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Swimming Pool Management Part – 5

Aquatic Facility Maintenance
Clean water and balanced water chemistry are the keys to pool and Aquatic Facility Maintenance. Establishing a routine maintenance schedule will protect the life of the pool. Keeping your pool sparkling clean doesn’t have to be as tiresome as you might think. All pools are unique, and so are their maintenance needs. Pool Management Inc is here to relieve some of weight and time involved in aquatic facility maintenance.
Aquatic Facility Maintenance doesn’t just involve the care of the pools water and chemistry. There are many other items connected in daily Aquatic Facility Maintenance. Below are just a few maintenance services that we provide. Please contact us if you would like to learn more on how we can serve you and your aquatic facility.
That a child, age four and under, is 14 times more likely to die in a “non-guarded swimming pool” than they are to be involved in a motor vehicle death. That’s right… 14 TIMES MORE LIKELY! With that startling and alarming statistical fact, isn’t about time that you have certified lifeguards and/or first responders at your pool facility? Pool lifeguards not only help prevent incidents and accidental deaths they also establish order and structure that is needed at all commercial pool facilities.
Pool Lifeguard:
Selecting the right pool lifeguard and lifeguard company to manage your aquatic facility can be a tricky task. There all kinds of lifeguards out there. Ones you don’t want…and the PMI ones you do. A Pool lifeguard will normally need to be:
o Physically fit
o Have good vision and hearing
o Be mentally alert and self-disciplined
o Be a strong, able and confident swimmer
o Be a leader
o Have a positive and winning attitude
o Be trained and have successfully completed a course of training in the techniques and practices of rescue, first aid and cpr in accordance with a syllabus approved by a national recognized training organization
o Thoroughly understand and enforce all rules, policies and procedures; educate patrons about facility rules and regulations
o Complete accident reports, incident reports and any other reports as needed
o Identify hazards and immediate risks that might compromise the safety of patrons
o Provide “lite” cleaning/maintenance of the pool facility
o Communicate clearly about issues or concerns
o Participate in training’s and skill assessments; remain current on safety practices and procedures by attending meetings, training and safety programs
o Perform related duties and responsibilities as required
These are just a few important points that makes PMI’s pool lifeguard points that are winning aquatic facilities business across the country.
For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Pool Management, Pool Management Companies&Pool Management Group

Aquatic Facility Maintenance Part – II

PMI will place the right lifeguard according to your pools specific needs. We only recruit and hire the best so you can relax and enjoy your summer.

Certified and affiliated with National Associations such as; CAI, (Community Association Institute) CMAA, (Club Managers Association of America) NRPA, (National Park and Rec. Association) and NPMA (National Pool Management Association).

Automated computerized timekeeping and staff attendance system.

Highly trained national and international certified lifeguards. Coupled with our own training and written review examinations.

Full compliance with local, state and federal codes including OSHA regulations of Blood Born Pathogens and MSDS chemical data sheets.

A full range of pool related programs are available including: Swim lessons, personal training water aerobics, and water fitness programs. Excellent Workers Compensation coverage. We carry a $1,000,000 general liability insurance program coupled with professional and punitive damages for your protection.

Pool Lifeguard

That a child, age four and under, is 14 times more likely to die in a “non-guarded swimming pool” than they are to be involved in a motor vehicle death.  That’s right… 14 TIMES MORE LIKELY! With that startling and alarming statistical fact, isn’t about time that you have certified lifeguards and/or first responders at your pool facility?  Pool lifeguards not only help prevent incidents and accidental deaths they also establish order and structure that is needed at all commercial pool facilities.

Pool Lifeguard:

Selecting the right pool lifeguard and lifeguard company to manage your aquatic facility can be a tricky task.  There all kinds of lifeguards out there.  Ones you don’t want…and the PMI ones you do.  A Pool lifeguard will normally need to be:

 

o             Physically fit

o             Have good vision and hearing

o             Be mentally alert and self-disciplined

o             Be a strong, able and confident swimmer

o             Be a leader

o             Have a positive and winning attitude

o             Be trained and have successfully completed a course of training in the techniques and practices of rescue, first aid and cpr in accordance with a syllabus approved by a national recognized training organization

o             Thoroughly understand and enforce all rules, policies and procedures; educate patrons about facility rules and regulations

o             Complete accident reports, incident reports and any other reports as needed

o             Identify hazards and immediate risks that might compromise the safety of patrons

o             Provide “lite” cleaning/maintenance of the pool facility

o             Communicate clearly about issues or concerns

o             Participate in training’s and skill assessments; remain current on safety practices and procedures by attending meetings, training and safety programs

o             Perform related duties and responsibilities as required

These are just a few important points that makes PMI’s pool lifeguard points that are winning aquatic facilities business across the country.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Aquatic Management companies, Pool Management Group&Pool Management

Where Does Pool Safety Begin Part – III

Pool Lifeguard

That a child, age four and under, is 14 times more likely to die in a “non-guarded swimming pool” than they are to be involved in a motor vehicle death.  That’s right… 14 TIMES MORE LIKELY! With that startling and alarming statistical fact, isn’t about time that you have certified lifeguards and/or first responders at your pool facility?  Pool lifeguards not only help prevent incidents and accidental deaths they also establish order and structure that is needed at all commercial pool facilities.

