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Monday, 01 August 2016 09:59

Platinum Pools Featured In Houzz Again

Platinum Pools Featured In Houzz

From Houzz

Platinum Pools is proud to be a member of Houzz, the largest and fastest growing Home-centric website in the world.  Houzz provides a platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community.  We are also proud to announce that we are once again featured in a published ideabook, which is viewable by clicking here.  

 

Pool Shade Ideas: 7 Ways to Cover Your Swimming Pool

From Shade FX

The thought that creating shade around a swimming pool is one that usually escapes most people.  Shade isn't the first thing that comes to one's mind when they envision their own inground swimming pool space.  Luckily, skilled designers are attuned to the crucial fact that creating shaded areas in the proper spots are every bit as important as the areas that receive sun.  This post from Shade FX presents 7 unique ways to provide a respite from UV rays and hot midday sun exposure.

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Outdoor Dining Rooms

From Landscaping Network

8 ideas for creating the ultimate outdoor dining area

Outdoor living enthusiasts understand one principle above all when it comes to their outdoor living space:  It is meant to enjoy and to draw people together.  Nothing accomplishes this task like an outdoor dining area.  Think about how a dining room brings family together inside the home, and you will understand the power of creating an outdoor dining area.  This post from the Landscaping Network gives 8 stunning examples of outdoor dining areas that will inspire you to bring your family and friends together for outdoor meals.

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Fire & Water Features

From Landscaping Network

7 ways to add drama to your landscape with fire and water elements

You've probably seen the fabulous pictures across the internet and in design and home magazines featuring firebowls, firepits, and fire strips around swimming pools.  Fire attracts attention, and creates amazing action and drama in any outdoor living design, but especially when combined with water.  Two of the most ancient elements that are associated with mystery, life, and spirituality come together in these amazing swimming pool designs that combine these two elements amazingly.  This post from Landscaping Network showcases these combination features which represent the latest innovation in the ever-changing swimming pool design and outdoor living design arena.

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Friday, 02 October 2015 09:05

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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Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:30

Saltwater Pools Can Have Some Tell-Tale Issues

Mystery Stains in Salt Generator Pools

From Aqua

One of the most popular trends in the swimming pool industry over the last two decades has been the proliferation of the saltwater swimming pool.  Never before in the history of the industry has a consumer-driven groundswell caused a demand for a product or service commensurate with salt water swimming pools, or chlorine generators.  Like many things in life that seem too good to be true, Salt water swimming pools can have some inherent issues that somewhat negate their promise of a maintenance free swimming experience.  This post from Aqua Magazine presents some frequently seen issues that happen with salt water chlorine generation, and explains what causes them.

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Benefits of a Steam Room vs. a Sauna

From ehow

Many people don't realize that a Sauna is very different from a Steam Room.  This post from eHow discusses the differences between a Sauna and A Steam Room, and what makes the benefits associated with both entities different.  The main difference, as this article points out, are the types of heat that they provide, and whether the heat is dry or wet heat.  Either amenitiy would be a great addition to any type of indoor or outdoor swimming pool to warm up after a vigorous swim.

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Monday, 28 September 2015 10:00

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.  

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The Singer and the Swan

From AQUA

What does it take for a seemingly benign pool float to become the hottest swimming pool accessory available in the world?  If you guessed that it takes Taylor Swift to make an instagram post while using it, you guessed correctly.  Check out this post from Aqua Magazine that discusses the meteoric rise of this simple swimming pool float, and how Taylor Swift is driving sales to unforseen levels.  Do you have one of these in your backyard inground swimming pool?  

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Almost everything Taylor Swift does feeds into popular media, so it was only a matter of time before she created a small sensation for the aquatics industry. The pop music phenomenon has recently drawn attention as the Swan Princess of Song — at least where inflatable swans are concerned.

As unlikely as it may seem, Ms. Swift's public association with an elegant pneumatic swan has sent sales of blowup waterfowl through the roof. It all started in June when she posted an image on Instagram of herself and boyfriend Calvin Harris riding a blow-up swan in a beautiful residential pool. As is often the case with celebrity tweets and posts, the image immediately went viral, creating a sharp upsurge of interest in creative pool toys, particularly swans.

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8 Outdoor Holiday Lighting Ideas That Dazzle

from HGTV.com

This week saw the last official day of Summer and the first day of Fall come and go, and for some this is a depressing realization.  Thoughts of many turn back to the long, sunny, Summer days by the swimming pool and lounging in the hammock in the backyard to a cooling breeze.  For others, the thoughts of leaves falling, Halloween trick-or-treaters, and pulling out the Christmas tree gives them an understated joy of the holiday season.  For those people that are inclined to decorate their houses for the holiday season with lights, garland, and scary witches, this post is very timely.  HGTV gives a great design guide for outdoor holiday lighting that will set your home apart from the rest of the neighborhood, and make the long, cold winter seem shorter than it actually is.  It's only a few short months until we enter swim season again, so why not make the most of the holiday season by embracing it?

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