• Pool Care and Repair After Wildfires

    by PHTA Recreational Water Quality Committee December 2018

    Last year was one of California's most devastating wildfire seasons in recorded history. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Golden State saw more than 7,500 fires consume 1.6 million acres of land. And in November, the Woolsey Fire and Camp Fires caused unprecedented damage, becoming California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record

    With a new year before us and wildfire season just around the corner, here are some tips for...

  • The Basics: Boric Acid and Sodium Borates

    by PHTA Recreational Water Quality Committee December 2018


    A few quick facts about boric acid and sodium borates:

    • Used as a pH buffer in swimming pools (against increases in pH)

    • Helps to limit algae growth (acts as an algaestat)

    • Lowers chlorine demand

    • Additional benefits may include reduced corrosion

    • Recommended dose

  • Lost Hot Tub Found 20 Miles Away

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    After Hurricane Michael slammed Florida’s St. George Island in October, many residents returned from the evacuation to learn they had little left to return to.

    David Coston, who owns a vacation home on the island, was one of the lucky ones whose property survived the Michael’s sustained winds and storm surge.

    The day he returned, Coston was certainly relieved to see the house standing, but he did notice something was missing. “Wait a minute, our hot tub’s not here,” he...

  • Understanding Ammonia and Nitrates

    by Terry Arko November 2018

    Treating pool and spa water can be a surprisingly multi-faceted proposition. While most people in our industry understand the basics of oxidation, sanitizing and water balance, there are aspects of water chemistry that confound even the most experienced practitioners.

    In particular, the way that ammonia works in pools and spas, from its positive applications to how it results in disinfection byproducts and the formation of nitrates — one of the most problematic common compounds in...

  • LEDs: The New Direction of Pool Lighting

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    LED lights have taken the pool industry in bold new directions — and have done so in increasingly rapid fashion in only the past few years. In terms of sales, the new compact-LED fixtures have reportedly overtaken traditional incandescent lights, which are increasingly relegated to replacement sales.

    According to James Carter, lighting product manager for Hayward Industries, "From an LED perspective, the rate of adoption is extremely high because the entire lighting industry has...

  • LPI Eliminating Dealer Program

    by Cailley Hammel October 2018

    In a significant shift in business strategy, LPI announced it is ending its domestic dealership program to focus on its direct-to-consumer retail division, Aqua Living Factory Outlets. The move, effective Jan. 1, 2019, will impact about 200 spa retailers who carry LPI portable spas, which includes the Catalina, Signature and Pinnacle brands. Aqua Living currently operates 35 stores, with 110 more expected to open over the next two years.

    LPI CEO Dave Hatley says the change is the...

  • The Right Way to Approach Hot Water Care

    by Chris Marcano October 2018

    Learn more about hot tub water care at Chris Marcano’s seminar at the upcoming PSP Expo in Las Vegas. Called “Treating Spas Like Pools Could Get You in Hot Water: A Custom Approach to Hot Water Care,” the course will take place Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..

    If there’s...

  • OxiClean Introduces Pool and Spa Chemical Line

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    OxiClean, one of the most highly-recognized names in household cleaners, is making its debut in the pool and spa industry. Developed in partnership with NC Brands, the new line currently includes four pool products and two spa products, with plans to expand with additional offerings in the future.

    While OxiClean laundry and household products are widely available at large brick-and-mortar retailers and online, the pool and spa line will be distributed by POOLCORP and is intended for...

  • Stock-Tank Swimming

    by Barrett Kilmer October 2018

    Like drunken cowboys in second-rate Western flicks, a lot of folks are spending time soaking in stock tanks lately. Only these people haven't gotten there via face-punch or bartender banishment. Quite the contrary, actually. They're paying for the...

  • A Masterful Man Cave

    by Barrett Kilmer October 2018

    Bob Shehan is the owner of Shehan Pools, a high-end building firm in the greater Cincinnati area. His company, located in Florence, Ky., netted a Silver in APSP's Awards of Excellence this year for indoor custom hot tub design.

    Bob's pool career began after he graduated from the University of Kentucky, where he played football for the Wildcats and earned a degree in arts and education in 1992.

    "My dad had started the business in 1972 after researching how to build a...