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Aquatec Pools are specialists in swimming pool maintenance and repair. We provide a reliable, efficient and professional service in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and surrounding areas.

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Reviewed by Soraya on 17/6/2018

James from Aquatec Pools came to clean up our pool which hadn't been used in over a year. He transformed it from a swamp to a clean, fully running pool. He took time to explain how everything worked, gave us lots of advice and was happy to answers questions. The service was great. He came when he said he would and was very polite and pleasant to deal with.

we are a small family company offering a range of service at a competitive price and pride ourselves on customer service within the company we have over 20 years of experience within the plumbing and heating industry. we will offer a 2hrs call out service were we can we offer the following services plumbing central heating showers toilets boiler installation boiler breakdowns hot water cylinders cold water tanks emergency plumbing burst pipes gas appliances all our engineers are fully qualified and trained to the highest standards

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Reviewed by Andrew on 1/12/2018

I am very happy with the service and value offered. Would use again.

Hydro gas solutions Ltd is a small family owned business that specialises in the installation service and repair of domestic natural gas boilers, fires, cookers, vented and unvented water storage systems and all plumbing. We specialise in repairs of combi boilers and carry a high number of common parts on our vans to aid in the quick repair of many problems. We also are skilled in repairs to kitchen cupboards, kitchen facelift, electrical alterations, roofing, bathroom installation, and most anything other than plastering and bricklaying.

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Reviewed by Lynne on 26/11/2018

Very good service, pleasant and reliable wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Removed old gas fire and installed new one

We are a family owned company specialising in a range of high quality construction work for over 30 years.

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Reviewed by Tiaan on 26/11/2013

I had a small bathroom that needed lino. POD Builders laid it with no problems

hi . and welcome . I have 30 years experience in plumbing and heating . I am very qualified in all fields . with gas and oil fired boilers , I am gas safe registered and oil oftec , I year written guarantee , only pay on completion , thanks

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Reviewed by Lauren on 21/6/2018

Within two hours of posting on here the job was done. Very happy. Thanks

I am in this trade 10 years, many happy costumers....

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Reviewed by Louisa on 7/3/2014

This was a small job (repair of 6 tiles and a row of glass mosaic tiles) so it was difficult to find anyone who wanted to quote. I'm very glad that Octavian got in touch - he was very helpful and polite and his colleague did a good job.

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Reviewed by carol on 21/2/2012

I am really pleased with the job completed, very reasonable price. Thanks

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Reviewed by Miles on 24/10/2013

Need a builder that is reasonably priced, efficient, punctual, keeps you apprised of the job at all times and takes real pride in completing your work to the highest standards? Need a builder that is all this and more? These are the guys! I am over the moon with what they have achieved both in terms of cost and the quality of the work. I certainly won't be going anywhere else for any more work I need doing.

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Reviewed by Steven on 25/2/2013

We have had nothing but excellant work from Ross Glover. From the quotation, he came out himself along with a plumber and electrician to give a true quotation. His work has been of excellant standard. His workers are very reliable and we are kept up to date at every stage of the build. Their knowledge and professionalism is fantastic and have given us good advice and resolve problems which have come to light. They have also been able to help save costs on the build aswell.

We are a Property Maintenance company which has been on going for many years.

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Reviewed by Terry on 22/7/2015

Very Good job, i will recommend him to anyone

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Swimming Pool Specialists - what you need to know

Swimming pools are a serious construction project, especially if you go for an indoor pool which requires an extension, a new building, and appropriate ventilation.

What a swimming pool specialist can help with

  • Indoor swimming pools.
  • Outdoor swimming pools, along with associated buildings and extensions.
  • Overflow and infinity pools.

There are four basic types of pool construction:

  1. A reinforced concrete shell, finished with tiles, marblite or special paint.
  2. A blockwork or prefabricated panel shell supporting a tailor-made PVC liner.
  3. A glassfibre or ceramic one-piece shell.
  4. An above-ground pool.

Your swimming pool specialist will need you to think about a few different things that’ll determine your requirements. It’s good to think about these things in advance of talking to them.

  • How much are you prepared to pay to run your pool? Heating costs can vary significantly depending on your insulation and structure of the pool. Ask your specialist about the options and budgets for running your swimming pool.
  • How will you be using your pool? Do you want to swim lengths or just have somewhere to relax? This will affect the length and dimensions.
  • Who’ll be using your pool? If you’ve got young children you’ll need to think about safety devices, covers, or fences to keep them safe.
  • How tall, or short, are the people who are going to be using the pool? This will affect the depth of the pool.
  • How much space is available in your garden or property? You need to be practical about the space a pool could occupy.

