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Only $199 a month - for a clean pool - guaranteed.

Now there’s no need to spend more. Customers did the math….you have a $15/hr employee, or even a pool service vacuum the pool a few hours a day a few times a week, and before you know it — you’re spending $500 a month. But you really can’t vacuum with people in the pool so your cleaner comes early or stays late. Why vacuum your pool? First, it is required by DOH code, and 2nd — new research quantifies the tremendous amount of harmful bacteria found on a dirty pool surface.

Wanna spend less?

The PEPS 200 is here. It’s the little brother of the Enduro Cleaner, complete with rugged Stainless chassis, waterproof remote, GPS-Navigation, and easy to clean collection bag. It is designed for smaller pools up to 30’ x 60’ and will clean them in less than an hour.

Why do robotic vacuums have a horrible reputation?

Customers complain that their robots spend their lives in the shop. Once one thing gets fixed, another thing breaks. It’s expensive and unneccesary. Not Enduro and not the Peps. Why? It is the only fully site-repaired robotic vacuum in the industry. That means that all preventive maintenance (belts & brushes), programming and customizations, and service — even motor replacements after thousand of hours — are handled on your pool deck. There’s no shipping expense, little to no down time, and just a quick phone call to your CES Service Team does the trick.

Check out the full line of reliable Enduro cleaners on the website, or contact your CES rep for a demo.

Precision AMF strainers offer a custom solution to inoperable rust buckets

By definition, a hair and lint strainer catches stuff (including leaves, twigs, bandaids, etc.) before it damages the pump impeller, or filter bed. These should be cleaned out often so as to not affect the pump performance and cost you lots of extra money in electrical pumping costs.


But every once in a while you run into one of these relics in an equipment room and can’t help but wonder: How in the heck are they cleaning that puppy? How long does it take? And how much nerve does it take to open it up, knowing that the pool is down until you make it air-tight again?

But then replacing it isn’t a piece of cake either? All that piping on either side is wildly expensive to move or replace, and there are very few contractors that will work with piping that size anyway. So what do you do?

The solution is to get a custom strainer that matches the precise dimensions and literally drops in place. How? The Precision AMF strainer, which comes in both FRP (fiberglass) and Stainless Steel are available in custom configurations and dimensions to match your existing space. They come with a clear viewing lid so that you can actually tell when your strainer is getting dirty, and with simple swing-down SS T-bar handles to make basket cleaning quick and easy. It also has ready ports to install indicator gauges, so that you can be alerted when your strainer is dirty. At 50 PSI pressure rating, it is the strongest strainer in the industry, and comes in regular and reducing strainer configurations so that you can connect to the pump flanges and simplify your installation.

How do you find out if custom Precision AMF strainer is right for you? Simply contact your CES rep, and we’ll come measure for an exact replacement. We can even arrange installation if you prefer.

Precision AMF Strainers The Precision AMF strainer is made in the US, and backed by CES Tech Services. It makes your life easier and you equipment room operate more efficiently. And… it costs a lot less that a bunch of tetanus shots.

Cooler weather poses some pesky challenges for area pools.

Finally, some colder weather has arrived, just in time for the Holiday Season. Many patrons flock to warmer pools as the surf temperatures can dip into low 70’s from December through March. Temperatures don’t consistently reach the 80’s until May-June. So a terrific 84F-86F municipal, condominium or hotel pool is just what the doctor ordered, right?

But the cooler weather brings some challenges for pool owners and operators, and here are a few tips to help your season go a bit smoother.

Be Proactive: If you haven’t already done so, have your team fire up the heaters right away. If they don’t light up, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can take care of you as soon as possible.
Getting Warmed up? Most pool heaters have been off since last May, and what happens when you turn them on for the first time? Sometimes Nothing! Ignitors won’t ignite, burners won't burn, and the heaters just don’t heat. If they do fire up, they’ll burn much more fuel than normal and tear up your budget.

An ounce of prevention: Heaters require annual maintenance, and a clean heater heats quicker and uses less fuel. CES offers a wide variety of special PM programs especially tailored to your size and model. Contact us to schedule a Heater PM service, and you’ll save tenfold over the coming months.

