Monday, July 30, 2018

Aqaubot BREEZE 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner - A Great Mid-Priced Cleaner Loaded with Features!


The Aquabot Breeze 4WD is a mid-priced robotic cleaner loaded with features found on a much higher priced unit. It has true 4WD and is designed to clean your pool up to the waterline. It also will filter debris down to an industry leading 2 microns. Here are some more features of the Breeze 4WD:



• Extra Long 60’ Cable with Swivel
• Cleans Pool Floor, Cove and Walls
• Equipped with Rotating Scrubbing Brush
• Extra Large Top Loading Filter Baskets
• 3 Hour Cleaning Cycle CLEANS ALL IN-GROUND POOLS BREEZE4WD
• AquaSmart Technology to clean efficiently and reduce cable tangling
• 4WD and Super Grip PVA tires for superior wall climbing
• 2 Year Warranty

I really like the easy of use that the Aqaubot Breeze 4WD. The control and power unit are very basic, so anyone can set it and use it without any real trouble. The two top loading debris chambers make for very easy access and cleaning. It also has a large handle on top so putting it in the pool and taking it out is a breeze.

The true 4WD drive means that the cleaner will not get stuck on any main drains or step areas in the pool. It also allows the cleaner to get full coverage of your in-ground pool, up to the waterline. I like the soft sponge like tires also making it safe for all pool surface types. The 60 ft of cable makes it ideal for even a large pool and the 3-hour run time is sufficient for just about any pool.
The two extra large debris baskets on top can hold a ton of dirt and debris. I mentioned that it filters down to an industry leading 2 microns which means that even the smallest dirt particles will be picked up by the cleaner. So, whether your pool has large leaf debris or both leaves and dirt the Breeze 4WD is the perfect choice for your pool. The rotating center scrub brush will loosen up dirt and debris while the cleaner is moving on the pool surface.

One thing I really like about robotic pool cleaners is that they operate independently form your pool’s filtration system. This means that I you are using a Variable Speed Pump you can run your pool less at high speed while the robotic cleaner is running in your pool. This also means that the pool filter will stay cleaner longer since all the dirt and debris is being trapped inside the cleaner itself. It is also a very convenient way to clean your pool. Just drop the cleaner in, let it run for the cleaning cycle and remove it. It couldn’t be simpler.

If you are looking for a simple to operate robotic cleaner that can also climb and scrub your pool walls the Breeze 4Wd would be an excellent choice. It will pump and filter 80 gallons per minute also while it is running in your pool and it is backed by a 2-year warranty.

Other Aquabot models:
Aquabot Robotic Cleaners Overview Video: https://youtu.be/DSQWPtxaZU0
Aqaubot Elite Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Loaded with Great Features and a 3 Year Warranty!:
Aquabot X4 Robotic Pool Cleaner - True 4WD, Filters Down to 2 Microns and a 3 Year Warranty!: https://youtu.be/PzeG5wOuqrc
Aquabot Breeze 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner, True 4WD & Filters Down to an Industry Leading 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/DveXg6bAjZc
Aqaubot Spirit Above Ground Pool Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: Filters down to an Amazing 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/eVTx7bDse3o
Aqaubot Breeze SE: Best Robotic Cleaner Priced Under $500, Period!: https://youtu.be/doPllX_VbBo
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner -Remote Control, 75 FT of Cable and More!: https://youtu.be/xRAqfAemwXk
Aquabot Turbo Plus Robotic Pool cleaner: Filters Down to 2 Microns, Cleans Floor, Walls & Waterline!: https://youtu.be/sAfj2MzzBLw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Cord Swivel and Filtration down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/4tFQNlsj5eo
Aquabot Breeze XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Priced Under $500: https://youtu.be/9f7mN1L4EDo
Aquabot Turbo T Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Remote, Cord Swivel, Caddy - Filters to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/E9qV6EJXLUk
Aquabot Breeze IQ Robotic Pool Cleaner: 60 ft of Cable & Filters Down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/hYpdAslSL7Y
Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Above-Ground Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/TJ9cZcR1ZSI
Aquabot Pool Rover S2-50 Robotic Pool Cleaner for Above-Ground and Small In-Ground Pools: https://youtu.be/OkivnVfUTQo
Aquabot Rapids 1500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/liCWTQBzXl0
Aquabot Rapids 2000 Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/jqJ8hNOAIwg
Aquabot Rapids XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/e7gFvi0MhAc
Aquabot Supreme Robotic Pool Cleaner -Review: https://youtu.be/ZoBVwzEhSPg
Aquabot Turbo T-Jet Robotic Pool Cleaner with Power Washing Jets: https://youtu.be/otVeaCF1gsY
Aquabot Turbo Classic Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/3v2EzfRbYFw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Robotic Pool Cleaner with Caddy – Review: https://youtu.be/u6H1v3XV-ag
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/7YtZNPQw7Oo
Aquabot Xtreme Robotic Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/s-bR3jaYua8










Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Some Tips on Bidding for a new Pool Service Account


When you are first starting out in the business it is very easy to make mistakes and, in this article, I am going to share a few of the most common that I see. Even a simple mistake can cost you money and if you make multiple mistakes you can lose some service accounts or lose the bid on new accounts.



Many mistakes can be made during the bidding process. You get a call to come out and estimate an account for service. You show up and meet the customer. You don’t land the account. Why would this happen? Here are some common mistakes:

You were not polite and did not sell yourself properly. Always greet the customer with good manners and smile, “Hi Mr. Jones or Hello sir,” and then shake their hand. Make good eye contact and dress professionally.

Maybe you talked to much. Or asked too many personal questions making the client feel uncomfortable. Or talked to much about yourself. You want to keep the conversation on the pool and your service rates. Drifting too much out of a set script and you can talk your way out of a deal.

Also make the bid concise with everything disclosed. For example: “For a pool your size it will be $90 per month. This includes the Acid and Liquid Chlorine but does not including any Conditioner, 3” Tablets or other chemicals. Those would be charged to you each month separately when needed. There is also, an $85 filter cleaning charge and I clean all the filters twice a year in March and then again in September. If your filter needs an additional cleaning, there will be an additional $85 charge at the time of that cleaning.”

You don’t want the customer to question a charge on their bill in the first few months of service and become disenchanted with you. So be up front about all the charges.

Another common mistake is under bidding the service account. Look carefully at all the factors around the service account. Large trees surrounding the pool will mean more time each week cleaning the pool. Pool running on poor or old equipment will mean more chemical usage. No automatic cleaner means you will be vacuuming the pool more often. A very large pool takes more time and chemicals. All of this should be quickly assessed and factored into the bid. If you bid too low, it is hard to come back the next month and tell the customer it will be $20 more per month. That doesn’t go over very well.

You are also assessing the potential client during the biding process. Is the customer someone you can work with long term or are there some red flags? Here are some red flags to look for:
Potential customer is rude and short with you.

They seem very demanding or overly picky.
The equipment is old and needs to be replaced but customer doesn’t want to invest in new equipment.
They complain endlessly about the previous service company.
They try to cut your service rate down when you give them your bid amount.
One even asked me one time, “Is it legal for my previous pool service to put a lien on my house for non-payment?” Not kidding.

And finally, don’t touch anything. Don’t open pump lids, don’t open the filter tank or filter air relief. Don’t touch the Automated System. Don’t pull the cleaner to the side to inspect it. It probably won’t happen, but chances are something could break at that very moment. Or you might have trouble putting the pump lid back on. Or the cleaner hose will snap as you pull it to the side. It is not your service account yet, so hands off. After you land the account then if something breaks you can fix it. I had this happen to me, so you are better off just standing by the pool with your hands in your pockets.
There are many more things that you can do wrong but if you avoid these mistakes chances are you will land the service account. If you need one on one help you can also join my coaching group:




Monday, July 23, 2018

Aqua-Cel D.E. Filter Media in Water-Soluble 1 lbs. Bags: The Safest Way to Add D.E. to your Pool!


Aqua-Cel DE Pool Filter Media is the safest way to add Diatomaceous Earth (DE), to your DE filter. It comes in a 12 lbs. bag with 12 water-soluble bags inside each weighing one pound. To recharge your DE filter, you would just take the water-soluble bag and drop it into the skimmer while the pool is running. The bag will dissolve in 40-60 seconds and you will not be exposed to any of the dust from the DE powder.

