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Importance of Proactive Pool Care DIY Importance of Proactive Pool Care Proactive pool care can save you time, money and keep your swimming pool clean, healthy and swim-ready all year round. Poolwerx shows you how you can proactively care for your pool all year. Let the pool experts guide you through all the pool tips and tricks to make your pool ready for any occasion! Subscribe to our channel for more Pool Tips and regular how-to videos Timestamps: 00:19 Basic Pool maintenance 00:37 Checking your Pool’s PH levels and alkalinity 01:14 Pool equipment maintenance With over 25 years experience, Poolwerx is the largest pool retail and service business in Australia and New Zealand. Visit poolwerx.com.au for more information about pool care and swimming pool tips! Visit our blog to learn more! Helpful facts new pool owners should know Book in a pool technician to discuss you pool care options by visiting Read More
Pool Safety Tips After a Storm Or Flood Expert Advice Pool Safety Tips After a Storm Or Flood The effects of excess water after a storm or flood can have a significant impact on your pool’s structure and water chemistry. Along with the usual culprits that accompany heavy rain, such as debris, dirt, overflow and contaminates, La Niña weather and floodwaters bring additional long-term consequences – such as diluting your pool chemicals, increased risk of mosquito-borne viruses or adding excessive mud and dirt to your pool, which can lead to it turning brown. If you’ve experienced a significant weather event it’s important to know what to do before you commence the clean-up of your pool. And remember, it’s not just about getting your pool healthy but also about ensuring the safety of you and your family. Here’s the Poolwerx guide on how to clean your pool after a storm or flood: 1. Assess risk If your pool equipment has been submerged by water, contact an experienced professional and do not go near it. It’s important that all electrical equipment is turned off and fully isolated before approaching it, especially if it’s been submerged by water. 2. Contact a Professional After a flood or storm, it’s important to engage a professional pool technician to help inspect your pool and equipment for damage. If your pool has turned murky and brown, or if any pool equipment has been submerged by water, it can be tempting to drain the pool but it’s important to note that draining your pool may not always be the best solution in the first instance. Draining it too soon may cause further flooding or overflow, impact your pool’s structure, or damage your equipment. Contact your local Poolwerx and our experienced pool technicians can come out and assess the situation. 3. Assess Equipment Electrical pool equipment that has been through a storm or flood poses a safety risk if not handled correctly. As mentioned above, please ensure all power is turned off before you go near the equipment and contact a professional before approaching it. Your pool filter receives a workout during a weather event such as a flood which may also cause it to become clogged. Skimmer and pump baskets will need to be emptied and filters should be soaked in a filter cleaner until the scum loosens and can be wiped away. If you have a sand filter, this will require backwashing in order to remove the contaminants and should only be done so once flood water has dissipated completely. Any damaged filters will need to be replaced. If you’re unsure what to do and where to start, your local Poolwerx is here to help. We are only a phone call away. 4. Remove large leaves and debris Once the rain has passed, you can begin to clean the pool – but you’ll want to act fast, if left for a prolonged period, large debris may influence the water chemistry and will potentially stain your pool’s surface. For more information on how to treat your pool after a storm, head to our blog here.   5. Test Water Chemistry Next, test your pool water. Your local Poolwerx offers free water testing and our experienced staff will be able to offer recommendations that are best suited for your pool. For more on how often you should test your pool water, read our blog here. Handy tip: Always take a water sample at elbow depth to get an accurate water chemistry reading – especially after heavy rain. Murky Pool Clean Up Heavy rainfall can lead to water runoff into your pool containing dirt, soil and mud. If your pool is looking brown, and murky, try adding a Flocculant such as the Vitalyse Fast Floc. Perfect to use after rainstorms this concentrated formula binds dirt and mud particles together and drops them to the bottom of the pool floor where they can easily be vacuumed. For more information on how to fix a brown pool after rain, storms and floods head to our blog here. Although cleaning up a pool after a big weather event can be a difficult task, it’s important to remember the pool safety tips we’ve outlined and not swim in the water until it’s chemically balanced. Don’t forget our local qualified technicians are here to help with all your pool care needs. We’re only a phone call away.   Read More
How To Treat Your Pool in Hot Weather DIY How To Treat Your Pool in Hot Weather Hot weather can see your pool become a very busy place! This extra use can mean your pool needs a little extra maintenance and care during the summer months. Our pool experts provide you with all the advice you need to ensure you pool is healthy, clean and ready for those hot, summer days! Subscribe to our channel for more Pool Tips and regular how-to videos Timestamps: 0:15 How to treat a pool in hot weather 0:41 Check Chlorine levels 1:14 Pool blankets Visit our blog to see learn how to ensure your pool can be ready for storm season! Top 5 Pool Tools You Need This Summer 4 Reasons More Swimmers Equals More Pool Maintenance Read More
Prepping For A Pool Party DIY Prepping For A Pool Party Make your pool be the life of the party! Find out how you can ensure your swimming pool is ready for your next pool party. Subscribe to our channel for more Pool Tips and regular how-to videos   Timestamps: 00:20 Pool presentation prep 00:46 Removing tripping hazards 01:01 Pool safety 01:16 Shock your Pool Need a water test to check your the pH, Alkalinity or Calcium Hardness in your pool? Find your local Poolwerx or visit us in-store with your water sample! Alternatively, book one of our pool experts to come to you! With over 25 years experience, Poolwerx is the largest pool retail and service business in Australia and New Zealand. Visit poolwerx.com.au to find out how to get your pool ready for your next pool party! Read More
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
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