We thought this area should have a dedicated section, particularly as our first 3 major projects were renovations and refurbishments.

So you already have a pool and have been enjoying it for many years now, but feel it is time for a facelift, or maybe even for something a bit more radical in order to bring it up to current day standards.

A well built pool will last for many years, so yours may be 20+ years old. We have experience of a commercial pool dating back to the early 1900s which is still in use after several upgrades over the years. What will often be the case, however, is that the filtration system may not be as efficient as it once was, indeed it may not comply with current standards.

In a domestic pool, standards are purely advisory, and there is no statutory requirement to comply with set regulations in this area, but obviously, everyone is keen to ensure their pool is safe for all users. Ideally a domestic pool would have a water turnover rate of between 4-6 hours, but in older pools, the pipework and plant installed may not be adequate to provide this.  It may or may not be possible to fully upgrade a system, as there can be many constraints, even leaving budget aside. Space in the plantroom is often a consideration; it may not be possible even to install larger filters or pumps if the space is tight, and these items of plant may not make a difference if the pipework currently installed is too small to increase flow rates. While pipes can be replaced and upgraded, it must be noted that this does in some cases involve quite a bit of structural work between the plantroom and the pool hall. In order to effectively upgrade the circulation rates within the pool, it may also be necessary to install more pool fittings; skimmers/inlets/ returns/drains, which will also involve fairly substantial structural work.  However, in some instances, this is not a problem, space within the plantroom may be generous, or it may be possible to extend the plantroom itself, and the system as a whole may be such that installing a more powerful pump and/or a larger sand filter, may make a work of difference to the water quality in the pool.

If space allows, it is certainly a good idea to consider installing either an Ultraviolet or Ozone disinfection system in a pool that is currently purely relying on chemical sanitisation. These units can range from small, wall mounted ones, to very large, commercial type systems, but all are extremely efficient at neutralising bacteria,  improving the water quality and reducing the amount of chemicals being used by a significant amount. This is often a relatively easy system to install as a way of upgrading your facility.

If you would like the freedom and peace of mind offered by installing an automatic chemical dosing system, then this is another way in which you can update your system, and this is invaluable for those clients who are frequently away and the pool is left untended for periods of time.  All commercial facilities should have automated chemical dosing and a failsafe system for ensuring this equipment is regularly checked.

Pool Renovations