WA Commercial Going Strong!

Over in WA, the Daisy Commercial team have been very busy!

Here are three of the latest commercials installs from our team.

Manjimup Aquatic Centre
Replacement covers for the three indoor pools 25m x 18.4m plus their leisure pool and a leisure pool with beach. These were all Thermotech 4.5mm Foam Covers.

Most aquatic centres replace covers as soon as they are worn out because they have had the tough experience of maintaining the heat and condensation (indoor pools). It is just too expensive to not have pool covers on when the pools are not in use.

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Aquarius Towers

This outdoor swimming pool required a 12.5 x 6m 525B solar commercial cover with edge binding installed onto an existing Daisy commercial roller.
This was another replacement commercial cover job. Stopping the heat loss and evaporation is paramount here.

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Koorda Shire Pool

Another massive outdoor pool measuring 33m x 12.8m. This pool needed a 525B solar commercial cover with wind skirts, and new mobile Stainless U frame rollers with 150mm tube and 900mm stainless hand wheels.

New solar pool covers were needed to help with heating when the pool is closed and to stop evaporation along with the new Daisy Stainless Steel Rollers.

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Pool Covers & Leaves

Solar pool covers help keep the pool clean, but they wont keep all the leaves and dirt (they definitely help though).

So if there’s a sprinkling of leaves on your cover, how do you clean the leaves off when you want to roller it up?

Well, there are a few ways to do this and the best way for each pool shape and location may vary, so here are some options:
If the pool cover is dry
• Use a blower to move all the leaves off
If the pool cover is wet
• Use the pool broom or your cover cleaner to sweep the leaves into one area then remove off the cover with a bucket
Alternative
• Roll up the cover and the leaves will roll forward, collecting more and more in a line as they go. When you get to the end, pick up the last few metres and flick all the leaves behind the roller (easier with two people, one on each side).
Or, like Derek does, just keep rolling the cover off and let all the leaves drop into the water. Then, pick up the pool scoop and simply scoop the line at the end of the pool (you will get most of them this way).
Back before water restrictions, an option was to turn on your filter then use a hose to push it all to the skimmer box. This is not a recommended option any more.

See our FAQ on leaves and pool covers by clicking here.

Wind Skirting – What is it?

When outdoor pool covers are installed to most domestic swimming pools, they reach the edge of the pool and sit on the water. Wind does not affect the pool cover as the wind will not lift the cover: the pool cover edge is right up to the edge of the pool so there is nothing for the wind to get hold of.

However, there are times when the pool cover is not all the way to the edge of the pool, or like in many commercial installations there are multiple cover and roller systems on the pool to cover the whole pool surface area. Where the edges of the cover are exposed to the wind along the pool they can be picked up by the wind. If they get picked up they can be blown around like a sail and become quite messy not to mention may be damaged, so we need to hold exposed edges of the cover onto the water.

Wind Skirting is a special woven mesh material that is sewn with Teflon thread (so the thread will never fail) to the edge of a pool cover. The special mesh material holds a stable lead core rope that is heavy enough to pull just the edge (10 – 30mm) of a foam or solar pool cover under the water.

By pulling just the edge of the cover under water the wind cant get under the pool cover so it sits neatly in place.

While Wind Skirting is especially made for multiple covers installed onto one pool in commercial installations, we still use Wind Skirting for domestic covers where you need to hold joint covers onto the pool. It may be for sections where the cover is cut to make the recovery and deploying easier or for large areas (like step areas) to be put on separately. We also use Wind Skirting on domestic pools for vanishing edges or infinity edged pools to rest on the inside of the wall to hold the cover in place.

Wind Skirting is sold by the lineal meter sewn onto the cover before it leaves the factory.

Contact us or our Commercial team for more information depending on the type of swimming pool you have.

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Daisy Day – Saturday June 1st

The pool industry knows that without proper water maintenance, everything in the pool environment will deteriorate. But as a pool owner, do you?