Pool Lifeguard:

Selecting the right pool lifeguard and lifeguard company to manage your aquatic facility can be a tricky task.  There all kinds of lifeguards out there.  Ones you don’t want…and the PMI ones you do.  A Pool lifeguard will normally need to be:

o             Physically fit

o             Have good vision and hearing

o             Be mentally alert and self-disciplined

o             Be a strong, able and confident swimmer

o             Be a leader

o             Have a positive and winning attitude

o             Be trained and have successfully completed a course of training in the techniques and practices of rescue, first aid and cpr in accordance with a syllabus approved by a national recognized training organization

o             Thoroughly understand and enforce all rules, policies and procedures; educate patrons about facility rules and regulations

o             Complete accident reports, incident reports and any other reports as needed

o             Identify hazards and immediate risks that might compromise the safety of patrons

o             Provide “lite” cleaning/maintenance of the pool facility

o             Communicate clearly about issues or concerns

o             Participate in training’s and skill assessments; remain current on safety practices and procedures by attending meetings, training and safety programs

o             Perform related duties and responsibilities as required

 

These are just a few important points that makes PMI’s pool lifeguard points that are winning aquatic facilities business across the country.

The lifeguard salary or average wage for a lifeguarding position is $8.90 per hour.  Most lifeguards move on to other positions after 3-5 years with this position.  Pay for lifeguarding jobs does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.  Below is a third party lifeguard salary pay scale to show how much on average lifeguards get paid in the United States.

Lifeguard Tasks

o             Notify the pool, spa, and sauna maintenance operator to ensure regulations are maintained.

o             Respond to emergency situations in the water or surrounding areas.

o             Administer first aid and contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury.

o             Maintain a safe swimming environment and enforce all policies, procedures and regulations.

 

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Pool Management Group, Aquatic Management & Lifeguards

Swimming Pool Management Part -3

Adding Metal Free Removes and Prevents Metal Stains Built Up During Winter

Over a long winter offseason, metals like copper and iron can build up in your pool and cause stains. These metals can be difficult to remove once they have stained the walls, so it is best to attack them early. Just one quart of Metal Free added during spring opening can help neutralize the metals that are in your pool, and prevent them from staining the walls and pool floor. Metal Free will also quickly get rid of “stained water” that comes from having a high metal content.

Using Test Strips or a Test Kit, Measure Your Water Chemistry

The easiest and quickest way to test your water is to use either Test Strips or a Test Kit. It is important to test your water chemistry before adding any chemicals, because this will tell you what you need to add and how much to use. When checking your water, you will want to test for Total Alkalinity, pH, chlorine, calcium hardness, and stabilizer (Cyanuric acid) levels.

Pool chemicals can get out of balance during a long winter, and will need to be brought back down to safe levels before swimming. The safe and proper chemical levels for standard, chlorine pool water are as follows:

  • Total Alkalinity – 80 to 120 ppm
  • pH Level – 7.4 to 7.6
  • Free Available Chlorine – 2.0 to 4.0 ppm
  • Calcium Hardness – 200 to 400 ppm
  • Stabilizer (Cyanuric Acid) – 30 to 50 ppm

Shock The Pool to Remove Bacteria and Contaminants

Shocking your pool is the last and final step for getting rid of all the dirt, debris, bacteria, algae spores, and other organic contaminants that may have entered your pool during the winter offseason. After shocking the pool, run the circulation system for at least 2 hours before adding an algaecide.

Prevent Algae All Season Long

For a clean and algae-free swimming season, it is recommended to start treatment before the first swimmers even jump into the pool. Both of these products, when used both at the beginning of summer and regularly during the season, will prevent the growth of most types of algae, and help keep your pool clean, clear, and fresh all year long.

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Aquatic Management Part – II

Pool Care Tips

Taking care of your pool doesn’t end when you put the cover on. It’s important to continue caring for your pool during the off-season (fall, winter, and early spring) to ensure a successful and clean opening.

