Summer Payback Winner – December

Our most recent Summer Payback winner has been chosen, and she couldn’t be happier!

Nicky from Carramar WA, purchased her 525B Pool Cover from Gareth at Jim’s Pool Care Carramar. Pictured below with Gareth from Jim’s and John from Daisy Pool Covers.

When we spoke with Nicky, she explained that they had never had a pool before moving into their current home. The pool needed a little bit of love and care to get it back to looking better than it did.

Nicky knew nothing about looking after a pool as she has never done this before. So, she called Jim’s Pool Care as she felt it was better for someone to come over and look at her pool.

Summer Payback Winner 2
Summer Payback Winner

Gareth from Jim’s Pool Care explained that if you are going to be using the pool constantly over a long period of time that it would be better to use Daisy Pool Cover, as they are the best in quality but also the best in support and services.

Nicky says that choosing Jim’s Pool Care and a Daisy Pool Cover was the best thing she has ever done as her pool looks great but has also learnt so much about how to look after her pool. Considering that she never knew anything about Solar Covers before and having Gareth recommend using Daisy, Nicky can see that it was the right choice for her family’s needs.

If that wasn’t a great enough outcome, Nicky went on to say that she never has won anything ever before! When Daisy Pool Covers told her that she had won her money back for her pool cover she just couldn’t believe it.

“Who gives anybody their money back by simply registering their warranty when purchasing their product,” Nicky said. She had to confirm with her husband that this was correct and not some sort of scam!

When her suspicions were made obsolete, Nicky was so happy that a company that she knew nothing about until recently were happy to giver her the purchase price back. Nicky is very happy that Daisy came through very quickly with their promise of what was won and she couldn’t be happier and has thanked everyone at Daisy Pool Covers involved.

Interesting Installations #2

In the lead up to December the team was busy out there installing new pool covers and rollers all around Australia. Some are straightforward, others are more of a challenge and we love that!

 

container pool with Daisy roller mounted

Daisy SQ Roller mounted on a Sea Container Pool.

Adjustable Roller Pre Cut ThermoTech Green

A pre-cut ThermoTech Green cover in two parts installed on a Daisy Power roller with adjustable leg.

Commercial Wall Mount Power CaddyWM

A Commercial Wall Mount Power - Caddy WM.

Roller Length of Pool

Roller installed along the length of the pool due to odd shape.

Daisy Power Adjustable leg hinged TTG green foam

The pre-cut ThermoTech Green cover rolled up on the Daisy Power roller.

525B MKII Faulconbridge NSW fold step in before rolling

525B Solar Cover with an MKII Roller and fold out cover area for step.

Upgraded Below Ground Box Drive Ring

Due to recent feedback and product testing, we have upgraded the Below Ground Box Drive Ring. We now have V1 of the cast stainless steel drive ring (part #378).

We are still working on the geometry to make the stainless steel drive gear and ring smoother, however the parts are rock solid now. As always with Daisy, if you experience any issues with a product we will fix it, so please let us know if you need any parts.

With the cast stainless steel drive gear (part #360) and cast stainless steel drive ring (part #378) we have been unable to destructive test the units and so we at Daisy are extremely happy with the product. The Below Ground Boxes are so popular that we have made the units even more reliable and we are always working hard to lift capacity and holding stock of all sizes in the Sydney factory, enabling us to dispatch almost immediately.

Duplex SS Dribe ring and gear
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Duplex SS Dribe ring and gear
Duplex SS Dribe ring and gear_2732

New! Updated Castors on FM and LP Rollers

Daisy Pool Covers has recently updated the castors on the FM and LP Mobile Rollers. The castor wheels now use eurothane tyres to help keep the roller on the ground.

All new FM and LP Rollers are being supplied with the new and improved brake castor.

Note: The castor pin sizes are different, if you need to replace new castors (part #379) the pins (part #380) need to be changed as well.

FM and LP Roller Castors
FM roller new castors
FM + LP rollers new castors

Below Ground Box Installs

This year we have seen Below Ground Box sales go through the roof!

The team have been busy installing them all over Australia and we have some awesome photos of many different pool types utilising this space saving Pool Cover and Roller box.

Below Ground Box Installation
Closed Below Ground Box Install
Small Below Ground Box

Size does not matter for a Below Ground Box, they’re even suitable for narrow pools!

Below Ground Box Open
Below Ground Box Cover
Double Below Ground Box

These pool owners decided to install two BGBs side by side down the long side of their pool to maximise the space at the end of their pool.

