Having crystal clear water in your pool in summer almost feels like a must. But what if the water turns green? How do I determine when to call a pool specialist?

This is where proper pool maintenance and the correct pool specialist company plays a vital role when it comes to the water conditions of your pool.

Green pool water indicates there is a presence of Algae in the water. Algae is known to grow rapidly and can spread overnight especially during the summertime. Algae flourishes in these types of weather conditions when it is warm and sunny. When Chlorine levels drop below 1ppm, it can cause Algae to grow in the pool. Green pool water could simply mean that the chlorine levels in the pool are too low leaving place for the Algae to grow faster.

This problem can be identified by looking at your swimming pool’s walls. The Algae growth will be clearly visible. The Algae grows on the side of the walls or on the bottom of the pool. Algae feel slippery to the touch and not the ideal water conditions for swimming season.

There is a possible solution for this common problem. Your PH level of the pool needs to be corrected. Adding a shock treatment to your pool after testing your PH levels, should solve this common problem. There are several aspects to consider before adding shock treatment to your pool. The size of your pool needs to be calculated in order to get the amount of shock treatment needed for your pool size.

There could also be another cause. The clarity of your pool water also depends on the filter you are using. A bad filter can also be the cause of this problem. If you are using a sand filter, clearing out the Algae might take a week or more to clear up. When using a cartridge filter, you need to clean this filter daily until the pool water is clear and free of Algae. A properly working filter is a must for every pool. If your filter isn’t operational, your pool will remain green.

Proper pool maintenance is a must and with Bescon, your pool maintenance can be a problem of the past. With qualified personnel, Bescon is looking forward to 2020 assisting our clients with one pool at a time.

Phone Bescon today for all your pool maintenance needs.

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Fully understanding why you need a pool pump and pool filter will be highly beneficial when it comes to pool pump maintenance and how to take advantage of its features.

The purpose of a pool pump is for water circulation inside the pool. The pump system clears debris from the water and keeps pool chemicals mixed by pushing water into the filtration system and back out again.

Pool Filters - There are several types of different pool filters available on the market today. Not every filter will benefit your pool as size of the pool plays a vital role in the filter that will be installed. It is very important to always shut down the motor before attempting to clean your filter. The different types of filters are:

Cartridge pool filters -   These filters wee mainly used for above ground pools but are increasingly being used for in-ground pools. Cartridge pool filters are the easiest to maintain and use. They work by trapping dirt particles inside the cartridge and releasing clean water free from debris. Cleaning these filters is an easy job and can be done without having a “pool cleaning degree”. The debris and particles can be cleaned using a hose pipe and are reusable for a period of approximately 12 months where after it should be replaced.

Sand filters – A Sand filter operates by pushing the water through a sand filtration system. The particles in the water are trapped in the sand and clean water is released into the pool. Sand filters are cleaned by performing a backwash on your pool motor. These types of filters neds to be replaced every 5 years. 

Glass Media Filter – A Glass media filter can also be used and works on the same principal as the sand filter. There is an extra added benefit of using these types of filters. Glass media filters the water more finely and needs to be backwashed a lot less and needs replacing less frequently.

Then we get to the heart of the pool. The pool pump. The pool pump is the key component of the pool filtration process. As discussed above the filter only filters the water and with a pool pump that is not working correctly, the pool pump will not be able to pull the water through into the filter system. This is where pool maintenance comes in. If we compare your pool with your vehicle, we know that a vehicle needs to be serviced at certain intervals and driving a vehicle that has not been serviced in a long time, is a problem waiting to arise. The same with your pool. Although it can provide countless hours of pleasure for you and you family, it also needs the same attention you would give your vehicle. One of the most important components of your pool is definitely your pool pump.

Propper maintenance on your pool pump needs to be done. Your pool will definitely benefit from regular maintenance. If you notice any of the following, it might be necessary to contact Bescon Electrical to inspect the situation:

Decrease in water flow rate, your swimming pool pump runs but doesn’t pump water, a leaking pool pump, a noisy pool pump, the pool pump is not starting or not turning off.