Check your Delta T: Check the Delta T (the difference in temperature of the water entering and leaving your heaters) to make sure that they are working efficiently. The proper DeltaT on Heat Pump pool heaters depends on the brand or even size, but should be between 3-6F (check your manual). If the DeltaT is too high or too low, you can adjust the heater valve to bring it to the desired range.
How About Gas Heaters?: On gas heaters, 3-6 is too low, and means that the water might be moving too fast. This can cause very expensive damage to your unit. Adjust the amount of water entering your heater to reach a more normal DeltaT of 8-12F (depending on brand and model).

How about boiler-types? Boilers are different. To achieve high efficiency, they recycle a loop of water up to 130F, and then syphon off that heat into the pool return line. These heaters will last for years, but you can destroy them by not maintaining them with proper annual care.

Even the newest high efficiency heaters should be looked at before each heating season to assure they are tuned up and ready to go.

Keep the heat in: Are you spending too much to heat your pools, and tired of seeing steam rising from an unused pool overnight, there is one sure solution to saving 66% of your annual heating costs. A custom- fitted pool cover will last you over 10 years, and could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in heating costs.

The bottom line is that heaters require preventive maintenance (PM), and PM gets overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday pool operation. But without PM, heaters break more expensively and take longer to fix.

CES stands ready to help keep you in warm water, but we need your help… as many heater companies close for the holidays, and also reduce their stock - so less parts are available.

Please contact your CES Rep to see how you can save time, money, and hassles… and you can enjoy your Holiday Season with one less thing to worry about.

 

Florida Pools again #1 in US for Chemistry Control & prevention of mishaps

For 35 years Florida pools have been among the leaders in taking direct control of their chemistry. This year was no different. In a conference of the leading US water quality companies, CES was again recognized as the #1 in the USA in the overall number of facilities who protect their patrons by taking DIRECT minute by minute control of their water chemistry. An alternative to manual (lack of) control, chemical automation prevents under-chlorination, over-chlorination, or pH swings that can irritate eyes & skin or lead to deactivation of chlorine effectiveness.

CES was also the #1 in the USA in the number of pool owners that are connected to their equipment rooms every minute of every day. Why is this important? While direct control of chemistry will help prevent accidents, they still happen… vats go empty, chemical feeders fail, pool pumps get damaged, and more. The CES e-based monitoring programs go further. When an empty vat or intermittent chemical feeder failure happens, thousands of CES customers are instantly alerted of a trending out-of-range condition - allowing them to correct the problem before it actually becomes a code violation or poses an issue to patrons. These alerts escalate until the issue is resolved - mostly within minutes or hours. CES has (by far) the highest numbers of connected customers, and yes, the safest pools.

The CES monitoring center, also recognized as the largest and most advanced in the US, accounted for an unusually large portion of the connected pools in the US.

“While CES received these awards, the real accolades should go to our customers, as they are the ones that have invested in their facilities, and make the commitment to Take Control, get connected, and get trained and certified.” notes CES president, Alvaro Mendoza. “For the past 35 years, they have established Florida as the place to go if you want to swim in safe and appealing pool water”.

Taking Control is affordable too. CES programs start at $69 per month and include training, on-site service and support, and guaranteed results.

CES will not rest on our accolades. New advances in communications and controls are continually being introduced, and are alway BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE… meaning that customers with a 1996 Precision Controller can normally upgrade to the latest technologies instead of having to replace existing systems.

Find out how affordable Taking Control can be, and how easy it is to get connected to your equipment room. Your customers will thank you…. many already have.

Introducing - Industry-First direct control of Total Alkalinity

Over the past few decades people have often asked: When the heck are you guys going to invent a chemistry controller for Total Alkalinity? Hindsight is 20/20 as they say, but we should have said: Give us until 2018 !!

We are proud to introduce direct control of Total Alkalinity (TA) from our partners at BECS. This is an industry first.... and (oh yeah) an industry only. The patented BECSys Alkalinity Meter is very accurate (+/-5 PPM), and works together with your BECSys5 or BECSys7 to automatically control your Total Alkalinity on your pools. Spa application coming very shortly.

The Patented Controller takes a periodic Alkalinity reading and will automatically switch pH feed between an Acid feeder and a Co2 feeder depending on whether the alkalinity needs to be driven upward or downward... and will keep the alkalinity at the optimal range every day. What is Alkalinity anyway, and what are the benefits of alkalinity control?

