- Thursday, July, 23, 2015 With Winter Pool Covers, End With the Start in Mind
When forming a business model, most planners are urged to "start with the end in mind." But when it comes to pool covers, the best advice is to "end with the start in mind."
That is, end the pool cover season in the springtime with the start of the fall closing and covering season firmly in your thoughts. It's a time for not just the physical care of the cover, but for tending the pool cover business as a whole if the fruits of the fall season are to be fully realized. Overall, the...
- Tuesday, July, 21, 2015 A Current Affair
Modern, high-end backyard pools have great aspirations — they want to be more than just a bowl of water. Some want features akin to a waterpark. They all want to look like a painting.
The palette may include dozens of items — natural stone, decking, landscaping, coping, tile, firebowls, lighting, etc. — but rarely does the designer consider the look of the pool water itself. While the tile gleams and the water features trickle, the water in the pool remains as static as glass....
- Thursday, July, 02, 2015 The Aquaduck Churns Ahead
Like a duck, gliding on a quiet pond, we at AQUA have been serenely making our way through 2015 without undue wake. For all the world, the No. 1 pool and spa magazine on cruise control, effortlessly turning out great stories on retailing, building and service work.
But when you look below the waterline, the duck is anything but serene. Its legs are churning furiously, reaching and grabbing the water in its little webbed feet and pushing it behind to drive the body forward. So it has...
- Tuesday, June, 02, 2015 Sanitizing Choices
The Southwest drought has focused our attention on the practice of draining pools. In some California counties it's flat-out illegal; in the rest of America, it's merely expensive.
Just to recap the situation in bone-dry California, a growing list of municipalities have banned the practice of draining and refilling pools. Even where it remains legal, draining is frowned upon in a state that is now serious about its water supply. Pool water running down the sewer looks like wanton...
- Thursday, May, 28, 2015 VIDEO: 2015 State of the Industry Report - Builder
We're wrapping up SOI month on AQUA with the results of our builder survey. How did pool builders do over the last year? What's the best way to market your business? And what features are most popular among customers? All the answers and more are in this video.
- Tuesday, May, 26, 2015 2015 SOI Service Video: Meet Matt the Pool Guy
In every State of the Industry survey, service pros tell us about the more enjoyable parts of an average day on the job. We used these nuggets to create the animated work day of Matt the Pool Guy, serviceman extraordinaire.
- Thursday, May, 21, 2015 VIDEO: 2015 State of the Industry Report - Service
Every year, the State of the Industry survey details the financial health of the service sector, rising product trends and the daily life of a service pro. Here are a few highlights from the survey — turn to the May 2015 issue for the full report.
- Tuesday, May, 19, 2015 Concrete, Heal Thyself!
Concrete is one of the most popular building materials in history. It forms our cities and roads, and a good percentage of our swimming pools and decks. But concrete has always had a major flaw — the tendency to crack.
An inventor in The Netherlands believes he has the solution — dormant bacteria that come to life when water trickles through a new crack, and work to seal the breach.
Microbiologist Henk Jonkers, of Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands started...
- Wednesday, May, 13, 2015 Pool Plaster Standard Proposed
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals has announced a new draft standard for the plastering of swimming pools and spas.
The standard, called the Board of Standards Review/APSP/International Code Council/National Plasterers Council – 12 201X, covers the material and application for the plastering of cementitious finish coatings for in-ground swimming pools or other cementitious water-containment vessels. It sets forth the identification and stipulation of non-structural...
- Tuesday, May, 12, 2015 YMCA And NSPF Announce Training Agreement
YMCA of the USA is phasing out the current Pool Operator on Location training program and replacing it with a training option aligned with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Model Aquatic Health Code. As part of this commitment, Y-USA has signed a Preferred Vendor Agreement with the National Swimming Pool Foundation to deliver the Certified Pool/Spa Operator Certification.
“Adopting the CPO Certification program makes sense. It facilitates our compliance with the...