Earlier this week I learned my friend and long-time industry expert and educator, Greg Garrett,...
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance has named Sabeena Hickman as the organization's new president, chief...
A 9-year-old girl in Citrus Heights, Calif., died after being electrocuted in her family’s...
One of the big highlights of any trade show is checking out all the exciting new products. Can't wait for Orlando? Check out this sneak peek of what you'll find at PSP Expo:
RELATED: Our Preview of the 2017 PSP Expo
The Cover CompanyThe Cover Company provides high-quality safety covers with heavy-duty springs with "E-Z adjust" locking pieces for quick installation. For extra durability they use Tenara thread made by Gortex in high stress points. Tough-to-fit water features, including waterfalls, walls and other obstacles are handled with ease. The Cover Company asks that builders looking for a quote should fax or email a drawing. coverlon.com | Booth 1441
JandyThe Jandy Pro Series JXi heater with VersaFlo Integrated Bypass technology maximizes hydraulic efficiency by diverting water flow around the heat exchanger when not heating water. In addition to its ultra-compact size and lightweight design, this heater delivers up to 20 percent additional energy savings*. [*Versus similar systems without VersaFlo.] jandy.com | (800) 822-7933
PleatcoThrough science and innovation, Pleatco strives to bring great new products and technologies to the market that provide the cleanest water filtration possible for the health, safety and happiness of every pool and spa owner. Pleatco carries more than 700 products, including filter cartridges, D.E. grids and filter cleaning tools, backed by rapid turnaround shipping and great customer support. Pleatco proudly works every day to find new, smart solutions to help its customers in both business and leisure. pleatco.com | Booth 931
LOOP-LOCIntroducing LOOP-LOC's Aqua-Xtreme Virtually Solid Mesh with maximum light-blocking technology that deters algae growth and ensures a cleaner pool in spring when the cover comes off. This unique mesh features a new weave that is super-strong, but 50 percent lighter than solid safety covers. Available in popular green and new sapphire navy, Aqua-Xtreme drains up to 80 gallons per minute without clogging. looploc.com | Booth 1943
Lonzapoolife Exclusive Pool Care Collection NST offers an alternative to 3-inch tablets. This innovative, patent-pending sanitizer utilizes a proprietary slow-dissolving technology with cal-hypo to create a tablet that lasts for days. What's more, it does all this without adding any cyanuric acid to the water. poolife.com | Booth 2249
Clear ComfortEliminate chlorine with Clear Comfort's CCW100 advanced oxidation pool system. Using the power of hydroxyls, residential pools can be chlorine-free while commercial pools can reduce chlorine by more than 50 percent. Clear Comfort is the ideal solution for pool professionals seeking to reduce chemical use, simplify water management and provide customers with fresh-feeling water. clearcomfort.com | Booth 963
Pentair Aquatic SystemsThe UltraTemp ETi Hybrid Heater is the first of its kind, combining the rapid temperature rise of a gas heater with the energy efficiency of heat pump technology. In Hybrid mode, one of four settings, the heater will automatically select the most appropriate fuel mode to achieve and maintain the set temperature, making it an exceptionally good choice for pool/spa combinations. This revolutionary pool heater also features the TitanTough Direct-Fire Titanium Heat Exchanger, which helps it endure harsh pool water environments and lengthen its lifespan. pentairpool.com | Booth 1601
End 2 End Swim Spa CoversEnd 2 End Swim Spa Covers are proudly manufactured in Reno, Nev. Custom-made by hand up to 21 feet in length, End 2 End Swim Spa Covers can be built for any make or model swim spa and inground pool. The E2E Cover is designed to roll in either direction, making it ideal for dual-temperature swim spas — just roll back the pool side for daily swimming or the spa side for nightly relaxation. end2endswimspacovers.com | (775) 583-8880
SpazazzSpazazz Elixirs are the only chemical-free, water-based aromatherapy liquids on the market today. The company's proprietary blend of vitamins and herbal extracts were specially formulated to naturally enhance any spa, hot tub or bathtub experience. These all-natural elixirs deliver vitamin-enriched moisturizers, mood-enhancing aromas and body healing elements that will balance, relax, and rejuvenate the mind and body. spazazz.com | Booth 1315
