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Top Tips For Your Pool During La Nina Weather Poolwerx News Top Tips For Your Pool During La Nina Weather Don’t let La Niña ruin your summer of poolside fun! With predictions of a long, wet summer ahead, this can have serious complications for your pool. Heavy rainfall means leaves, dirt and algae spores get delivered into your pool. Phosphates get deposited into the water and chlorine, salt and minerals are diluted. Combined with sunlight, these conditions are perfect for algae to grow and turn your healthy pool, into a green pool. It also affects the water’s pH, calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, alkalinity and other chemical levels. What is La Nina? The Bureau of Meteorology has warned Australians to expect a La Niña summer, which is set to bring mass wet weather across the nation – with backyard pool owners warned to prepare for a whirlpool of challenges. What are the effects of La Niña? Typically during La Niña seasons, there is above average rainfall for eastern, northern and central parts of Australia, with extra rain, some storms and possibly even flooding expected. Poolwerx Founder and CEO John O’Brien says the effects of this excess rain are pretty significant on your pool and could have a huge impact on backyard summer fun. “It is pivotal for pool owners to prepare in advance, and work with their local Poolwerx team to manage these effects during and after the season, to ensure they still have a healthy pool to create backyard family memories in. The solution is simple – prepare in advance and take the necessary steps to avoid greater cost and energy to remedy the situation after summer.” La Nina & Your Pool The effects of this excess rain can have a significant impact on your pool’s health if you don’t look after it properly. Along with the usual culprits that accompany heavy rain, such as debris, garden runoffs, overflow and contaminates, La Niña brings additional long-term consequences – the dilution of pool chemicals, green pools, and increased risk of mosquito-borne viruses. Below is our easy guide to help you maintain a healthy pool during La Niña. Read More
Prepare Your Pool For Storm Season Videos Prepare Your Pool For Storm Season Make sure your pool is ready for any storms. Our Poolwerx Pool experts run you through all you need to know and do to ensure your pool is ready for any storm at any time. Subscribe to our channel for more Pool Tips and regular how-to videos Timestamps: 00:22 – General Tips & Advice 00:45 – Avoiding Power Damage 00:56 – Combatting Storm Pollutants With over 25 years of experience, Poolwerx is the largest pool retail and service business in Australia and New Zealand. Visit our blog to see learn how to ensure your pool can be ready for storm season!  Rain and Storm Pool Guide  5 Reasons to Use a Pool Cover Year-Round  Read More
How To Clean a Pool After Storm Videos How To Clean a Pool After Storm Need to clean your pool after a storm? Learn how you can do it quickly, safely, and efficiently with our pool experts. Subscribe to our channel for more Pool Tips and regular how-to videos Timestamps: 00:25 Checking Your Equipment 00:45 Clean Pool & Pump of Debris 00:54 Balance Pool Water 01:07 Correct Water Sample Technique 01:15 Shock Pool of Contaminants Visit our blog to see learn how to ensure your pool can be ready for storm season! Rain and Storm Pool Guide 5 Reasons to Use a Pool Cover Year-Round  Read More
Why Investing in a Quality Pool Cover is Important Buying Guides Why Investing in a Quality Pool Cover is Important A pool cover is a must for any pool owner, which is why it’s important to invest in a quality cover to help save time and money on pool maintenance. But not all pool covers are the same. Solar Covers (also known as bubble blankets and bubble wrap covers) are primarily used to stop evaporation and maintain water temperature. Other options include winter leaf covers, non-heating solar pool covers, and thermal covers. Plus, there are also other factors to consider including the micron thickness and installation – all of which impact the efficiency and longevity of your pool cover. What are Microns? This is the measurement of the thickness of the pool cover material, excluding the bubble. For instance, 1/1000th = 1mm, which means a 500-micron pool cover is 0.5mm thick. Pool covers come in a variety of micron sizes from 250 microns to 600 microns and the thickness depends on the purpose of the cover. As you would expect the higher the microns of the pool cover, the better the quality and durability. At Poolwerx we install Abgal Pool Covers and Sunbather Pool Covers which come with quality assurance and warranty for your peace of mind. Why is a Custom Pool Cover Better? All pool shapes and sizes are different, so your pool cover should be custom-made to fit your pool. This means you’re guaranteed a pool cover that not only fits properly but is also properly installed. At Poolwerx, our experienced technicians can provide a free quote and discuss the best type of pool cover to suit your needs. s Enjoy a hassle-free experience and no nasty surprises like incorrect sizing or gaps around the blanket! There’s a host of benefits to a pool cover including reduced water and chemical costs, easier pool maintenance, and a cleaner pool. So, make sure you invest in a long-lasting pool cover that benefits your pool. Request a Quote   Read More
