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Pool Cleaning Collaroy

Is your pool not as healthy as it should be?

It might even be green, or are you just having trouble finding the time to look after your pool and equipment?

Whatever the reason I can take care of it for you. Be it a casual appointment, while you are on holiday or as a regular service.

I am a small business, which means that you only deal with me (the owner) and I provide a personalised service. I believe in doing things thoroughly and getting it right first time. Attention to detail is my mantra. My goal is to provide the highest quality of service and meet your expectations so that you and your family can enjoy a crystal clear and healthy pool.

Services available

Regular care/ Casual care

Full on-site, 8 point, computerised water test

Written water report with recommendations

Pool balance – add required chemicals or salt in the correct quantity and correct order and correct method (Note this does make a difference to their reaction in the water)

Brush sides and floor of pool

Vacuum debris and particles

Inspect your pump and filtration equipment for leaks or other problems

Check your automatic cleaner is working correctly (if you have one)

Clean the filter, skimmer and pump baskets

Check and acid wash chlorinator (if fitted)

Identify any stains and discuss remedies

Other pool services

For your convenience I can also provide onsite equipment sales, repairs and installations of pumps, filters, solar heating, saltwater chlorinators, Auto chlorine feeders, automatic pool cleaners and more.

So whatever your needs are, give me a call and book an appointment and together we can find a solution to care for your pool so that it stays crystal clear and healthy.

Green pool care

Who hasn’t had to deal with a green pool at one time or another? Having to fight algae growth that turns a pool green overnight can be frustrating and time consuming.

Let me turn your pool from a green nightmare into a crystal clear and healthy pool and make sure it doesn’t turn green again.

Depending on the severity of the green pool, treatment can take from 1 to 5 days and pool servicing may include all or some of the following:

Initial water test (to identify why the pool has gone green)

Remove debris

Flock the pool

Vacuum pool to remove dead algae

Final test and balance to make sure the pool stays clear, balanced and healthy

Drain, pressure wash & re-fill pool

Clean pool equipment

“Before”

“After”

Here is what some of my customer’s have to say about my services.

“Just want to pass on how happy we are with our Northern Beaches Express Pool Cleaner, Frank Soegaard. He is very reliable and friendly and keeps our pool crystal clear. He certainly goes the extra yard to look after his customers, even making the special trip out to our place on his day off between Christmas and New Year to sort out the filter issue we had. Thanks for everything Frank, we really appreciate it”

Caroline, Curl Curl

‘We live overseas and needed someone to help prepare our new house and pool for renting. Our tradespeople keep delaying the painting schedule and are difficult to get hold of, our gardener mows the lawn but doesn’t weed for some reason, and the one shining light in the middle of it has been Frank from Express Pools! It’s hard to trust someone when you’ve never met them and aren’t at home to oversee the work, but he is incredibly prompt with emails and phone calls and goes above and beyond what’s asked of him, and has done a stellar job at turning our pool from a dirty green into a sparkling blue. He was also the cheapest quote we found, and I can’t sing his praises enough. If only the rest of our home maintenance team were like him!’

Katie, Gordon

” Very thorough, very good service “

David, Mosman

What Filter Should i Buy?

When it comes to filtering your swimming pool water there are 3 different types of pool filters that are used – Sand, Diatomaceous Earth (DE) and Cartridge Filters. Everyone has a different opinion on which filter is the best and which one will give you the least amount of maintenance. I will explain the pros and cons of each inground pool filter type so you have enough information to make an educated decision on which pool filter is best for you and your swimming pool.

All pool filters remove dirt through a screening process which I will explain for each one. Swimming pool filters are rated, or sized in 2 ways, filter area and filter rate. The filter area is the total area or square feet of filter media of surface of which water can flow through. Filter rate is measured in gallons per minute, per square foot of filter area.

Sand Filters

Sand Filters – The oldest form of filtration for a swimming pool, sand filters work by filtering water through a layer of #20 US grade silica sand. The dirt particles in the water are trapped and held in the very small openings between the fine grains of sand. With a sand filter water enters the filter through the top of the filter and then is evenly distributed across the surface area of the sand bed, and pushed to the bottom of the filter.
A new sand filter or a sand filter with new clean sand will begin to work better and filter to a smaller particle size as the sand bed loads with small debris. As the filter gets dirtier the flow of water through the filter will decrease because of the increase in pressure across the sand bed. As the flow rate decreases, the pressure rate increases. When the pressure rate increases 7 or 8 psi above the starting pressure, the filter needs to be cleaned, or backwashed. Backwashing causes the water to flow in reverse, upward through the sand bed and out to waste.

Sand filters are probably the most common type of filter used and also typically the least expensive type of filter to purchase. On the downside, they are the least in terms of filtering ability, they filter down to a particle size of 20-40 microns. Besides backwashing the filter there is very little maintenance that is required you just need to change the sand about every 7 years.

DE Filters

DE Filters – Diatomaceous Earth is a much different type of filter media used to filter swimming pool water. Unlike a sand filter in which the sand media in the filter is cleaned and reused the DE powder is discarded along with the dirt when the filter cycle is completed and you backwash the filter. Every time you backwash a DE filter you need to add more DE powder through your skimmer. There are 2 different types of DE filters the vertical grid filter and the regenerative filters also known as bump filters. In both cases, the DE powder coats the elements inside, and traps the dirt as the water flows through the powder.
DE filters have the advantage of filtering the pool water to smallest microns and will keep the water cleaner than a sand filter or a cartridge filter. The disadvantage of this type of filter is that it requires the most amount of maintenance. DE powder is needed after backwashing. Some states require a separation tank when using a DE filter to keep DE powder from streams or sewers. Also with a DE Filter you typically have to take apart the filter once or twice per year, to clean the filter grids or tubes with water. Typically a good hosing is all that’s needed.
This filter definitely requires the most of maintenance but it will filter the water to the smallest micron size, around 2-3 microns. Although DE filters are the most expensive to purchase, and they require more maintenance than other types, they are the best form of filtration available.

Cartridge Filters

Cartridge Filters – Cartridge filters use a pleated polyester cartridge to filter the water. One advantage of this type of filter is that there is no multiport valve necessary so the plumbing of the filter is a little easier. Since there is no multiport valve with a cartridge filter there is obviously no backwashing which will save water and money as you are not constantly backwashing chemicals out of the swimming pool. This type of pool filter is considered the most environmentally friendly because it conserves water, and no chemicals or DE are being discharged on to the ground.
The cartridge filter will filter the water to almost as small as microns as DE filter and with less maintenance because it is removed and manually hosed clean with a garden hose. A big disadvantage of a undersized cartridge filter is that you’d need to clean the cartridge fairly often, but a larger filter, with a cluster of 3 or 4 cartridges inside, you normally only have to clean the filter every 4-6 months.
To clean the cartridges you open up the filter tank and take cartridges out and spray them down with a hose, or you can use a filter cleaner to soak overnight and then spray clean the cartridges. Cleaning the cartridges is a lot easier than cleaning DE filter grids, I just pull up a chair, and spray each cartridge for 2-3 minutes.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of inground pool filter and everyone has a different opinion of which is better within the pool industry. They’re all good, as long as it’s not too small.
When it comes to a cartridge filter bigger is always better for less maintenance but when it comes to the DE and sand filters you must size the filter according to your pool pump, so the water flow rate meets design rate of flow. But again, for DE and Sand, bigger is also usually better.

A larger filter will give you longer filter runs, with less overall maintenance required. It also makes fast work of cleaning up poor water conditions or helps prevent them in the first place. So, the question is not really “what type of filter should you buy”, but “what’s the largest filter your budget can buy?“.