This is a comprehensive guide to essential pool service upgrades.

In this in-depth guide, you’ll discover:

  • The essential repairs and upgrades you should consider before the season starts
  • Why we recommend getting these services done early
  • What’s involved in each service
  • How much they cost

No need to let a leaky pool or outdated equipment ruin your summer – contact us today to get started on your pool upgrades!

Replumbing Manifolds: Effortless Water Flow and Leak-Free Pool Fun

Are your pool’s plumbing manifolds leaking? Is your pump working harder than it should be?

It may be time for a replumbing service before the pool season starts.

Our techs can get your water flowing efficiently in no time.

What’s a Manifold?

When we are talking about your plumbing manifold, we are specifically referring to the plumbing and valves on the suction side before your equipment, and the return side after your equipment.

The lines coming out of the ground that brings water into your system are called your suction manifold.

There will usually be 2 or 3 lines – one or two for the skimmers, and sometimes one for the main drain if you have one.

Photo from one of our customer’s systems showing a typical suction manifold. Notice a main drain line and a skimmer line with a 3-way diverter valve.

The lines leaving your system and going back into the ground are called the return manifold.

The amount of return lines will vary depending on how many return jets you have and how many water features you have.

Your manifolds should ideally have some valves on them so you are able to divert the water accordingly.

Photo from one of our customer’s systems showing a typical return manifold. Notice 2 return lines with a 3-way diverter valve.

Valves are also important when repairs need to be made so you can stop the flow of water through the pipes.

What’s the Big Deal With Replumbing Manifolds?

Old or leaking fittings can cause major issues with water flow. So can having an improperly plumbed system.

This can cause damage to your pool and the surrounding area, not to mention your other pool equipment.

By replumbing the manifolds, you can prevent these issues and ensure that your pool is running at its most efficient.

Not only that but replumbing your manifold can also help your equipment last longer by putting less stress on it.

What’s Involved in Replumbing Manifolds?

Our experienced technicians will remove the old fittings and replace them with new ones.

We’ll also replace any PVC pipes necessary to ensure optimal water flow.

Depending on the ideal setup for your manifold, we may suggest adding or replacing some valves.

Do I Really Need to Replumb My Manifolds?

Our technicians will inspect your current setup to determine if replumbing is necessary.

If the fittings and valves are still in good condition and the setup is sufficient, replumbing may not be needed.

But trust us, you’ll be surprised how many times we’ve seen a manifold setup that could use a little (or a lot of) TLC.

How Much Will it Cost?

The cost of replumbing manifolds can vary depending on the size and complexity of the pool system. But on average, it ranges between $300 and $600. Be sure to contact us for an accurate estimate.

Don’t let a leaky manifold ruin your pool season.

Contact Romanelli & Son Pool Service to schedule a replumbing service before the busy season begins.

Our experienced technicians will ensure that your pool’s manifolds are in top condition and ready for summer fun.

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Leveling Your Filter System: The Key to a Summer-Ready Pool

Are you ready to take your pool game to the next level?

Then it’s time to level your filter system!

Your system will never run optimally if it isn’t properly aligned and level.


Benefits of Leveling the Filter System Before Opening

A poorly leveled filter system can cause improper water flow, damage to equipment, and reduce the overall efficiency of the pool.

By leveling the filter system, you can ensure that your pool is running at its most efficient and prolong the life of your equipment.

Having this done well in advance of when you open your pool is beneficial so that the repair can be made before we get too busy with the onslaught of pool openings, initial pool cleanings, and other pool repairs.

Your system will never operate optimally if it isn’t level, so this is something that really should be taken care of before the season starts. We don’t want to open the pool when the system is out of whack since it will add much stress to the plumbing and equipment if it isn’t properly aligned.

And too much stress on the plumbing causes cracked and leaking pipes, which could ultimately end up resulting in much more complicated (and more costly!) repairs.

What’s Involved in Leveling a Pool Filtration System?