Getting a professional to assist you with these problems, is the best option to maintain a healthy pool, a healthy pool motor and for overall pool maintenance to unsure your pool is well taken care of and avoid further problems which might result in costly repairs. Have no knowledge on pool maintenance? No problem. Bescon Electrical has a professional available to assist you with your pool problems. Phone us today for your quote on your pool maintenance.

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Are you in the process of selling your property? So much to do in so little time. Have you obtained your Electrical Certificate of Compliance or COC? Let Bescon Electrical handle your Electrical Certificate of Compliance for you.

What is an Electrical Certificate of Compliance or COC?

Before you sell your home, it is important to obtain an Electrical Certificate of Compliance.  An Electrical Certificate of Compliance or COC is a document that verifies that the electrical installations such as the plugs, lights, DB-board, geyser and wiring in a home comply with the legislated requirements as detailed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

But why do I need an Electrical certificate of compliance?

Just like water and gas, electricity can leak. Leakage of electricity is potentially dangerous when the source is touched. The earth leakage relay is designed to monitor leakage and if the leakage exceeds the value allowed by the earth leakage, it will trip the power and disconnect the current flow. Therefor, it is important that all circuits are properly earthed to ensure the earth leakage relay would operate in an emergency.

It is the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure that a faulty or non-compliant electrical installation on the property does not pose a threat to fire or electrocution to any person or animal on the property.

It is important to ensure that all plugs, lights and wiring is maintained and kept in working order and installed in accordance with SANS10142-1 electrical installation regulations.

What is inspected during the issuing of an Electric certificate of compliance or COC?

When we talk about the issuing of an Electric compliance certificate or COC, the inspector will look at many aspects like for instance:

  • Is there already an Electric certificate of compliance for the property;
  • Is this a new installation, existing installation or temporary installation;
  • Type of installation will be inspected – residential, commercial, industrial;
  • Type of electricity supply system – TN-S, TN-C-S, TN-C, TT, IT,
  • Supply earth terminal provided – Yes or no
  • The voltage will be checked – 230V, 400V, 525V;
  • Number of phases will be inspected – One phase, two phases, three phases, Phase rotation, clockwise, anticlockwise
  • Frequency – 50Hz;
  • Main switch type: Switch disconnector (on-load isolator), Fuse switch Circuit-breaker, Earth leakage circuit-breaker, Earth leakage switch disconnector;
  • Rated earth leakage tripping current, 30mA or other
  • mA Surge protection
  • Is alternative power supply installed;
  • Is any part of the installation a specialised electrical installation;
  • Is any part of the installation at a voltage above 1 kV;
  • Is this installation one of five or more on the same new supply;

Other electrical components in the system include all the cables that run from the main distribution boards to the plugs, switches, and outlets. This includes wall plugs and light switches for all lights in the house. 

The certificate also checks the wiring and circuits to all the fixed appliances, including appliances that are connected directly to a wall socket. The certificate also includes the earthing relay system and all the electrical flow throughout the home. These examples are to name just a few electrical points that will be evaluated during the inspection. 

It is important to remember that during the inspection, fixed home appliances are ONLY checked to ensure they are connected to the installation via approved means – not whether they are in working condition. This includes items such as ovens, stoves, hobs, air-con units, swimming pool pumps, bore hole pumps, pool lights, garage and gate motors, pond pumps, HVAC system, alarms, wall heaters and any other fixed appliances

Should you require appliances to be thoroughly checked, Bescon Electrical can assist with this as well. 

How long is an Electrical Certificate of Compliance valid?

This certificate remains valid for 24 months after issuing, subject to no alterations or work being done during that period.

If you require an Electrical Certificate of Compliance or COC, Bescon Electrical is the solution. Whether you are selling or property or just concerned about faulty wiring, we have qualified staff with years of experience in the industry to assist in your every need.