Add a Mid-Winter Algaecide

Use an algaecide or algaestat (preventative) and particularly one that stays in the water for a length of time.

On the last day of operation, add this to the water and run the pump for 24 hours to fully circulate. Then shut down the circulation system for the winter.

Check Your System to Prevent Freezing

As winter approaches and you plan to close the pool, remember to check your pipes and motorized parts. Drain the water from the pump, pool heater and filter.

As the temperatures begin to freeze, any excess water in these parts can freeze. If water freezes in these pipes, they can crack. Which can cost serious money in the long run.

You also want to drain the water 4-6 inches below the pool skimmer. Winter is also a good time to clean out the shed and discard all of the pool chemicals you used that season. You never want to save chemicals for the following year.

Spring is a great time to start to trim back the trees, shrubs and other foliage that has grown this winter. Trim the trees first to avoid puncturing holes into your winter cover.

Remember you must completely remove any water and debris that has accumulated on top of your pool cover. You can vacuum it off with a shop vac or use a sump pump.

Keep Your Pool Cover Clean All Winter Long

Backyard pool owners absolutely should have a loop-lock type cover for their pool. A dirty but safely covered pool beats a sparkling clean but uncovered pool any time. There simply is no better insurance for keeping toddlers and wildlife out of the pool.

If possible, keep the water level where it is supposed to be and the pumps running.

Add Chlorine to Your Pool to Ensure a Clean Opening

We recommend a few things if you have a safety cover on your pool, in Michigan or the Midwest:

  • In the fall, make sure to add chlorine and algaecide to your pool for over the winter. Don’t add too much chlorine though, if the chlorine level is too high over the winter, you can bleach the liner)
  • As soon as the water thaws in the spring, pop open a corner of the cover and add liquid chlorine to the pool (1-2 gal. for an average in-ground pool). You can do this yourself, or hire your service professional to do this for you.
  • When your pool is opened, vac on waste to help remove the debris from the bottom of the pool. If you try to vac the sediment from the bottom of the pool and run it through the filter system, you may find that the sediment is so fine that it goes right through your filter.
  • If you do find that your pool is what we commonly refer to as pea soup green in the spring, add bunches of liquid chlorine, allow your filter to do it’s work, and monitor the progress. Some customers call asking why the pool isn’t clear an hour after our service crew has been there. Turning a pool from pea soup to clear isn’t magic, and sometimes there is a time delay in progress. Be patient, and let us know if you don’t see progress in several hours. Repeated doses of chlorine and algaecide may be in order, and your pool may benefit from an extra vacuum session.

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Aquatic Management Part – 2

Pool Maintenance Tips

Keeping your pool sparkling clean doesn’t have to be as cumbersome as you might think. All pools are different, and so are their maintenance needs.

Skimming the pool’s surface by hand every few days is one of the fastest and easiest ways to keep your pool clean. Floating debris will eventually sink, becoming harder to remove. Use a long-handled net called a hand skimmer or leaf skimmer to remove leaves, bugs and other unwanted items. Skimming significantly increases the efficiency of the pool’s circulation system and lowers the amount of chlorine you’ll need to add to your pool.

A pool should be vacuumed every week to keep water clear and reduce the amount of chemicals you need to add to it. There are many types of pool vacuums. If you have a manual design, work it back and forth all over the surface of the pool like you would if vacuuming carpet. It’s good form to slightly overlap each stroke. Check the filter each time you vacuum, and clean it if necessary.

There are three kinds of pool filters: cartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth. While there are different maintenance procedures for each type, all require periodic cleaning depending on the type of filter and how often a pool is used. Cleaning the filter more often than recommended can actually hinder the filtration process.

Pool heaters typically require the least maintenance of all pool equipment. Gas heaters can work fine without being serviced for a couple years, and electric ones can last even longer. Consult your manufacturer’s manual for specific care instructions. Sometimes, calcium scales build up inside the tubes of a heater and restrict flow, preventing the water from heating adequately.

A lot of water will be lost throughout the swimming season largely because of evaporation and normal wear and tear, such as swimming, splashing and exiting the pool. When you remove debris with your skimmer throughout the week, that’s also a good time to check the water level.

Pool water should be tested regularly to make sure it’s clean and healthy. The pH scale is a measurement of acidity or alkalinity that runs from 0 to 14. A reading between 7.2 and 7.8 is ideal; this range is safe for swimmers and helps sanitizers work at top efficiency.