The process of leveling the filter system often involves adjusting the gravel/dirt/rocks/grass underneath the system. This means we may have to disconnect the system, temporarily move it away from the area, level out the ground, and then reinstall the system.

But, it could be as easy as adding a pre-fabricated equipment slab (we will always try to raise the system a bit so that it gets better drainage). Like most things, the process involved really depends on what type of setup we are looking at.

Prerequisites for Leveling the Filter System

Prerequisites for leveling the filter system could include a thorough inspection of the current condition of the filter system to ensure that it needs leveling.

This will have to be done by a site visit, or better yet (and a cheaper option) can be done by having you submit a few photos of the area that needs leveling. This will save you money on incurring an additional site visit fee.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of leveling the filter system can vary depending on the size and complexity of the pool system, and how much leveling of the area needs to be done. This service typically comes out to between $400 and $800.

If you want to make sure your pool is running like a dream this season, reach out to Romanelli & Son Pool Service to get an estimate on leveling your filter system. Trust us, it’s worth it.

If you notice any issues with water flow or suspect your filter isn’t level, give us a call. Our experienced technicians will have your filter system running smoothly and ready for summer fun in no time.

Filter System Upgrades: The Heart and Kidneys of Your Pool

If you’re ready to step it up a notch, then look no further than a filter system upgrade!

With this upgrade, you’ll be able to swim in crystal-clear water, reduce energy costs, and keep your equipment running like a well-oiled machine.

Benefits of Upgrading Your Filter System Before Opening

By upgrading to a newer, more efficient filter system, you can save money on energy costs and ensure that your pool water is clean and clear.

Additionally, if you’re upgrading to a new filter system, you’ll be able to take advantage of the latest technology in filtration. This means you’ll be able to filter your pool water more effectively and efficiently than ever before.

Doing this before the busy season starts is smart, that way the system is running optimally before you open your pool.

And let’s not forget…you’ll get to enjoy a crystal-clear pool right from the start of the season!

Types of Upgrades Available

Let’s dive into the world of different filter system upgrades, and see how they can transform your pool experience.

Filter Upgrades

There are a variety of filter upgrades available, including cartridge filters, DE filters, and sand filters. Each type has its own unique benefits and is suitable for different types of pools.

There are many variables that have to be taken into account when choosing to upgrade, such as:

  • The budget you have to work with
  • The water clarity you desire
  • The volume of water in your pool
  • How much maintenance you’re prepared to deal with

We’ve gone ahead and created this chart below which should help you better understand the pluses and minuses of each type of filter.

The key takeaways from the table above are:

  • DE filters have the best water clarity but require the most upkeep
  • Sand filters have the worst water clarity (but it’s still good!) while requiring the least upkeep
  • Cartridge filters are in the middle in terms of water clarity and maintenance

We like to sum up the differences in water clarity like this:

If you were to throw a quarter into the deep end of a pool, you’d be able to tell there’s a coin down there with a sand filter.

With a cartridge filter, you would be able to tell what type of coin it is (a quarter).

And with a DE filter, you would be able to tell if it is heads up or heads down.

Pool Pump Upgrades

Single-speed pumps are no longer a viable option for anything over 1 HP. This means if you’re looking to upgrade your pump, you really should be looking at a variable-speed pump.

Hayward’s Ultra-High Efficiency variable speed pool pumps were on full display at the Atlantic City Pool and Spa Show

You’re way better off since the energy savings from the new variable speed pumps make upgrading a no-brainer. You’ll save 80% plus on energy costs – and that adds up fast.

Your options are 2-speed pumps (operate at full speed or half speed), adjustable variable speed pumps (can choose 5 or 6 different pre-programmed speeds), or fully customizable variable speed pumps (fully programmable and choose any speed you’d like).

Here’s an article that really nails down the benefits of switching to a variable-speed pump:

Click here to read Hayward’s article.

