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Frequently Asked Questions about Costa Brava Swimming Pools

  1. How much money can I save with an energy efficient pump or motor?
  2. Can pool automation really make my life easier?
  3. How do I know if my pool is leaking?
  4. How do you repair a leaking pool?
  5. Do I need to drain all the water from my pool to fix the leak?
  6. What about solar panels or heat pumps? Which makes more sense for my pool?
  7. Chlorine Generators, UV systems, Ozone….I’m confused!
  8. Do I need to have a degree in water chemistry to maintain my pool?
  9. Do you maintain/clean pools?
  10. Can you design and build me a swimming pool or water feature that exceeds all my expectations and will make my friends jealous with envy?

1. How much money can I save with an energy efficient pump or motor?

Literally hundreds of Euros can potentially be saved annually. Actual savings vary based on many factors, including: electricity costs, size of your pool, length of time the pump runs, pump size, plumbing length and size, and other hydraulic parameters.

2. Can pool automation really make my life easier?

YES! Do you want to control your waterfall or lighting from inside the house? How about turning on the automatic cleaner on the way home, to ensure the pool is clean before you get there? Would you like to monitor your pool from another location? All of these things are possible. Control your pool, landscape lighting, even turn on your irrigation to water your garden from your computer, tablet, smartphone or watch. The future is now.

3. How do I know if my pool is leaking?

If you suspect a leak, a simple test that you can perform is called a Bucket Test. This test gives you an estimate of water loss due to evaporation. Simply put, the test involves exposing water in a bucket to the same conditions that affect the pool. At the end of the test, you can compare water loss in the pool with water loss in the bucket. I encourage you to perform this test before you call out a leak detection company. Here are the steps:

• Fill pool to normal operating level
• Turn of auto fill devices
• Place a large bucket filled with water in the pool
• Mark the water level in both the pool and the bucket
• Measure water loss in each after 24 hours of normal operation
• Compare

The bucket will only lose water due to evaporation, provided it doesn’t leak itself! The pool however loses water due to evaporation and any potential leaks. If the water loss in the pool is greater than in the bucket, your pool has a leak.

4. How do you repair a leaking pool?

This depends on where the pool is leaking. At times the problem is above ground, such as at the pool equipment. We also find leaks in the interior of the pool. At times, the leak is underground, perhaps where a pipe fitting has come loose. We have various methods of remedying the situation, doing our best to provide a repair that is least invasive as possible.

5. Do I need to drain all the water from my pool to fix the leak?

No! We are certified divers and can perform leak repairs underwater utilizing special techniques and products. Water is costly and we are interested in conserving it as much as you are.

6. What about solar panels or heat pumps? Which makes more sense for my pool?

Energy from the sun is free, and we recommend a solar array whenever feasible. Your orientation to the sun, available roof space or other space to place the panels, your pool’s exposure to the sun, as well as how often you want to utilize the pool all come into play when determining if solar panels are a good fit for your situation. Our climate favors heat pumps as well. These units use electricity to capture heat and move it from one place to another. The cooler the outside air they draw in, the more energy they consume. However, since most of us use our swimming pools during warm and mild weather, this usually isn’t an issue. We would be happy to provide you with recommendations based on your requirements.

7. Chlorine Generators, UV systems, Ozone….I’m confused!

Each of these systems perform very different functions for your pool. The bottom line is that each of them helps to maintain clean, healthy water that is a pleasure to swim in. The most common are Chlorine Generators, which use salt that is added to the pool to produce chlorine, eliminating adding liquid chlorine to the pool. UV or Ultraviolet Light sanitation systems eliminate chlorine-resistant microorganisms, essentially disinfecting pool water. Pools equipped with UV systems consume fewer chemicals, and allow sanitizers to be more effective. Ozone is active oxygen and it has been used to purify pool water since the mid 1900’s. It purifies water very quickly and efficiently, 3000 times faster than chlorine. It wipes out bacteria such as E. coli and kills virtually all forms of viruses in water, including the Ebola virus. Using ozone can dramatically reduce chlorine demand and usage. We can provide more detailed information concerning these systems and determine if one or more would benefit your pool.

8. Do I need to have a degree in water chemistry to maintain my pool?

It helps, but it’s not necessary! We offer the latest in digital water test kits that will test a whole range of parameters, and we can teach you how to use them properly.

9. Do you maintain/clean pools?

There are countless pool cleaners in the area, and this is not the focus of our business. Instead, we pick up where most of these companies fail, providing expertise in all areas related to your pool. If your builder or pool maintenance company doesn’t know the answers, it’s time to contact us for professional direction.

10. Can you design and build me a swimming pool or water feature that exceeds all my expectations and will make my friends jealous with envy?

Absolutely! You’re speaking a language in which I am fluent. Let’s get together over a bottle of Dominio de Pingus Amelia and start the conversation.