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  • 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.

  • Haviland Acquires Baleco International

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    Haviland Pool and Spa Products has acquired Baleco International Inc. of North Bend, Ohio. Baleco International offers a wide variety of pool water treatment products, including Aquamate and Maintain Pool Pro, and also provides private labeling services. Baleco began as Cincinnati Soap Center in 1958 before adding pool chemistry in 1962. Baleco moved to its current 100,000 square...

  • Wanted: Business Savvy For the Next Generation

    by Steve Sherwood February 2017

    After 10 years in the pool industry on the East Coast, I traded pork roll for palm trees and headed to Los Angeles, opening my first company without partners or investors — which has been great, but now what?

    With your name on the lease and the business loan, you feel intense pressure. You look around, and you see some competitors thriving, while others crack and fold. Why? Under similar conditions, why does one company wither and eventually close its doors while another goes on to...

  • Time-Saving Cartridge Cleaning Tips

    by Scott Webb February 2017

    When it comes to cleaning, the cartridge filter is the middle child — not as easy as a sand backwash, but not as messy as a D.E. grid spray-down.

    Still, despite the relatively straightforward process, a few tweaks can make this job a little more thorough and a lot faster. And over the course of a year, shaving just five or 10 minutes from a process that is performed hundreds times can literally save a week or more of work.

    Tal Millican, a sole proprietor service pro in the...

  • February 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    We know what you were thinking — “What’s new around the industry this month?” Well, we got you: there’s a steel swim spa, a new phosphate remover, an artificial rock jumping stone/waterfall combo, a sauna and more. Scroll down for more.

    Diamond Spas
    Diamond Spas' Stainless Steel Swim Spa...

  • Conserve and Protect: A Close Look at the APSP-13 Standard

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2017

    Early in 2016, as Californians braced themselves for another hot and dry summer, the clouds opened up and rain poured on the state, temporarily easing the squeezed water districts who had threatened homeowners with backyard pools. Fall brought further relief, buoying hopes that a good rainy season could even bring the historic drought to an end, at least in the north.

    But for Dan Johnson, a builder and consultant in Sarasota, on Florida's water-wealthy Gulf Coast, the rain did...

  • Tracking the Elusive Business Loan

    by Phillip M. Perry January 2017

    Thanks to a strong real estate market and rising interest rates, banks are more eager to lend than at any time in recent memory. Business borrowers, though, must lay the groundwork for a successful loan application by improving cash flows and initiating communications with bankers long before money is needed. Smaller banks can help fill the gap when larger ones refuse...