Prerequisites for Upgrading Your Filter System

We work exclusively with Hayward equipment. They’ve proven to us that they are the most forward-looking company and have great customer support and warranties.

Prerequisites for upgrading your filter system include a thorough inspection of your current filter system to determine if it needs upgrading.

This can be done by booking an on-site visit, or you could send over some great photos.

If you get enough good angles and the shots of the pool area and system are detailed enough, we can likely skip the pre-site visit and come with the necessary equipment to make the upgrade in one day.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of upgrading your filter system can vary depending on the type of upgrade you choose and the size and complexity of your pool system. It typically ranges from $1500 to $5000.

If you’re interested in upgrading your filter system, contact Romanelli & Son Pool Service for a consultation. Our experienced technicians will help you choose the best upgrade option for your pool and provide an accurate estimate for the cost of the service.

Don’t let your old filter system prevent you from having crystal-clear water this season. Upgrade now and enjoy a better filtration experience all season long!

Salt System Installations: Transform Your Pool Into a Five-Star Oasis

Say goodbye to the days of harsh chlorine tabs and hello to a luxurious, spa-like experience with a salt system installation.

Transform your backyard oasis into a five-star paradise with the simple flip of a switch.

Benefits of Installing a Salt System Before Opening

Salt systems are becoming increasingly popular among pool owners due to their many benefits. They reduce the amount of chlorine needed to keep your pool clean and clear, making for softer and more comfortable water.

Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of fewer chemicals in the water? Not only is it better for the environment, but it’s also better for your skin and hair. Say goodbye to that “chlorine smell” and hello to silky smooth water.

By installing a salt system before the season starts, you’ll be able to enjoy these benefits all season long.

Hayward’s AquaRite S3 Omni salt chlorination system with Smart Pool and Spa Control is on display at the Pool and Spa show in Atlantic City.

What’s Involved in Installing a Salt System

The process of installing a salt system involves adding a salt chlorinator to your pool’s filtration system. This unit converts salt into pure chlorine (with no “filler” chemicals that tabs have), which is then added to the pool water.

The salt system comes in 2 main parts: the salt cell, and the power center.

We will remove your old sanitization system (typically a chlorine tab chlorinator) and get the entire salt system set up for you.

We will also install a sacrificial zinc anode to protect the longevity of your equipment (this helps prevent galvanic corrosion and is very important to have for salt pools).

We’ll also add the right amount of salt to your pool so that the salt system is running properly.

Prerequisites for Salt System Installation

If you choose to install a salt system, we recommend that you get an estimate for the electrical work before accepting any quotes (we do not connect the salt system to the timer box/electrical sub-panel).

If you need an electrician, we can recommend one that has done this type of work with us for years, and he typically charges around $250 to make the proper connections.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of installing a salt system can vary depending on the size and complexity of your pool system but typically ranges from $2500 to $4500 depending on what system you choose and its’ specific features. As always, reach out and we’ll help get you an accurate quote.

If you want to swim in water that feels like a tropical oasis, contact Romanelli & Son Pool Service to schedule a salt system installation. Our experienced technicians will make sure that your pool is ready for the ultimate chill-out session.

And please, don’t wait! Get your salt system installed before the season starts so you can enjoy silky smooth water all season long.

Heater Installations: Keeping Your Pool Water at the Perfect Temperature All Year Round

Unleash the full potential of your pool with a state-of-the-art heater installation.

Imagine being able to jump into warm, inviting water on a chilly morning, or continuing to swim comfortably on those cooler summer nights.

A new heater will not only extend your swimming season but also improve the overall enjoyment of your pool.

No more shivering and goosebumps, just pure bliss in every dip. Upgrade with us today and take the first step towards ultimate pool perfection.

Benefits of Upgrading or Installing a New Heater Before Opening

Upgrading to a new, more efficient heater can save you money on energy costs and ensure that your pool is always at the perfect temperature for swimming.

That’s why we strongly recommend having a heater installed before opening your pool – so we can get things up and running early, and you can enjoy your pool (and the savings) for longer this year!

