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  • Spring (Pool) Cleaning: Your Pool Opening Checklist

    by Kathryn Howard April 2017

    Spring has sprung, and the busy opening season is beginning in northern climes. For service pros perhaps returning to active service after the off-season, we provide this brief pool opening checklist, courtesy of Kris Schmitt, department manager for the design/build department at Neave Pools, Westchester, N.Y.

    Everyone needs a checklist to make sure nothing is overlooked — even NASA engineers use checklists before a launch. With that in mind, here's a recap of what you need to keep...

  • Alice Cunningham: Why I Love 'The Power of Why'

    by Alice Cunningham April 2017

    Back in January, I began a discussion in AQUA about informational resources from outside our industry that might help fuel both individual and shared success. I’d like to continue down that path here with a look at one of the truly visionary business leaders, authors and thinkers working these days – Simon...

  • pHin: Here To Stay

    by Cailley Hammel April 2017

    Quick Recap

    What is pHin?

    pHin is a water sensor that continually measures pH, ORP, and temperature. Once a month, the mobile app asks the customer to use a test strip, which it scans to access free chlorine, total alkalinity, total hardness and cyanuric acid.

    How does it work?

    Homeowners and/or

    ...
  • Robotic Pool Cleaners: A Secret Well of Additional Value

    by Skye Svenningsen April 2017

    Automatic pool cleaners are not new. In fact, in the U.S. we’ve used automatic pool cleaners for decades. But ask any pool pro that’s been around for a while and they’ll tell you that when it comes to robotic automatic pool cleaners, pool owners have only really begun to embrace them in the last decade. In fact, some pool owners may not even be aware of this automatic cleaner option.

    However, as smartphones and other advanced devices have become a part of daily life, consumers are...

  • Research: Water Immersion Yields Neurological Benefits

    by Eric Herman April 2017

    Ever since the first time humans stepped into a warm geothermal pool, we've known how good it feels. And beyond that wonderful sensation of aquatic immersion, we've also long suspected doing so is really good for us.

    Thanks to an ever-growing body of research, we've learned how swimming can lower blood pressure,

  • Product Focus: 2017 Backyard Safety Products

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    For pool and spa professionals, safety is always a top concern. Luckily, there's plenty of products out there designed to help you keep your customers safe in the backyard. Here, we look at 2017's new and bestselling safety offerings, from pool covers and gates to alarms — and more.

    RELATED: This Service Company Takes Safety to the Next Level

  • Sponsored Video: How to Paint a Pool

    by Ramuc Pool Paint April 2017

    Need to revitalize a pool? A fresh coat of paint is a cost-efficient way to protect and beautify most any aquatic structure. RAMUC’s expertise is in developing specialty coatings designed to withstand the conditions that exist underwater, such as harsh chemicals, salt, lotions, water movement, temperature changes and UV rays. RAMUC — a brand name you can trust.

  • With a Grain of Salt

    by Steve Sherwood April 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I have been an advocate of saltwater pools my whole life. And the product has been a profitable one for my business. But I'm starting to wonder where the fizz went as I run into more and more skeptical customers.

    Ever since I was a kid hanging out at the Jersey Shore, I became aware of what happens to the human body and metals when they come in contact with saltwater. My back would dry out and tingle for hours, my sneaker eyelets would start to...

  • 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...

  • April 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    What’s new this month? A quiet pump, a wrench for pool lids, an American flag skimmer cover and more.

    S.R.Smith
    The next generation of S.R.Smith's popular heliX pool slide, the heliX2, is new and ready for order. The helix2 features a patented water feature at the top of the slide powered...