Swimming Pool & Spa

John Pittman is a 31-year veteran of the pool service industry and owner of Roger’s Pool & Spa Service, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2004. He can be reached at (707) 676-3984 or by email.

The Pros and Cons of Salt 
Water Chlorination

Posted on October 02, 2017 by Mari Patrick

SEBASTOPOL − Most pool owners use chlorine to keep their pools germ-free, but many are also interested in alternative sanitation options such as ozone, ionizers and copper-based algaecides. The reality is, unlike chlorine—which acts as both a sanitizer and an oxidizer—most of these products have to be used in conjunction with another chemical component to provide an adequate level of sanitation in a pool.

The alternative option that most closely matches the effectiveness of traditional chlorine is salt water chlorination. While both modes involve the use of chlorine, the primary difference between them is in how the chlorine is produced and delivered to the pool. A salt water chlorination system produces chlorine by electrolysis, Read more

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Video: Hiring a Licensed Pool Professional

Posted on August 03, 2017 by James Florence

EL SOBRANTE — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to servicing a pool or spa, it’s always best to hire a licensed professional. Today we’re in El Sobrante with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Gary Heath of The Pool Doctor to learn why.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gary Heath:The one thing I would tell the average consumer is when it comes to electrical, lighting, and heating of a swimming pool, or a spa, you definitely want to hire a licensed pool and spa professional. There are codes specific to the pool and spa industry that need to be followed for your safety. Unfortunately, there’s tragedies in the news every year having to do with heaters that aren’t vented correctly and pool lights that are installed incorrectly and not bonded. Read more

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The Dangers of Letting an Unlicensed Contractor Work on Your Pool

Posted on August 03, 2017 by James Florence

EL SOBRANTE — I strongly urge homeowners to hire licensed companies to work on their pools or hot tubs—the safety of your family is at stake. Modern pools incorporate a variety of heating and lighting systems for our enjoyment and comfort. When these systems are installed or repaired, the work must adhere to the specific codes of the pool and spa industry to ensure swimmers’ safety. The individual working on your pool should have a license attesting to their ability to understand and meet these unique regulations.

California doesn’t require a license to maintain or repair pools, despite the depth of knowledge required to safely work on electrical systems that are in such close proximity to water. Read more

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First Step for Installing a New Pool

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CONCORD — If you’ve decided to install a swimming pool on your property, you might be wondering what your first step should be. The answer is simple: find a qualified pool builder. While building a pool involves a multitude of crucial details, at the end of the day, the guidance of an experienced professional is the most important factor in achieving a quality result.

A qualified pool builder will oversee every aspect of your pool’s construction, including critical features like its structure and plumbing. As the foundation of your pool, the structure must be carefully designed and engineered, and built to last. Likewise, as your pool’s “circulatory system,” the plumbing must be designed and constructed with the utmost precision. Read more

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Preparing your Pool for Summer

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SEBASTOPOL — Following its winter dormancy, you’ll need to spend a little time getting your swimming pool ready for summer use. Preparing your pool primarily consists of two aspects: cleaning and sanitation.

Cleaning
Use a vacuum and/or handheld net to remove stray leaves and any other debris that has accumulated in your pool during the winter. In addition to cleaning the pool itself, you should clean your filter by disassembling it and using a garden hose to wash off the individual parts. Keep in mind that once you start using your pool again, you’ll need to adjust your filter’s runtime from the offseason minimum to about eight hours a day.

Sanitation
One of the main aspects of sanitation is obtaining a proper pH balance, Read more

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Video: Scheduling in Advance for a Swimming Pool Installation

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN RAFAEL — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning on installing a pool, you’ll want to be sure to plan right so that you’re swimming by summer. Today, we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tim Lindelli of Herb’s Pool Service, Inc. to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Tim Lindelli: So, if you’re thinking about building a swimming pool, one thing to think about would be to plan ahead. If you can start planning in December, that gives plenty of time for the design process, the permit process, which can take up to six weeks. So, that way you can realistically be swimming by June.

If you were to decide to move forward with the project in April, Read more

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Planning Ahead for a New Swimming Pool

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN RAFAEL — When a homeowner decides to install a swimming pool, the goal is typically for it to be ready in time for the upcoming summer season. However, many people fail to realize that building a new pool is a lengthy process, which is why it’s necessary to plan several months in advance to meet your summer deadline.

The construction of a new swimming pool entails many phases, from the initial design and engineering to obtaining building permits to the construction itself. The permit process alone can take several weeks and potentially hold up the entire project. Add to that allowances for unexpected issues and it’s easy to see just how time-intensive a pool project can be. Read more

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