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Huge Pool Equipment Repairs After Freeze

Damaged pool equipment may wind up costing Texas homeowners millions after deep freeze.

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Damaged Pool Equipment can cost homeowners millions in Texas after deep freeze

Harsh winter weather can freeze pool equipment and cause expensive damage to other components. Homeowners in Texas have been dealing with the tremendous fallout and huge repair bills that came on the tail end of the recent freezing weather.

Winter storm Uri, brought an arctic cold snap that brought unseasonal freezing temperatures to many parts of Texas. The storm claimed 80 lives, left millions without power and heat and left billions in property damage. The White House officially declared a state of emergency in Texas on February 14, 2021 and authorized FEMA to begin coordinating disaster relief efforts.

Pool Owners Face Millions of Dollars in Repairs After Winter Storm

Many homeowners woke up after the storm expecting some sort of damage, but nothing like what is being reported industry wide. Thousands of homeowners throughout the state are reporting cracked pool equipment, damaged plumbing and a variety of other costly repair issues. Even more homeowners that dreamed their equipment would survive unscathed and waited for the thaw were in for a rude awakening.

Pool Equipment Repairs in Texas

Equipment repair calls have been non-stop since the thaw. Pool Contrator reported an increase in the amount of repair estimates in Texas by over 500% in the last two weeks alone. There is an anticipated backlog with local repair companies in Dallas, Houston, Austin and Fort Worth for at least the next few weeks.

The lone star state has no shortage of dedicated pool companies that are ready to answer the call. Claffey Pools posted Friday that in the last 8 days that they had assessed over 800 pools and had repaired 10% of them. They’ve been assisting customers day and night with repairs in the Southlake, TX area.

The Aftermath of The Storm

It’s now several weeks after the storm and we are just starting to see the aftermath. The toll Winter Storm Uri has played on the pool industry has been substantial. Pool owners in Texas have finally had an opportunity to assess the extent of the damage. Thousands of homeowners throughout the state are looking to have repairs made.

Shortages may impact contractors ability to perform pool equipment repairs for local customers in Texas.
Shortages may impact contractors ability to perform pool equipment repairs . Photo Credit – Rick Majdowski

Pool companies throughout the state are facing a critical shortage of supplies and equipment. Many have had trouble obtaining components needed to fix these pools and perform essential repairs. In fact, parts have become so hard to come by that contractors are seeing price gouging at nearly every level.

Problems have been compounded by the manufacturing shortages. The issue is systemic as many integral parts of the supply chain that support the industry are actually located in Texas.

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Shortages Industry Wide Drive Price Increases

Pool industry veterans believe that the conditions are creating a perfect storm for sharp price increases across the nation. A variety of issues have been taxing the industry such as sky rocketing demand, inflation, chlorine shortages, and many other factors. Prices are expected to increase in 2021, according to industry leaders Orenda Technologies.

How Is The Pool Industry Responding?

The industry is still reeling. Many contractors are left wondering if manufacturers are equal to the task of supporting them in their darkest hour. With shortages at nearly every level, increased pricing and scarcity of many components that contractors depend on day to day, many have taken to hoarding essential parts. Folks in the industry have compared it to the hoarding of toilet paper during the initial days of the pandemic.

Thousands of homeowners have learned that repairs may take weeks. Contractors continue to wait on suppliers. Many have taken to Twitter asking if they can expect the support they need.

How To Prevent Pool Equipment From Freezing

As the pool industry in Texas recovers, this is a moment for reflection. Many wonder what to do in the future if this type of thing happens again. Homeowners and pool companies in the Northeast routinely deal with freezing temperatures each year. Texas doesn’t normally see weather like this and millions were caught off guard. One Texas Homeowner, documented the damage to his inground pool in Austin.

Preparing Your Inground Pool For Freezing Weather

His story is not unique and echoes what many swimming pool owners are curently facing around the state. The recent Texas pool freeze was a shock that caught homeowners and pool companies by surprise. Many consider it an opportunity to better prepare for the future.

Houston Pool Builders – Beyond Blue Pools say “Winterizing your inground pool, utilizing a pool cover, and incorporating freeze protection devices are the best way to protect your investment during the winter months. Our neighbors up north know this and it may be time we started doing this in Texas as well.”

For a more detailed explaination of how to prepare your pool for freezing conditions. Watch this great video by Aquanut Academy who provide a complete breakdown of how to prepare your inground pool for a deep freeze like the one that recently occured in Texas. This video is particularly useful for homeowners who are wondering what to do once the power goes out and their pool begins to freeze.