Poured Concrete Below Ground Box

This Below Ground Box is surrounded by poured concrete. It’s all possible!

Christmas Period Trading Hours

What a year we have had!

With Christmas Day falling on a Wednesday this year, Daisy will be closing for the week.

This is a great opportunity for us all to have a well-earned break after our pre-Christmas madness and come back fresh and ready for 2020!

With the increased demand on Daisy pool covers due to the drought we have lifted our production substantially. Even with the increased production we have blown out a number of days for manufacture (and are fully booked for Sydney installation before Christmas).

There is no “Last Call” for pre-Christmas orders. All orders will be made in the standard production queues and regardless of how reliable the transport companies are, orders will still be dispatched as normal over the period. Pre-Christmas deliveries should be ordered by Friday 13th December however, depending where you are, later orders may well be delivered before the big jolly man comes down the chimney.

We have ramped up production and are processing orders and making pool covers as fast as we can. We are sorry that we are not maintaining our normal dispatch times but we are working on getting orders out to you all as soon as we can.

Trading Hours

Monday 23rd December – CLOSED

Tuesday 24th December – CLOSED

Wednesday 25th December – CLOSED

Thursday 26th December – CLOSED

Friday 27th December – CLOSED

Monday 30th December – OPEN

Tuesday 31st December – OPEN

Wednesday 1st January – CLOSED

Thursday 2nd January – OPEN (normal trading commences)

We thank you all for your support this year, and look forward to working with you all again in 2020!

Adventures of the Daisy Hydro-Sapien Continue…

Daisy Pool Covers recently launched their “Adventures of the Hydro-Sapien” campaign, which takes us on a journey with the Daisy Hydro-Sapien as he navigates the wild world of protecting his precious swimming pool water. Daisy Pool Covers launched this campaign as a way to educate pool owners on the benefits of owning a pool cover while having a bit of fun!

The Hydro-Sapien shows us how his Daisy Pool Cover saves time, saves water, retains heat and saves on chemical costs!

The videos can be seen across YouTube and Daisy’s social media channels Facebook and Instagram.

Since the release barely a month ago, the social reach of the Daisy Hydro-Sapien campaign has been staggering! This has got to be one of the most popular campaigns we have seen for a very long time, the overwhelming consumer engagement and viewing popularity has been put down to the unique storytelling of the Daisy Pool Cover benefits using our fun-in-the sun outdoor personality that we all relate to while we are enjoying our pools

There have been so many pool shops asking for the full loop video so they can play the Hydro-Sapien videos in store to grab customers attention and to start conversations that inevitably result in sales. So, here is the WeTransfer link for you to download all the episodes in one file (click the image):

Pool Cover Video Link

Recent Pool Cover & Roller Installations: Before & After Photos

We often showcase photos of our installations when they are finished but it is always great to see what the pool cover or pool area was like beforehand to see how much difference a new Daisy Pool Cover or Roller can make.

This pool in Eaglevale had roller burn, leaves and debris everywhere before the new cover was delivered and installed. Check out the difference it made with a new 525 Solar Cover. Remember, a great pool cover cleaner like Aquafingers will help remove debris and dirt from your pool cover, helping it last longer.

Solar Cover Before

Eaglevale after 525B

 

This pool cover replacement had a similar situation with leaves, debris

Solar Cover before

 

Pool Cover Lane Cover After

Breathable Pool Covers?

Breathable Pool Covers?

Recently, the industry has seen the introduction of a so-called “breathable pool cover”. At Daisy Pool Covers, we were intrigued by this new pool cover with holes punched in it and thought we would explain what they do and how they work. While many may think that “the latest product is usually the greatest”, we did our homework to discover what makes them different, or not so different to the market leading solar pool covers that Daisy have been producing since 1983.

Taking a close look at this new breed of pool cover, they are designed with holes punched though the cover. The covers benefits claim that when you allow your pool to breath, it results in a  cleaner, longer lasting pool and a healthier swimming environment. What the team at Daisy Pool Covers discovered was no matter what type of pool cover you purchase, there is absolutely no alternative to looking after your pool’s chemical balance and uncovering your pool water once in a while.

The key to longevity in your pool cover, surface and equipment is keeping your chemical balance consistent. If you keep your pool water balanced, as recommended by SPASA Australia, you will not reduce the lifespan of your equipment, pool surface or pool cover. Not only will it save you money in the long run (out of balance water can cause expensive damage to your pool), but your swimming experience will be so much better without your pool being unbalanced or dangerous to swim in.

