• September 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Itching to try new products? Take a look at the newest industry products below, including a new vinyl liner pattern, a refillable chemical dispensing system, a heater and more.

    Cordelia's Premium Pool Shock is designed to work in tandem with Cordelia's full line of saltwater pool...

  • Hot Tub Troubleshooters

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    To be a good hot tub tech, you need the sleuthing skills of a detective, the discipline of a commercial pilot and a large measure of patience. But where does a new spa recruit develop such abilities?

    A good place to start is the upcoming PSP Expo seminar "Troubleshooting Portable Hot Tubs: Tips on What to...

  • Winterizing Products to Help You Close Up Shop

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    {bglink 5232}Unless you're lucky enough to be in an area with year-round swimming, it's time to start thinking about the fall rush that is winterizing season. Properly winterizing a pool is critical on several levels. First and foremost is safety; a securely covered pool protects children and pets from falling in. There's product longevity: Winterizing from the cover to the skimmer and plumbing helps the overall pool withstand harsh winter weather. And finally, a winterized pool makes your...

  • When the Powers of the Sun Combine

    by Eric Herman August 2017

    While solar heaters have maintained a steady niche in the swimming pool market, solar manufacturers and installers over the years have had to adapt to evolving technology and consumer preferences. A new technology invented by FAFCO called CoolPV, a hybrid technology that combines solar water heating with photovoltaic...

  • APSP University Announces PSP Expo Course Lineup

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals APSP University announces its certification courses and training scheduled for pool and spa builders, designers, service providers and retailers at the 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

    APSP University Certification Courses offered include:

  • Cleaning Up a Summer Swamp

    by Terry Arko August 2017

    The last thing any pool owner wants is to have an outbreak of algae during the summer. Well-maintained pools should be free from algae, but there are some things that can turn a maintained pool into a green menace right at the height of swim season. Here are just some of the causes of algae outbreaks in summer.

    Summer Storms

    Rainstorms are notorious for bringing nitrogen into pools, where the nitrogen converts into nitrates, a food source for algae. In addition, when...

  • A Pipe Repair Alternative

    by Amanda Strouse August 2017


  • Ozone Vs. Cryptosporidium: Fighting a Wave of Outbreaks

    by Eric Herman August 2017

    Despite widespread efforts to eradicate water-related illnesses, outbreaks of cryptosporidium in public pools, splash pads and waterparks doubled between 2014 and 2016, according to a recent report from the U.S....

  • Employee Handbooks: Profitable Tools for Small Businesses

    by Phillip M. Perry August 2017

    What commonly neglected business tool can help your workplace run more smoothly, orient new employees quickly and reduce your risk of costly legal battles? If you guessed “the employee handbook,” you’re right. Too often given short shrift, this vital document can play a vital role by communicating workplace policies and employee responsibilities. The result can be a more productive organization and a more profitable business.

    “Employee handbooks are extremely important for...

  • How Salt Chlorine Generators Work

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) August 2017

    Electrolytic chlorine generators (ECGs), or salt water chlorinators, use electricity and dissolved salt to produce chlorine for the pool. This chlorine works just like the chlorine applied using traditional methods — it yields hypochlorous acid, the active sanitizer in pool water.

    ECGs work by converting dissolved chloride ions into available chlorine. Housed within the ECG are two types of electrodes called cathodes and anodes. The electrodes are coated with a thin layer of a...