Types of Heaters Available

Whether you’re looking for a quick heat-up or energy efficiency, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s discuss some pros and cons of the two main types of heaters available for pool installation: gas and electric.


Gas heaters are typically more powerful and heat the pool more quickly, but they do require a gas line.

Electric heaters, on the other hand, are more energy-efficient and don’t require a gas line, but they can take longer to heat the pool.

Here’s an excellent short video about how to choose the right type of heater for you and your pool:

Prerequisites for Heater Installations

For an inground pool, electric heat pumps require a 60 amp breaker, a 230-volt line run to the heater location, and an electric disconnect or breaker on the pool equipment panel installed by a licensed electrician (40 amp breaker for above ground pools).

The line can be run before the heater is installed, but the electrician will need to return to make the final connections and ground the equipment once we have put it in place.

Gas heaters require a 20 amp breaker, and a 120-volt dedicated line run to the heater location to be installed by a licensed electrician.

Just like with a heat pump, the line can be run before the heater is installed, but the electrician will need to return to make the final connections and ground the equipment once we have put it in place.

Additionally, gas lines must be installed, run, and connected to your gas heater by a licensed plumber. We recommend that you get an estimate for plumbing and electrical work before accepting any quote. We can recommend a plumber or electrician if needed.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of installing a new heater can vary depending on the type of heater you choose but typically ranges from $4500 to $7500. You can get started on receiving a better estimate by clicking the button below.

So don’t let the cooler weather hold you back from swimming in your pool. Upgrade your heater with Romanelli & Son Pool Service and make the most of your backyard oasis all year round.

Pool Automation Installations: Unleash the Power of Technology

Pool automation is the way of the future, and there’s never been a better time to take advantage of this technology than now.

Automation equipment has come a long way, and our techs are trained to install it for you.

Say goodbye to manual pool maintenance and hello to chillin’ like a villain with the push of a button.

Benefits of Installing Pool Automation Before the Season Starts

Pool automation allows you to:

  • Control the pump speed
  • Adjust the temperature of your water (if you have a heater)
  • Change colors and set themes with your lighting
  • Monitor salt and set chlorination (if you have a salt system)
  • Schedule cleanings with your automatic cleaner
  • Control lighting and themes with your water features
  • Adjust spa settings by switching to spa mode

And the best part: all from your phone or tablet!

Plus, it can save you money on energy costs by running your equipment more efficiently.

By installing automation before the season starts, you’ll be able to kick back and relax while your pool takes care of itself. No more constantly checking and adjusting chemical levels or running back and forth to the equipment pad.

This, like other services, should be done before the season begins and before everybody gets extremely busy with pool openings.

What’s Involved in Installing Pool Automation

The process of installing pool automation involves setting up a control system and connecting it to your pool’s equipment. This can include things like installing a new control panel, wiring, and communication devices.

But don’t worry, our team of tech wizards will handle all the heavy lifting and make sure everything is set up and running smoothly.

Prerequisites for Installing Pool Automation

Prerequisites for installing pool automation include having a pool with compatible equipment and ideally, an ethernet line ran to the equipment area (if you’d like control from your devices.)

A WiFi connection also works, but it’s not as reliable.

An on-site visit will likely be required so we can accurately measure the scope of the work involved.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of installing pool automation can vary quite widely depending on the size and complexity of the pool system, and the specific automation features you desire. But, on average, it can range between $2000 to $6000.

If you want to upgrade your pool game, give us a call. Our experienced technicians will work with you to design a custom automation system that fits your needs and budget.

And, don’t worry, we won’t turn your pool into a robot uprising command center (unless that’s what you’re into). We’ll just make your life a little easier and your pool a little cooler.

And remember, with pool automation, you can control everything from your phone or tablet, so you can sit back, relax, and let the technology do the work for you. So why not upgrade and join the pool automation revolution?