Organic contaminants like ammonia or nitrogen build up in a pool over time. Massive amounts of such contaminants can interact with a pool’s chlorine to form chloramines, which give off that potent chlorine smell that many people associate with pools. To get rid of this harsh odor, it’s necessary to superchlorinate — or shock — pool water back to normal chlorine levels. Sometimes it’s difficult to determine if low water levels are due to evaporation or a leak. You can discover leaks in your pool by conducting a simple bucket test.

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Aquatic Management Companies Part – III

Preventative maintenance, just like you would do on your automobile or home, will go a long way in reducing lifecycle cost on your swimming pool. Heed the advice below and save time, money and hassle. None of this is hard, it is just a matter of making it a habit.

  • If you have a deck chlor or inline chlorinator these need to be regularly checked for proper chlorine tablet levels, loading or possible clogging. (In Arizona use quality Tri-Chlor Tablets). This unit depending on style and features has the ability to add a constant residual of needed chlorine.
  • If you have an Ozonator make sure the light is on and it is actually working. Ozone as well as UV or a combination thereof can reduce the amount of chlorine your pool uses. They are worth the investment and I have used them for over 20 years with nothing less than great results. There are different types, and many have different installation and use instructions. Make a point to be familiar with the one installed on yours. There are also other products on the market such as the Pureion System that have amazing benefits and give great results.
  • If you have a salt system, salt pool, or what some call a no-chlorine pool (a misconception) they are properly called a chlorine generator, then heed these tips. All this unit does is produce chlorine for you so you do not have to buy it, store it or handle it. This convenience comes at a cost and has some inherent risks. The cell must be kept clean and your pool chemistry becomes even more critical for its proper function. Do not add to much salt, if you can taste it, your pool is likely over salted. Salt systems artificially push pH up. You will use more acid as a result. This unit will not bolt on and solve everything. In the end you have to pick your poison. They are great when used and understood properly. Can be costly to buy and maintain, but provide a wonderful experience in the water.
  • Clean your filter regularly or as needed. The best filter for Arizona pools, in my opinion, are cartridge filters (there are exceptions though), they provide maximum flow rates, waste little valuable water (no backwashing), get the water crystal clean and only need to be cleaned a couple of times a year. Yes, they may need to be cleaned after a heavy storm or once every few months depending on conditions in your pool. It would be best to clean them about every 4-6 months. Just remind yourself to do it each time you come back from the dentist, or every other oil change in your car if you are a planner. If you have an extra set of elements — which is a great idea — it is a much easier and quicker job. Soak dirty filters in a 10% solution of muriatic acid or a solution of TSP (Trisodium phosphate). Use a rubber trash can. Wear gloves and eye protection. Be careful! Always add acid to water, NOT water to acid. Afterwards, rinse until clean and let them dry. Put your supplies away until your next swap-out.

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How to Clean Your Own Pool

Keeping Your Swimming Pool Sparkling Clean

  • Check your water level when you are out near your pool, is it too high or too low? Your water needs to be right at the center level of your pool skimmer or pool tile for optimal results and performance. If it is low, it can run the pump dry and burn it up, or if too high, the skimmer door will not work properly. That door keeps the debris in the skimmer.
  • If you have a deck chlor or inline chlorinator these need to be regularly checked for proper chlorine tablet levels, loading or possible clogging. (In Arizona use quality Tri-Chlor Tablets). This unit depending on style and features has the ability to add a constant residual of needed chlorine.
  • Check pool chemistry 1-2 times per week during the summer and once per 1-2 weeks in the winter. pH should be kept between 7.2 and 7.8 the lower the pH on this scale the less chlorine your pool will need. Why? Because as pH rises chlorine starts becoming less and less active therefor many consumers just keep adding it. Chlorine at 7.0 pH id about 50% active and at 8.0 is about 10% active. Control pH properly and you will need and use much less chlorine. See chart at bottom optimal pool test results.
  • Clean out skimmer basket(s) weekly, or as needed if conditions exist. The skimmer is installed in the side of the pool and its primary job is to skim the surface of the pool before debris and contaminants become saturated and float down to the bottom of the pool. Everything in your pool enters at the surface of the water, the effective the skimmer is, the more stuff it can skim off the pool the better. There is a round access panel on your deck, open it up and dump the contents of the basket as needed. Keep it cleaned out at all times.
  • Clean the hair and lint pot located on the front of the pool pump every couple of weeks or as needed. Turn off the pump to do this and release pressure on the system. This is the basket installed just inside the clear glass of you swimming pool pump. People with any of the various styles of will rarely need to do this. Instead, they will clean out the debris catcher or leaf basket. I highly recommend a leaf trapper, debris removal system on all pools, especially new ones. Get a variable speed or 2-speed pump sooner than later if you have not upgraded already. The variable speed pump will easily pay for itself relatively quickly. I started using these multi-speed pumps 20 years ago. They are worth the initial expense.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Swimming Pool staffing, Pool Management Group & Lifeguards

Swimming Pool Management System Part – I

PMI will place the right lifeguard according to your pools specific needs. We only recruit and hire the best so you can relax and enjoy your summer.

