process. We’re with you all the way. Building a Fuzion pool is so much simpler than conventional vinyl lined brick pools and faster, too.

Once you’ve settled on the shape of your pool, Fuzion creates complete structural engineer-certified design drawings of your pool, ready for council approvals.

Organize your pool safety fences now because these need to be ready for installation prior to the pool being filled and are part of the licensing process.

Step 2. Excavate

With approvals in place, excavation of the pool site can begin. Fuzion supplies the dig specifications so your contractor can achieve the correct levels.

Step 3. Assemble panels and pour concrete

Your swimming pool is rapidly taking shape; most Fuzion pools can be assembled in less than a week after the excavations are finished.

Because your Fuzion pool is pre-engineered, it’s only a matter of finding the right levels and fitting the wall panels together. Concrete is poured around the base of the panels and, while the floor is being concreted, the plumbing lines can be fitted.

Step 4. Fit the waterproof membrane

With the concrete set, it’s time to fit the waterproof membrane. As the pool fills, the pool surrounds are backfilled

Step 5. Dive in and enjoy!

Celebrate your new pool with confidence! Your beautiful Fuzion pool will add value to your property and priceless years of family fun.

The secret is Fuzion’s modular system. The sides of your pool are constructed with large format, incredibly strong composite panels that bolt together to form its unique shape. There’s simply no need for bricklaying or cranes.

Build pool itself – how it works

Who wants to have a swimming pool, which is deeper than 120 centimeters in which it was – lowered into the ground – at least half. In this case, a concrete floor slab makes sense, regardless of whether a brick built pool or a steel wall pool is situated.

DIY steel wall pool

At the edge of the ten centimeters thick bottom plate rails are installed and threaded the prefabricated steel walls. The ends of the steel walls are connected to plug rails. Floor space and profile rail on the floor should be covered with fabric, then line the pool with a pool slide. Simply invert the film end on the water’s edge and fasten with clamping rails, folding in the film to the pool edge streaking toward. Finally, should backfill the pool enclosure with concrete handyman. Now it says: march water.

Walls pool itself

Who wants to build its own swimming pool, must first of all dig: It applies to dig the pit. Then, the bottom plate’s turn, since this has to take on local conditions into consideration and is the basis for the subsequent dip, less experienced DIYers should rather be an expert to work.

Of course, the bottom plate can be self-concreted

Thus the water remains clear and free of germs later, some technique is needed. Therefore first suitable pipes must be laid in the excavated pit. In this example, flow, pump and filter are connected. To use come with most DIYers PVC pipes that are glued or screwed with matching fittings. Usually the pipes are attached to the steel reinforcement Matt Ender bottom plate and then poured with concrete.

Editor’s Notes

Who is the rebar directly into the wet concrete, saves later drill the annoying and take.

Now it goes to the side walls. These walls can be, for example, with scarf stones. Scarf stones have on one side a notch for the reinforcing steel, which belongs to the top. The iron bars come to any scarf stone row. Because the scarf stones are filled with concrete, they must not be glued together.

Before the scarf stones are filled but, still, the technology should be built, that is, for example, water inlet, drain, skimmer and lighting.

Once this has occurred, the scarf stones, and possibly also a brick staircase are filled with concrete and plastered directly after filling. It should be used a water resistant plaster. Who wants to concreting the pool border, should this boarding carefully and also pour.

A swimming pool requires a insulation. For insulation, for example, be glued. Subsequently, the interior walls are plastered. This home improvement should pay attention to smooth walls, every bump distinguished else in the pool slide from.

Stationary swimming pool

Stationary swimming pool – doubtless attribute of luxury capable of a modest suburban house converted into a suburban villa. But at the same time it is a serious waterworks, very finansoemkoe requires precision planning and execution quality, and thus attract qualified professionals.

By appointment pool can be a sports or entertainment, in construction – open or closed. In our climatic conditions appropriate to the latter. Pool on the roof can be used all year round, and from a practical point of view it is much more convenient. Typically, homeowners some time trying to turn an outdoor pool in the indoor.

Artificial pond with light arched domes of aluminum or fiberglass – is, in fact, the same outdoor pool. This option is acceptable to the Russian winter, but needs constant care: the dome should be regularly cleaned from the snow, so they did not collapse under its weight. Capital building of the pool is more economical in maintenance and service, because the hot water requires much less energy and equipment is in benign conditions and not as likely to fail as in the case of the outdoor pool. Thus, at a substantial cost to build major pool, given the relatively low operating cost is even more advantageous. In addition, it provides an opportunity to combine under one roof the locker room, a sauna, a bathroom, a comfortable recreation room, and if desired, and a winter garden.

At the planning stage it is important to determine the pool to attach to the main building or place it away from home. But even if the buildings are united in a common set of foundation of the pool should be selected, otherwise the structure will collapse. The reason – the different shrinkage pressure.

Pools are also divided on the board and the overflow (in which the water level is flush with the floor). In the second case requires “border” of the special grooves, which poured in diving and swimming water will drain into the nearby additional capacity of large volume, and then filtered and flow back into the bowl. The organization of such a system leads to a significant rise in the cost structure. Therefore onboard pools are far more common.
Indoor pool landline can turn into a leisure complex, which includes a winter garden

The lower part of the iceberg

Considerable means the customer will have to spend on the construction of the underground part as a bowl of pool and basement. The costs vary depending on the soil type. Even before the start of the design must be pro- keep detailed geological investigations. Even normal soils may be so-called “peat pits” where the pool under unfavorable circumstances may simply fail. Therefore, experts should take the place of the proposed construction of several soil samples.

The ideal soil – sand. It will pool stable and sustainable. Soils distending (loam, clay, etc.. D.) Before the start of construction it is necessary to completely change. This significantly increases the cost of construction. Another problem – the high level of groundwater. If their level is high, you will need an additional bowl with a base thickness of 400-600 mm in the basement of. Bowl pool is set on the plate.

The main cellar should be thoroughly waterproofed both outside and inside. Outside fairly simple surface waterproofing and insulation inside – the same plus ceramic tile. Bowl pool also has an additional external and internal thermal insulation and waterproofing using inside prokleechnoy tape. There should also be full lower waterproofing. Insulation of the basement helps to avoid the accumulation of condensation on the walls of the bowl and the pool freezing in winter.