The Daisy Day was designed to educate pool owners to remove their pool cover to let the pool breathe and test the pool water. This is to ensure pool owners are keeping an eye on their water balance, to make sure there isn’t an imbalance, causing damage to their cover or equipment down the track. The Daisy team works hard to actively promote best practice pool and pool cover usage to prolong the life of all pool surfaces, pool covers, equipment; giving customers the best swimming experience possible.


What does a breathable pool cover do?

A breathable pool cover is meant to release gases from the pool water into the air through tiny holes punched into the pool cover, whilst stopping evaporation of pool water. We’ve taken a look at the claims made by breathable pool covers and given our own opinion based on industry knowledge, research and testing out in the field.

A “breathing” pool cover won’t be able to correct an out of balance pool. Fibreglass resin suppliers, along with the swimming pool industry, know that without correct water balance you will get a myriad of problems from damaging the pool’s surface to shortening the life of pool equipment (covers, pool cleaners, pool toys – anything the water comes into contact with) as well as a potentially dangerous swimming environment.

Pool covers don’t cause incorrect water balance, and they cannot fix it either. Best practice is to use a pool shop that you trust to regularly check and maintain the water chemistry.

A misconception not widely known, is all pool covers are technically breathable. They are made of Polyethylene (PE) a material that by its chemical nature naturally allows a gas transmission rate for oxygen, carbon dioxide and other gasses including chlorinated gases. There been a huge amount of research completed by Sealed Air (the inventor of original bubble wrap and solar pool covers) that shows that PE pool covers do actually breathe. For a 500 micron pool cover, the oxygen transmission rate would be approximately 500cc/m2 per 24 hours at 23°C, meaning PE pool covers do naturally ‘breathe’.

Sealed Air (the Australian company that make Daisy Pool Covers raw materials on Daisy’s dies) invented the Bubble Wrap technology, and believe me, they know their stuff, especially when it comes to the ins and outs of “Moisture Vapour Transition Rate” (MVTR) and the “Oxygen Vapour Transition Rate” (OVTR). The origional bubble wrap was designed with a Nylon barrier layer to stop the air and other gasses moving through the material to avoid the packaging bubbles deflating during use. The pool cover formulation was redesigned to allow the pool cover material to naturally breath, without requiring additional holes.

Breathable pool covers still need to be removed regularly, like all other pool covers; they aren’t a set and forget option like they might appear. Pool owners will still need to remove their pool covers, no matter which one they buy, to ensure they are regularly testing their pool water and retain chemical balance in the pool.

The FAQ section from the breathable pool cover website states: 

It is not recommended that any solar blanket be left on a pool permanently. Aquavent is no different in this respect and should be removed for maintenance as per the Maintenance Guide.

Pool owners should be checking the following regularly:

  • Chlorine level
  • pH
  • Total Alkalinity
  • Calcium Hardness

 

Please click here for more information on swimming pool water balance.

 

Breathable Pool Cover Testing

Let’s look at the testing methods and results that have been conducted by Aquavent.

First Test

The testing done on the “breathable pool covers” included the following:

  1. 3 small tubs with no specified volume
  2. Added approximately 2.5mg/L of granular pool chlorine
  3. Measured chlorine levels over 7 days

Results

  • 97% chlorine loss over 7 days with Aquavent pool cover
  • 96% chlorine loss in an open tub (no cover)
  • 62% chlorine loss with a Daisy cover
  • pH levels roughly the same
  • Water temperature is warmer with a Daisy pool cover (20.1 degrees) than with Aquavent (18.3 degrees) and no cover (17.8 degrees)

Finding
Using an Aquavent “breathable pool cover” does not keep chemicals in the pool nor does it keep the water warm. They claim that a Daisy Pool Cover has a higher pool chlorine level, that adding a normal dose of chlorine each week will result in over-chlorination of the pool. This finding doesn’t take into account the fact the pool owner would be dosing their pool based on pool water testing. If the chlorine levels were adequate, no chlorine should be added. In fact, the testing indicates to the contrary. You will need to use more chemicals with an Aquavent cover than you do with a Daisy pool cover to properly maintain the pool water. AND, you will need to consume more power to maintain the water temperature

Second Test

The test was conducted similar to the first test, but the initial water chlorine level was 5mg/L.

Then each day, an additional 2.5mg/L was added. Because chlorine doesn’t escape as much with a Daisy cover, after 7 days the Daisy sample had 8.7mg/L of chlorine prior to the final dose, versus the Aquavent cover which had 3.1mg/L.