What Questions Should You Ask When Buying a Franchise? Franchising What Questions Should You Ask When Buying a Franchise? Have you ever thought about buying into a Franchise, but weren’t sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place. Below, we answer the most common questions prospective franchisees have asked the team at Poolwerx over the years. Franchising with Poolwerx: Poolwerx is an award-winning franchise network with more than 25 years’ experience under our belt, in addition to expert advice, our team offers a range of practical and tangible benefits to all our Franchise Partners. Whether you’re considering joining the Poolwerx network with your existing business or you want to start a new business as a Poolwerx Franchise Partner, there are plenty of reasons to choose Poolwerx as your franchise of choice. Our team has years of experience with Franchising and has helped many people like you through their journey when considering joining the Poolwerx brand. Every journey is different and our goal is to help you understand what Poolwerx has to offer to help you determine if Poolwerx is the right fit for you, but likewise if you are the right fit for Poolwerx. Here we answer the top 10 questions to ask before buying a franchise business: How do you determine your territories? We have exclusive marketing areas, which are determined by swimming pool numbers and postcodes. We know that to operate a successful retail store and three mobile service vehicles you need a minimum number of swimming pools per marketing area so we monitor this closely. I have owned my own swimming pool and loved looking after it – do you train me? Yes, we provide full training when you join Poolwerx. Our initial training commences with 40 hours of online tutorials, which is the commencement of a Certificate III in Swimming Pool & Spa Maintenance. This is followed by three weeks in-house training, followed by a 12 month Forming Good Habits program once you commence in your franchise. Do you provide finance to purchase a franchise? Most Franchise Partners will need to obtain a loan to purchase their franchised business. Joining a well-established franchise network is often looked at favourably by banks, making it easier to obtain financing. Poolwerx has developed strong relationships with a number of major banks across Australia to help prospective franchisees obtain financing, which we can help facilitate. What happens when I want to sell? Your franchise is yours to sell. Your franchise agreement outlines the requirements for a sale, and the prospective buyer will need to go through our standard recruitment and selection process. What are the fees you charge? We operate on a sliding fee scale which includes service fees and marketing fees based on gross turnover. These fees are performance-based and also consider whether you have a retail shop front. Full details are provided in our Franchise Disclosure Document. How much does it cost to purchase a franchise? The initial investment for a franchise depends on a range of factors, including the marketing area, location and size. Initial investments can range from $110,000 (plus the cost of a van) to over $500,000. Do you provide an Income Guarantee? We don’t provide income guarantees but what we do offer is 25 years of successful franchise partners backed by great margins and profits, systems, training and support. Being an FCA Multi-Award Winning Franchise means our business works and delivers success to those that follow the system. What type of vehicle do I need to operate a Mobile Unit? Your primary vehicle needs to be a Hyundai iLoad van. How long does your recruitment onboarding process take? Once approved, you could be operational in as little as three months. During that time, you will attend our Discovery Day, commence your online training and complete three weeks of in-house training. Your cooperation with the franchising team will ensure your application progresses as quickly as possible. As a franchise partner am I required to operate a retail store? Yes. Everyone who starts with Poolwerx will be expected to transition to a Retail Store. To be successful, it is essential that the franchise partner is personally involved in all aspects of the business. You must be willing and able to perform all sales, technical and management functions which will require a significant time investment. Running a store is a mandatory requirement as part of Poolwerx Franchise Partners’ road to success. Read More
What Training Can I Expect When I Buy a Franchise? Franchising What Training Can I Expect When I Buy a Franchise? As a Poolwerx Franchise Partner, your success is our success. You do not require prior experience in pool and spa management to become a successful Franchise Partner. Instead, we invest in quality training and ongoing support to help you succeed and flourish in your Poolwerx business. Our in-house Pool School introduces you to everything you need to know as a Franchise Partner. From the technicalities of pool and spa management to the key concepts that will help you succeed in your day-to-day business operations. This training is supported by field visits to ensure you develop an authentic understanding of all concepts. The end of your formal Pool School training isn’t the end of the support we provide. As a Franchise Partner, we invite and encourage you to attend additional training, including training that you’ve identified as an area of particular interest. This may include marketing, bookwork, IT and more. We offer training support to all our Franchise Partners from our regional Business Development Managers, our Poolwerx support centre staff in Brisbane and frequent interaction with fellow Franchise Partners. This training is reinforced by information and modules at monthly business meetings, state conferences, the national convention and special events.   