The one drawback of a DE filter has always been the mess of adding DE to the filter. Not only is the bag of DE messy and dust gets everywhere, but when dry the dust is an inhalation hazard. It is also classified as an Industrial Carcinogen meaning that if you work in the pool industry and breathe in the DE dust, overtime you can get cancer or serious lung disease. For a homeowner you should also be concerned especially if you have pets or young children in the backyard while DE powder is being introduced into the pool skimmer. Aqua-Cel has come up with a ingenious way to protect both the Homeowner and the Pool Service Professional. Their water-soluble bags eliminate the hazard of the DE powder.

They are also pre-measured, and each water-soluble bag contains 1 lbs. of DE. This makes adding the correct amount of DE to your filter very easy. Just follow the dosage chart on the back of the bag for your filter size and that is it. Take out a water-soluble bag, drop it in the skimmer, watch it dissolve and then add another bag. It is that simple. Each 12 lbs. bag of Aqua-Cel comes with 12 pre-measured bags so one bag is enough for your filter cleaning. Depending on your filter size and how often you backwash, one bag of Aqua-Cel could last you the entire year. Aqua-Cel is also great for Backwashing your filter during the season.

Here is more on the product:
Premeasured 1 lb. water soluble pouches with dosage guide for ease of use (no measuring, no guessing).
Load the pouches into the skimmer. Dissolves automatically to release filter media.
Dust free handling. No need for a mask.
No more mess around the skimmer after backwashes. No more clean ups.
Packaged in a durable, resealable plastic bag that is easy to carry and to store.
12 lb. bag size with 12 individual pouches for maximum flexibility to cover all filter sizes.
No more dusty bags with unused media at the bottom of the bag
Each resealable plastic bag contains 12 x 1 lb. water soluble pouches.

This is an excellent product that makes your DE filter very safe to recharge. If you are a DIY homeowner and are looking for the safest way to use DE, this is a must have product. For the Pool Service Professional, I suggest ordering the Aqau-Cel in bulk to use on the DE filters on your pool route. You will like the water-soluble pre-measured bags and the fact that you will no longer need to breathe in the dust from DE.


Monday, July 16, 2018


The Aquabot Breeze SE which has now been on the market for about one and a half years now. I don’t normally do an update video on a robotic pool cleaner that I had previously reviewed but the Breeze Se deserves a second look.  It is loaded with features but is priced at the entry level price point of under $500. Below I will detail some of the features that make the Breeze SE a Top Pick for a robotic pool cleaner for your pool.



The Breeze SE has a compact and well balanced design that is suitable for all pool surface types. The first thing that sets the Breeze SE apart is that it has top loading debris chambers that filter the pool water down to 2 microns. That is equivalent to the filtration of a D.E. Filter. The debris chamber is lined with a fine filter media that traps dirt, leaves and small particles down to 2 microns. It is an incredible filtration level for a cleaner priced under $500.

Unlike the other Aquabot models in this price range, the Breeze SE features a scrubbing brush to help loosen up dirt and algae in the pool surface. This is a Hyper-Scrubbing brush that spins 2X faster than a standard robot scrubbing brush. You just don't find too many cleaners in this price range equipped with a scrubbing brush.

Probably the only drawback with the Breeze SE is that it only comes with 40 feet of cable. So, for a very large pool you might not have enough cable, but for a small to standard size pool the cable should be more than sufficient. The cable comes with Aquabot's patented swivel to help prevent cord tangling. The cord is also made out of a thick material which further prevents cord tangling.
The Breeze SE also pumps an industry leading 80 gallons per minute. For such a compact cleaner that is a lot of water moving thru it. The cleaner is designed to climb the walls only to the cove of the pool, or where the wall starts to go up from the pool bottom. But in my testing the cleaner climbed a lot higher up in my pool, so climbing ability will vary. Suffice to say that this thing is very powerful and moves very well in a pool.

The cleaner operates in a forward and backward motion with a tab in front that you can move to adjust the cleaner axle. If you put the tab directly in the middle it will just go over a small area of the pool. Moving the tab more to the right or left will create a good curved motion and the cleaner moving in the forward and backward pattern will clean the entire pool. This simple cleaning pattern also makes the Breeze SE less prone to breaking down.

The Breeze SE does come with a 2 year limited warranty. Year one is a 100% bumper to bumper warranty and year two is a limited warranty.

