Your Existing Pool Lights Use a Lot of Power

Many properties have converted their exterior lighting to more energy efficient bulbs, but may have overlooked the water features. Most Spas use a 300 watt bulb and pools 500 watt bulbs, which are big consumers of power. Most pools have several of these power-thirsty light sources. Burning for at least 8 hrs per day and sometimes up to 10 hours per day, it doesn't take long for the electricity bills to start mounting up.

Save Up to 90% of Energy Costs

At last, there is an option to exchange your existing incandescent light with LED high energy saving pool lights. These bulbs fit into the same housing that your pools already have installed and will save up to an incredible 90% in energy costs! This can mean hundreds of dollars in annual savings for most Associations. Additionally, the bulbs last 20 times longer than your normal incandescent bulb. This translates into lower maintenance costs.

New on the market and available through your pool contractor are the entire housing and cord that can be installed to replace your existing. The advantages to this is that you no longer must change out the entire housing and cord each time there is a problem with one. There is a quick disconnect feature that allows you to plug in a new housing or replace only the cord. Additionally, the normal white light LED enhances the pool water appearance and will look clearer and cleaner.

Summary of Benefits


  • 90% savings in energy costs
  • Lasts up to 50,000 hours or 20x longer than normal bulbs
  • Reduces maintenance costs "replacement of bulbs"
  • Enhances pool water appearance-water appears clearer and cleaner
  • Smaller lights available for fountains with several color choices


Licensed To Help

ResCom Services Inc. is licensed B contractor and a Pool Service D-35 contractor that can help supply you with new LED lights for your water features or answer any questions you may have. This month only, we are offering our customers a 50% reduction in the labor costs of installing LED pool lighting. Please visit our web site at for more information and contacts.

Mark Sutton, President ResCom Services Inc.

Free Summer Inspection of Pool/Spa Areas

Summer is here and the recreation areas of your community usage will be in high gear. Now is the time to perform some simple maintenance items that will help the summer season go smoother. Have your pool contractor (D-35), check out the following and perform maintenance as needed:

  • Break down the heater, clean the burner trays and ignition area as recommended annually by most manufacturers.
  • Clean out the pool equipment room and remove any unnecessary items stored there to insure good air circulation. This will keep the room cool and prolong the life of the equipment. Additionally, it will help prevent any accidents or fire hazards.
  • Have your pool contractor check the "Total Dissolved Solids" in the water of the pool and spa. High levels (above 2000 ppm) will promote more algae growth and higher chlorine usage. The Health Department is now checking this "TDS" level and will close the pool if too high. The best practice is to drain and fill pool at the start of the season. Partial draining can be also a method of reducing the "TDS" level, but only if the levels are not too high.
  • Clean filters (sand or DE) if necessary. Your pool contractor should be able to report to you if this is required by reading the pressure on the filter.
  • Check all gauges in the pool equipment room are in working order including filter pressure, line pressure, and flow meters.
  • Have the chlorination system checked and insure is in good working order.
  • Maintain barbecues by breaking them down and clean burners to insure igniters are working properly.
  • Check all pool recreational equipment, such as chairs, loungers, and umbrellas for operation and cleanliness. Some communities store extra equipment. If so, insure they are in good shape and clean before having them placed in common areas.
  • Check all gate closures and locks for proper operation.
  • Insure all safety equipment and signage required by State Health is in place, as department around pool area. This includes pole and safety hook, and safety ring with rope.

For the month of July 2012, we offer a free inspection and report of your pool/spa equipment rooms and areas. Call us for an appointment.

ResCom Services Inc. is a D-35 pool contractor as part of our portfolio of licenses for many years. Don't hesitate to call or email any of our staff if you have any questions or concerns about your water features or common areas. All our contact information is on our web site at

With summer in full swing, any problems with your pool systems, especially your Chlorination systems, will usually show up now.   Heavy pool use, warm weather, sunny days, all play a factor in need to monitor your pool chemical balance more frequently.  Weekend service in some cases should be added.

Shortfalls of Tablet Chlorination

Unfortunately, most HOA's have pools and spas with "tablet" chlorination feeders.  They are the least expensive to purchase and install, and are inadequate in most cases for commercial and public pools.  Tablet feeders have several short falls including the following;

  • They do not adjust to increase pool use or weather conditions.  Unless "manually" adjusted daily and in some cases several times a day, it is nearly impossible to maintain a legal and healthy level of chlorine in your pools.

  • The tablets also have chemicals in them that reduce the PH in water.  Low PH if not monitored carefully will harm your heaters and plaster over time.

  • Tablets also contain chemical solids that build up over time, rising your total dissolved solids (TDS) in the water which will in time reduce the effectiveness of the chlorine, and require frequent water changes in your pools.  (Chlorine tablets are not the only source of TDS in water) The Health Department will now tag pools for closure if the water is found to be high in these dissolved solids.

Total Dissolved Solids

TDS - Total Dissolved Solids - may be the most misunderstood factor in the whole field of pool & spa water chemistry. It's misunderstood because no one knows exactly what effect it is going to have on any particular body of water.

When everything else seems to be all right, and the water still acts screwy, check the TDS.

  • High TDS can result in corrosion of metal equipment and accessories, even though the water is balanced.
  • High TDS can cause eye and skin irritation, even though the pH is right and there are no chloramines in the water.
  • High TDS can permit an algae bloom, even with a 2-3 ppm chlorine residual.

But none of these symptoms will necessarily occur. It is the uncertain nature of problems caused by TDS that makes it such a headache to deal with.

But at high levels - above 3,000 parts per million - you are welcoming problems. The National Spa & Pool Institute, in its standards for both swimming pools and spas, recommends an ideal TDS of between 1,000 and 2,000 ppm, with a maximum of 3,000 ppm.

What to Do

So what to do?  Have your pool contractor propose a liquid feed system that is monitored electronically 24/7.  Systems such as the Polaris L1 system will monitor the chlorine levels and PH levels as the water passes by inserted probes in the pipe system.  As needed only, the probe will signal the pump to inject chlorine or acid into the water.  Your pools will be perfectly balanced at all times.  Generally, each system can cost from 2 to 3 thousand each, but are well worth the investment.  Have your pool contractor check the levels of TDS in your pool prior to the summer months so that if water replacement or partial replacement is needed, it can be done prior to the high use time.

ResCom Services Inc. is a D-35 pool contractor as part of our portfolio of licenses for many years.  Don't hesitate to call or email any of our staff if you have questions or concerns about your water features.  Also, visit our web site at for additional information on our services and news information.


"Our association recently spent several thousand dollars replastering our pools and spas and replacing pool heaters because of improper maintenance. What can we do to avoid this expense in the future?"