Sand Changes for Sand Filters: Revitalize Your Pool’s Filtration

Unleash the full potential of your pool’s filtration with a trusty steed of a sand filter – and give it a well-deserved spa day with a fresh change of sand.

A sand change can give your filter 10+ more years – it’s worth every penny.

Revitalize your pool’s filtration and let the good times roll!

Why do Sand Filters Need a Sand Change?

Over time, the sand in your filter can become clogged with dirt and debris, reducing the efficiency of the filter.

A sand change is necessary to restore the filter’s ability to effectively clean your pool water.

How Often Do Sand Filters Need to Be Changed?

The frequency of sand changes can vary, but as a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended to change the sand in your filter every 3-5 years.

Of course, this can vary depending on factors such as the size of your pool, the amount of use, and the local climate.

What’s Involved in a Sand Change?

The process of changing the sand in a filter is not as daunting as it may sound, but it is quite a labor-intensive task.

Our experienced technicians will drain the filter tank, remove the old sand, clean the tank, and replace the sand with new sand.

The process typically takes a few hours, and we’ll have your filter running like new in no time.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of a sand change can vary depending on the size of your filter and the complexity of the pool system, but on average, it can range between $400 to $800.

If you want to ensure your pool is running at its best, reach out to Romanelli & Son Pool Service to schedule a sand change for your filter.

And remember, changing the sand in your filter is like giving your trusty workhorse a well-deserved break.

Revamp Your Pool’s Look with a Fresh Vinyl Liner Change

Unleash the full potential of your pool’s aesthetic with a brand-spanking new liner.

Not only will it breathe new life into your backyard oasis, but it’s also an essential step in ensuring the longevity of your pool’s overall health and structure.

Why Change Your Pool Liner?

Over time, pool liners can become faded, cracked, or torn, making your pool look, well, kind of sad.

And not only does a worn-out liner detract from the aesthetic of your backyard oasis, but it can also lead to leaks and other issues.

Plus, let’s be real, who wants to swim in a pool that looks like it’s seen better days? Not us, that’s for sure.

What’s Involved in a Liner Change?

A liner change typically involves the following:

  • Getting photos of the pool
  • Professionally measuring and ordering a new liner
  • Draining the pool
  • Removing the old liner
  • Installing the new liner

It’s a bit of a process, but trust us, it’s worth it to have a pool that looks brand new.

Prerequisites for Liner Changes

Prerequisites for liner changes could include a thorough inspection of the current condition of the liner to ensure that it needs to be changed.

This will have to be done by a site visit, or better yet (and a cheaper option) can be done by having you submit a few photos of the area that needs attention. This will save you money on incurring an additional site visit fee.

We will also need to have our liner measuring specialists come and take very accurate measurements for your new liner.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of a liner change can vary depending on the size and shape of the pool, and the type of liner you choose. On average, it can range between $4500 to $7500.

We should also mention: we currently only replace liners for inground pools. If you need a replacement liner for an above ground pool, we can help refer you to another company.

But, don’t let the cost discourage you. A new liner will not only make your pool look amazing, but it’ll also increase the overall value of your home. Plus, you’ll be the envy of all your neighbors with the freshest-looking pool on the block.

So, if you’re ready to give your pool the makeover it deserves, reach out to Romanelli & Son Pool Service to get an estimate on a liner change. You won’t regret it.

Running New Plumbing Lines: Revamp Your Pool’s Water Flow

Sometimes, the plumbing that runs to your pool just ain’t cutting it.

Maybe it’s leaking or damaged, or maybe it just wasn’t installed properly from the start.

Whatever the case may be, if you’re in need of new plumbing lines, we’ve got you covered.

Benefits of Running New Plumbing Lines

Running new plumbing lines to your pool can bring a whole host of benefits.

For starters, new plumbing means better water flow, which means better filtration and circulation. This can lead to a cleaner, clearer pool and can even help prolong the life of your equipment.