If you’re interested in having one installed it’s always best to use someone who specialises in pools. Not only will they have the experience to take on the construction, they’ll also be able to advise on the best way to insulate, heat and line the pool. You’ll need them to give you tips on maintenance and chemicals too, which a specialist company are better placed to do.

The planning stage will be hugely important in any swimming pool installation. You’ll need to make sure all designs have been finalised, so that you know the exact costs involved. Making changes at a later date will probably be very difficult.

As part of the planning, make sure your swimming pool specialist has done a proper survey – it’s important they know the lay of the land, including where all services pipes are. The last thing you want is a burst water main or a gas pipe being damaged. They should also cover off any necessary planning issues and building regulations.

Swimming pool maintenance

pH

The pH of the water is very important – it should be ever so slightly alkaline, between 7.2 and 7.4 so that the water isn’t irritable to people using the pool, and won’t damage the pool itself.

Chlorine

Chlorine is a bactericide and oxidiser. It’s used in lots of water treatment processes, including in the plants that produce drinking water. Using chlorine will help keep your pool clean, safe and hygienic to swim in.

Health and safety for children

It’s crucial to think about safety devices for children – covers, fences, gates etc, so there’s no risk of danger. Your specialist will be able to talk you through the options on this front.

As a general rule, it’s important to insist that everyone learns to swim properly – for safety, exercise and fitness. 

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA)

SPATA are the body who represent the swimming pool industry and have the latest information about swimming pool construction, depths and safety standards.

Swimming pool cost

Costs can vary dramatically. A circular, above-ground, unheated pool, with a diameter of about 5 metres, could cost around £1,500. Larger outdoor pools, depending on insulation and heating options, can be between £25,000 and £40,000. If you’re having an indoor pool that requires an extension or a new building then it’ll be substantially more.

The qualifications your swimming pool specialist needs

It’s not a requirement but being a member of the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) is a good start. Other than that, you’ll be wanting to look for the same qualifications and experience you’d find in builders who take on large projects like loft conversions and extensions.

Other trade bodies - your swimming pool specialist might be a member of other trade bodies such as The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). These bodies have criteria that must be met in order to become a member, demonstrating the extent of their experience.

For example, with CIOB membership they look for things like degrees, technical qualifications, military training and educational backgrounds. 

Gas Safe and Part P - the company you choose to take on the work will almost definitely be using a team of specialist tradespeople, whether they’re sub-contractors or fully employed by the builder. Anyone working with gas needs to be registered with Gas Safe, and anyone working with electricity (in England and Wales) needs to be registered with Part P. These tradespeople will have a valid membership ID, which they’ll be happy to show you.

Competent person scheme - for any work that requires planning permission, your builder can take care of all of this if they’re registered with the competent person scheme. You can search the Competent Persons Register to check they belong to a scheme.

Planning permission and building regulations for swimming pool jobs

There are 2 kinds of permission and approval you might need, which you can read about in more detail on the government’s website.

  • Planning permission – usually for major changes or new parts to your house (loft conversions, basement conversions, extensions etc).
  • Building regulations approval – this can apply to even small changes to your house, and is to make sure that all homes have the same safety and design features set out in the latest government legislation.

A couple of extra things you might need to consider - If you’re in a conservation area or live in a listed building, you’ll need to check with your local council about any further considerations. Also if you’re a leaseholder rather than a freeholder, you may need to get permission from them to get the work done.

Just remember you might need more than 1 kind of permission or approval to get cracking on the work. Use a builder who’s a member of a competent person scheme and they’ll take care of everything for you.

If you don’t have the right approvals and permissions, this can result in fines, penalties, or serious issues if you want to sell your home. You may even have to pay to undo the work, so it’s important to get it right before you start.

Insurance for swimming pool installation work

Public liability insurance - your builder definitely needs to have public liability insurance, which will cover you and them if someone gets hurt or if the property is damaged.

Insurance-backed warranties or guarantees - you can get this as part of the cost of the work, if your builder offers it. Check exactly what’s covered - it should include the cost of finishing or fixing the work if there are any issues.

Home and contents insurance - if you have home or contents insurance, check with your insurer to make sure you'll be covered while the work is going on. You might have to pay more for your insurance during and after the work. Your insurer will probably want to know what builder you’re using and what insurance they have.

Questions you should ask a swimming pool specialist

  • Can they provide an itemised list of costs for the full project?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Are they registered with a competent person scheme and will they take care of all planning permissions / building regulation approvals?
  • Do they offer insurance-backed warranties?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Do they use sub-contractors or their own employees?
  • What experience do their sub-contractors/employees have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?

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