The average chlorine loss per day for Aquavent was 39% versus Daisy at 15% and no cover had 21% loss.

The odd result from this test is that Aquavent covers had a HIGHER loss of chlorine than if you had no pool cover at all!

The final test was water transmission for evaporation:

  • Daisy was 0.03g/h.m2 (grams per hour per square metre).
  • Aquavent was 0.26g/h.m2
  • No cover/open tub was 67g/h.m2

In essence, Aquavent has a water transmission rate (evaporation) is 8.66 times greater than Daisy.

Overall findings from testing

  1. The so-called “breathable” pool cover testing indicates the Aquavent cover will maintain chemical levels lower than an uncovered pool. This just isn’t possible as it would mean you would go through MORE chlorine than with a completely uncovered pool.
  2. In the Aquavent testing, there is no allowance for testing water or adjusting the water balance. Some level of dosing will always be required in a well-managed pool. The testing regime undertaken is continually adding chemicals to the water without any rationale to test the water to see what dosing is required.
  3. The Aquavent FAQs state that they are no different to other solar pool covers and no pool cover should be left on permanently. They state that pool covers should be removed for pool maintenance for as per their Maintenance Guide.

The FAQs also warn, pool damage can still occur through poor pool maintenance.

Additional Testing 

July 17th – Installation Day
July 18th
August 7th, no rain.
August 15th, no rain.
August 18th, no rain.

As you can see from the photos of the Aquavent pool cover, there is water sitting on top of the pool cover (over one month without rain, you can see from the day the cover was installed there is no water on top). The day after installation, water was pooling on top of the cover and then showing the same amount of water on top after 3 weeks and then 4 weeks.

This means:

  1. Evaporation rate for 100% where water sits on top of the cover as water is evaporating, then re-filling (supposedly seeping through the “breathing holes”).
  2. Insulation and heat saving are zero where the water is sitting on top of the cover. Heat transference is dissipated through the water surface. If there is a cover or membrane that has water on both sides, there is zero insulation. Traditional solar covers get some water on top of the cover during operation or rain but that either drains into the pool or evaporates quickly which will leave no water on top of the cover.

Water Ingress into the Bubble Hole

Simple testing of the Aquavent shows the vent hole sits in the water. When we put a sample piece of the cover material on the water the ‘vent and drain’ bubble was touching the water. This means (according to Aquavent themselves) that the vent hole touching the water would make the ‘venting’ of chlorine or any gas trapped in the pocked under the cover redundant.

Holes sitting on the water

Water seeps through the cover and sits on top (see photo below). Water also can’t drain out of the bubble if the hole at the bottom is touching the water. You can see by the image below that the water can’t drain from the ‘vent and drain’ bubble as it is in the water. If the chlorine dissipates through the holes but water remains in the bubble, it’ll be untreated and may well turn green.

This simple test showed that after a relatively short period of time without being in the swimming pool environment water did enter the bubbles through the vent holes that they were supposed to drain out from

This would also bring into question how heavy the cover will become with all the water that cannot drain out. The small sample was significantly heavier with the retained water. A traditional cover (without holes) will increase in weight by approximately 50% with water hanging on the outside of the bubbles as they are removed off the swimming pool. Pool covers with holes that retain water in the bubbles will dramatically increase the weight of the pool cover.

Water on top of Aquavent cover exactly 4 weeks after installation with no rain.

With water being retained in these holes, a build-up of debris, dust and salts will occur over time, stopping any perceived benefit that these holes may have.

Water in the pool cover bubbles

In conclusion, Daisy does not believe there is any net gain from having a pool cover with holes punched into it. Daisy, along with industry leaders, believe the breathable pool cover is like a square wheel, great to be new in the industry, but it just does not perform to the standard that Daisy Pool Covers sets for itself.

Interesting Installations

Our installation teams have been out and about at some amazing locations recently. Some of the installs have been a bit different, so we thought we’d share a few with you. At Daisy Pool Covers, we will always come up with a fitting solution for your pool so you can save money, water, chemicals and time with the right cover and roller.

In WA, the team installed a 525B Solar Cover right on the canals in Mandurah, south of Perth. What a view this pool owner has!

Also in WA, east of Perth near the hills in Martin, we had an interesting shaped pool cover to install with a step area pus angled edge. Again, what a view these pool owners have!

Over in North Bondi, NSW, this pool owner decided he would mount his Daisy Power Roller UNDER his deck area. What a great idea!