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Hi I have been in the business for 15 years and have seen and done all aspects of swimmingpools .All ways happy to advise and help and give you a free quote

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Reviewed by Tim on 21/6/2020

Kevin and his team were fantastic throughout the entire build and the final result far exceeded our expectations. our pool is stunning. Kevin is extremely knowledgable in all aspects of pool installation and maintenance. He listened to our requirements and offered his expert advice to ensure we got the result we wanted. His team are professional and polite, tidy and always arrived on time. I could not recommend his services more highly. Thanks Pacific Swimming Pools!

I am a Gas Safe registered heating engineer based in Manchester. I specialise in boiler repairs and installations. I am accredited with Vaillant and can offer their extended warranties.

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Reviewed by Greg on 20/9/2020

Patrick called me within minutes of posting my job. He was here within the hour. He let me know when he was setting off. He did an excellent job and you can tell he cares which is just wonderful. I will definitely be contacting him in the future for any further work. Thank you Patrick!

low cost,hard working man with tipper truck for all garden waste removal,hardcore and soil removed,general tidying up and all heavy work undertaken.All work is carried out in East Sussex with the customers needs in mind, from start to finish.

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Reviewed by Ronald on 22/8/2020

He made an appointment and never turned up. I rang him and he promised to get back to me that evening but never did. A complete waste of time. I will never use rated people again.

An established and friendly business offering a fully comprehensive service to customers old and new. GHS offers customers a complete suite of services to improve and maintain their properties. GHS offers a full range of services including but not limited to the following. Electrical Installations and Maintanence. CCTV and security system design and installation. Home network Installations. Sound and Audio visual equipment installations. Home automation. External security lighting. Fire and Intruder alarm installation and servicing. Here at GHS we are proud of our past, as reflected in our perfect five rating here on Rated People, but at the same time we like to innovate and would be delighted to discuss your plans with you regardless of what they entail, as we are confident that we can assist in making your projects a reality. We pride ourselves on ensuring that our customers are happy with the delivery and finish of any project that we undertake, and we are fully insured to undertake all work that we accept a commission for. Here at GHS we ensure that all of our technicians are suitably qualified and experienced in any work that we undertake, and we undertake all of our work with a eye on customer satisfaction and value for money. So whatever you have in mind call us for an informal chat, and we will arrange a visit to discuss your requirements, in detail. Call or message us today.

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Reviewed by Cerith on 26/10/2020

V quick to respond and get the job sorted

MH Design And Build LTD was formed in 2013. Based in Rotherham, we service Doncaster, Sheffield and other South Yorkshire areas. Nothing is more important to us than our reputation which is why we are a reliable, friendly and customer-driver contractor. Our ethos is fantastic customer service, quality workmanship and highly-competitive rates. We have a number of extremely professional and skilled tradesmen that we employ. As a company we have a combined total of 30 years experience from loft conversions to extensions and new builds.

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Reviewed by Peter on 2/11/2019

I needed a house re-rendering and MH Design & Build was excellent. Reliable, reasonable, dealt with the inevitable snags with skill, recommended Parex, which has made the house look like new - definitely recommended based on my experience.

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20 years in construction 12 running civil and housing sites now im on my own trying to make people dream gardens become a reality always available

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Reviewed by Jason on 1/2/2020

Great job. Thanks Phil

Radegast Engineering has over 27 years of experience, providing mechanical contracting services to domestic, industrial and commercial clients. We have a strong commitment to Health & Safety. Radegast Engineering has the in-house engineering experience. Our mechanical engineers provide design and installation of Gas, Air-conditioning, Heating, Cooling, Ventilation and Steam services in any application. Our engineers will also undertake Hot and Cold Water and Drainage aspects of the project. Each of our engineers have excellent knowledge of gas appliances as they all have worked for boiler manufactures such as, Valliant, Glowworm, Ideal Boilers and AO Smith. So you can be guaranteed a manufactures level of service .

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Reviewed by Joseph on 4/6/2020

From quotation to completion Rad was excellent, extremely knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. We are over the moon with the boiler installation, and his workmanship was of a very high standard. Rad did the installation on my home, I also own a building company and will now employ Rad to do all my heating/gas Installations for my customers. Good heating engineers are really hard to find and I feel very lucky to have found him.

Griffiths roofing we specialise at 're roofing, slate tiles and leadwork. also chimney work undertook. Rubber roof and also grp

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Reviewed by Jill on 16/7/2020

Efficient and knowledgeable in all aspects of roofing and coverings. Very professional.

we are a small family business that takes great pride in your workmanship over the years and pricing.between us we have over a 150 years of great skills from the roofing down to the foundations kind regards mel townsend mct maintanance.

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Reviewed by Sabbir on 13/2/2020

Mel has lots of experience to do the plumbing and boiler work. Fixed my underfloor heating manifold. I will recommend Mel.

PROPERTY REFURBISHMENT & MAINTENANCE SERVICE

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Reviewed by Matt on 15/9/2020

Good dialogue with the carpenter before the project, work finished to a high standard and left the space clean and tidy. Great service and high quality work. Would recommend highly.

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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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