Mark's Pools Plus

Swimming Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs
Whitby ON L1R 1V2
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Mike in Toronto
Mike in Toronto
1 review Whitby, ON
0/10

Mark's Pools D minus

First of all, let me start by saying that I wanted to like Mark. Guy's a firefighter and a gas tech, is highly reviewed on homestars and generally comes across as competent and capable.

We retained Mark for a pool reno at the end of last summer. The liner needed to be replaced, and underneath it, the steel panelling along the walls had begun to rot and needed to be refinished. As well, we needed new coping and the interlock surrounding the pool was sunken and uneven, so we decided to pull it up and have a concrete deck poured in its place. We chose a stamped pattern for the concrete, and since Mark couldn't do it himself, he subcontracted the work to a concrete finisher. Mark built the form, and to his credit, the lines were straight and the structural supports put in place. So far so good. Well I guess he must have lowballed the concrete guy because it was clearly a rush job. The lawn was covered in concrete debris; stones and sand absolutely everywhere. A small section of coping that was held together by clips had shifted during the pour and the edge was misaligned. I'd later notice that sloping was somewhat ignored, as while water flows away from the house, certain areas bias toward the pool, meaning any dirt or debris on the deck gets washed into the pool. Another thing I failed to catch was the skimmer. Due to the height of the coping, and the concrete needing to be flush with it, the skimmer needed to be extended up as the new deck height was several inches above where the interlock had been. I really don't know what Mark's plan was here. He raised the skimmer with some makeshift sonotube involving foam sheets and duct tape. Needless to say it didn't hold up during the pour and now sits on a 30 degree angle. It's separated into upper and lower halves, divided by a section of bare concrete and some foam sheets. It functions, but it looks like a child built it. When I brought up the misaligned coping, Mark's response was to beat on the protruding section with a hammer. When he failed to mention it again, I asked if he was planning to leave it like that, and he replied that he could cover the now damaged section with clips. I told him he could just give me the clips and I'd do it myself, as at this point I was confident I'd do a nicer job. I wasn't happy about it but I got over it, paid up and moved on. When I went to open up at the start of swim season is when I saw the skimmer. Beyond what I mentioned above there was about 2 inches of solid concrete on the bottom, covering the ports. I had to chip it out with a hammer and chisel. Beyond that, I found that the faceplates for the return jets and skimmer mouth hadn't been installed and the openings were not cut out. I called Mark to have him come out and install them, and in between incoherent replies, promising to be there and not showing up and then showing up "first thing in the morning" at 5pm on a Sunday with the wrong parts, almost 2 weeks later the plates were installed and the pool was finally ready to be opened. I mentioned the skimmer and asked what he planned to do about it and he responded that I should lower my water level first(any self respecting pool guy should have a sump pump handy) so he could then parge (put a surface layer of concrete around) the inside of the skimmer. First of all that's silly, and secondly, I knew it would probably be another month before he'd show up again, so I decided to let it go. I wish it ended there. Several weeks after opening, I realized I was losing a lot more water than normal and I decided I'd better have a leak test performed. I went with a local pool store as, A. I knew they'd be unbiased about anything they found, and B. I really didn't want anything further to do with Mark. They performed the test and determined that an improperly installed skimmer faceplate, with a missing screw and epoxy used in its place, was the source of the leak. I contacted Mark and asked what he planned to do about it. His response was to blame the integrity of the steel for the fact that he couldn't get all the screws to hold. He then said that he would fix the faceplate (somehow? I thought the steel was too rotten?) but that he would not pay for the leak test. Once again I kicked rocks, swallowed my pride and asked when he would be here. After a couple of days without a reply, I opted to have another party perform the repair. Turns out Mark never checked the steel around the skimmer before he installed the liner, and even a cursory look online shows that any halfway professional pool guy checks that the skimmer screws have something to thread into before the liner goes in. If need be, a patch panel (steel bracket with machined threads) gets installed and everything goes according to plan. Easy peasy for anyone but Mark who acts like he took over the job halfway through, and blames anyone and anything for his own poor planning. I'm out of pocket an additional ~$600 for the leak test and the repair, not to mention water bills. Don't hire this guy, he's a banana

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Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Whitby, ON
10/10

Pool liners

Mark has shown excellent pool service skills in replacing my liner. I referred him to my sister, cousin and a few friends and all were extremely happy with his service.

