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By lemaster 23 Jan, 2016
Home Improvement licenses are not good enough anymore. Times are-a-changin' my friends in the New York Metro area. Professionals are now mandated in some counties or states to hold a special pool license.

In Nassau county you must hold a CST (Certified Service Technician) to perform renovations to liner pools. In the state of Connecticut you must first achieve a CST just to take the SP1 test. The SP1 is the license that a company must hold to perform pool work in Connecticut. The SP2 is a journeyman license that the technician must hold. An SP2 tech can not work for a company that does not hold an SP1 license.

Just recently we found out that Rockland county wants to move towards licensing. This license must also be held by any sub-contractors working for a company. Rockland will also ask for a CST or CMT (Certified Maintenance Tech) plus years of experience. The exact years are TBD.

New Jersey as a whole wants to do the same. There is a bill in the legislation process right now. New Jersey is thinking about grandfathering contractors with proper credentials. They will have to provide the state with proof that they have a certain amount of experience. My professional opinion is that Westchester, Putnam, Orange and Dutchess counties will soon follow.

The whole premise of licensing is to promote professionalism for our industry and to allow pool owners a sense of confidence in hiring a competent pool contractor.

We, as an industry, feel that not only does licensing promote professionalism, but continuing education is all part of the plan. We must complete a certain amount of hours (varies between entities). This is to keep us current with new technology, procedures, laws and new products.

The spirit of these laws are to keep 'Chuck in the truck' from doing inferior work for sub-par wages. If the pool owner purchases from unlicensed contractors, the pool owner has no recourse when the work goes wrong. Most of the Consumer Affairs Departments have a restitution fund. This is to help consumers from poor workmanship when they purchase from a licensed contractor. If the work goes wrong and the licensed contractor doesn't make good on the work they could go to Consumer Affairs to get some money towards fixing the problem.

The best way to proceed is to purchase from a reputable, licensed, insured and bonded company with plenty of experience. The national average is to bring in 3 companies. More than this just gets too confusing. The caveat is that if the 3 companies are not qualified then bring in more.

See our blog on 'How to hire a Pool Liner contractor'.
By lemaster 23 Jan, 2016
We always recommend that you use a professional like the Liner Specialists for any pool repairs or installations. However, you can remove wrinkles from your pool liner by yourself if the entire liner is not wrinkled. If your pool is not full of water and there are a few wrinkles in the lining you want to get rid of, you can smooth out the wrinkles with a toilet plunger. You are advised not to put the toilet plunger directly on the wrinkle, but you can put it to the side of it to remove wrinkles from the pool liner.

To remove wrinkles from the pool liner where the entire liner is wrinkled, you should have it done professionally. If the liner has a fold in it, you need to call a professional. This is because the pool will probably need to be drained and the pool liner will have to be reset in order to get rid of the wrinkles. If you try to perform this task on your own, you may end up doing structural damage to your pool and/or liner.
By lemaster 23 Jan, 2016

Pool contractors need between two and six weeks to make a simple liner and between five and eight weeks for an extremely difficult job, such as converting a concrete pool into a liner pool.

Choosing a time of year when business for pool companies is traditionally slower can save you money. Plus, the company will have more time and energy to devote to your project. Consider these three best times for replacing your pool liner:

1. Late Winter

Pool contractors have time on their hands before mid to late March when pool installation season ramps up. The opportunity to take advantage of this pre-season time makes this a good time to order your pool liner.

2.  Mid-Summer

Mid-summer, July and August, is another slow time for pool companies. Most pool liners are already installed and up and running.

3.  Post-Season

The third, but in my book, the best time to replace your swimming pool's liner is after the season is over and most pools are ready to be winterized. September - November in most areas. Replacing your pool liner in the fall will also help you avoid next season's price increases. It is also drier and less likely to have ground water issues. Look for blog on 'Ground water issues'.

Pool liners, though durable, need to be replaced every 13 - 15 years, depending on wear and weather conditions. Replacing pool liners keeps your pool looking fresh and new and helps to prevent costly repairs.

