Taking your backyard pool over the top: Featured on Riverhead Local

Taking your backyard pool over the top by Laurie Nigro Adding a pool to your backyard used to be enough for summer fun. Your big decision was in-ground or above ground, chlorine or salt water. Maybe you pondered over a deck instead of a cement patio. That was then, this is now. The classic backyard has been kicked up a notch, or maybe a lot of notches. Islandia Pools owner John Wysoczanski not only sells many cool pool upgrades, but has them in his own backyard. The yard features colored lighting, waterfalls and everything in between. So which one is Wysoczanski’s favorite? “If you ask my grandkids, they’d say the deck jets,” Wysoczanski said, “the kids love it.” Deck jets are specialized jets that, according to Pentair Pools, “create a graceful arc of water that enters the pool with a gentle splash. The stream seems to appear magically from the pool deck since the jet installs flush and out of sight.” “My favorite is being able to control my pool remotely,” Wysoczanski said. With the Pentair ScreenLogic Mobile app, available for iPad, iPod touch or iPhone, he can set the pools temperature, adjust the lighting and control the deck jets, from anywhere in the world. Now let’s take a look at some of the incredible things that you can do to make your pool area go way beyond ordinary: 1. Waterfall – A waterfall has become one of the most popular features in any pool. It could a modern looking sheet of water falling subtly into the pool or a rustic rush of water crashing over rocks. The possibilities...

LIPA offers pool pump rebates: Islandia Pools Featured

Real Estate: LIPA offers pool pump rebates By Jennifer Gustavson | 07/28/2013 10:00 AM | Business, Real Estate, Top News BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | John and Boanne Wysoczanski’s pool at their Baiting Hollow home has the added feature of deck jets. Own a pool and on the fence about replacing the pump this season? Consider purchasing a new energy-efficient model now — while the Long Island Power Authority’s rebate of up to $400 is, like the weather, still hot. LIPA officials said they hope the new mail-in rebate offer will encourage pool owners to replace their single-speed pumps with Energy Star-rated equipment. The updated models operate more efficiently and at the lowest speed necessary to filter swimming pools. Energy Star was established in 1992 as part of the Clean Air Act and is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program to promote energy conservation. Products earning an Energy Star label have been certified through tests conducted by EPA-recognized laboratories, according to Energy Star’s website. BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | After the Wysoczanskis installed a new pool pump, they got a $400 rebate from LIPA. A traditional pool pump’s motor speeds are typically unchangeable and are usually set higher than is required to circulate water and clear debris, LIPA officials said. The authority is offering two different mail-in rebates: a $150 rebate for a two-speed pool pump and a $400 rebate for a variable-speed pump. John Wysoczanski, owner of Islandia Pools in Riverhead, said he took LIPA up on its offer last week and installed a new pump in his own pool in Baiting Hollow. “A lot more people are thinking about it because of the rebate,” he...

Business profile: Islandia Pools Ltd.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Owners John and Boanne Wysoczanski (from left), service director Cindy Gallo and senior service technician Michael Cunningham. Owner(s): John and Boanne Wysoczanski Year established: 1987 Location: 108 Fishel Ave., Riverhead Phone: 631-727-6312 Number of employees: 15 Family owned and operated, Islandia Pools Ltd. has been designing, building and servicing residential and commercial pools and spas on the East End since 1987. Islandia Pools offers custom in-ground gunite and vinyl pools, and carries a line of above-ground pools, including Lomart and Wilkes pools. New for 2011 is ECOsmarte, the planet-friendly pool system, which provides the best non-salt, non-chemical water technology, a 100% chlorine-free pool. Islandia Pools offers free computerized water testing for its customers. The store has a fully stocked parts department as well as a complete line of pool toys, accessories and Big Green Egg Grills, which provide a smoker, grill and barbecue in one unit. Thinking of remodeling your existing pool? Let Islandia Pools show you how to make it new again. Liner changes, tile work, marble dust, patio work, landscaping and landscape lighting are just a few of the services Islandia Pools has to offer. “Whether you are thinking about a new pool, a renovation or maintaining one already in place, we can take care of it,” says owner John Wysoczanski. “Our service department is equipped with certified technicians and a knowledgeable office staff.” Islandia is an authorized dealer for popular brands of spas and saunas such as environmentally friendly Bullfrog Spas, budget-conscious Dream Maker spas and Finlandia saunas. It stocks Bioguard and Baquacil chemicals, as well as a line of green products,...

Real Estate: Saltwater right in your own backyard

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Islandia Pools owner John Wysoczanski at his home in Baiting Hollow, where he switched to the non-chlorine Mineral Springs cell salt system 12 years ago and plans on switching again soon to a non-chlorine Ecosmart system which uses a titanium and cooper cell. The days when a dip in a backyard pool meant dry skin and the pungent chemical smell of chlorine are slowly disappearing, pool repairmen and installers say. Chlorine generators, which make the sanitizing chemical from salt and other solutions, are replacing the chalky, toxic tabs of yesteryear, said Keith Schroeder, a retail associate at Arthur Edwards Pool & Spa Centre’s Miller Place office. The company, which also has locations in Jamesport and Coram, each day switches about three pools to chlorine generation, while nearly every new pool Arthur Edwards installs is saltwater, Mr. Schroeder said. “Interest in saltwater pools picked up a lot more about three years ago,” Mr. Schroeder said. Depending on pool size, chlorine generators range from $1,000 to $3,000 in price, said Bill Birkmier, the owner of Eastern Long Island Pool and Spa in Mattituck, adding that the systems still require the same filter and pumps as regular tab pools. The generator for a standard 20X40 in-ground pool costs about $2,500, he said. The upfront cost is more expensive than a regular chlorine tab system, but pool owners can earn back their money over time because they no longer have to buy tabs, said C.J. Del Vaglio, the owner of East End Pool King in Peconic. Mr. Birkmier estimated the buyback period for the generator to be about two...

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