09 October 2014
Inspired by London landmarks, Jason Beirne, LSPC Service Engineer
Something happens whenever I see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben - the iconic landmarks stirs up childhood memories of coming to see Trooping the Colour; a mixture of pride and nostalgia. Just because we work in and around London, it doesn't mean to say we get to see the landmarks every day so personally I try not to take it for granted.
Seeing the Union Flag is a huge reminder of the recent Scottish referendum, and there is a sense of uncertainty about the future. Even though the Union remains in tact, there are still lots of questions.
Today’s particular job has been scheduled for around 10 days, It has given us a chance to discuss the plan of action before hand, gather the special materials required and consider anything that could potentially arise on the operation.
Today is like any day – we leave no room for error, but when dealing with pools that have been sculpted out of delicate stones and precious metals, the importance is somewhat heightened, especially as we will be using hydrochloric acid!
We arrive at our destination and as predicted are able to unload and park a stone’s throw from it; one of the reasons why we set out so early was to avoid hauling ten bags of glass media half a kilometre before reaching our goal, so are winning.
At the client’s request, we are to cover the floor, from plant room to the building’s entrance as well as surrounding the pool to guarantee it is protected. We shall be carrying out a media change on the pool and spa filter and cleaning the venetian pool cover with acid to remove the build up of calcium that has formed. The 20 metres of dust sheets we have won't reach, so we cut them in half.
We are changing the sand in the filters to glass which is innovative. They are perfectly formed glass 'balls', smaller than sand, that can filter smaller particles, leaving pool water even cleaner, lowering chemical dependence and has twice the life expectancy of sand. All reports from colleagues have been positive, so this is the future in my view.
Rob and I are met by Martin, the Field Manager, who reiterates the importance of attention to detail. Fortunately for us today we have the assurance that if extra help is needed for whatever reason, two of our engineers are relatively close by, so if an emergency occurs, they are on hand to help.
The simplistic and chic approach to covering and uncovering your pool with a venetian cover is highly regarded, and with a large spectrum of colours available will complement an array of tile types from glass to ceramic, however, the water is hard in London which creates deposits that sit in the ridges. A regular service will see that these deposits are minimised, however, every 12-24 months an in-depth clean is recommended to rid the cover of the more stubborn deposits.
Once we have cleaned the cover and the tile band we move into the plant room - it’s below the pool and the heat is awesome. Just how I like it.
Within a few hours, both filters are working and operating at rates that simply haven't been possible before; it’s a satisfying feeling knowing it’s done. We take all the old sand media away and get to work on cleaning up the plant room, with a little help from our new friends who have been kindly bringing us ice cold water every so often.
Just as Rob and I are leaving, we get a call to go and check the chemical levels in a pool suffering from cloudiness, luckily the pool in question is only 10 minutes away so we can attend within 30 minutes of the client placing the call; a great achievement without a blue light!
Once finished its back to the ebb and flow on the radio and back past Big Ben.