Your lines may even currently be damaged underground. Have you not been able to figure out why your pool is still losing water after checking everything out? Well…you may be losing water in your underground plumbing and you should have your lines replaced.

New plumbing can also bring your pool up to code, which is especially important if you’re planning on selling your home in the near future.

In addition, most plumbing lines were run with 1.5″ plumbing. We would definitely recommend upgrading to 2″ plumbing for more optimal water flow.

And let’s be real, who doesn’t love the peace of mind that comes with knowing your pool’s plumbing is up to snuff?

What’s Involved in Running New Plumbing Lines

The process of running new plumbing lines to your pool can vary depending on your specific situation.

But generally, it involves the following:digging trenches (via hand or machine), cutting out and removing the old lines, running new PVC or flexible plumbing lines, connecting them to your equipment, and then backfilling the trenches.

  • Digging trenches (via hand or machine)
  • Cutting out and removing the old lines
  • Running new PVC or flexible plumbing lines (whatever is best for your situation)
  • Connecting the lines to the equipment
  • Testing all the connections to ensure your lines are leak-free
  • Backfilling the trenches

It’s a very labor-intensive process, but one well worth undertaking.

Prerequisites for Running New Plumbing Lines

Before we can begin running new plumbing lines, we’ll need to take a look at your current setup to determine what needs to be done.

If you currently have brickwork around your pool area, we will have to get in touch with a masonry specialist to see what options we have to get this job completed properly.

We’ll be with you every step of the way.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of running new plumbing lines to your pool can vary depending on the size and complexity of your pool, how long the lines are that need to be run, as well as the type of plumbing to be installed. But on average, it can range between $2,000 to $5,000 (not including masonry costs).

If you’re ready to upgrade your pool’s plumbing and give your pool and equipment the water flow it deserves, give us a call at Romanelli & Son Pool Service. We’ll have your pool’s plumbing running like a dream in no time.

Other Pool Projects: Unleash Your Pool’s Potential

Sometimes, your pool may require projects that don’t fit into any of the categories above. No worries, we’ve got you covered!

From the unexpected to the unique, we’ve got the expertise and experience to tackle most pool-related projects you throw our way.

Benefits of Other Pool Projects

Other pool projects can include things such as:

  • Chlorinator installations
  • Multiport valve replacements
  • Running backwash lines
  • Patching small holes in liners
  • Patching small holes in safety covers
  • Lots more…

We would love to help you with any project that can help to extend the life of your pool and equipment and ensure that it’s safe to swim in.

Remember: Getting these projects done before the start of the opening season is key!

What’s Involved in Other Pool Projects?

The process of other pool projects will vary greatly depending on the specific project that needs to be done.

For example, patching a hole in a liner might involve finding the source of the leak and then patching it with a special patch with sealant.

Replacing a multiport valve may require an easy swap, or could be a bit more extensive of a job if it needs to be cut out and re-plumbed.

The only way to know what will be involved in your specific project is by giving us a call and talking it over.

Prerequisites for Other Pool Projects

Other pool projects can usually be done on any type of pool, whether it’s in-ground or above-ground.

However, it’s important to have a professional assess the situation and determine the best course of action.

As usual, having several photos sent from different angles will really help us understand the project and figure out a great plan for an awesome result.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of other pool projects can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project.

So if you’re experiencing any issues with your pool that you can’t quite put your finger on, give Romanelli & Son Pool Service a call. We’ll be more than happy to help you identify the problem and get it fixed, so you can get back to enjoying your pool in no time!

Final Thoughts

Well folks, there you have it!

All the information you need to get your pool ready for the season.

From replumbing your manifold to upgrading your filter system, we’ve got you covered.

But don’t just take our word for it, give us a call at Romanelli & Son Pool Service and let our experienced technicians give you a hand. We know pools like the back of our swimming trunks (or bathing suits if that’s more your style).

And remember, a little maintenance now can save you a whole lot of headaches later.

So don’t procrastinate – and get your pool ready for some summer fun!