How Much Do Inground Pools Cost?

From River Pools

Most people have no idea how much an inground pool will cost them.  Further, people generally don't understand the different types of swimming pools available, and the cost ranges associated with them.  Additionally, the ongoing costs of maintenance are something that are typically not considered when installing an inground pool.   This post from River Pools presents a fairly comprehensive treatise on inground pools, covering the different installation types, costs associated with them, and the ongoing utility and maintenance costs that are associated with them.

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A Few Things To Consider

There are two things you need to consider when researching the cost of inground pools:

The initial purchase price of the pool
The lifetime cost of ownership associated with the pool.
First, let's take a look at the initial cost of fiberglass, concrete, and vinyl liner pools to get an idea of how much to budget for each. Keep in mind that these prices will vary greatly from region to region.

Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Cost Comparison

Fiberglass Pools: Initial Cost

At River Pools, we offer four distinct types of fiberglass pool packages. They are self-installation, assisted installation, basic installation, and turn-key installation. Let's take a look at each to learn more.

Fiberglass Pool Self-Installations

A self-installation package would include the pool shell and delivery of the pool to the home, then the client takes it from there.

The obvious advantage of installing your own fiberglass pool is the cost savings. On average most people will save between $6,000 and $10,000 depending on the scope of the project and who does the majority of the work.

The price of the pool shell is determined by two things: the size of the pool and the cost to deliver the pool to your home. If you are considering a self installation, be sure to ask if the price you are quoted includes delivery. If it does not, be sure to get a delivery quote in writing.

Regarding the shell price, fiberglass pools are basically classified into three size groups: small, medium, and large. Small being roughly 27' long and under, medium being 28'-34', and large being 35' and up. In most cases you can expect a small fiberglass pool shell without delivery to cost $9k-$13k, medium $12k-$16k, and large $16k-$24k. Delivery fees could be anywhere from $600 to $2,500.

There are resources available to teach homeowners how to install their own pool shell, but the vast majority of pool owners prefer to leave the installation of the pool to authorized dealers.

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10 Reasons to Get a Backyard Pool For the Kids

from Pool Pricer

Usually, its an easy decision to install an inground swimming pool.  Once the financial means are in place, the reasons to put one's own backyard swimming pool are legion.  This post from Pool Pricer lists ten reasons to install an inground swimming pool for those that are actually on the fence about this decision.  Rest assured, this is an investment that pays dividens in myriad ways for years to come.

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Friday, 02 October 2015 14:05

Water Exercise Can Benefit Seniors

Talk with your Aging Parents About Senior Citizens Swimming to
Develop Aging Fitness

From Talk Early...talk often...

As we age, our bone density decreases, we lose stamina, and it becomes harder and harder to keep up an excercise regimen to stay in shape.  This is especially the case for senior citizens, as the rate at which the decline in these situations increases with seniors.  Water exercise is a great way for senior citizens to exercise, as the water provides resistance, and is low impact on bones and joints.  This post from talk early...talk often... presents some great workouts in the swimming pool for senior citizens, and explains the benefits.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:58

Swimming Pool Myths--Fact or Fiction?

POOL MYTH BUSTERS!

From SwimmingPool.com

If you have ever used a swimming pool and had that familiar urge to go to the bathroom, you've probably heard the myth about a chemical that turns red, blue, or green when contacting urine.  You've also probably heard that swimming immediately after eating is a no-no.  Are these long-standing opinions surrounding swimming pools based on fact, or just wives tales that have been passed down through the generations to discourage certain behaviors?  This post from Swimmingpool.com addresses the most common myths and apocryphal stories surrounding the swimming pool, and tells you once and for all if the myths are based in fact.

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Monday, 28 September 2015 15:00

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT PLATINUM POOLS!

We're Hiring

Platinum Pools has experienced and continues to experience significant growth. Consequently, we need qualified, motivated people for a few positions. If you are looking for a career in the exciting swimming pool industry, then we would love to speak with you about our available careers. Here is what we are looking for:

Construction Project Manager


Position Overview


Project Managers are in place to move construction and renovation projects from start to finish smoothly and without incident. Project Managers are to ensure the smooth, on-schedule, on-budget operation of construction projects consistent with the values expressed in the Company Manual. Scheduling the work force, creating a critical path to completion, managing subcontractors and managing in-house work forces are among the key responsibilities. Project Managers are to work cooperatively with other department managers and employees to establish and maintain a team atmosphere and to achieve departmental, inter-departmental, and company-wide goals.
Essential Job Functions
· Create Critical Path for Construction and Renovation Projects
· Ordering materials by utilizing appropriate forms when warranted and ensuring the materials get to the job sites in a timely fashion
· Create Labor Schedules
· Supervise work force
· Monitor construction projects to ensure that Company’s systems are being followed according to Critical Path commitments
· Manage Subcontractors
Estimate Change orders properly to ensure required profit margins
· Train employees to complete tasks
· Monitor and evaluate the performance of field employees
· Act as liaison with municipalities during the construction process
· Act as liaison with client and subcontractors to answer questions and communicate schedules
· Collect payments when necessary after completed milestones
· Visit project as needed to network with clients, ensure installation is per contract, answer questions from in house staff and subcontractors and to sell upgrades or new phases
· Attend and participate in weekly meetings including preparation of schedules and progress reports
· Run the pre-construction meeting and perform official hand-off to construction
· Assist and report to General Manager in all tasks as required
· Accurately communicate questions, issues, and concerns to the General Manager
· Accurately document any and all communications with customers, subcontractors, or partners to ensure a clear understanding of any changes
Additional Job Functions
· Positively promote the company both internally and externally to create a positive work environment and a place where potential employees might seek a career
· Maintain the company’s trade secrets, pricing policies, and marketing strategy as confidential information not intended to travel outside of the company walls
· Take high quality pictures throughout the construction process for records and marketing needs
Requirements
· Working on site at Platinum Poolcare’s jobsites or within a reasonable commute.
· Positive attitude
· Networking skills
· Able to meet strict deadlines and meet or exceed stated sales goals
· Professional appearance
· Willingness to learn and to accept multiple tasks at one time
Other Skills/Abilities
· Listening skills are essential.
· Team building and the ability to work inside a team
· Self-motivated professional
· Willingness to pursue aggressive growth