RB Retail & Service SolutionsRB Retail & Service Solutions will be releasing a new version of RB Pool & Spa that utilizes SQL. This software update will be available to all new customers as well as existing dealers who wish to upgrade their current RB software. This newly enhanced version of RB Pool & Spa will provide users with faster back-end processing capabilities, newly added program features and increased user flexibility. rbpoolandspa.com | Booth 1018
Jack's MagicKeep your hands clean with O-Ring Lube from Jack's Magic, a premium silicone lubricant with PTFE that features a new brush-top applicator. O-Ring Lube has outstanding rubber and plastic compatibility and is chemical resistant. It's odorless, non-toxic and safe for the environment. It will not harm or degrade O-rings, rubber gaskets or other rubber or plastic seals. Most importantly: The container size and applicator length means you'll get to use every last bit you paid for. Available in 4 oz. jars. jacksmagic.com | Booth 654
Tara Liners & Safety CoversEvery pattern in Tara's 2018 collection is made from vinyl produced in the United States. That means that they are 100 percent virgin vinyl, free of filler ingredients. It also means that when your customers select a Tara Liner pattern, it will be in stock and available to order. Tara backs its liners with a 20-year warranty, including five years of full replacement, for no extra charge. Tara's unique, RF-welded SureSeam seam offers a seamless look and better fit. Visit the website for instant quotes. taraliners.com | Booth 1334
H2flow ControlsWith 21 different models for various pipe diameters and application types, the FlowVis flow meter by H2flow maintains more than 95 percent accuracy across the entire model range. The FlowVis lineup features eight NSF-50-certified models, more than any other flow meter manufacturer. FlowVis allows for installation flexibility; there's no requirement for 15x straight pipe, and it can be installed horizontally, vertically or even upside-down. h2flow.net | Booth 1371
Lucite SPALucite SPA is a global leader in the design and development of acrylic surfacing and widely known as the material of choice for the spa industry. Beyond commitment to quality and performance, color innovation is central to Lucite Spa. The company is passionate about developing colors and effects that are on-trend, in-demand and meet the needs of its customers and consumers. Visit the booth to see how Lucite Spa is drawing on over 80 years of color innovation. lucitespaandbath.com | Booth 1331
Allied InnovationsBe in control with an Original Manufacturer/Master Distributor of genuine brand controls and hard-to-find replacement spa parts. Stop by Booth #1001 to visit the A-Team, Allied Innovations, get your 2017-2018 Spa Parts catalog and take advantage of the free daily tool drawing, spa pack and control specials. The excitement continues with the new functionality and live information provided by the online store: alliedinnovations.com. alliedinnovations.com | Booth 1001
Aqua CombThe Aqua Comb fully cleans pool and spa cartridge filters. Aqua Comb attaches to a garden hose and, when used with a spray cleaner, cleans and disinfects the cartridge filter. With Aqua Combs you can clean a filter in as little as three to five minutes while using less water, which lowers utility bills. The Aqua Comb is made entirely in the U.S. aquacomb.com | Booth 1645
Anderson Manufacturing Co.The LeakTrac 2400 uses patented technology to direct you to even the smallest pinhole leak in minutes. The LeakTrac 2400 finds leaks by putting a small electrical charge into the pool water, then tracking the flow of electricity as it makes connections to the ground through conductive penetrations in the liner. This technology is effective on any water-containing vessel with an electrically insulating shell (vinyl, fiberglass, etc.). leaktools.com | Booth 1155
LaMotteThe WaterLink SpinTouch lab, named the Best New Product at the 2016 PSP Expo, is designed to be used by service professionals and retailers. The precise photometer can measure 10 different tests in just 60 seconds to obtain perfect water chemistry. All the test results can be viewed on the touchscreen or can be transferred into the DataMate water analysis program. waterlinkspintouch.com | Booth 1638
HaywardControl up to four pieces of pool equipment on existing pools with the VS Omni pump. This attractive smart-control solution can command variable-speed pumps, the existing heater and pool light, plus a fourth product when you add a second optional VS Omni Smart Relay. A simple five-step electrician-free installation and no extra tools make VS Omni a breakthrough in pool control technology. VS Omni even works with Amazon Alexa, Nest and other smart home automation systems. hayward-pool.com | Booth 900