Training Our structured training programs not only get you started in the Poolwerx way of life – they also ensure that every Franchise Partner and their team receives the latest and most up-to-date business and pool maintenance training. Training programs cover a range of business and industry-specific topics including bookkeeping, marketing, commercial sales, legislation, Human Resources, First Aid, water chemistry, plumbing, problem-solving and commercial pools. Poolwerx also works closely with industry bodies such as the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia (SPASA) and local, state and national government entities to obtain Certificate III and Certificate IV in Swimming Pool and Spa Maintenance and Service for you and your team. Pool School The Pool School program is delivered to all Franchise Partners as they join Poolwerx, regardless of your background and experience. Delivered through classroom and practical methods, this program prepares you to succeed as a Poolwerx Franchise Partner. Development Workshops We offer ongoing learning for all our Franchise Partners and your staff throughout your Poolwerx journey. Every development season (May-August), our support centre staff and specialist trainers hit the road to deliver face-to-face training. From the latest products and equipment to legislation updates or technology advances, development season is a great time to continue your learning. Online Training The combined knowledge and experience of our Poolwerx trainers and support staff is hard to match in any industry. From the smallest blow-up pool to huge water parks and film special effects, we’ve “been there, done that.” To leverage this huge pool of knowledge (pun intended!), we’ve created e-learning content for all our Franchise Partners. This content can be accessed 24 / 7 by you and your team via our online training portal. Not only is it a great way to ensure the whole team is up-to-date, it also helps you retain and train your staff. Support There’s a saying often used in franchising, “in business for yourself, not by yourself.” Nothing could ring more true when it comes to the wide range of support services offered to you by Poolwerx. This list is not exhaustive but should be used as a guide for planning. Your Poolwerx journey will be supported primarily by your Business Development Manager. You’ll also be supported by our highly experienced, multi-award-winning, and multi-disciplined Poolwerx field team. Your face-to-face engagement with this team begins after Pool School where you will complete the ‘forming good habits’ program. This program is competency-based and completed as you work. The field team will work with you to complete quarterly reviews and annual business planning, supporting you to achieve both your personal and business goals. The Commercial Team is responsible for building national relationships with Commercial Partners across the areas of Real Estate, Pool Builders, Insurance, Strata / Bodies Corporate, Hospitality, and Institutions. They work alongside our Franchise Partners to attend national roadshows and conferences, driving national leads at a local level. Poolwerx is the preferred supplier to many of these sales verticals. Human Resources Poolwerx offers in-house Human Resource support through employment contract templates, recruitment advice, and staff management issues. We can also advise and assist you on all Industrial Relations and Occupational Safety and Health issues. ICT Accessing IT support services is simple within the Poolwerx system. With remote training and support, any tricky computer issues can be resolved quickly. Technical No matter what technical issue you may face, with more than 600 Poolwerx people internationally, there is always someone to ask for help and guidance. This help is often accessed through forums, but a quick call to our support centre staff can also quickly resolve any problems. This team is also responsible for a robust Road to Market program where all products sold through the Poolwerx network are tested under tough conditions to ensure we only sell the best products to your clients. 4 Tiers in 5 Years As part of our commitment to your Poolwerx business success, we encourage you to grow and develop through our 4 Tiers in 5 Years business development program. This program helps you to grow across four “tiers” of business, from operating a single mobile service vehicle, to employing technicians across a fleet of mobile service vehicles, establishing or acquiring your first retail hub supported by your mobile fleet, and finally expanding further to run a multi-vehicle and multi-retail hub business. At every step along this journey, we’ll be right there by your side with all our training and support available. This training and support will become increasingly valuable as your business expands and becomes more complex. They say “the sky’s the limit” – and that’s certainly true when it comes to growing your Poolwerx franchise with us by your side! Read More
