• How to Fix 'Milky' Pool Water (Without Draining)

    by Que Hales, Doug Latta and Kim Skinner, onBalance July 2019

    Many of us may have had the unfortunate experience of adding soda ash "wrong" to pool water, resulting in a pool that looks like it is filled with milk. In fact, we refer to it as "milking" a pool. Why does that happen?

    When we decide, for example, to raise the pH of a pool from 7.2 to 7.6, we calculate how much soda ash is required for that size pool to achieve a 0.4 pH unit increase. A solution of soda ash (sodium carbonate) has a pH of above 11, so when added to pool water the pH...

  • Tell Us About Podcasts and Enter to Win

    by AQUA Editors July 2019

    We're doing research on our readers' podcast habits. Please fill out this quick survey — it shouldn't take more than two minutes to complete — and you can enter to win a $50 Visa gift card. Thanks for your time.


  • Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant Awarded

    by AQUA Editors July 2019

    The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance has awarded the 2019 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment at the National Environmental Health Association’s 2019 Annual Education Conference & Exhibition awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.  

    Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a...

  • The Smart Sensor Revolution

    by Cailley Hammel July 2019

    The IoT Movement is continuing to take America by storm. According to Statista, smart home devices — or internet-enabled devices that can remotely monitor and control areas of the home — are experiencing exponential growth, which is only expected to accelerate.

    That surge speaks to a near-universal interest in products that shoulder the burden of home ownership and in many ways lessen the impact of life's annoyances. Instead of manually sweeping the floor, you can deploy a vacuum...

  • Do Pools Add Real Estate Value?

    by Eric Herman July 2019

    Back in 2016, published a story titled “5 Reasons I Hate Swimming Pools.” As the name suggests, it was a scathing look at pools and how they allegedly only result in expense, hassle and frustration — and above all else, how they are a bad investment when it comes to the value of a home.

    The story contained some particularly critical comments from Florida realtor Linda Turner. “Owning a pool is a lot of work and not just a financial commitment, but a time commitment as...

  • Keep Calm and Cover Up

    by AQUA Editors July 2019

    While it may be July with the hustle and bustle of pool season fully upon us, the winterizing season will be in full swing in a matter of months. When the time comes, service technicians, like busy bears, will be tucking pools in for hibernation mode.

    Winter pool covers play a large role in the winterizing process. These off-season pool lids give homeowners peace of mind, shielding little ones, pets and even wildlife from the dangers of an open pool. They also protect against...

  • Meet the Mermaids of Israel

    by Abigail Carpenter July 2019

    The stories of half-fish, half-human creatures of the deep go back thousands of years, inspiring classic movies like Disney's "The Little Mermaid" and Tom Hanks' "Splash." Now, legend has it a community of mermaids is washing up on Israel's social scene.

    Together with fellow mermaid-lover Michelle...

  • Makeover Magic

    by Eric Herman July 2019

    Consumers expect pools to be beautiful. When they fall into disrepair with dodgy plaster, drab tile, cliché coping and worn-out decks, restoring these settings can become a profitable revenue stream, either as part of a larger construction enterprise or as a singular specialty.

    Either way, making the most of those opportunities requires design flexibility, a willingness to expand product offerings and above all, the ability to listen to client needs while also guiding them to the...

  • ‘Pool Chasers’ Podcast Seeks to Inform and Entertain

    by Eric Herman July 2019

    Two years ago, Tyler Rasmussen and Greg Villafana were two service guys with a dream of educating and inspiring other professionals in the pool business, and they decided podcasts were the way to do it. A podcast would allow service pros to learn while keeping their hands free for driving or cleaning pools or replacing filters.

    “It allows them to work on their business, while working in their business as well,” says Villafana. “We found it difficult to find...

  • Tech Notes: Naegleria Fowleri

    by PHTA Recreational Water Quality Committee July 2019

    Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic amoeba that grows in warm lakes, ponds, streams and other untreated fresh waters. (It does not grow in salt water.) In rare cases, this amoeba causes serious illness for swimmers, entering the brain and causing primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which is usually fatal. Since it was first reported there have been a total of 145 cases in the U.S. Of these cases, 141 have been fatal. In 2013 a new drug was found to be an effective treatment if given...