Meyco Pool CoversFor 60 years, Meyco's skilled craftsmen have followed founder Fred J. Meyer's "Path to Quality," giving customers a pool cover partner they can rely on and trust. From the company's initial five-point measure check to the 24/7 dealer portal, Meyco's experienced team of designers guarantees optimal cover layout and design for the most complex covers and a dedicated sales and customer support team. meycocovers.com | Booth 838
Industrial Test SystemsThe eXact iDip Smart Photometer System is the only Level 1 NSF/ANSI-50 certified water testing system that utilizes two–way communication with a Bluetooth smartphone/tablet. This patented technology enables the app to be the brain of the system, allowing updates, test menu customization, email and cloud sharing (including 3rd party apps), time/date/GPS tracking, photo attachment, data storage, automatic calculations (LSI and sodium) and more. exactidip.com | Booth 1611
LathamThis year, Latham introduced three new feature-rich, auto cover-ready rectangular fiberglass pools from Viking, Trilogy and Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pools. Now available in 12-by-26-, 14-by-30- and 16-by-35-foot models, these pools include a large curved tanning ledge, two corner benches, a swim-lane, a convenience ledge throughout the pool and an additional set of steps to allow for easy backyard placement. They are custom-built for quick and easy installation of a Latham automatic safety cover system (Coverstar or Pool Cover Specialists). lathampool.com | Booth 531
Pool NetrThe Spa Netr is made with a high-quality poly material and a tough stainless-steel screen. Combine these materials with its unique design and full three-year warranty, and you'll see why no other spa nets can compare, the company says. In addition, Spa Netrs are also ideal for in-pool cleaning while homeowners relax beside, or in, the pool. poolnetr.com | Booth 641
Pentair Commercial AquaticsPentair Commercial Aquatics offers products designed to save energy and money for aquatic facilities. BioShield CLP & CVP UV systems improve water and air quality and reduce chemical usage to lower operational costs. Acu Drive XS variable speed drives save up to 60 percent on pump electricity usage. IntelliBrite 5G lighting offers energy-efficient LEDs for underwater pool/spa illumination. AmerBrite White LED Replacement Lamp system replaces incandescent lights with LED bulbs easily. EQ pumps offer features that maximize efficiency. And finally, the IntelliChem controller ensures proper water chemistry, reducing waste and cost. pentaircommercial.com | Booth 1608
RenosysThe DuraTech deck drain system is specifically designed to remove water from pool decks in any aquatic environment. The deck drain channel is made from thick, exterior-grade, high-impact PVC that is able to withstand the busiest pool decks. The system is installed with modular interlocking grating, which allows for easy access to any part of the drain. The grating is embossed with an anti-skid top surface that provides incredible traction and comfort underfoot. renosys.com | Booth 954
UltraliftThe Visionlift is the only hot tub cover lifter on the market that drops the cover to the ground, giving spa users a true 360-degree panoramic view from the hot tub. Using a dual-shock system, Visionlift lifts the cover and positions it fully behind the hot tub. Patented sliding brackets ensure the perfect fit every time. Proudly made in North America. ultrapoolandspa.com/visionlift | Booth 1655
Haviland Pool & Spa ProductsHaviland Pool & Spa Products specializes in manufacturing unique borate-based pool and spa chemical treatment products including ProTeam Supreme, Clear Result Activator Plus and SpaPure Simply Soft. Haviland formulates and manufactures its own specialty enzymes, unique algaecides and labor-saving water treatments. Haviland brands also include Salt Support, DuraChlor and Caribbean Blue as well as a complete line of American-made hoses for swimming pool vacuums, filter connection and automatic cleaners. havilandpool.com | Booth 431
Byron OriginalsByron Originals is proud to offer industry-leading quality products such as the Sure Step II spa steps. Sure Step II offers quality, durability, numerous color options and simple setup with no tools required. Accommodates both round and rectangular spas. Made in the U.S. stepnstow.com | Booth 1654
Bullfrog SpasAs a complement to its industry-changing spa lineup, Bullfrog Spas has introduced the world's first virtual reality spa showroom experience for retailers. Customers can either explore a Bullfrog Spa in 360 degrees with the help of a virtual guide or design their own virtual 3-D spa with an interactive spa design experience. The Bullfrog Spas Virtual Reality Showroom Experience makes visiting your local showroom both fun and informational. bullfrogspas.com | Booth 601