The Breeze SE is packed with features and the price point is very affordable, so you get a lot of return on your investment in this cleaner. It filters down to 2 microns, pumps 80 gallons per minute and has a light weight and sleek design. The canister can be a little time consuming to clean out but it is one of the few top loading Robotic cleaners that can filter down to 2 microns.

Other Aquabot Videos:
Aquabot Robotic Cleaners Overview Video: https://youtu.be/DSQWPtxaZU0
Aqaubot Elite Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Loaded with Great Features and a 3 Year Warranty!:
Aquabot X4 Robotic Pool Cleaner - True 4WD, Filters Down to 2 Microns and a 3 Year Warranty!: https://youtu.be/PzeG5wOuqrc
Aquabot Breeze 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner, True 4WD & Filters Down to an Industry Leading 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/DveXg6bAjZc
Aqaubot Spirit Above Ground Pool Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: Filters down to an Amazing 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/eVTx7bDse3o
Aqaubot Breeze SE: Best Robotic Cleaner Priced Under $500, Period!: https://youtu.be/doPllX_VbBo
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner -Remote Control, 75 FT of Cable and More!: https://youtu.be/xRAqfAemwXk
Aquabot Turbo Plus Robotic Pool cleaner: Filters Down to 2 Microns, Cleans Floor, Walls & Waterline!: https://youtu.be/sAfj2MzzBLw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Cord Swivel and Filtration down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/4tFQNlsj5eo
Aquabot Breeze XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Priced Under $500: https://youtu.be/9f7mN1L4EDo
Aquabot Turbo T Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Remote, Cord Swivel, Caddy - Filters to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/E9qV6EJXLUk
Aquabot Breeze IQ Robotic Pool Cleaner: 60 ft of Cable & Filters Down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/hYpdAslSL7Y
Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Above-Ground Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/TJ9cZcR1ZSI
Aquabot Pool Rover S2-50 Robotic Pool Cleaner for Above-Ground and Small In-Ground Pools: https://youtu.be/OkivnVfUTQo
Aquabot Rapids 1500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/liCWTQBzXl0
Aquabot Rapids 2000 Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/jqJ8hNOAIwg
Aquabot Rapids XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/e7gFvi0MhAc
Aquabot Supreme Robotic Pool Cleaner -Review: https://youtu.be/ZoBVwzEhSPg
Aquabot Turbo T-Jet Robotic Pool Cleaner with Power Washing Jets: https://youtu.be/otVeaCF1gsY
Aquabot Turbo Classic Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/3v2EzfRbYFw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Robotic Pool Cleaner with Caddy – Review: https://youtu.be/u6H1v3XV-ag
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/7YtZNPQw7Oo
Aquabot Xtreme Robotic Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/s-bR3jaYua8


Friday, July 13, 2018

Swimming Pool Care "The Essential Guide" Printed Book Available at Amazon.com. Now Available!


I am excited to announce that my eBook is now available in a printed version! You can now purchase the book on Amazon.com – use the link below to learn more and to order your copy today.



Here is what is in the book. Over 170 pages of useful information compacted into an easy to read guide. All of the information is presented in a clear term with no added or bloated text. You get a ton of information and you will come away knowing more about pool care than ever before.

"Swimming Pool Care the Essential Guide" is a book I wrote to help you with all your pool care needs. I have included over 60 QR codes that you can scan with your Cell Phone or Device. These QR Codes will take you to one of my YouTube videos that accompanies each article.  If you have a green pool you can read the article on a green pool clean up and then scan the QR Code to watch a video of me cleaning up a green pool. Each section has at least one video that will go along with the pool care article you are reading.

Also when you purchase the print version of the book there is a QR in the back of the book that you can scan to download the PDF version of the book. This PDF version comes with over 450 video links that you can click on to further expand this book to give you the #1 Resource on the market today.

 Here are some of the things I cover in the book for you:
Algae Treatment & Green Pool Clean-Up
Balancing Your Pool Water
Pool Test Kits
Cleaning Tools
Cleaning Tools Advanced Vacuum Systems
Cleaning your Pool
Automatic Cleaners
Pumps & Motors
Filters
Pool Skimmers and Skimming Products
Pool Equipment & Problems
Timers and Automated Systems
Salt Water Pools
Metal, Stains and Scale in Your Pool
Money Saving Tips
So You Want to be a Pool Guy/Gal

About the Author: I am a Pool Service Professional with over 30,000 hours of practical experience. I currently maintain a pool route with about 90 service accounts. I have extensive experience in water chemistry, automatic cleaners, pool filtration, pool equipment and automated systems. I work in Southern California and have been in the pool industry since 1988 with a brief hiatus in the late 1990's to buy and sell Real Estate. My wife and I have been following the Dave Ramsey plan for several years and we have paid off all of our debt plus three houses in Southern California - WE ARE DEBT FREE!

