Steve Goodale
Steve Goodale is a second-generation swimming pool expert located in Ontario, Canada. You can learn more about Steve, as well as swimming pool construction, maintenance and repair from his website:
  • Tuesday, June, 27, 2017 6 Things a Pool Guy Hates to Hear

    As a pool and spa professional, you learn very quickly that people are "funny" about their swimming pools. Perhaps it's due to the relatively high cost of pools, or perhaps it's due to the tenuous operational understanding that most pool owners have, but you must choose your words wisely when speaking to people about their beloved swimming pools. When I say, "It looks like there might be some damage to the pool," some pool owners hear, "Your pool is broken and you're going to go bankrupt...

  • Thursday, May, 18, 2017 Why Pool Pumps Overheat — And What You Can Do To Stop It (Part II)

    This is the second part of a two-part series on pool pumps. To read the first entry, click here.

    As we discussed last time, heat is the main reason pool pumps will fail. To understand why, you first need to understand how an electric motor works along with some basic electrical...

  • Monday, April, 03, 2017 Why Pool Pumps Overheat — And What You Can Do to Stop It

    Editor's Note: This is the first entry of a two-part series. The second part will appear online and in AQUA Magazine in May.

    Your pool pump is overheating, and you want to know why it's happening and how to fix it. This two-part story is about what causes pool pumps to run too hot, what you can expect moving forward if you suspect your pump is overheating and some ways to remedy the problem.

    Pool pumps use a lot of power, and as a result, they must dissipate...

  • Monday, December, 19, 2016 The 12 Kinds of Customers Every Service Tech Meets

    One of the best parts about being in pool service is that every day is different. You never know what you’re going to do — or who you’ll meet on that day’s route.

    In my years in pool service, I’ve come to realize there’s several types of service customers. If you're lucky, you'll get what I call "average customers," who are known for their ability to schedule work and pay their bill after you have completed the requested work.They're friendly (but not overly so), understand that...