Certified and affiliated with National Associations such as; CAI, (Community Association Institute) CMAA, (Club Managers Association of America) NRPA, (National Park and Rec. Association) and NPMA (National Pool Management Association).

Automated computerized timekeeping and staff attendance system.

Highly trained national and international certified lifeguards. Coupled with our own training and written review examinations.

Full compliance with local, state and federal codes including OSHA regulations of Blood Born Pathogens and MSDS chemical data sheets.

A full range of pool related programs are available including: Swim lessons, personal training water aerobics, and water fitness programs. Excellent Workers Compensation coverage. We carry a $1,000,000 general liability insurance program coupled with professional and punitive damages for your protection.

Pool Lifeguard

That a child, age four and under, is 14 times more likely to die in a “non-guarded swimming pool” than they are to be involved in a motor vehicle death.  That’s right… 14 TIMES MORE LIKELY! With that startling and alarming statistical fact, isn’t about time that you have certified lifeguards and/or first responders at your pool facility?  Pool lifeguards not only help prevent incidents and accidental deaths they also establish order and structure that is needed at all commercial pool facilities.

Selecting the right pool lifeguard and lifeguard company to manage your aquatic facility can be a tricky task.  There all kinds of lifeguards out there.  Ones you don’t want…and the PMI ones you do.  A Pool lifeguard will normally need to be:

o             Physically fit

o             Have good vision and hearing

o             Be mentally alert and self-disciplined

o             Be a strong, able and confident swimmer

o             Be a leader

o             Have a positive and winning attitude

o             Be trained and have successfully completed a course of training in the techniques and practices of rescue, first aid and cpr in accordance with a syllabus approved by a national recognized training organization

o             Thoroughly understand and enforce all rules, policies and procedures; educate patrons about facility rules and regulations

o             Complete accident reports, incident reports and any other reports as needed

o             Identify hazards and immediate risks that might compromise the safety of patrons

o             Provide “lite” cleaning/maintenance of the pool facility

o             Communicate clearly about issues or concerns

o             Participate in training’s and skill assessments; remain current on safety practices and procedures by attending meetings, training and safety programs

o             Perform related duties and responsibilities as required

 

These are just a few important points that makes PMI’s pool lifeguard points that are winning aquatic facilities business across the country.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Pool Management, Pool Management Group & Swimming Pool Management

Tips To Keep Swimming Pool Clean Part – 1

Check your water level when you are out near your pool, is it too high or too low? Your water needs to be right at the center level of your pool skimmer or pool tile for optimal results and performance. If it is low, it can run the pump dry and burn it up, or if too high,  the skimmer door will not work properly. That door keeps the debris in the skimmer.

Check pool chemistry 1-2 times per week during the summer and once per 1-2 weeks in the winter. pH should be kept between 7.2 and 7.8 the lower the pH on this scale the less chlorine your pool will need. Why? Because as pH rises chlorine starts becoming less and less active therefor many consumers just keep adding it. Chlorine at 7.0 pH id about 50% active and at 8.0 is about 10% active. Control pH properly and you will need and use much less chlorine. See chart at bottom optimal pool test results.

If you have a salt system, salt pool, or what some call a no-chlorine pool (a misconception) they are properly called a chlorine generator, then heed these tips. All this unit does is produce chlorine for you so you do not have to buy it, store it or handle it. This convenience comes at a cost and has some inherent risks. The cell must be kept clean and your pool chemistry becomes even more critical for its proper function. Do not add to much salt, if you can taste it, your pool is likely over salted. Salt systems artificially push pH up. You will use more acid as a result. These units will not bolt on and solve everything. In the end you have to pick your poison. They are great when used and understood properly. Can be costly to buy and maintain, but provide a wonderful experience in the water.

Pool Management, Inc. has over 20 successful years in the swimming pool management industry. We have have been providing City’s, Country Clubs, Communities and Home Owner Associations with America’s finest Lifeguards, Aquatics Directors, Swim and water instructors. We assemble a team for your facility based on your criteria. We also have pool construction division that has been building new pools and renovating existing pools for over 20 years. Whether it be Pool or Deck resurfacing, New shade structure installation, Salt System conversions, or pump room repair and design, Pool Management, Inc. has the resources and experience for all your facility’s needs.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Pool Management Companies, Pool Management & Pool Management Group