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“We’re proud to be the exclusive company in Ohio to offer this Innovative Technology licensed by NASA”
FAQ

Thank you for your interest in The Nicklaus Group. You may contact us by phone or e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you.

What does The Nicklaus Group do?
The Nicklaus Group provides exceptional client centric residential construction services in remodeling, custom home building, fiberglass swimming pools, outdoor living, custom designer palm trees and innovative technologies. We specialize in custom pools, design, custom homes, kitchen cabinetry which includes factory and custom cabinetry, lockers and drop zone designs, roofing, siding & windows & hardwood flooring. We’re proud to exclusively install MineralPure, ScaleBlaster and OzoneMax designed and licensed by NASA.
What does “Green” mean when Building?
Building Green is an environmentally friendly building philosophy that is characterized by the use of durable, sustainable and environmentally friendly materials and methods. There are several advantages to going Green:

  • Whether we’re installing a new swimming pool or you have an existing one we can install our exclusive innovative Mineral Pure / Scale Blaster system that was designed and licensed by NASA and is totally chlorine free. Chlorine has been linked to cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and chlorine is the leading cause of the deterioration of our Ozone layer.
  • Home Owners save money on heating, cooling and home maintenance costs.
  • Green Homes are healthier, as they minimize or eliminate the use of products containing VOC’s and toxic substances like formaldehyde.
  • Old growth forests are conserved by using easily renewable materials such bamboo instead of traditionally harvested old growth woods.
  • Site disturbance is kept to a minimum thus conserving wildlife habitats and the integrity of neighborhoods.
  • Energy efficient homes reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and their associated environmental pollutants.
  • As an environmentally committed organization, we integrate ecologically-friendly construction practices in all our high-quality, long lasting projects.

What is the difference between a remodel and a renovation?
The basic difference between a remodel and a renovation is the scale and reach of the project. A remodel is generally isolated to one or two areas of the home such as the kitchen, bathroom, small addition or moderate interior alteration. A renovation could affect most if not the all of the home. A period restoration project, whole-house remodel or a major second story addition would all be examples of renovation projects.

I’ve heard you guys are really expensive. Is that true?
The Nicklaus Group is often called upon by clients to perform upscale construction and remodeling projects. We are blessed to have the skills and systems to meet their needs. However, in 2013 we also did over 30 modest low cost jobs.

At The Nicklaus Group, we strive to bring great value to all of our clients. From our custom pools to our custom homes and everything in between, we can work with most budgets and still bring your vision to life with great value to your project.

What does Safety mean to The Nicklaus Group?
Job site safety is paramount at The Nicklaus Group. Our projects are subject to weekly safety inspections and our staff is all well versed in safe working conditions. Our commitment to safety benefits our staff and subcontractors but also our customers; as it helps keep our overhead costs down. This is a savings that is passed directly on to our clients.

Mineral PURE & OZONE max (FAQ’s)

What is copper/silver ionization? An ion is an electrically charged atom. Copper/silver ionization is the electrical release of copper and silver ions. The Mineral Pure units with a copper/silver alloy mix produce non-stop ions and releases copper ions that help kill algae and silver ions that help kill bacteria and viruses.

How do I know if ionization is taking place? Every ionizer features indicator lights or LCD displays that let you know ionization is taking place. Every unit also comes with an ion test kit that should be tested weekly. This indicates the unit is producing copper and silver ions. It is very simple to use and only takes a few minutes.

What other testing is required with the ionizer? Normal testing of the pH and total alkalinity should be done on a regular basis. The most important is the pH. This should always be kept between 7.2 and 7.8, with preference on the lower end.

Will I ever have to replace anything with the system? The electrodes are self-sacrificing and will eventually wear out. A new set of electrodes will be required and is simply screwed in place and the old set discarded. The reagents for the test kit should be replaced every year. Your dealer has both electrodes and test kits in stock.

How long will the electrodes last? The actual life-span of the electrodes depends on many factors – the size of the pool or body of water being ionized and water temperature being the main factors. Naturally, a swimming pool of 40,000 gallons will use up the electrodes about 4 times faster than a pool with 10,000 gallons. The warmer the water, the higher the ionizer will have to be set at, as more algae will grow in warmer water. The same can be said of chlorine. A 20,000 gallon pool averages 2-3 years.

How hard is it to install the system? Your authorized dealer has been factory-trained to install the system. An installation manual is included with every unit. No special tools are required.

What is the actual electrical consumption? Depending on how long the system runs each day and the size of the unit, the actual amount can vary. However, a regular household unit running 8 hours a day only uses about $3 a year in electricity.

What is my payback period on this product? It all depends on how much you spend on chemicals. We would be happy to calculate everything for you!

Will I ever have to use chlorine again? In most cases, some kind of an oxidizer is required. The ionizer will help kill algae, bacteria and viruses, but it will not oxidize or burn the debris that gets in the water such as body oils and suntan lotion. Residential applications can use a non-chlorine shock like potassium monopersulfate that is available at any pool store. You can also add our new “OzoneMax” system to further cut down on any oxidizer use. Commercial pools by law will need to maintain a small residual of chlorine, typically reduces chlorine use by up to 75%.

Are copper and silver ions safe? Absolutely! As you can see from the above excerpt from EPA’s Quality Criteria for Water, copper is actually required in our bodies, and silver is used worldwide in many applications (see History of Copper /Silver Ionization on page 3). Silver is used by dentists, in water purification equipment, tableware, coins and in many other applications. You can’t say that about chlorine!

Is Mineral Pure similar to the salt system my neighbor has- they don’t use chlorine either? Not true at all. They are swimming in pure chlorine and in salt water, too. The salt they add to the pool makes chlorine – right on the premises. Their equipment will also corrode rapidly due to the salt water, incurring expensive maintenance calls.

LET’S GET STARTED @ 740.277.5700 or bryan@thenicklausgroup.com