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Operating across 50 sites worldwide, ARDEX are a premium supplier of products for the preparation and installation of tiles in swimming pool environments. The refurbishment or repair of a swimming pool is the most cost effective way to return it to its original condition and ARDEX products facilitate the rapid repair of damage to loose tiles or leaks to small areas, or the re-tiling of entire pools without the expense of a new installation.

The company offers a complete system approach, from rapid drying floor screeds that ensure the perfect sub-floor to tile onto, to high performance tile adhesives and grouts. Their range features a number of products including ARDEX MICROTEC Tile Adhesives which have unique features such as extended open times of up to 60 minutes and ultra-rapid setting properties which allow tiles to be walked on and grouted after just 90 minutes. ARDEX-FLEX Grouts which are water-repellent and dirt resistant grouts, available in 32 colours and ideal for use in submerged areas and ARDEX EG 8, a cement/epoxy hybrid grout that provides a durable, waterproof finish with chemical resistance, making it ideal for use in areas where hygienic joints are required. When specifying ARDEX you can rely on an expert team for ongoing support at every stage of the process, from rapid response to specification writing, to installation visits and on-site testing. The company’s purpose-built training facility enables them to bring all parties involved in an ARDEX specification together, from the client through to the main or sub-contractors, ensuring total confidence in the specification and subsequent on-site application.

ARDEX products have been specified on many prestigious projects, from the London

Grouts which are water-repellent

and dirt resistant grouts, available in 32 colours

Aquatics Centre, to the Royal Commonwealth swimming pool in Edinburgh.


After the purchase of assets of Underwater Pool Services Ltd in November 2010, the newly named Universal Pool Services Ltd began trading and the company are happy to report that business is now escalating on a surprisingly rapid scale in what have been very uncertain times. With funds having been restricted during Government cut-backs for local Councils, Universal Pool Services are now finding funds are being re-directed back into repairs rather than costly re-builds. The company strives to bring a cost effective service to all their clients and Joint Managing Directors Marie & Ged Parkinson, with the assistance of their fantastic team, have brought about many changes

within the already established company. The first and most important changes were to the prices and finding ways to reduce costs which in turn has been reflected in the current company’s pricing structure – something which customers have appreciated as it aids with already reduced budgets for maintaining their facilities.

Universal Pool Services’ Preventative Maintenance Survey helps clients make plans for the future whilst keeping within their funding limits. The Surveys have been greatly reduced and a new look report has been produced which shows the defects taking place within the facility and provides pictorial evidence with recommendations for future works. The majority of the company’s services are carried out underwater, after hours, to help ensure the smooth running of any facility and ensure no loss of revenue. They also carry out repairs in the conventional manner during planned closure periods. These range from small repairs to a complete refurbishment.

A PRODUCT FOR EVERY SITUATION When it comes to adhesives and sealants,

Before (left) and after – tiling repair work completed by Underwater Repair Services

CASE STUDY Leak Detection Goes Swimmingly Well For Pool Owner

When the UK’s weather gets warmer, plumbers, installers and swimming pool engineers up and down the country are called as customers discover they have a leak in their swimming pool – often due to the freezing temperatures during the winter months.

When one such customer noticed they were losing around 5cm of water from their concrete constructed pool every day, they called the original installer in to find the leak. The search was unsuccessful, so the installer called Polygon, one of Europe’s market leaders in property damage restoration and pioneer in leak detection. Polygon’s Leak Detection Service provides a non-destructive solution to finding hidden leaks.

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In contrast to traditional methods of large-scale excavation, Polygon utilise specialist equipment coupled with technical expertise to locate hidden leaks quickly and accurately, saving both time and money. As a first step, Tracer Gas was employed to measure the pressure of the water inlet and a pressure drop was noted.

Further tests to other water feeds were conducted, with no drop in pressure indicated, suggesting that the water feeds were in order.

As a last resort the pool had to be emptied and inspections of the pool lights were undertaken. It became evident that the seal between the cable and flush box was deficient and water had penetrated the lights. After closer inspection it was clear that the light box was leaking. Remedial action was quickly undertaken by the installer.

The fast and efficient discovery of the leak by Polygon enabled a quick repair and little disruption to the customer.

Polygon 01480 442327

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