• Scott Webb Commentary: Economic Canaries Still Chirping

    by Scott Webb March 2019

    As a rule, I try to keep a weather eye on the general economy — it’s the single most important factor in how many pools and spas we sell. And sales affect everything we do.

    At the macro level, when the flow of goods and services starts to constrict, when confidence wanes, when the movement of cash and capital through the system starts to slow, we in the pool and spa business feel it first because we make the products people cut first. We are the canaries of the economic coal...

  • Customize Your Customer's Cleaner

    by Jamie Novak March 2019

    It's imperative small retailers create a unique experience for their customers — something they can't find anywhere else. Product customization is an excellent way to provide just that. It's a way for small business owners to differentiate themselves from their big-box and online competitors.

    For years, aquatic retailers have used this strategy when selling pool and spa water treatment packages — but why not use this same approach with a cleaning system? This level of customization,...

  • CMAHC Launches New Study on Air Quality at Public Pools

    by AQUA Editors March 2019

    The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code is partnering with Purdue University and Michigan State University to conduct a study on indoor air quality at public pools.

    More specifically, the study will determine the exact operating conditions for indoor pools that will help prevent the buildup of disinfection byproducts. DBPs are formed when the chlorine used in pools to kill germs binds to the body waste swimmers bring into the pools (sweat, urine, etc.). When DBPs build up in...

  • Fire and Rain

    by Michael Popke March 2019

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    John Smieszek built homes before he built pools. But because nearly every single one of his home projects in the Scottsdale, Ariz., market includes an aquatic design component, he quickly realized he needed to take matters into his own hands.

    “As the home builder, I was...

  • What Makes a Good Distributor?

    by Abigail Carpenter March 2019

    Wholesale distributors play a critical role in the day-to-day function of the pool and spa industry. While retailers, builders and service technicians work the front lines, distributors are behind the curtain with the potential to make or break the end goal: customer satisfaction.

    But what makes a good distributor — and what should front-line businesses expect from the people that charge a healthy product markup in exchange for warehousing and product support?

    Renee Huston,...

  • The Real, Scientific Benefits of Swimming

    by Heather Ansell March 2019

    Being in this industry for the past 15 years, I see many families looking to purchase pools for their children or grandchildren to enjoy. They do not have the slightest clue that this pool of water in their backyard could potentially save their lives through the many tremendous health benefits it provides. I’ve long believed in the healing, healthy power of water, but I decided I should do some research so I could be better equipped, as a retailer, to explain its clinical, scientific...

  • A Polymer Solution to Pool Finish Challenges

    by Eric Herman March 2019

    The pool and spa industry desperately needs a new interior-finish alternative, at least according to coatings specialist and inventor Peter Gibson. He passionately believes the inherently corrosive environment of pool and spa water demands an impervious alternative to plaster, exposed aggregates, paint, vinyl and traditional fiberglass coatings.

    That's why he has spent years pursuing such an alternative, an effort that led to invention of GlassCoat. Based on technology used by the...

  • Wet Winnings

    by Scott Webb March 2019

    It's an age-old problem. You want to play blackjack. I mean, that’s why you came to Vegas. At the same time, you are an avid swimmer and poolside lounger who hates to leave the water on a sunny day for any reason.

    For decades, you had to make a hard choice. But with the development of swim-up blackjack, those days of deliberation have been cast into the dustbin of history. A number of casinos on the Strip now offer the opportunity to play blackjack in your swimsuit, including...

  • Chemistry Expert Steve Kenny Releases Book

    by AQUA Editors March 2019

    In the introduction to “The Water Quality Professional: transforming aquatic management,” author Steve Kenny leads with a provocative question: Have swimming pools become obsolete?

    It’s an interesting opening salvo coming from the veteran builder, service tech and impassioned water-quality advocate. In some ways, he argues, pools are indeed obsolete — but in other ways, they...

  • Video: OmniHub Smart Pool & Spa Control from Hayward

    by Hayward Pool Products March 2019

    When it comes to adding pool automation, OmniHub Smart Pool & Spa Control from Hayward is the only solution that gives pool owners full control and management of their entire pool pad —like adjusting heater temperature and switching on spa mode — right from their phone, tablet or Alexa voice control. OmniHub can be installed in a matter of hours by a pool professional and is simple to configure with existing equipment — meaning you can give your customers a total backyard upgrade in a...