What is Alkalinity?

Total Alkalinity can best be defined as an “Index of resistance to pH change in pool water”.
When your water has low alkalinity, the pH will be erratic with small additions of pH chemical, and will tend to drift downward contributing to aggressive water.

When the alkalinity is high, the pH will become “over steady” and it will take lots of pH chemical (whether acid or Co2) to make a noticeable difference. The pH will tend to drift upward.
There are many benefits of CES-BECS Alkalinity control:

Save Chlorine: With pH and TA correct, you’ll get more bang out each Chlorine dollar spent.
Less Corrosion: Low TA normally leads to aggressive water that attacks pool finishes, grout, pool heaters, etc.
Low pH chemical cost: Alkalinity in the correct range will save lots of money on acid and Co2.

CES-BECS Alkalinity control

Data logs: The alkalinity readings now become part of the data logs, and remote monitoring and alert notification programs.

Save time: Forget about manually dosing acid to lower your alkalinity or manually adding large amounts of bicarb to raise. It’s all automated.
You have a short TO-DO list with your new BECSys Alkalinity Meter. You will merely check calibration periodically, and change the reagent solution every few months, and the rest is handled for you.

 There’s no need to wrestle with your Alkalinity any longer… please contact your CES Rep to see if direct control of Alkalinity is right for you.

 

New Daldorado White Paper Exposes the Risks and Solutions for improper deck grates.

CES has long been focused on providing water quality control (below the water line) for our customers, thankfully with great results. We also feel that it is our responsibility to alert customers if we see a potential issue “above the water line". Well, we recently found a great solution to a pretty common problem with perimeter grating, and are ready to help you identify and find solutions.

 

The New Daldorado White Paper is a detailed document that focuses on the underlying threats, codes and requirements, and potential solution - along with references and case studies. Please take a minute to read it as your facility might need a quick tune up to assure safety.

 

What grates are potentially dangerous? Deck drains, overflow and rim-flow grating injuries - mostly above the waterline can cause big issues. After all they have the HIGHEST LEVEL of patron interaction. While they don’t make headlines, issues are a lot more prevalent than you think and can expose your facility. The white paper contains several examples of accidents that aren’t really meant to scare anyone as much as to help point out the potential issues using real-life examples.

 

What are the potential issues? The white paper points out several: Slip and fall on non-compliant grates, injuries from collapsing grates that may or may not meet testing guidelines, and non-compliant gaps that are a major cause of finger and toe entrapment. Also the new IBC guidelines fine-tune the approved gap for grating, so it would be another good reason to fine-tune your grating to meet the new guidelines.

The slip and fall potential is a simple one to resolve as new CES grating has all been tested to meet the latest slip resistance guidelines. Resolving the collapsing grate issue is also fairly easy to do as new grating has been designed out of materials that are resistant to both sun and pool chemicals. The finger and toe entrapment gap is a bit more complex but is important to resolve as most grates in the field were built with the .375 gap, not the new .315” (8MM) gap. MORE IMPORTANT is that most free form Perpendicular grates (see photo above) simply CANNOT have the correct gap by virtue of their design and installation, and we recommend that these be updated in the near future. The new CES perimeter grating is the ONLY system that assures compliance for all 3 above on all pools including curved or free form grating.

 

What are your normal responsibilities? The big ones are, a) routine inspections, b) periodic maintenance, c) assuring the existing grates meet current and future guidelines. Unless you want to become a code expert, you should look for solutions that are both NSF® certified, and IBC (International Building Code) certified.

 

How can we help? First by providing this white paper, we hopefully helped make you aware of any potential issues, Second, you can contact our team to assist you in evaluation of any potential issues, and help find a solution, and Lastly we are ready to provide a cost effective solution using our versatile line of perimeter deck including design, supply, and installation assistance.

 

One final note…. many of our customers have VGB (below the water line) pool grates that are now over 10-years old. The VGB act REQUIRES that you change these grates to retain compliance with the Federal Act. While DOH and others might help with inspections or notices, it is ultimately your responsibility to make sure that these grates are complaint. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way.

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