Pool Equipment You Need This Summer Buying Guides Pool Equipment You Need This Summer With the weather heating up, it is important to have the right accessories and pool equipment to ensure your pool is swim-ready and in good working order. How can you best prepare your pool for Summer? Here’s our ultimate list of must-have pool equipment in 2021. 1. Pool Covers A quality pool cover can prevent the evaporation of your pool’s water, keep rain, leaves, dirt, and debris out of your pool or help control your pool’s temperature. Benefits of a Pool Cover in Summer: Reduce your energy costs Reduce evaporation and the amount of water you’re using Protects and reduces the time you spend on pool maintenance. If you’re unsure what size, style, or type of pool cover you need, or you’re after assistance with an install, your local Poolwerx can help! 2. Robotic Pool Cleaners Wouldn’t you rather be enjoying your pool rather than cleaning it? That’s why robotic pool cleaners are a worthwhile investment. There are several reasons why a robotic pool cleaner will make your life easier and is number #2 in our ultimate list of pool equipment for summer 2021. 3 Reasons Why We Love Pool Robotic Pool Cleaners: They help you save time: using smart technology the robotic pool cleaners from Poolwerx, clean your pool in half the time a suction cleaner does; They’re energy-efficient: robotic pool cleaners run on independent low energy motors and do not rely on using your pool pump and associated equipment to work; They’re easy to use: with plug-and-play technology that can be used via the app with most models. Clean your pool faster with a robotic pool cleaner, and with advanced technology, modern-day pool cleaners can map out the surface of your pool, cleaning, scrubbing, and vacuuming the pool walls and floor. Our Aquawize robotic pool cleaning range incorporates smart technology and provides the ultimate pool cleaning experience. With caddy included as standard, 18m cable, and a two-year warranty, the Aquawize robot cleaner is pool care, made smart. Save on time, power, water, and pool chemicals. Contact your local Poolwerx to learn more.   3. Pool Lighting Illuminate your pool with an iridescent glow and enjoy summer nights poolside. Warm, balmy summer nights call for a lighting solution that allows you to extend your swimming time into the evenings. Whether you’re building a concrete, fibreglass, or vinyl pool, or simply just looking to upgrade your lights, Poolwerx has a pool lighting solution to bring the wow to your backyard. Contact your local Poolwerx to learn more.   4. Pool Scoop and Brush Did you know that sticks and leaves carry bacteria and if left in the water too long, may cause algae to grow? If left for a prolonged period, it could turn your swimming pool cloudy or green. The ultimate pool accessory and a household necessity, the pool scoop and/or pool brush is a handy tool if you do not have a pool cover or robotic pool cleaner. A scoop is an easy and effective way to skim the debris off the pool surface, whilst the brush is effective in cleaning the pool walls and reducing scum build-up.           5. Pool Minerals The experience of swimming in a mineral pool has been prized over the centuries, in part because it feels incredible, and for its therapeutic qualities. Mineral pools are packed full of benefits and hugely popular in backyards across the country. With the ability to alleviate aches and pains, soothe skin, promote relaxation and improve wellbeing, there are many reasons why we love a magnesium mineral pool. Benefits of a Mineral Pool System: Gentle on skin and eyes Reduces the need for multiple chemicals, saving on time, money, and maintenance If you’re looking to install a new pool or would like to transition your existing pool to a mineral pool, your local Poolwerx can help! For more information on our products, find your nearest Poolwerx and get in touch with an expert! 6. Pool Chemicals For Maintenance: Pool chemicals are essential in keeping your swimming pool clean, healthy, and sparkling, as they keep algae and bacterial growth at bay. This means, no green pools! We stock a wide range of industry-leading chemicals at Poolwerx, such as algaecides, balancers, stabilisers, cleaners, stain removers, spa chemicals, and much more! When it comes to formulating the correct pool chemical mix for your swimming pool, trust an expert. Contact your local Poolwerx today to create a tailored plan for treating your pool and getting it swim-ready ahead of Summer. Find your nearest Poolwerx Conclusion: So there you have it. Whether it’s the Summer breeze blowing leaves into your pool, lighting that allows you to swim into the evenings, or time to convert your pool to mineral – Poolwerx has a solution for creating the ultimate swimming experience in your backyard. Make the Summer of 2021 the best yet. Speak to one of our pool experts today. Read More
Business Podcast With Poolwerx CEO & Founder John O’Brien Poolwerx News Business Podcast With Poolwerx CEO & Founder John O’Brien CEO John O’Brien’s interview with top business podcast Fear and Greed is now live. Learn about how Poolwerx has grown into the world’s leading pool service franchise, along with plans for expansion and the benefits of being part of the franchising industry. Fear And Greed is the business podcast that sets you up for a successful day. Every weekday morning, get all the business news you need to know in less than 20 minutes from economist and one of Australia’s most respected journalists, Sean Aylmer.   Read More