Nautilus Pools Newsletter 
MAY 2014

 Featured Pool...
The 8
The 8" raised spa is accented with mosaic tile to contrast with the paver deck. The combination fire and water bowl (also faced in mosaic tile) sits across from the walk-in sunledge. Architectural detail is accomplished with a tie beam and columns enclosure and a Mansard styled screen overhead.




Pete Coccaro

Whether you have a pool cleaning company servicing your pool or you do it yourself, it's good to know how to test your water. Pool water that has the proper chemical levels creates a safe environment for comfort and health.

The test kit is a good tool for every pool owner to have, because it is a quick and easy way to monitor your pool water. Some tips to remember:

1. Read precautions on all chemical labels
2. Keep test kit out of reach of children
3. Store test kit in a cool, dark place.
4. Replace reagents once each year
5. Do not dispose of solutions in your pool or spa
6. Rinse cells/tubes before and after each test
7. Take samples 18" below the water's surface
8. Hold bottle vertically when dispensing

If you're experiencing a problem with your water quality, you can always bring water samples to a local pool store to have it tested, too.




 Pete Coccaro

Owner Nautilus Pools
President Florida Swimming Pool Association  



The first winner of our 25th Anniversary April drawing is

Maggie McKinney of Punta Gorda
Maggie McKinney of Punta Gorda. Winner of  our first 25th Anniversary drawing
Maggie McKinney of Punta Gorda with her Pelican Cooler! 
After Maggie received the phone call that she was our first winner
in our 25th Anniversary drawing, she was so excited that she
came right down to pick up her prize -
 a Pelican Cooler
valued at over $300. 

Congratulations, Maggie! Enjoy your cooler! 

Our next drawing is August 30
and the prize is...
a 10' Round Offset Umbrella 
great to create a shaded area on your deck or lawn


 Just download the Contest Registration Form and send it in to our office and we'll put your name in the "pool" (pun intended).

Good Luck! And thanks for all your support!



Using Colorful Pots and Plants Can Add Warmth and Texture to Your Pool Area!

Sometimes the areas around a pool can be very sterile and lacking in warmth and color. Many pool decks stretch from house to pool cage without a break except for the pool itself. To add some softness and color consider potted plants.

Vary the sizes and color of the pots, or use all the same color and vary the flowers and plants to add color and texture. An easy way to do this is to use a variety of pots as "slipcovers". Just place your plant, still in its original pot, in the new decorative pot!  Group 3 - 5 pots of various sizes together to create a focal point. Don't forget to fertilize and water well. These mini-landscapes tend to dry out quickly. When the season changes, just replace the plants with new ones. The original plants can then be planted in the garden.

Think about using vertical spaces, too. Wall hung plant "pockets" can add visual color and interest to a blank wall.  Or use an old ladder (painted a bright color) to hold small potted plants. It can be placed anywhere, even near a kitchen door for an herb garden.  Make sure the ladder is sturdy by adding crossbars to keep the ladder from folding. You can even add shelves for a larger display area!   

Local garden stores and online companies are filled with great products that you can use. If you need creative inspiration "surf the net"! There are millions of ideas and many have directions that are easy for even a beginner to follow. 


Want to Earn $200?

Hands holding money   

Check out our Referral Program


Realtors - Clients need a new pool at that resale you're showing?
   Everyone...do you have friends, neighbors, relatives that are thinking about a new pool or remodeling their existing pool? 
These are the referrals we would love to have! And we're willing to pay $200 for them...
call us at 941-624-5744
and we'll be happy to explain our referral program.
In This Issue
25th Anniversary Contest Winner!
Accent Your Pool Deck
Test Kit Chemical Descriptions
Why Build a Nautilus Pool?
Hire ONLY Licensed Contractors
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Chemical Descriptions
& When to Test

This is a very brief overall view of chemical tests for pool water:

Test Daily:

Chlorine & Bromine:
When added to fresh water chlorine produces a powerful sanitizer. Overuse can cause eye irritation and strong chlorine odor. Bromine is also a sanitizer.

pH shows whether water is acidic, neutral or basic (alkaline). It can be affected by some sanitizers and control is important for comfort, sanitizer efficiency and overall water balance.

Test Weekly:

Total Alkalinity is the measurement of the alkaline materials in your water that act as buffering agents to avoid changes in pH that could result in corrosion and staining.

At Nautilus Pools we give a starter kit to all new pool clients. Each kit comes with a variety of tools including a test kit. Read carefully the information that comes with the kit to avoid mishaps



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Hire Only Licensed Contractors


PUBLIC NOTICE FSPA hire licensed contractorsWARNING:

Homeowners Face Penalties For Hiring Unlicensed or under licensed Contractors. According to Florida Law, consumers who knowingly hire unlicensed construction contractors could face a fine of up to $5,000.00. 
Chapter 455.228

Here are some links to help you make an educated decision when choosing a Builder, Remodeler or Contractor. 

  Checklist for Finding and Hiring a Builder or Remodeler.

Verify your contractor's  

State of Florida license.

Verify your contractor's  

Charlotte County license or  

Certificate of Competency.   

 Charlotte County's Building Construction Services department.  

 NOTE: Check both County and City Government Agencies for specifics on rules for your location.   

A Charlotte County or Punta Gorda BUSINESS TAX RECEIPT is NOT a License to perform construction work.

CDBIA hire licensed contractors

Nautilus Pools is a Proud Member of 

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                                                          Women's Council of Realtors

National Federation of Independent Businesses

- Locally Owned/Operated since 1989 by the Coccaro family
- Successfully completed over 2300 pool projects
- Local Showroom, Office and Knowledgeable Staff


- Serving SW FL -

Charlotte, City of Punta Gorda, DeSoto, Arcadia, Lee, Cape Coral, Boca Grande, Sarasota and City of North Port


- Award Winning Designs -

9 International Awards and 12 State Design Awards


- Voted"Best Charlotte County Pool Contractor" 5 years
- New Construction or Remodeling Existing Pools -
Residential or Commercial - Concrete Pools & Spas - Heating Systems, Beach Entries, Water Features,
Infinity Edges, Salt Chlorination & Screen Enclosures
- Repairs & Warranty Work -
include but not limited to: Changing Drain Covers, Loose Tile Repairs, Solar Units, Pool Pumps, Filters,
Automatic Equipment


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