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  • In Service of Safety

    by Eric Herman April 2017

    Of the three main industry sectors, service is the least associated with safety. Builders work to follow construction standards and install safety features such as automatic covers, fences and enclosures, and retailers sell safety products on a daily basis and routinely advise their customers about the safe operation of pools and spas. But for service techs who don't get much face-to-face interaction, safety promotion is less what they say, and more what they do.

    "We don't talk to...

  • Why Pool Pumps Overheat — And What You Can Do to Stop It

    by Steve Goodale April 2017

    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...

  • Remembering Don Burns

    by William N. Rowley March 2017

    When Don Burns passed away in early March, the industry lost one its finest and most successful government advocates. It was wonderful reading all of the sentiments about Don; he was truly one of our very best. In the aftermath of his passing, there was, however, something missing. Not much at all was said about his specific legislative...

  • Sick Days For Service Pros

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    In most industries, a worker getting sick or injured, while a hardship for the individual, does not pose a huge problem for the business.

    But the service industry is different. If a sole proprietor service pro can't cover his or her normal route, how do those pools get clean? And what's going to stop the growth of algae as the chlorine levels slowly drop toward zero? Ultimately, what's to stop a customer from looking elsewhere?

    This scenario is a lurking fear for many...

  • Defeating the Fear of Swimming

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    Last month I posted a blog all about the importance of addressing the all-too-common fear of deep water. At the time, I was working on a small suite of articles for upcoming issues of AQUA that, to varying degrees, deal with different aspects of aquatic safety and how the industry can approach safety from a positive standpoint. Those recent forays reinforced two aspects of safety that warrant further discussion and, hopefully,...

  • Indoor Pools: How to Clear the Air and Help Swimmers Breathe

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    A major goal for the new indoor aquatics center at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., was to improve the quality of the air swimmers breathe during workouts through the use of a system that pulls in disinfection by-products and chloramines from just above the water's surface.

    To that end, a stainless steel gutter system surmounted by a Paddock Chloramine Evacuator System was installed on all four sides of the pool by designer/builder Bill Drakeley of the Drakeley Pool...

  • NSPF Introduces New Service Training Course

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation is pleased to introduce a comprehensive blended training program to the aquatic industry: Advance Service Technician Course. The 45-60 hour blended online and in-class course provides knowledge on equipment installation, maintenance, repair, and more.

    The Advanced Service Technician Course is designed to deliver the required knowledge and skills to...

  • Embracing the Deep End

    by Eric Herman February 2017

    Two out of three adults in the U.S. are afraid of deep water.

    I first heard that stat by way of a presentation at the 2008 World Aquatic Health Conference, and it still makes me stop and think. This pervasive fear must have major negative implications for the swimming pool and aquatics industries. After all, if people are afraid to go in water over their head, they are almost certain to avoid purchasing a swimming pool or using a commercial or public aquatic facility. There really...

  • Watch Your Step in the Cold: Tips for Avoiding Icy Hazards

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    As winter's chill tightens its grip over much of the nation, many intrepid pool and spa industry professionals continue to work outdoors. As they clear and repair safety covers, effect other types of emergency service and in some cases even continue building pools and spas, it's inevitable: some are going to slip and fall on ice and snow.

    It's a common problem many people simply accept as an occupational hazard. What few may realize, however, is just how dangerous slipping and...

  • Chemical Mistake Prompts Resort Evacuation

    by Eric Herman January 2017

    Two maintenance workers at a Door County, Wisc., were sent to a hospital Wednesday morning after pool chemicals were improperly mixed, according to a report on local news station WBAY. The mixture caused a reaction that in turn formed vapors, making it difficult for people at the resort to breathe. The resort was evacuated as a result.

    Guests at Westwood Shores Waterside Resort left...