I am the creator of the #1 Swimming Pool Channel on YouTube which attracts viewers from within the industry and your typical homeowner who manages their own pool. My YouTube Channel Started in 2012 has over 50,000 subscribers and over 30 Million video views.





Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Why Being a Cheapskate with your Pool can Hurt you in the End - Tips on Dealing with Cheap Customers



Everyone wants a good deal and it is a nice feeling when we save some money on a purchase or a service. But always looking for a good deal can sometimes hurt us in the end. I think the thinking that if it is not on sale or if it is not discounted I will look elsewhere has some major drawbacks. With your pool, being cheap can really hurt you and cost you more money in the long run.



Owning a pool will cost you money. Simple as that. It is a big hole in the ground with water in it that needs constant upkeep and attention. During the season you will need to spend money on chemicals, equipment and on utilities such as electricity and water. If you are not willing to spend money on your pool, then the pool will turn green on you very quickly.

A lot of people want to save money on their pool cost by running their pool for 2 or 3 hours per day. I am talking about full size 20,000-gallon pools. Yes, you will save on electricity, no doubt. But the water quality will suffer and in the long run you will be spending more on chemicals to keep it looking decent. Plus, with such a short run time the water will not be safe to swim in. That is not enough time to circulate the water and to filter out any bacteria and viruses. Put it to you this way, a Commercial pool like the YMCA or at a Hotel will run their pool for 24 hours straight 7 days a week just to keep the pools 100% safe to swim in. By running your pool for 2 hours per day, you are asking for a swimmer to get sick and the overall water quality will be very poor. Some pool owners will even turn their pools off for days at a time to save on their electric bill. If you really want to save money on your electric bill invest in a Variable Speed Pump.
 
Some pool owners try to save by not adding water to their pool. They don’t want a high-water bill, so they keep the water at a very low level. The problem with this is that the pool just won’t run correctly without the right amount of water in it. And to be honest, filling your pool once a week is about the same amount of water as a 10-15-minute shower. And how much can you actually save verses having the equipment burn out on you?

One of my pet peeves are pool owner’s that buy cheap pool products, like the $79.99 suction side cleaners you see for sale online. For about just over double that you can get a great cleaner that is effective and won’t end up in the trash after 6 months. You can purchase the Zodiac Ranger for around $150 and this cleaner comes with real hoses and a real cleaner head that can pick up dirt and debris. The $79.99 price tag looks inviting but, in the end, you are throwing your money away. The same goes for the cheap bargain pool equipment, use only high-quality pumps and filters, otherwise within a couple of years you will be spending even more money replacing them.

On the flip are those homeowners who have pool service but are always trying to shave off a nickel or dime here or there. It is a common thing we run into in the industry where a customer refuses to replace non-working equipment or doesn’t want their filter cleaned on a regular basis to avoid the cleaning charge. There isn’t much that you can do as the pool service company except try to replace your cheap customers with good paying customers as you build your business up. Once you have enough good customers you can gradually drop all your cheap customers off your route.

And last if you are planning to get your pool remodeled or built be aware that there are many unlicensed contractors out there that will build a pool or remodel a pool for you on the cheap. Just be warned that the chances are you will be rebuilding or re-remodeling the pool sooner than later. These fly by night companies use poor construction standards and their work is suspect at best. If you want to have your pool built or remodeled correctly hire a license contractor and pay the premium for that. It is worth the extra money to have a real professional do your project.










Monday, July 9, 2018

Precision 2.0 Professional Pool Vacuum One Year Later


I have been using the Precision 2.0 on my pool route now or over a year and it has held up great during that time. It really speeds up my day out there and with the sand silt bag it picks up fine dirt and debris making vacuuming small pools and spas a breeze. If you service pools and are looking for a vacuum that will make your day easier and faster check out the Precision 2.0.


