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  • 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...

  • If You Aren't Selling Automatic Pool Covers, You're Missing Out

    by Todd Cramer February 2017

    {bglink 4626}Ok, maybe that's a little aggressive. But in times when the laws requiring fenced-in pools are starting to change and water conservation is especially topical (especially in areas of extreme drought), the case for automatic pool covers has never been stronger. The technology is quickly evolving and the features available today make these products much more cost effective than in the past. All this adds up to a more intuitive, longer lasting and highly sought-after piece of pool...

  • IPSSA Expands East

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    The Independent Pool & Spa Service Association, the largely California-based industry association, is growing — and plans to expand toward the East Coast.

    The organization kicked off its expansion efforts by exhibiting at the Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City in January, the largest regional trade show on the East Coast. Encouraged by interest from local organizations and service professionals, January's show marked the...

  • 2017 Vinyl Liner Patterns: Sparkle, Mosaics and Pebbles

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

     


     

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    LOOP-LOC is poised to reignite the revolution it created when it debuted the exclusive PearlEssence line with an exciting new addition: Shimmering SeaWaves. It's the first fully...

  • Understanding Advanced Oxidation Process

    by Eric Herman February 2017

    Hydroxyl radicals exist for only a tiny fraction of a second. The reason for their extreme brevity is simple: hydroxyl radicals are remarkably reactive. So reactive, in fact, that they are far more potent as an oxidizer than chlorine gas, ozone or hypochlorous acid; that makes them well suited for oxidizing disinfection byproducts.

    Hydroxyl radicals are so short lived, however, they are still only part of the water treatment picture, but their power is being harnessed to improve...

  • De-Vinyl Lines

    by Eric Herman February 2017

    {bglink 4683}Proponents of vinyl-liner/package pools believe the time has come (and passed) to let go of the stigma that once plagued their branch of the industry's family tree. No longer should vinyl liner pools be considered simply aboveground pools sunken into the ground nor should the term "baggies" ever be uttered again.

    The reason, they say, is that the package pool industry has evolved dramatically in recent years and now offers a list of benefits that compares favorably to...

  • 45 Years in the Sunshine State

    by Cailley Hammel February 2017

    The "Orlando show," as it's colloquially known, has come a long way since its inception in 1972. After modest beginnings as a hotel tabletop show, the "Spring show," as attendees often called it, blossomed in both attendance and square footage. Fifteen years ago, the show made the leap to the Orange County Convention Center, cementing its status as a bona fide trade show within the pool and spa industry.

    This year, the show — renamed the Everything Under the Sun Expo in 2014 —...

  • Industry Love Stories

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    In celebration of the day on which we honor love itself, we present a few industry Valentines. And in accordance with primary school tradition, we're making sure everyone gets one.

    Some of our AQUA Valentines met their spouses on the job, starting out as co-workers and growing into something more. Many were born into the trade and brought their partners into the work. And others walked down the aisle — straight into the pool and spa business.

    Of course, being...

  • 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...

  • All About Alkalinity

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) February 2017

    Balancing pool and spa water is perhaps the fundamental job of the service pro, and total alkalinity is a key parameter in that process.

    What is Total Alkalinity?

    Total alkalinity is the amount of bicarbonate, plus the much smaller amount of carbonate, plus (in stabilized pools) the amount of cyanurate ions. It is

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