Featured Photo Credit: Heather Linton of SwimCareFree.com

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Editor in Chief of Pool Magazine - Joe Trusty is also CEO of PoolMarketing.com, the leading digital agency for the pool industry. An internet entrepreneur, software developer, author, and marketing professional with a long history in the pool industry. Joe oversees the writing and creative staff at Pool Magazine. To contact Joe Trusty email info@poolmagazine.com or call (916) 467-9118 during normal business hours. For submissions, please send your message to submissions@poolmagazine.com

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Las Vegas Pool Builder Receives Top Industry Award

Joseph Anthony Vassallo, CBP of Paragon Pools Named PHTA 2021
Builder of the Year

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Las Vegas Pool Builder - Joseph Anthony Vassallo, Vice President & Chief Design Executive of Paragon Pools was named the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) 2021 Builder of the Year

(Las Vegas, NV) Nov 21, 2021 – Las Vegan Joseph Anthony Vassallo, Vice President & Chief Design Executive of Paragon Pools was named the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) 2021 Builder of the Year at the Awards ceremony held on Nov 15th in Dallas, Texas during the Pool, Spa, Patio & Deck Expo.

The PHTA annually recognizes prominent achievements and outstanding performers in the pool, spa and hot tub industry of which include the Individuals Awards and the International Awards of Excellence Design Awards.

The Builder of the Year Award is a peer-nominated award given to one PHTA builder member who has advanced the pool building profession through outstanding achievements and dedication to the industry.

Nominees must meet a strict set of criteria, including commitment to being a positive role model for the profession and peers, have a proven track record of meeting or exceeding industry standards in designing and building pools and spas, must have been employed in the pool, hot tub, or spa industry for at least five years, has actively participated with PHTA at a local or national level and must be a current employee of a PHTA member company in good standing.

Vassallo, who is often referred to as Joe Jr. began his career as a design apprentice in his teens (1989). He found enjoyment in the challenge of conceiving and developing pool and landscape plans to complement the home’s architecture and restrictive plot layouts while designing a stunning custom design for the homeowner.

Following high school, he studied architecture, marketing, and small business management. He has continued to further his professional and technical skills with PSI Leadership Seminars, Tom Hopkins Seminars, Auto CAD-2000, Structure Studios 3-D training, PHTA University curriculum, ART- Artistic Resources and Training, as well as CEU’s in industry business and technical topics.

In 2001, Vassallo joined his father in opening the family business, Paragon Pools in Las Vegas. As the Vice President, Vassallo has been instrumental in the success of the company and creating a high standard for design and construction for company projects earning an expansive list of international design awards and business accolades over the years, including Masters of Design Awards, International Awards of Excellence Design Awards, Aqua Choice Design Awards,  Aqua 100 Hall of Fame, Nevada Business Journal Family Owned Business Honoree and Vegas Inc (formally InBusiness) 40 Under 40 Award to name a few.

In the nomination letter, Robert Blanda, CBP, PHTA Fellow, 2014 Builder of the Year submitted the following:

“Celebrating the 20th Anniversary Paragon Pools this year, Joseph Anthony Vassallo, CBP has had a long respected and celebrated career as a pool designer and builder in Las Vegas, NV.

He has been committed to ensuring and promoting professional development and the growth of the aquatic industry through a variety of activities including volunteering his time to serve on the Southern Nevada Chapter as well as the National Builders Education Committee (BEC) and Builders Manual Task Force…

Joe Jr. has always been very respectful of his fellow aquatic professionals. His high standards, design talents, knowledge of product and instincts are with true merit…  He is eager to share his knowledge and elevate the skills of others. I and others have sought his advice on projects on numerous occasions. And his contributions to the 3rd and 4th edition of the Builders Manual was extremely valuable…  

He is a fine example of what the BUILDER of the YEAR represents and has advanced the pool building profession through outstanding achievements and dedication to the industry.” 

Established in 2007, the PHTA Builder of Year Award is previously known as the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) Certified Building Professional (CBP) of the Year Award.  Vassallo joins a short list of only 17 honorees that span the United States, including his father, Joseph Michael Vassallo, CBP who received the award in 2012.

Joseph Vassallo Sr. – Owner of Paragon Pools, Joe Trusty – Editor of Pool Magazine, Joseph Anthony Vassallo – Vice President & Chief Design Executive of Paragon Pools – 2021 PHTA Builder of the Year

The Vassallo’s are the only father and son to both receive the distinguished accolade. The duo also received an International Awards of Excellence Design Award for their unique design in the category of – Spa built in conjunction with a pool.

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ABOUT PARAGON POOLS Paragon Pools is an award-winning, custom, in-ground swimming pool and spa design/build construction company in Las Vegas, Nevada. The contractor specializes in new construction and major renovations of residential and commercial projects. Paragon Pools has received numerous accolades worldwide for its unique designs, trend setting applications and renovation projects. Their client list includes major hotels, casino moguls, sports stars, and celebrities. The company has been showcased in numerous TV, Cable and news profiles and featured on HGTV.com Designers Showcase.  https://www.paragonpoolslv.com

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Pool Industry Mourns The Loss of Grant Smith & Bob Lowry

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Grant Smith - Bob Lowry - Remembrance

The pool industry lost two of it’s best and brightest this week and was saddened to learn of the passing of widely respected professionals, Grant Smith and Bob Lowry.

