For those lucky enough to have a private swimming pool, cleaning and maintaining it is essential. A pool that is not regularly serviced and chemically treated can quickly lead to the growth of algae and bacteria, which can cause infections.
All pools are individually priced on a yearly basis and include all chemicals.
The pool contract consists of your swimming pool being cleaned:
- Twice weekly from May to November
- Weekly from December to April .
Each visit will include, as required:
- Empty skimmers
- Remove debris from surface
- Test and treat water
- Empty pump filter basket
Pool Cleaning Prices –
- 8M x 4M – £75 Per Month
- 10M x 5M – £80 Per Month
- 12M x 6M – £90 Per Month
- 14M x 6M – £100 Per Month
The water will be left sparkling for enjoyable and safe swimming. Cleaning will usually be done within an hour, causing the minimum of inconvenience to either yourselves or your guests.
Pool Terrace Repairs
The swimming pool is the heart of any villa in Northern Cyprus and more often than not is the area we spend the most time around in the summer. At NCPM we have renovated and re-designed many pool terraces to suit all budgets and tastes.
Not surprisingly in North Cyprus we have found a lot of pool terraces and patios have subsided and started to break up after only a few years. This is normally down to the initial construction of the pool terrace and the company doing the work. Here are photos of some of the terraces we have been called out to and how not to construct a pool terrace.
How to do a terrace properly
Here is a terrace we were called to as it had subsided quite badly. We initially removed the paving slabs only to find that they were sitting on normal sand. Once we dug up the sand which was about 12 inches deep we found soil and rubble underneath. Needless to say this was the reason the terrace had started to subside.
The next stepis to dig out the sand or rubble so that a proper aggregate base can be installed and compacted down.
Compacting the area that will be tiled/paved is one of the most important steps and one which is often missed by many contractors.
Many times a contractor will normally fill the area around the pool with rubble and rubbish that has been created by building the house in the first place. Air pockets then develop and settle over time which is the reason why terraces fail and cracks start appearing and some areas start sinking.Compaction is one of the most important stages of the terrace and cannot be underestimated.
Once we have finished compacting the base to the required, the next stage is to install and fix the metal rebar grid system ready for the concrete pour. This is also an important and costly stage often missed by builders due to the cost of metal and ready mixed concrete.
Prior to pouring the concrete we would mositen the base and metal work to allow for optimum adhesion of the concrete. The concrete should be poured all in one go to allow it to set all at the same time as this will strengthen the base.
Once the concrete stage has been done we can move on to laying the paving slabs directly onto the concrete. Normally builders here in Northern Cyprus will fill the area with sand and not use cocnrete and lay the slabs on this hence the reason why 95% of terraces fail.
For more info on pool terraces and our tiling services please contact us.
Pool Leak Detection –
It’s quite normal for your pool to lose some water due to evaporation, splash out and some to backwashing your filter,
the more the pool is used with people getting in and out the more water will be lost.
If you routinely need to add more than two inches of water to your pool per week, you may well have a leak.
The problem areas are:
It is essential that the balance tank should be well insulated, any balance tank that is not well insulated will quickly leak a substantial amount of water.
Simple to diagnose. To fix approximately £250 depending on size of tank.
The overflow channels like balance tanks should be regularly insulated.
Simple to diagnose. To fix approximately £285.00 depending on size of pool.
Water leaking under coping/overflow tiles.
Simple to diagnose. Survey required for cost of repair.
Second Concrete Pour fault
This is a fault that occurs when the pool has been constructed in two stages. Water loss occurs and level drops below first tile.
Easy to diagnose but quite costly to repair…approx. £2000
Significant water loss but difficult to diagnose accurately.
Minimum cost to carry out permanent repair £2600+
Difficult to diagnose. Survey required for cost of repair.
Full survey to diagnose faults £250.00.
Please note sometimes the pool will require emptying to carry out a full survey.