Bescon Electrical not only issues Electrical Certificates of Compliance but our services also includes but are not limited to the following: Earth leakages , Electrical Contractor, Electricians, Fault finding, Fault repair, Faulty plugs, Installations of Gate motors, Geyser elements, Geyser thermostats, Geyser timers, Lighting, Maintenance, Motor control, Plugs, Pool heaters, Pool motors, Power Saving Devices, Security Lights, Stoves, Streetlights, Testing and tripping electricity.

At Bescon Electrical we strive for excellence in providing a fast and efficient service that is flexible and responsive to the customer’s needs and expectations. Why phone anyone else when Bescon Electrical has got trained staff, years of experience and a reputation that speaks for itself.

Phone Bescon Electrical today for all your electricity needs.

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Electricity Maintenance involves the fault diagnosis, routine servicing, and repair of electrical components of a machine or power source. Mainly there are five types of electricity maintenance in the industry namely, corrective, preventive, condition-based, predictive and predetermined. In this article we will look at corrective maintenance and preventative maintenance.

Corrective Electricity Maintenance:

Corrective maintenance is any maintenance task that involves repairing a piece of equipment after it has already broken down. Avoiding breakdowns is the best policy, but corrective maintenance is the only option after a machine suffers a breakdown. The way to perform corrective maintenance activities is by conducting four important steps:       

  1. Fault detection.
  2. Fault isolation.
  3. Fault elimination.
  4. Verification of fault elimination

Don’t attempt to be your own electrician. Get a qualified electrician to determine what caused the breakdown and to do the corrective maintenance needed. Attempting this procedure by yourself could have dangerous consequences.

Preventative Maintenance

Preventive maintenance can be described as maintenance of equipment or systems before a fault occurs. Preventive maintenance is essential for electrical equipment. Lack of or ignoring electrical maintenance is often directly related to failures that can trigger unwanted downtime or even cause severe injury or death. The problem is that facilities maintenance staff often ignore or bypass the regular or routine preventive maintenance procedures and techniques that can minimize these unwanted consequences.

Bescon Electrical can assist you in electrical fault finding before it’s too late. Having a qualified electrician by your side might just be what you need. Electrical fault finding is a job to be left to the professionals. Electric faults can happen without warning, and often without showing any particular sign, before disastrous consequences to you or your electrical system occur.

It is therefore important to have regular testing and electricity maintenance carried out on your installations to ensure that systems are safe, compliant, and to reduce the potential for electrical equipment failure. 

How could I predetermine if there is an electrical fault on an appliance or problem with my power source?

There are many ways to determine an electrical fault finding. This might be due to a household item that is faulty (burned wires on an appliance, lose connections) or there could be another problem to the power source and should only to be attended to by a professional electrician, like our experts at Bescon Electrical. However, there is a simple way to check if you require the services of an electrician to assist you with your problems.

To test your power source for consumption, you can do a simple test. Check your consumption over a 7day period - take daily meter reads to see if the daily consumption is consistent. Turn everything electrical off then check your meter to see if this makes a difference. One by one turn everything back on. This will help you identify if you have a faulty electrical device/appliance. 

Why is maintenance on my DB Board and circuit breakers important?

There are certain things in life we expect. In these days we all hope for a low utility bill. But have you given your high bill any thought? When was the last time you did maintenance on your power source?

When you installed your DB Board during the 1960’s or 70’s, this was the best equipment available at the time and therefore it was installed. But, there are better products and wiring available. Leaving your old wiring due to “the replacement cost” is never an option. Electricity is one of our daily needs in this modern day of living, yet it receives the least attention until something goes wrong.

Did you know that old wires and unmaintained power sources can run up your electric bill?

Old wiring can be fraught with problems that can not only run up your electric bill but can also pose fire hazards. Old fuses and circuit breakers may not be sufficient to handle your modern family's electrical draw. Arc faults in poorly maintained older homes can cause a drastic increase in electricity use.

It’s about time you eliminate your high utility bills. Phone Bescon Electrical today for all your electric fault finding and electrical maintenance needs.

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