This week many in the industry were gathering for the PSP Deck Expo in Dallas, TX. Colleagues were meeting after years of being separated by the pandemic and had been enjoying the opportunity to reconnect. The mood and energy were high at the Omni Convention Center. Pool Magazine editorial staff got to town early to help set up our own booth and cover some of the events being presented.

We were debuting our first printed issue of Pool Magazine, and I was personally excited to meet some of the industry professionals that I had been able to connect with virtually through social media. Over the past year, I had been corresponding with Grant Smith and engaging with him to become a contributor for our new publication. After a few easy-going conversations, Smith agreed to join our roster of op-editorialists.

I had published several of his op-ed pieces over the last year and was eager to get to meet him face to face and thank him for being a contributor. Shaking his hand and telling him how much I appreciated him being a part of our publication was something I was really looking forward to doing. I made sure to get one of his best op-eds in our first issue and wanted to hand it to him personally. Unfortunately, that never got to happen. Like many who got the sad news this week, I was on the expo floor when I found out that Grant Smith had suddenly and unexpectedly passed at the age of 50 years old.

His opinions were widely respected and from time to time would generate controversy on social media. Smith frequently inspired the type of intelligent debate that is the very lifeblood of our industry. A mentor and educator, he was eager to offer his expertise and help in any way he could. Evidently, that’s just the kind of person he was. The sort that have no compunction of giving their time and energy to help complete strangers.

For me, it was incredibly telling of the type of person he was and exemplified exactly what I’ve come to expect from those that lead our industry from the front. It should be of no shock to anyone that Smith was a United States Marine, they instill that type of character into their very best.

Bob Lowry, was equally greatly admired and respected throughout the industry. Known as a chemical service guru, Lowry was a thought leader on many issues pertaining to pool service. Many in the industry credit him with helping guide their career path and shape their approach towards water management. The author of a multitude of pool and spa water chemistry books, IPSSA manuals, and publisher of hundreds of technical articles and white papers over a 45 year span in the industry. He passed away in Lima, Peru on November, 17th after a long illness.

The news of the passing of both of these great educators in our industry leaves a hole in many of the hearts that knew and respected both of these incredibly warm and generous individuals. They will both be greatly missed.

There is a GoFundMe organized by Dave Penton to help assist with misc. final expenses – in lieu of flowers please consider a donation which will go directly to Grant’s family.

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This Rooftop Infinity Pool Design Will Take Your Breath Away

Infinity London – rooftop pool will feature 360 degree views of the city of London.

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360 Degree Infinity Pool Planned For London Hotel

One of the most innovative and incredible pool design concepts we’ve seen this year is an incredible breathtaking rooftop infinity pool planned for a new five-star hotel being built in London.

Infinity Pool Will Have 360 Degree Views of London

For thrill-seeking swimmers, the chance to take a death-defying dip might not be far away. Plans to build a rooftop infinity pool — with 360-degree views of the London skyline — are in motion.

The designs for the 600,000-liter pool and 55-story building, named Infinity London, have been unveiled by Compass Pools.
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Unique Rooftop Pool Concept Will Be A First

Compass Pools, the designers of the project have released the 3D renderings for the 160,000 gallon pool and 55-story structure. The concept is a world first, according to the designers, who describe the construction as “the only building in the world to contain a 360-degree infinity pool.”

The pool will be manufactured out of cast acrylic with transparent sides and floors so that spectators below can watch swimmers gliding above them. The concept itself is similar in nature to another famous pool in London, the Sky Pool at the Embassy Gardens.

To keep water from splashing outside the pool area to the street below, the designers plan to deploy some unique containment methods on this vessel. This swimming pool will include advanced technical features such as a built-in anemometer that will monitor wind speed. The entire system will be linked to a centralized building management system which ensures the water temperature is perfect and doesn’t get blown down to the street below.

“We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool,” said Compass Pool’s head designer and technical director Alex Kemsley.

There are no stairs on the outside of the pool or the building to preserve its clean aesthetic; instead, swimmers will use a uniquely designed access point to get to the pool.

“The solution is based on the door of a submarine,” said Kemsley, “coupled with a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out — the absolute cutting edge of swimming pool and building design and a little bit James Bond to boot!”

Diagram of the staircase system used to access the pool area.

The entire pool will glow like a “jewel-topped torch” in the evening, according to the designers, who envision the entire top of the building being accented by the lit pool at night.

An innovative and eco-friendly method of heating the pool will utilize waste energy from the HVAC system. Engineers will capture hot gas created as a by-product from the building’s air conditioning which will be used to heat the pool water via a heat exchanger.

Photo Credits: Compass Pools

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