Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, "Creating Water as Art."™

Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, "Creating Water as Art."™
Pools as an art form - the way it should be!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

So you're Allergic to Pool Spa Chlorine

Highly UNLIKELY!

"I'm allergic to chlorine."  Doctors, pool service technicians and allergists hear this all of the time.  However, a careful evaluation of the patient will actually reveal that this "allergy" is in reality a reaction to:

a.  Improper pH levels
b.  Out of balance water chemistry
c.  Chloramines (the result of poor water chemistry)

Does the patient itch when they shower or bathe at home?
Almost every water system in the United States is sanitized with chlorine.  In fact, there is a measurable amount in almost all tap water.

The itching or "chlorine" odor on the skin following swimming is most likely chloramines that have formed on the skin (formed when the chlorine came into contact with sweat).

Does the patient experience an allergic reaction (thoracic inflammation or respiratory distress) when they drink tap water?
If they were allergic to chlorine, ingesting an allergen would result in a reaction - especially when applied directly to the mucus membranes in the thoracic area.

Burning eyes when they swim in a chlorinated pool?  If their eyes do not burn when subjected to drops of tap water, then the pH of the pool was probably out of balance.

Medical doctors who do not understand the science of swimming pool water chemistry and chlorination will simply agree with the patient.  

Just because it "smells like chlorine" DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT IS CHLORINE.

    
Paolo Benedetti, SWD, Principal Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa 
www.AquaticTechnology.com 
International Swimming Pool Consulting and Design, Aquatic Consulting, Watershape Consultants, Expert Witness, Hydraulic Design, Landscape Architecture, Construction Management 
Office: 408-776-8220 
Email: info@aquatictechnology.com 
Major Markets Serviced: San Francisco, Palo Alto, Atherton, Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Clemente, Pacific Palisades, Escondido, Scottsdale, Seattle, Phoenix, Tempe, Portland, Aspen, Vail, Park City, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, Madison, Detroit, East Hamptons, South Hamptons, Cape May, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cherry Hill, Toms River, Salt lake City, Boise, Denver, Santa Barbaara, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Monterey, Pebble Beach, Oceanside, Big Sur, Napa, Sonoma, Sausalito, Danville, Belvedere, Montecito, Palm Springs, Midland, Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Osaka, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Cairo, Istanbul, Athens, Rome, Lisbon, Bonn.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Damage from product abuse is not a defect

When a consumer misuses a product and causes damage, it is not a manufacturer's defect or valid warranty claim.

Automatic Pool Cover

After recently completing swimming pool project with an automatic cover, a client called to request a warranty service call.  Apparently the cover track and glide mechanism were not working properly.

Upon further inquiry, the client's children were "testing" the cover by running and playing on top of the cover.  They also operated the cover while as child sat on it.

Our instructions to the owners were very clear - NO walking or climbing on the cover, DO NOT operate with any excess load on the cover (standing water, cover pump, etc.), DO NOT operate the cover with people in the pool.  In addition, we went through the manufacturer's use and instruction manual with the client - in detail.

Safety Device

Automatic safety covers are safety devices.  They are not meant to double as usable surfaces or load bearing floors.

The safety cover is intended to support the weight of a person in the event of an accidental fall onto the cover.  The cover is supposed to prevent a person from coming into contact with the water underneath.  It functioned as intended - no one came into contact with the pool water.

Damage to an automatic pool cover from people walking, running, playing or jumping on them are not warranty items.

You wouldn't drive your car into a wall to test the airbags, then claim a warranty defect when they deploy !
 
Paolo Benedetti, SWD, Principal 
Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa 
 www.AquaticTechnology.com 
 International Swimming Pool Consulting and Design, Aquatic Consulting, Watershape Consultants, Expert Witness, Hydraulic Design, Landscape Architecture, Construction Management 
Office: 408-776-8220 
Email: info@aquatictechnology.com 
Major Markets Serviced: San Francisco, Palo Alto, Atherton, Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Clemente, Pacific Palisades, Escondido, Scottsdale, Seattle, Phoenix, Tempe, Portland, Aspen, Vail, Park City, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, Madison, Detroit, East Hamptons, South Hamptons, Cape May, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cherry Hill, Toms River, Salt lake City, Boise, Denver, Santa Barbaara, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Monterey, Pebble Beach, Oceanside, Big Sur, Napa, Sonoma, Sausalito, Danville, Belvedere, Montecito, Palm Springs, Midland, Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Osaka, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Cairo, Istanbul, Athens, Rome, Lisbon, Bonn.