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Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Vaughan, ON
10/10

Pool Servicing

Marks Pool Service are total professionals at what they do. They come and go and I never knew they were there. I have been using them for a long time!

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Company Response

Thank you for the kind words and we strive to work hard and keep our customers happy.

bigole0chappy
bigole0chappy
1 review Seagrave, ON
10/10

Inground pool install

The job was started by someone else but not completely done. They came in and took charge of the whole job. Very well organized and very professional. It was a joy to witness. I wish I had started the job with marks pool plus.

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Company Response

Thank you Kelly. I really had fun working on your pool and hope that you enjoy for many years to come. Take care

Tim_Clarridge
Tim_Clarridge
1 review Port Perry, ON
9/10

installation of pool liner and new supply and return lines for same

Came to measure for new liner early in landscaping construction phase. Construction, being done in house, took all summer and fall. Mark was very patient in waiting for correct time to install liner. Very knowledgeable and very fair in value.

Thanks Mark

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Company Response

Thanks Tim. I appreciate it.

northgate
northgate
1 review Orangeville, ON
10/10

Pool Installation

We had a Pool installed by Mark over ten years ago and it has been remarkably easy to maintain and continues to perform very well. Anytime we required service, Mark was prompt and reliable, and I have recommended him to some of my own clients.

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Company Response

Thanks Phil. We had a great time building your pool and we are always ready to help. Take care

Jacqueline G.
Jacqueline G.
1 review Brampton, ON
10/10

Pool Liner and Pump replacement

Excellent and freindly service. Went above and beyond, Mark and his team were a pleasure to work with. I definately would reccomend his company. Very knowledgable!!

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Company Response

I am happy we could help restore your pool for you. I hope you enjoy your pool and we look forward to helping out any way we can.

Rob S.
Rob S.
1 review Brampton, ON
10/10

Pool service

Had a small leak in my pool. Was unable to locate it. Mark was in my neighbourhood working and l asked him to come over to have a look. Almost immediately he determined it was the skimmer. Mark ordered a new skimmer, removed concrete, excavated, installed skimmer, return lines and poured concrete. From start to finish Mark kept me informed as I was away at work. Mark and his workers did a great job.

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Company Response

Thanks Rob. I appreciate your review and look forward to helping you out any time we can.

Steve R.
Steve R.
1 review Whitby, ON
10/10

Pool opening/closing

All work done by Mark’s pools plus done with professionalism. Always a pleasure having them come and open/close our pool.

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Company Response

Thanks Steve. I really enjoy working on your pool and helping out any way I can. Take care and we will see you in the Spring.

JulieDinwoodie
JulieDinwoodie
1 review Orton, ON
10/10

Pool installation and maintenance

Mark has always gone above and beyond to accommodate his clients' needs. Whether it's making the date for the installation of the pool or coming early to open/close the pool, he is always a man of his word. We highly recommend his services.

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Thank you Julie. I really enjoyed working on your pool and appreciate your support. Take care and I look forward to working with you in the future as well.

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More about Mark's Pools Plus

Mark's Pools Plus Group provides full swimming pool, spa and fountain service and repair to help keep your residential or commercial system running smoothly. We recommend meeting you on-site for a no-charge, no-obligation analysis of your swimming pool equipment. We dispatch one of our full-time, year-round employees to complete the service. We offer single or multiple days per week service to match your needs. Call us for ongoing service, start-ups, one-time cleanings, pool inspections or whatever your pool needs might be. We service, renovate & install in ground pools. above ground pools, on ground pools, water falls and spa's. We are family owned and operated, licensed, and insured. Our employee's are Certified Pool Operators. We maintain our database and training yearly and follow The City of Toronto Public Health Department recommendations to ensure compliance for your health and safety. Meaning your pool will be up to date with any issues we may find that has been over looked by other pool companies and their technicians.
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CATEGORIES
Swimming Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs, BBQ Equipment & Service, and Gas Line Installation
WEBSITE
http://homestars.com/companies/2791080
YEAR ESTABLISHED
2002
PAYMENT METHOD
Cash, Cheque and e-transfer
LICENSES
G2 Gas Fitter
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
WARRANTY TERMS
Yes. Kindly ask for details. Depends on project completed.
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