One thing that I like about the cleaner is how well it has performed over the year. Being able to recharge the battery in my truck is also a plus. I get over 1 hour of cleaning time with each battery, so while one is in use the other is charging. The shell of the Precision is also very durable and so far no issues to report after one year of everyday use.

The Precision is only for sale to pool service professionals and won't be available online. For more info on pricing and availability check with your local pool supply wholesaler. With that said, if you are a homeowner looking for a powerful portable vacuum like this one, check out their Volt FX-8 cleaner. Water Tech may in the future make the Precision available to homeowners, but for now it is marketed and sold to pool service techs.

The Precision is Water Tech's upgrade of the Pro 1500 which is a solid cleaner in it's own respect. The Precision is designed to be used as a portable vacuum separate from the pools filtration system and it comes with three bags for various situational use. The Xtreme Multi Layer Bag is for standard use and is great at picking up dirt and debris. The Sand & Silt Bag is designed for fine dirt and sand and works well at trapping smaller dirt particles. And the All Purpose Bag is for pools with large leaf debris with little dirt. These bags all work great and they really trap the dirt and debris well.

The Precision comes with two Lithium Ion Batteries that will last longer and are much lighter than their previous batteries. Also included is a car charger that you can use to charge the battery while you are driving around on your pool route. Each battery will last for about one hour of continuous use. It takes about 4 hours to charge the batteries from the wall charger, less time for the car charger.

Just the overall convenience of the Precision makes it ideal for pool service professionals. You can vacuum a good size pool in about 15 minutes and don't need to carry back your pool hose and vacuum. The Precision is very lightweight, coming in at 11 lbs and is very well balanced and easy to carry. It comes with a shoulder strap also for easy transport.

It needs to be submerged in the water to work but can vacuum at a depth of just 12 inches. I have used it by holding it by the handle to clean out Negative Edge Pool Troughs and to vacuum shallow steps. It is designed to clip right into your standard pool pole and you would vacuum a pool or spa just like you would with the manual hose vacuum set up.

It comes with two vacuum heads. A standard bearing wheeled vacuum head for Gunite or Plaster pools and Vinyl & Fiberglass Vacuum Head for those pool surfaces. Both Vacuum heads are 14” wide and work really well at pulling in the debris. (14.5” and 14.75” respectively). So the Precision is great for all surface types.

More Pool Blaster Videos:
Water Tech Precision 2.0Li Professional Pool Vacuum Overview & Review: https://youtu.be/oY5uGxSRLOI
Fastest Way to Vacuum out a Pool & Spa - Precision 2.0Li (One Year of Use Updated Video): https://youtu.be/qS5WYTHer8Q
Pool Blaster Centennial Li Battery Powered Vacuum - Best in Class and Priced at $100!: https://youtu.be/2wl9OrCNiG0
Pool Blaster Max Li Pool and Spa Cleaner by Water Tech: https://youtu.be/Si8cdr_yQrE
Volt FX-8Li Battery Powered Vacuum by Water Tech - NEW Features for 2017!: https://youtu.be/NKCUK7zpB1o
Volt FX-2 Battery Powered Vacuum by Water Tech - Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/bCZu9Jgl5L4
Volt FX-4Li Battery Powered Vacuum by Water Tech - Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/g2aLU56eowM
Pool Blaster Aqua Broom SWEEP XL Review and Set Up Video: https://youtu.be/0vpj-TjJcAc
Pool Blaster Battery Powered Pool & Spa Vacs by Water Tech: Overview: http://youtu.be/GWk1KoeS3_E
Pool Blaster Aqua Broom by Water Tech - Review and Demo: http://youtu.be/hiGZzemiJZQ
Pool Blaster Catfish by Water Tech® - Review: http://youtu.be/iujzIl7rjLg
Pool Blaster Battery Powered Leaf Vac by Water Tech - Review & Demo: http://youtu.be/jvokMrKGa78
Pool Blaster MAX – Review: http://youtu.be/_DKBUM2_pA4
Pool Blaster Max CG - Commercial Grade Review: http://youtu.be/L4hdT77xoiA
Pool Blaster SPA VAC by Water Tech - Product Review: http://youtu.be/0d8_1lfiU0Q
Pool Blaster PRO 1500 - Review and Field Testing: http://youtu.be/Q1Sqnp6-3hk
Pool Blaster PBW022SS Max CG Sand and Silt Bag – Review: http://youtu.be/3k5f68A1_Q8





Thursday, July 5, 2018

Common Maintenance Errors with your Pool Filter


One aspect of pool care that is often overlooked is the pool filter. This is actually one of the most important factors in your pool care and one of the main problems with water quality. If the filter is dirty or running poorly water quality will suffer. You will be adding loads of chemicals and running the pool long hours and still wonder why the water is cloudy.