By lemaster 23 Jan, 2016

Spring is near and you are getting ready to uncover your pool to find that it has lowered several feet. It is quite common for a pool to lose water over the winter. There are several reasons why a pool could lose hundreds of gallons of water gradually over the colder seasons.
If the pool water continues to gradually decrease, the first and most common reason may be a small hole or tear in the pool liner. Finding a hole in a pool liner can be extremely challenging, but it is essential to prevent the tear from becoming larger or causing further damage to the pool. Perform a visual inspection of the pool liner. Look at the pool bottom and walls of the pool for any abnormalities. If you find an abnormality, hire a pool professional like the Liner Specialists to take care of the problem for you. We have a professional leak detection company that can find almost any leak in the liner, niche, steps or plumbing. This company is proficient in liner pools as well as gunite.

The second reason is due to damage to the pool cover. Pool covers are typically made of vinyl material that prevents falling leaves, debris, and other things from contaminating the pool. Branches, rocks, and sticks can fall onto the pool cover, resulting in a hole. As you pump the water off of the pool cover, you may be actually pumping out the water from the pool via the hole in the cover. Examine the pool cover for any rips or holes to prevent the pool from losing any more water. Cut a rounded patch large enough to overlap the hole, and glue it in place over the pool cover. Allow the patch to dry for at least an hour before placing the cover back onto the pool. If this is not an option, buy another cover.

Another reason for a pool to lose water over the winter is due to the harsh elements. Ice, snow, and water can accumulate on top of the pool cover. When too much weight forces the pool cover into the surface of the pool, water may rise up and over the pool sides. This is called displacement. To remove snow, ice, and water from the pool cover, wait for a warm day and pump off the pool cover. Do not try to remove the ice yourself, as the sharp edges can puncture the pool cover.

Lastly is a dry winter. Mesh safety covers are porous and do allow for evaporation. Remember, you can lose 1-2 inches of water in the summer, but it is also very dry with less humidity in the winter. This is probably the least common due to all the snow we get in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

It is a common occurrence for a pool to lose water anytime of the year, including winter. If the problem persists and you are not able to determine the cause of the lowering water in the pool, consult a pool professional like the Liner Specialists to help you.

Do you need help with pool leaks? Call The Liner Specialists today toll-free at 1-888-242-POOL (7665), 1-845-462-2669 or 1-845-225-4124 to schedule a consultation with one of our swimming pool consultants.

At The Liner Specialists, customer satisfaction is our top priority. Contact us first, and you'll see why it's the only call you need for your swimming pool!

Our areas of service in New York are; Westchester, Putnam, Ulster, Dutchess, Rockland and Orange county. Connecticut areas are Fairfield, Lichtfield and New Haven County. We also service the Northern Half of NJ.

By lemaster 23 Jan, 2016

Are you considering a pool conversion to adapt your aging gunite pool to a vinyl liner pool? This is a good alternative to having your pool resurfaced or replaced. This is not a do-it-yourself-project that you can complete with stock liners and off the shelf components. Make sure you use a trusted pool professional like the Liner Specialists to do the job. Although you may stumble onto a liner that would work, it is better to have a custom liner made for your pool conversion. A custom fitted liner will cost more than a stock liner, but a better fit is worth the money.

You can purchase the remaining supplies for your pool conversion from a pool supply company. If you hire a contractor, you can save money by getting the components for the pool conversion yourself. You will need a track system to secure the liner to the pool. This system is installed with stainless screws just beneath the edge of the coping, around the entire perimeter of your pool. During the pool conversion, you will attach a pad between the liner and the gunite walls. Rolled wall foam is cut in strips and attached to the walls. An adhesive works well for this step. The purpose is to provide cushioning so the gunite does not damage your vinyl liner.

You should consider hiring a pool conversion contractor like The Liner Specialists for the installation. It is recommended that you hire a pool specialist that has experience in pool conversions. A pool conversion expert can assist you with measuring and installing the track. Remember that if the liner measurements are not precise, you will not have a successful pool conversion. Our company uses laser technology for our conversions. Look for a company that has experience measuring and fabricating pool conversion liners.

The biggest expense for a pool conversion from gunite to a vinyl liner pool is going to be the labor. Changing out the skimmers and returns are part of the labor expense we just spoke of. Hire contractors that have experience making liners for pool conversions and contractors that can give you references for prior pool conversion jobs. Take time to go by and see the pools before you sign a contract. Seeing pools they have done or pictures can prove they can handle it.

You can have a successful pool conversion if you hire contractors like The Liner Specialists with pool conversion experience and have the liner made by a professional pool conversion supply company.

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