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New Law Governing Pool Pumps and Pool Pump Motors- Monday, July 29, 2013

A statewide law that covers pool pumps and pool pump motors is set to go into effect on March 15th 2012 (Full Bill). The law is part of the Florida Energy Act and changes the types of filtering pool pumps and motors that can be installed on residential pools. (Pool specific portion)

Most pool pumps are currently single speed. This means that they run at one speed the entire time they are on. The new law requires that any new pool pump, 1 HP or larger, must either be 2-speed or have a variable speed motor. So, if you are in need of a new pool pump, or you need your motor replaced, you will have a few options. First, you can replace your motor with a new 2 speed motor or variable speed motor. Or second, you can replace the whole pump with either a 2 speed or variable speed pool pump.

The downside of the new law is that there is a considerable price difference between old single speed pumps and motors. Installation and purchases can be anywhere from $400-$900 more for the new pumps. HOWEVER, these new pumps will pay for themselves in as soon as 8 months. We are seeing customers save up to $60 a month on their energy bill. So, while the initial costs are more, the savings more than pay for itself within a year.

We will be unveiling new pool pumps in the coming weeks. We’ll include reviews, specifications, and recommendations. Stay tuned.

More Information: Energy Efficiency Requirement Flow Chart Energy Law Q&A

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Who is Pedrollo?- Monday, July 29, 2013
Florida Pump Service would like you to know a little bit about the wonderful company we distribute for.

As the distributor of Pedrollo pumps, we, at Florida Pump Service, feel its important to let you know about the company of Pedrollo.

Founded in 1974, Pedrollo Spa is now a reference mark in the water supply sector worldwide.

The 15 acre factory is located in Verona, Italy. The Company utilizes extremely high level technology and automation which positions the Company at the highest level in its field, both for the level of investment and for its ability to control quality throughout the entire production process.

Pedrollo produces almost 2,000,000 electric water pumps annually which are distributed in 160 countries, giving the Company a truly global presence.

The range consists of 50 families of water pumps (including drainage, submersible and shallow well models) covering most applications in the domestic, civil, agricultural and industrial fields.

Pedrollo Spa is an industrial reality which bases the strength of its products on concrete and tangible facts.

Known worldwide, Pedrollo has yet to break in to the U.S. market. Beginning in March 2006, Pedrollo set up PD of Florida to do precisely that. We at Florida Pump Service are proud to be associated with the Pedrollo Family.

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Iron Bacteria Removal- Monday, July 29, 2013
Learn about the problems caused by Iron Bacteria and how Florida Pump Service can help you with this problem.

Iron Bacteria is one of three types of iron that can be produced from well water. The other two are (1) Iron stain and (2) Iron Clumps. In North Florida we rarely if ever have iron clumps. Iron Bacteria is a growing organism produced in approximately 10% of old or new wells. The real cause is not known. IT WILL NOT HARM YOU TO DRINK THE WATER, however its presence in the water can cause damage to expensive water conditioners, clog plumbing pipes and add cleanup time to bathrooms. The only man-made way to eliminate Iron Bacteria is to install a chlorine injection removal system (CIRS).

A CIRS system includes a chlorinator feed pump, a 10 gallon plastic chlorine mixing tank, an 80 to 120 gallon galvanized contact tank (a good used one will work) and a cartridge sediment filter. A CIRS system is installed before water reaches the house – between your present pump & tank and any water conditioner you might have. The CIRS system needs a minimum of a 12 SF area for proper installation. The chlorinator is piped to pull chlorine from the mixing tank and inject chlorine into the water line to the contact tank. The chlorinator is wired into the well pump. It runs only when the well pump runs. The chlorine mixes with the water in the contact tank and kills the Iron Bacteria. The Iron Bacteria sediment settles to the bottom of the tank. The water leaves the contact tank at the top and runs thru an installed cartridge filter. This filter removes any small dead Iron Bacteria residue still in the water. From there the water goes to your house or thru your water conditioner before the house. If you don’t have a water conditioner we highly recommend them. We also sell them.

The CIRS requires routine maintenance. Once a week the chlorine tank needs refilling. Once a year the contact tank needs to be drained and the cartridge filter replaced. Periodically the chlorinator injector and valves need to be cleaned (a 20 minute job). The average installation cost of a CIRS is $1,600, plus tax. The average annual costs for chlorine and cartridge filter are $15 to $20 a month.

NOTE: This information, while possibly available in your area, is intended for our customers in the northeast Florida area.

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