RECENT ARTICLES
  • Flow restriction in pool and spa filtration

    by Scott Webb June 2008

    Recent years have seen the gradual lowering of both line velocities and flow rates in pool plumbing. On one hand, to mitigate suction entrapment hazards, recently-passed legislation and standards have demanded that water moving through pool pipes adhere to strict speed limits.

    At the same time, driven by the imperative of energy conservation, a procession of states have begun lowering...

  • Clean Water, Clean Earth

    by Barrett Kilmer June 2008

    Amid all the media coverage about global warming, smog-choked cities and dwindling natural resources, it's easy to forget how far we've come in terms of environmental awareness. Remember those '70s ads where the old Native American man sheds a tear at the sight of a litter-riddled roadside? We've gotten a pretty good handle on the littering problem in the 30-odd years since those announcements...

  • Trouble Under The Trowel

    by Barrett Kilmer May 2008

    For the last 25 years or so a controversy has raged in the swimming pool industry about a curious phenomenon known as "spot etching," a term that usually refers to dime-sized, smooth spots of discoloration rather than actual etching of the plaster surface. The issue is as important as it is contentious, with plasterers, chemical manufacturers, retailers and service professionals all...

  • Modern computer diagnostics have reached the spa service industry

    by Scott Webb May 2008

    The spa equipment industry is easing into the computer diagnostics age in a fashion similar to the way automotive and heavy equipment industries did in decades past.

    For more than 20 years, cars have used sensors distributed throughout the vehicle to monitor its condition. These networked sensors constantly reply to a central computer's relentless fundamental question: "Is everything...

  • Know what's in fill water before it enters the pool

    by Scott Webb March 2008

    As another spring creeps up from the South, many pools across the nation will be adding water — filling or topping off. And whether a new pool is receiving its entire complement, or just a top-off to bring a winterized pool up to active service level, understanding source water is important.

    For with a spring fill, the hidden ingredients in source water become part of a pool's chemistry just the same as if they'd been measured out and added from a big white bucket. Knowing...

  • Basic care and maintenance of automatic pool cleaners

    by Jenna Danninger March 2008

    Automatic pool cleaners are self-sufficient tools that work wonders on keeping a pool glistening and debris-free. But even a cleaner needs routine maintenance and care every once in a while in order to operate at its maximum capacity. AQUA spoke with the experts themselves — the manufacturers — and got the 411 on keeping an automatic cleaner ready to roll (pun intended) at all times. Following are a few tips for maximizing automatic pool cleaner productivity.

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  • Hidden Ingredients

    by Scott Webb March 2008

    As another spring creeps up from the South, many pools across the nation will be adding water — filling or topping off. And whether a new pool is receiving its entire complement, or just a top-off to bring a winterized pool up to active service level, understanding source water is important.

    For with a spring fill, the hidden ingredients in source water become part of a pool's chemistry just the same as if they'd been measured out and added from a big white bucket. Knowing...

  • Streamlining pool service routes

    by Scott Webb March 2008

    The goal of a good route schedule is to spend the least amount of time on the road — and therefore, the maximum amount of time on the job. Because that's where the money grows.

    And route scheduling affects more than just a service tech's precious time. A lot of company money is poured into the fleet's gas tanks as well, adding another sobering cost to idling in traffic.

    For...

  • Get With The Program - Software saves time, aids inmarketing for dealers, builders and service pros.

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2008

     About 18 years ago, Tom Wise, president of Wise Software, was on his way to get a cup of coffee at a 7-11 when he saw something that changed the course of his life.

    "There was a gentleman from a pool store who was literally taking his computer outside and was about to throw it out into the parking lot," Wise recalls. "I went over and talked to him and he said, 'I've...

  • Heat History

    by Kirstin Pires March 2008

    Global warming. Volatile organic compounds. Climate change. NOx emissions. Energy Star.

    It wasn't that long ago that these terms were rarely if ever heard in the pool business, but these days, environmental concerns and fuel scarcities are perhaps some of the first things that come to mind when talking about pool heating. We often write about imminent regulations and the pressure to make ever-more-earth-friendly heating products. These are excellent - and necessary - goals, and we'll...