I think the pool filter also looks intimidating to the new pool owner and many just don’t feel comfortable cleaning and maintaining it. One of the first things I do when I get a new service account is to inspect and clean the pool filter. I think about 80% off all problems you will encounter with your pool care is filter related. So, if your pool has constant cloudy water, algae or the chemicals are not holding week to week the filter may be the issue.

Interestingly I find that many pool builders skimp on the filter size when they install a pool. Really it can’t cost them more than $200-$300 more in the pool price to install a full-size filter. What I mean by full size is that if your pool is 15,000 gallons you should have a 300-400 sq. ft. Cartridge filter of a 48 sq. ft. D.E. Filter installed. For a 20,000 to 25,000-gallon pool a 500 sq ft cartridge filter or a 60-100 sq. ft. D.E. Filter would be best.  I would stay away from a Sand Filter unless the pool is being used for Commercial purposes like an Apartment Complex or Hotel. They just wouldn’t be my first choice for a residential pool. I see many 15,000-gallon pools with a 100 sq. ft. Cartridge Filter which to me is just too small for the best water quality.

Cleaning the filter is quite simple and I think I have videos on cleaning the majority of pool filters on my YouTube Channel. Once you do it you will find it to not be that difficult. Avoid these common mistakes with a D.E. Filter:
Not adding D.E after cleaning or Backwashing the filter
Not adding enough D.E. for the filter size.
Adding too much D.E.
Not cleaning the filter at least every 6 months.
Operating the filter with torn or broken grids.

For a Cartridge filters here are some common mistakes to avoid:
Not cleaning the filter often enough.
Using old cartridges in the filter (usually when the bands start to break it is time for a new cartridge – or if the pleats are spread apart – the media should be tight).
Using an undersized Cartridge filter for your pool.
Adding D.E. to the filter (Cartridge filters to not require D.E.).

Here are some common Sand Filter errors:
Having too large a pump for your filter size (a very large HP pump like a 1.5 or 2 HP pump will cause the filter to run poorly – Sand Filters run better with less water flow).
Backwashing too often (Sand filters run better when they are a little dirty. Don’t backwash unless the filter PSI gets 9-10 lbs. above the clean reading).

Not running your pool long enough (Since Sand Filters are less efficient the pool may need a longer run time).

So, focusing on the filter is one way to ensure a clean pool with crystal clear water each week. Along with having a clean filter is having a clean pool. One thing that I suggest is to invest in professional cleaning equipment. Like a good vacuum hose and vacuum head and a sturdy pool pole. Using high quality equipment ensures the pool will be maintained properly each week which also helps with the overall pool filtration and water quality.


To see more on filter cleaning and to find your specific filter:
Filter Cleaning & Backwashing Videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD13B4EF8AB358B02



Monday, July 2, 2018

Aquabot X4 Robotic Pool Cleaner - True 4WD, Filters Down to 2 Microns and a 3 Year Warranty!


The Aqaubot X4 is one of Aqaubots latest cleaners and it comes loaded with many great features. Top loading debris chambers, 60 feet of cable, Extreme 4WD, Ant-Tangle Swivel and much more. It is backed by an industry leading 3-year warranty. Here are some of the key features of the Aquabot X4.
The Aquabot X4 runs on a true 4WD system that will work on your pool no matter what shape. The efficient but powerful drive system propels all four of the non-marring high-grip wheels for superior traction on all surfaces, including tile. The Aquabot X4 is built to thoroughly clean all of your pool, with 90-degree pool floor to wall transitions and minimal slipping as it travels along the walls.



The Anti-Tangle Swivel prevents the cable from getting twisted and tangled as the cleaner is running. No more untangling lengths of cable halfway through a cleaning cycle. The X4 will clean your entire pool seamlessly with the Anti-Tangle Swivel, for more efficient, worry-free performance. For any robotic cleaner I suggest an Anti-Tangle Swivel.