Pegasus ProductsPegasus Products' new Luminous pattern was inspired by the look of hand-laid tile and stone for a contemporary look customers will love. The pattern features a modern palette of earthy blues flanked by a textured grey "stone" that complements the pool's surroundings and gives the water a bright blue hue. All Pegasus liners are made from virgin vinyl with inhibitors for mildew, mold and algae. These and other additives are designed to increase the life of the liner by increasing resistance to chemicals, decreasing brittleness and improving resistance to punctures. pegasus-products.com | Booth 1441
Aquatic TechnologiesAquaGuard 5000's Super Epoxy is a chemical-resistant injectable or trowel-applied epoxy compound. Super Epoxy is abrasion resistant and adheres well to concrete and plastic — it won't sag on vertical surfaces. Can be used for installing rebar dowels and staples as well as ceramic tiles on fiberglass and concrete pools. Also ideal for concrete, fiberglass and plastic crack repairs, cracked skimmers, filters, pumps and boat repairs. Resists damage from chlorine, acid and saltwater. Ideal for both pools and spas. aquaguard5000.com | Booth 666
Premium LeisurePremium proudly introduces the Ultra Spa, a great looking hot tub with an entry-level price tag. The Ultra — as well as other high-end products, including Premium Leisure's latest swim spa with variable speed technology — will be on display at PSP Expo. premiumleisure.com | Booth 449
Fiberlite UmbrellasMade in the U.S., these commercial-grade umbrellas are specifically designed for pool and spa applications. Fiberlite Umbrellas are the innovators of the fiberglass frame umbrella, patented and designed over 30 years ago. The fiberglass center pole will not fade, rust, corrode, oxidize or swell inside chlorinated or saltwater pools, making it the perfect complement for the backyard patio or commercial setting. All Fiberlite umbrellas come with all-inclusive five-year warranty including the frame, pole and marine-grade fabric (Sunbrella or Outdura). fiberliteumbrellas.com | Booth 2508
Solar Sun RingsAdd free heat to your pool with the power of the sun with Solar Sun Rings, a unique swimming pool cover. These rings utilize patented heating technology that absorbs sunlight and converts it into usable, sustainable solar heating for swimming pools. www.solarsunrings.com | Booth 1544
DEL AOP 25The DEL AOP 25 from CMP is a new, compact AOP sanitizer for the complete modern pool. It is easy to install, lightweight and will treat pools up to 25,000 gallons in size. The powerful AOP technology reduces chemical dependency and destroys 99.9 percent of contaminants and bacteria for clean healthy water. The AOP 25 is environmentally safe and provides efficient, reliable performance. c-m-p.com/del | Booth 1123
GENESIS/NSPFThe National Swimming Pool Foundation believes everything it does helps people live happier and healthier lives. Whether it's encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer or keeping pools open, NSPF believes it can make a difference. To further this mission, NSPF combined forces with GENESIS, an educational leader for designers and builders of residential pools and spas, in 2016. Together, NSPF and Genesis offer products and programs that are technically sound, convenient and beautifully designed. genesis3.com | nspf.org | Booth 861
MateflexA HomeCourt designed backyard court can be small enough to fit most backyards, but big enough to make a full range of competitive sports come alive for family fun. HomeCourt features narrow-gauge ribs for excellent traction, while the low-abrasion surface reduces wear and tear on sports equipment and shoes. The tile's expansion joints are designed so the tiles can be trimmed tight to a fence or border to give the court a professional, finished look. With 16 standard colors to choose from, any look is possible. mateflex.com | Booth 555
AQUASALTAQUASALT is produced using an evaporated food-grade salt process in the two newest and most technologically advanced salt plants in the U.S., which yield the highest purity salt possible, the company says. The product is available for pool and spa chlorine generators. Visit the booth to learn more about AQUASALT and take home a promotional item. aquasalt.com | Booth 1864
Confer PlasticsConfer Plastics offers several choices in spa steps. The Handi-Step is offered in 14 colors and is compatible with both straight and curved spas. Storage Steps have a removable compartment, stainless-steel hardware and are available in six different tread colors. The 36-inch-wide Signature Spa Step is great for taller spas and swim spas and is available in 24-inch-high or 32-inch-high models. New this year is the economical three-tread Ultra Spa Step, available in black. conferplastics.com | Booth 1255
