Heatsavr is filter friendly, does not affect the chemical balance (pH, chlorine, alkalinity) of the water, will not damage vinyl liners or any other pool surfaces and is
absolutely harmless to skin contact.
An automatic dosing system ensures that the correct dose of liquid is added to the pool, at the same time each day.
Fully programmable to suit pool size and hours of operation, it only requires a periodic check - to top up or replace the 2 litre bottle.
Not exactly. A pool warms up in the Spring by storing heat energy. The water gets warmer because of the longer hours of sunshine and higher air temperatures. Meanwhile, it is losing heat through the sides and floor (10%) and from the surface (90%), so it does not heat up very quickly.
When heat-loss is reduced the pool warms faster. Heatsavr™ prevents about 75% of surface heat-loss - more than two-thirds of overall heat-loss.
The very special, transparent and non-toxic liquid spreads, very thinly, right across the pool and stops water evaporating. It is the evaporating water that cools the pool - just like when you wear a wet tee-shirt.
Heatsavr is a bio-degradable liquid, which forms a transparent mono-molecular layer over the surface of a swimming pool whenever it is calm.
For decades, scientists have known that a monolayer (one molecule thick) spread across the surface of a liquid dramatically reduces evaporation and energy loss. Many companies attempted to develop a technology, but until Flexible Solutions developed their patented Heatsavr, which they first introduced to the North American market, no other company had been able to make a monolayer spread reliably and inexpensively or regroup effectively after the water had been disturbed.
Heatsavr is a mixture of carefully chosen ingredients which automatically float to the surface. The particles of the liquid are attracted to each other and they always try to form a perfect, very thin layer over the whole pool surface. They are individually microscopic - 500 times smaller than the spaces in a super-high-quality Diatomous Earth filter.
Unlike a conventional pool cover, which has to be removed from the pool for swimming, Heatsavr breaks apart when the water is sufficiently disturbed but the monolayer reforms when the water becomes calm again. Consequently Heatsavr adjusts perfectly to changing activity levels in the pool throughout the day. A variable and flexible cover that automatically works whenever and wherever the pool surface is calm.
For the more technically minded – the properties of Heatsavr include a unique spreading mechanism which forms a monomolecular layer by making use of the repulsive forces generated by dissociation of ionic compounds when dissolved in water. Negative ions repel each other, as do positive ions and quickly spread the film-forming agents.
If your pool water has been too alkali, chalk builts up on the tiles like fur in a kettle.
We basically get into the drained pool and de-scale it, leaving it clean and shiny.
This is a dangerous and specialised job and should not be attempted without training and special protective clothes etc.
If the pH in your pool has been allowed to get too high you will almost certainly experience a build-up of lime-scale. This is largely calcium from the minerals dissolved in the pool water and the build-up changes the way the tiles feel - instead of a glass-smooth finish the tiles feel rough and abrasive.
When calcification is severe it is almost impossible to keep the pool clean, sanitised and looking good.
The reason for this is that the surface of the lime scale is pitted with millions of tiny holes. These holes are so small that they can be regarded as 'dead spots' in the pool water circulation and therefore do not receive fresh supplies of chlorine.
Algae spores can take up residence in the holes and proliferate, giving a green tinge to the lime scale. The next time the pool is super-chlorinated the algae will be killed and turn brown but, locked away in the pores as they are, they will remain as an unsightly brown stain.
The solution to the problem is to drain the pool and remove the lime scale with acid. This is not a job that should be attempted by the average pool-owner as it involves the use of corrosive chemicals which can be hazardous to health.
Before and after photographs from a badly calcified pool in Maro, Nerja, Spain.
One other, perhaps unsuspected, effect of high pH is the deposit of calcium on each grain of sand within the sand-filter.
This results in the grains of sand accreting together to form a solid lump of rock, as in the photo above. The filter is ineffective and the sand must be replaced. Often it is very difficult to remove the accreted sand without damaging the filter body or collector array. We manage to save almost all of them (taking great care not to damage the delicate plumbing within), re-fill them with Zeolite and give them another 5-7 years of life.
Blair Essom, CEO of Katchakid, designed the first safety net after the tragic death of a close friend's son, who drowned at a family get-together in 1967.
Blair said, '...everyone was there, but nobody noticed the child fall in........... his death was horrifyingly silent.'
He was shocked to think that he had been enjoying himself while the child was gasping for life.
He determined to find a way to ensure the safety of his own and friends swimming pools, so that other families wouldn't suffer this devastation. Thus, the first swimming pool safety net was created. Blair called it Katchakid.
Over the past 40 years Katchakid has been re-evaluated, re-defined and modified to bring you today the very best in terms of child pool safety.
The world-famous Katchakid Pool Safety Net is now available in Europe.
Easy to Fit
Only 5-8 minutes to close the pool and make it safe.
Easy to Remove
Only 3-5 minutes to open the pool.
Total security for children and pets around the pool..........Total peace of mind for adults!!
Katchakid Pool Safety Nets have been preventing drowning tragedies in commercial, public and private pools for over 33 years.
More than 350,000 pool nets have been installed throughout the world without a single report of a drowning, (or even a near-drowning) - Katchakid Works!
It acts as a deterrent. The pool is no longer an open magnet to children. They might investigate but lose interest fairly quickly ... It’s a learning process.
It serves as a final, impenetrable barrier if the children do manage to get over the fence. If kids stumble and fall in, stretch out for a lost toy or even ride their bikes across it:
Katchakid is available in BLUE for pools - or in BLACK for ponds, lakes and water deposits
When a pool is first installed it all looks lovely; the mosaic tiles with their grout-lines full, the blindingly white marble pool surround, the pool equipment all new and shiny; and not a trace of limescale anywhere.
However, a few years down the road those pristine mosaics, the lovely marble pool surround, the sand-filter and the pump begin to look a little tired; even in the most carefully maintained pool.
A slight chemical imbalance during the life of the pool can damage the pool. For example, a too low pH reading indicates acidic water that will erode the grout or, if the pH of the pool has been too high (even for just a couple of weeks), the water can coat the tiles in a layer of unsightly limescale.
Pool surrounds are deliberately designed to be safe, non-slip surfaces - which provides millions of 'hiding places' for dirt and dust and so the surround gradually changes colour to an ugly, murky, grey/brown.
The decorative border at the waterline becomes coated in limescale which absorbs dust, pollen, sun-cream and body oils. These get baked onto the tiles by strong sunlight and the unsightly result is impossible to remove by scrubbing with a pool-brush.
Tiles can and do become chipped, or fall off and get lost, or become detached during vacuuming (these particular tiles usually end up in the pump basket but sometimes they can block an automatic cleaner or a suction line completely).
Missing and/or broken tiles are particularly common on tiled steps, and a broken tile in this area can lead to some nasty cuts to bathers' feet.
Before and after Acid Washing
Many people buy a property with an abandoned pool. Invariably, the pool needs a great deal of work before it can be used and we can carry out all and any work that is required.
Just a moment! Isn't that the same price as for a Winter Make-over?
Yes, but some abandoned pools can be brought back to life ONLY with the Winter Make-over treatment.
Other pools may need a great deal more work to return them to service but, whatever the individual case, we offer a fully detailed, written Quotation (not an 'estimate') of the costs before beginning work - and we keep to that price. Please see 'Important Information' below.
We also undertake reforms to poolside terraces and can install tiling, stamped concrete, lighting (LEDs or Fibre Optics), misting systems, sound systems, bars and barbeques, shade sails; you name it!