Lead Generator/ Sales

Position Overview


We are seeking a gregarious, outgoing, intelligent, motivated professional to generate leads. Candidate will call on various strategic partners in multiple disciplines in an area that covers Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, and parts of the Lake Michigan shore in Indiana and Michigan. Candidate will be asked to keep his/her own database of contacts, continually reach out to them personally, and bring in qualified leads and projects. No experience necessary, but sales background is helpful.

Field Service Technician

Position Overview


Platinum Poolcare is looking for field service and repair technicians who understand that providing the best customer service is achieved only when one loves working with customers and always puts the customer first. The field service and repair technician is the ‘face of Platinum Poolcare’ to our customers. The ability to provide positive customer experiences is a must-have skill.


Primary responsibilities:


• Troubleshoot technical problems with existing equipment.
• Repair pumps, motors, filters, heaters and chemical feeders.
• Repair and installation of PVC and copper pipe, fittings and valves.
• Air pressure test piping.
• Test and assess chemical make up of pool water.
• Identify chemical problems and balance pool water.
• Ensure all paperwork is complete and turned in on a daily basis.
• Work independently by setting and meeting daily goals.
• Accept and perform given tasks with ownership and sense of urgency.
• Clearly communicate all information to customer.
• Maintain truck stock inventory and maintenance schedules.
• Maintain a flexible work schedule with availability to be on call 24/7.


Requirements:


• High school diploma or equivalent.
• English as a primary language required – Spanish or other language a plus.
• Must have a valid driver’s license with clean driving record.
• Excellent direct customer relationship skills are required.
• Professional and courteous.
• Hard working, dependable, safety and quality conscience.
• Self motivated, self starter to work without close supervision.
• Possess good language skills (verbal and written) to interpret procedures, comprehend instructions and communicate effectively with others.
• Willingness to learn on a daily basis.
• Knowledge and ability to work with various hand & power tools

 

If you or anyone you know are qualified and interested in any of the three available positions within our growing company, please have them send a resume to james@platinumpoolcare.com.  Resumes may also be faxed to 847.537.3857.  

Published in General Interest
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:36

Autistic Children Can And Should Learn To Swim

How to Teach Autistic Children to Swim

From Wikihow

Swimming and being in and around water can be extremely theraputic for people with all kinds of disabilites.  This is especially the case with children that are stricken with disabilities, as they have a lifetime to attempt to navigate the world with their disability as well as to ameliorate their symptoms whenever possible.  As this post from Wikihow points out, children with autism may have a fear or dislike of water, but they can learn to swim nevertheless.  These children can reap the same theraputic benefits from swimming as anyone else, as long as the teacher understands the disability and is able to work with these children to overcome their natural aversion.

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Monday, 21 September 2015 15:09

Get To Know Your Swimming Pool Chemicals

Water Chemistry

From 1 Stop Pool Pros

It's easy to assume that a swimming pool is "set it and forget it", but that really is not the case.  Anyone familiar with swimming pool water chemistry understands that to achieve balanced, healthy water, one needs to understand the differing measurable components of the water saturation index.  The important levels of pH, Alkalinity, Hardness, Temperature and Free Available Chlorine are all integral to achieving a safe, sanitary swimming pool environment.  This post from 1 Stop Pool Pros gives a good primer on the different chemicals that are utilized to achieve balanced water in these important areas.

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Backyard Parties: The Tiniest Party Guests

From Pools Spas & Patios

The Fall is a great time to utilize your outdoor living space to entertain.  Having a party for your small kids is even more fun, according to this post from Pools Spas & Patios.  Making the party fun and exciting for your smaller guests will give your backyard and home "cool" status, and will make your children want to spend more time around the house.  This post gives some great tips to make a kids party the best that it can be in your backyard.

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Winterizing Your Outdoor Kitchen

From Houselogic

Unfortunately, its that time of year again:  There is a chill in the air, the days seem to be getting shorter, the leaves are falling, and winter is just a few short weeks away.  Looking outside at your swimming pool and outdoor kitchen brings you back memories of the wonderfully long, hot, summer days by the pool and in your outdoor living space.  Now that winter is almost here, it's time to start thinking about putting your outdoor space to bed for the colder days to come.  This post from Houselogic gives you the proper way to winterize your outdoor kitchen to ensure that when next summer comes, you will be ready to start up and go without significant damage to your outdoor kitchen.

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Yuck! Most Kids Don't Shower Before Using Public Pools

From Live Science

RWI, or Recreational Water Illnesses, are one of the scariest and least understood of dangers that are lurking around inside swimming pools.  While most people find it a normal and appropriate act to take a shower after swimming, says this post from Live Science, a very small percentage of parents consider showering prior to swimming an appropriate act.  These parents consider it the responsibility of the swimming pool staff to ensure the safety of the pool.  This is a dangerous and misguided misconception, and must be rectified to prevent the spread of water-borne illnesses.

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