PolarisThe Polaris 7240 Sport robotic pool cleaner is a powerful, compact robotic cleaner with lightweight handling. Features include Polaris' proprietary Cyclonic Vacuum Technology that captures debris without losing suction, an easy-clean filter canister that's simple to remove and clean, and a transparent lid that takes the guesswork out of knowing when to empty the canister. polarispool.com | (800) 822-7933
Valterra ProductsThe King-Fin Wall Brush by Blue Devil has 10 times the scrubbing force of a regular wall brush. This dual-action brush gives you the same force on the forward and backward stroke, allowing you to brush a pool in half the time, with half the effort. Available with poly bristles, nylon bristles and combo nylon/stainless steel bristles. valterra.com | Booth 2324
Aquamatic Cover SystemsSince 1980, Aquamatic Cover Systems has provided peace of mind to families around the world with both the Hydramatic hydraulic automatic and EZ-Cover manual safety swimming pool and spa covers, the company says. Both covers are third-party verified to exceed ASTM F1346-91 standards for safety, and both satisfy pool barrier codes throughout the U.S. and Canada. aquamatic.com | Booth 955
Sun PoolsSun Fiberglass has been handcrafting more than 30 designs of popular one-piece fiberglass pools in four-color finishes since 1995. These ICC/ES-certified designs feature Sun's critical point lamination process, lifetime structural warranty and good old-fashioned customer service. sunpools.com | Booth 2148
Poly-PlanarPoly-Planar audio systems are rugged, reliable and engineered for use in harsh spa environments and waterproof enclosures. The company offers a large selection of accessories, integrated speaker systems and exterior speakers for patio listening. www.polyplanar.com | Booth 2239
Blue Torrent Pool ProductsThe Power Clean Black Diamond Cartridge Filter System features longer-running cycles compared to standard cartridges. The addition of a reverse-flow power cleaning option extends the cycle even longer by using the full power of the pump to power-wash large free-floating particles from the system. Simply switch to the Power Clean cycle after the introduction of heavy debris and wash it from the system. This leaves the filter element free to capture the finer particles. With less debris in the system the less you need to open and clean the element. bluetorrentpoolproducts.com | Booth 219
CMPThe Brilliant Wonders LED Control is the first compact pool LED lighting control with an interactive color LCD screen, the company says. With the LED Control, it's easy to control lights, create schedules and build custom light shows. Replaces a standard light switch in a single-gang box. Install indoors or outdoors in a weatherproof box. Compatible with all popular pool LED lighting. c-m-p.com/brilliant | Booth 1123
Ledge LoungerThe Ledge Lounger Sectional is unique, versatile and completely customizable. Create endless configurations using Middles, Corners, Ottomans and Tables, then arrange and rearrange as often as you'd like. Pieces lock together and cushions stay in place using Ledge Lounger's unique snap-in-place interlocking system. The sectional is designed for use in water up to 10 inches deep, and also works great on the deck, patio or any outdoor environment. ledgelounger.com | Booth 1855
You can't get far in the pool and spa industry without a sense of humor, and that's especially true for people in service. Techs do far more than work on pools — they also spend their days quelling customer tantrums, managing unrealistic expectations, fixing the "tricks" homeowners swear the internet said would work, explaining how a salt cell works for the umpteenth time...you get it. That list could go on forever.
Because laughter is the best medicine, take a look at these great...
Everyone gets calls about green pool service, but not everyone provides it. But why not? It’s very rewarding to watch a frog-filled swamp turn into a perfectly healthy and swimmable body of water.
When you get that call, do you take the job or pass it on to the next company? Let’s take a closer look at the ways saying “yes” can benefit your company.
Green-to-cleans can be a great money maker for your company as they offer...
The following content is supported by one of our advertising partners. To learn more about sponsored content, click here.
Few recent developments in the world of pool design and construction can claim to have changed how builders do...
Parts of the U.S. saw significant flooding this spring and summer, which has important ramifications for pool and spa owners who must assume floodwaters have contaminated their pools and spas with chemicals, fertilizers, oils, gasoline, sewage, germs (bacteria, parasites, fungi, and viruses), silt and debris. This contamination persists long after the floodwaters have receded.
In addition, flooding leaves behind water-damaged electrical equipment in homes, swimming pools and other...