While a pool cover is fantastic at stopping evaporation and chemical loss, it also needs to be removed regularly to let the pool ‘breathe’ and to check its water chemistry.

Regardless of any fancy options some companies may offer, there is no alternative to removing the pool cover to let the pool breathe.

What are the contributing factors towards equipment and pool surface deterioration?

It simply comes back to pool maintenance, ensuring chemical balance of the water. Think of it like buying a new car and never getting it serviced. Then, when the engine fails you might blame the air filter for killing the engine. It was not the fault of the air filter; it was the lack of maintenance of the car that made it fail. This is the same as a swimming pool, regular maintenance is essential to avoid any adverse effects of the water being ‘out of balance’.

Don’t Set and Forget!

What the team at have introduced recently is a ‘Daisy Day’ in the off season, when the pool is not being used as regularly, to remind consumers to remove the pool cover and test the water at their local pool shop. From there, the pool shop can help them correct the pool’s water balance to extend the life of their pool equipment and pool finish.

Generally, this is not needed in the swimming season as the cover regularly comes off and on for swimming allowing the pool to breathe.

When the swimming season finishes, a lot of us rarely enter our pool area and forget about looking after the pool and checking the water balance.

The Daisy Day was introduced as a reminder and a reason to check your pool. You will increase the longevity of your pool cover and minimise the risk of damage to other pieces of pool equipment as well as the swimming pool surface finish.

What to do

On the first Saturday in June (and July and August), Daisy encourage you to remove the pool cover for the day and take a water sample down to your pool shop to get it tested.

Water Samples: To take a proper water sample, use a clean cup or bottle (with cap if you’re taking it to the pool store) and hold it upside down so that the opening is facing the floor. Insert into the water elbow-deep and turn it right side up to collect the sample. Do not take the sample near any return jets or skimmer opening.

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Why is Daisy doing this? 

While Daisy Pool Covers does not benefit directly from consumers looking after their swimming pool water, if we can help pool owners experience and maintain their swimming pools, more people will be enjoying their pools more often with less headaches along the way.

Daisy, as the market leader of pool covers, needs to educate the industry and wider community on what pool covers are and what they will and won’t do. There are a few misconceptions out there about adverse effects of a pool cover on the pool’s water balance or surface finish.

Independent verification of surface finish and equipment failures shows that the water balance of the pool is the contributing factor for all perceived negative outcomes.

The Daisy Day is the first Saturday of the off-season months (June, July and August) to remember to take your Daisy off the pool, take a water sample to the pool shop and get it tested.

 

 

SPASA Expo: Feedback on the Daisy UBR and Below Ground Box

We have had a busy start to 2019 with a string of SPASA Expos across the country and we’ve had some very interesting feedback along the way!

Interest in and sales of our Under Bench Rollers and Below Ground Boxes has been on the rise in the past year and we have seen this interest during our recent Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide SPASA Expos. People who are building a new pool tend to head for the Below Ground Box (BGB) because they are doing major works around the pool before paving being installed. People with an existing pool usually head for the Under Bench Roller (UBR) to get some poolside seating in and around the pool area while hiding the roller system. This has been perfect for those with limited space around the pool.

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We have found an increasing amount of new pool owners initially wanting the BGB until they understand what the UBR is. The reasoning is that people say, ‘I don’t want to see the roller’. We totally understand the sentiment and discuss the lid options with them. Because the BGB is usually in a high traffic area, we only do anodised aluminium instead of powder coated colours to avoid scratching. When the anodised aluminium gets scratched you can’t notice it but if the powder coating gets scratched all you will see is the silver underneath.

While there are a lot of BGB sales we see a lot of people are opting for the UBR because it gives them the ‘extra’ reason for being with versatility and seating plus wood look colour options for aesthetics. We are seeing a great increase in both sales so they are both excellent options for hiding your pool cover and roller while swimming.

It all comes down to personal preference, there is no right or wrong answer here!