Top 7 new innovations for pool maintenance
Andrew Waskey, general manager, Those Pool Guys, shares new pool tech
With the Middle East enjoying warm to hot weather all year round, swimming remains an all-weather, popular activity, according to Andrew Waskey, general manager, Those Pool Guys.
In an exclusive interview with Facilities Management Middle East, he shares the top seven new innovations that help pool maintenance.
"Yes, there are several new products that are helping pool maintenance. Here are some of the most innovative," Waskey said.
1. Glass Bead Filter Media
Most filters use sand which only filters down to roughly 45 microns (a little more than half the thickness of a human hair). Glass beads can be used in existing sand filters once the sand is removed and will filter 1500% better – down to 3 micron. The glass beads take up less space in the filter and reduce water consumption due to backwashing on average by 20%.
2. Pre-Filters Multicyclone
This device eliminates 80% of pool waste before it reaches the filter. As a result it saves a tremendous amount of water. For the average residential pool it will pay for itself in utility costs within a year.
3. Ultraviolet Light
This will kill off bacteria and germs in the water. It will reduce the chlorine demand by 70% and will keep the water clear, clean and fresh. One can smell the difference in the water with UV.
4. Salt Water Chlorinators
A small amount of salt is added to a pool and after passing through the cells of a chlorinator the salt water is converted to chlorine. This eliminates the risks associated with manually handing and adding chlorine. It improves bather comfort in the water resulting in noticeably less itchy skin and red eyes. The operating cost of using salt is considerably less – by a decimal point less – than that of using manual chlorine.
5. Anti-Entrapment Safety Vacuum Release Valves
This product prevents drowning and disembowelment due to suction drains. It is installed before a pump and releases air into the pump if the force of suction increases.
6. Sonic Location Leak Testing
Using very sensitive underwater microphones pool operators can pinpoint the exact location of a structure leak in a pool. Pool operators are also using what is essentially a large stethoscope to identify the exact location of a leak in pool plumbing.
7. Certified Training
There are now a number of certified pool operator courses by various organisations around the world. The National Pool & Spa Foundation’s (NSPF) Certified Pool & Spa Operator Course (CPO) is an excellent way to learn more about proper pool maintenance. Advanced course are also offered by organisations such as the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and Swimming Pool Allied Trade Association (SPATA).