The Aquabot X4 comes standard with an extra-long 60-foot floating cable which means you can place the Programmable Power Supply where it is most convenient for you. For most large and mediums pools 60 feet of cable is the standard for best cleaning results. For best results place the X4 directly in the pool from the center point. The 60 feet of cable insures full pool coverage.

The power supply’s convenient control panel allows you to easily designate when the X4 runs a cleaning cycle. Choose your preferred length and frequency of cleanings; with programmed settings for 1, 1.5 or 2-hour cleaning cycles, and timer settings for the X4 to run automatically every 48, 72 or 96 hours. This makes using the cleaner very convenient for those who are on a busy schedule. You can even attach an external timer for further control over the cleaning schedule. And when the filter on your X4 needs to be changed, a convenient indicator on the power supply alerts you

The Aquabot X4 robotic cleaner is built to take the work out of keeping your pool clean. AutoX Pool Mapping technology sizes up your pool to determine the approximate dimensions and chooses the optimum cleaning cycle for your pool.  This pool mapping technology ensures that the cleaner will clean your pool in less time than competing models. It also will not get stuck on the main drain, step area or corners of your pool.

The top loading debris chambers are one of my favorite features. The fine filter chambers will filter down to an industry leading 2 microns which will ensure the cleanest pool possible. I like the top loading chambers and thec lear top allows you to see if the chambers need to be emptied.
The Aquabot X4 is built with two quick-drain valves for easy lifting and transportation and the Caddy makes transporting your X4 back and forth to the pool simple and easy. The convenient design allows you to load the power supply and robot and wrap the floating power cord around the built-in cord wrap. The caddy is built with two large sturdy wheels making it durable as well as convenient.
The X4 is backed by a full bumper-to-bumper warranty for a period of one year and three years of coverage for the power supply, pump and motor. That is an outstanding warranty that will give you piece of mind when you invest in the X4 by Aquabot.
Other Aquabot models:

Aquabot Robotic Cleaners Overview Video: https://youtu.be/DSQWPtxaZU0
Aqaubot Elite Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Loaded with Great Features and a 3 Year Warranty!:
Aquabot X4 Robotic Pool Cleaner - True 4WD, Filters Down to 2 Microns and a 3 Year Warranty!: https://youtu.be/PzeG5wOuqrc
Aquabot Breeze 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner, True 4WD & Filters Down to an Industry Leading 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/DveXg6bAjZc
Aqaubot Spirit Above Ground Pool Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: Filters down to an Amazing 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/eVTx7bDse3o
Aqaubot Breeze SE: Best Robotic Cleaner Priced Under $500, Period!: https://youtu.be/doPllX_VbBo
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner -Remote Control, 75 FT of Cable and More!: https://youtu.be/xRAqfAemwXk
Aquabot Turbo Plus Robotic Pool cleaner: Filters Down to 2 Microns, Cleans Floor, Walls & Waterline!: https://youtu.be/sAfj2MzzBLw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Cord Swivel and Filtration down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/4tFQNlsj5eo
Aquabot Breeze XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Priced Under $500: https://youtu.be/9f7mN1L4EDo
Aquabot Turbo T Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Remote, Cord Swivel, Caddy - Filters to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/E9qV6EJXLUk
Aquabot Breeze IQ Robotic Pool Cleaner: 60 ft of Cable & Filters Down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/hYpdAslSL7Y
Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Above-Ground Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/TJ9cZcR1ZSI
Aquabot Pool Rover S2-50 Robotic Pool Cleaner for Above-Ground and Small In-Ground Pools: https://youtu.be/OkivnVfUTQo
Aquabot Rapids 1500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/liCWTQBzXl0
Aquabot Rapids 2000 Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/jqJ8hNOAIwg
Aquabot Rapids XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/e7gFvi0MhAc
Aquabot Supreme Robotic Pool Cleaner -Review: https://youtu.be/ZoBVwzEhSPg
Aquabot Turbo T-Jet Robotic Pool Cleaner with Power Washing Jets: https://youtu.be/otVeaCF1gsY
Aquabot Turbo Classic Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/3v2EzfRbYFw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Robotic Pool Cleaner with Caddy – Review: https://youtu.be/u6H1v3XV-ag
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/7YtZNPQw7Oo
Aquabot Xtreme Robotic Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/s-bR3jaYua8