Scott Webb
Scott Webb has been with AQUA magazine in one capacity or another since April 2001; he now serves as executive editor. Scott has a degree from University of Cincinnati in aerospace engineering and lives in Madison, Wisc. To get in touch, email him at scott@aquamagazine.com.
  • Monday, March, 24, 2008 Streamlining pool service routes

    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...

  • Monday, March, 17, 2008 Pump Surgery

     Other than the pool shell itself, there's no more critical component of a pool system than its engine of circulation, the pump. Making pump replacement efficient, then, is equally critical to a service company's health.

    A pump repair job begins with the discovery of something not right with the pool's heart - a growing murmur or indications of pressure loss....

  • Monday, March, 17, 2008 Repairing a pool's circulatory system

     Other than the pool shell itself, there's no more critical component of a pool system than its engine of circulation, the pump. Making pump replacement efficient, then, is equally critical to a service company's health.

    A pump repair job begins with the discovery of something not right with the pool's heart - a growing murmur or indications of pressure loss....

  • Monday, March, 17, 2008 Troubleshooting pool leaks

     Rarely does a leak pose a serious threat to a pool - it does not command the attention of a broken pump or even a clogged filter-but it can be an annoying and persistent burglar of water and chemicals, and if allowed to linger it may invite other, more serious offenders such as algae and structural damage to the homeowner's backyard.

    There's the sense of...

  • Monday, March, 17, 2008 Fashionable Skirts

     Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Be that as it may, over the years most beholders of portable spas have found little to delight the eye - especially with the cover down. With the mesmerizing water hidden from sight, the eye is drawn to the skirts or surrounds, which have tended to be somewhat dull, even before the ravages of elements and various...

  • Monday, March, 17, 2008 Retailing spa and hot tub skirts and surrounds

     Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Be that as it may, over the years most beholders of portable spas have found little to delight the eye - especially with the cover down. With the mesmerizing water hidden from sight, the eye is drawn to the skirts or surrounds, which have tended to be somewhat dull, even before the ravages of elements and various...

  • Monday, March, 17, 2008 Industry reacts positively to pool pump legislation

     It's time to call it what it is - a full-fledged revolution in pool plumbing.

    When we last wrote about lowspeed pumping, it was a story about early adopters and onerous regulation. Just a year later, it's a story of how an entire industry has come to view pool water circulation from a completely different vantage point.

    Lowering system resistance by...

  • Thursday, May, 11, 2006 Tiny Bubbles

    In the beginning, there was warm water, rushing over the outstretched legs and arms and across the muscles of the back. And that was good.

    But spa makers soon discovered that air could be mixed into the stream of water to create an even more scintillating experience. Spa users quickly acquired a taste for the sensation of bubbles against the skin. It's been in the...

  • Sunday, September, 11, 2005 A Spa Is Not A Tiny Swimming Pool

    Water is water — two small atoms of hydrogen clinging to a single large oxygen atom. The formula is the same for both pool water and spa water. But when it comes to the chemistry and care of pool and spa water, you might as well be comparing apples and . . . pears.

    The two are related, of course. Both become contaminated during normal use. Both typically use...

  • Thursday, August, 11, 2005 Under Wraps

    A new spa cover arrives at the customer's home in pristine condition, just like the spa it will secure and insulate. But you can bet it will be replaced, perhaps several times over, before the spa finally gives out.

    And some dealers, like Kim Steffenhagen, showroom manager for Benson's Pool & Patio in Middleton, Wis., have pondered this. He sells a lot of spas...