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  • CPSA Ends Affiliation with APSP

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    The California Pool and Spa Association has announced it is terminating its affiliation agreement with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. The two organizations began their affiliation in the drought and subsequent water crisis of 2016 in California.
     
    “When California faced a historic, five-year drought, CPSA led the effort to defend our industry and members against unwarranted regulations proposed in cities and districts throughout California that would have destroyed...

  • What Would You Do: The Lazy Employee

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    A service technician is having trouble with a staffer who has put in notice. Should he fire him now or let him wrap up his notice period? Industry pros share their thoughts:

    The Question

    Ryan Johnson
    Suburban Pool Service | El Dorado Hills, Calif.

    "Ok, I screwed up big time and it's costing me a lot of money and grief. I have an employee who's been with me eight months. He's actually been one of my better employees. However he...

  • How to Decontaminate Spas and Kiddie Pools

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) September 2017

    Contamination of small vessels of water can take many forms, including slime, cloudy water, musty odors, vomit, and feces among others. Buildup of contaminants can result in threats to bather health, which can include rashes, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, respiratory distress or worse. Therefore, a water replacement strategy enabling the complete decontamination of the vessel should be part of the preventative maintenance schedule. Water replacement is more viable due to the small scale of...

  • Southeast Pool & Spa Show Changes 2018 Show Dates

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    To prevent a conflict with Orlando’s Everything Under the Sun Expo, the Southeast Pool & Spa Show is moving it 2018 show dates. Per the announcement:

    “It was recently brought to our attention that the Florida Show had to move their show dates to one week earlier for 2018. By doing this, the show overlapped with the Southeast Show in Nashville. While we don't feel it would affect the attendees, we do recognize that it could affect some vendors. After reaching out to a number of...

  • FSPA Offers Assistance to Texas Pool Pros

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas pool pros now face the tall task of repairing and restoring thousands of damaged swimming pools — a challenge some new pool pros there have never faced. To help, the Florida Swimming Pool Association is opening access to FSPAConnect, an online community for Florida pool pros, to their counterparts from Texas, providing a forum for Texas pool pros to ask questions and gather advice from industry peers.

    “All parts of Florida have been...

  • Texas Strong

    by Merry Wise September 2017

    It’s hard to watch helplessly as rain pours in sheets outside your window, and the TV is showing homes of strangers, family, friends and customers threatened by massive destruction and floods.  Yet all of us in the pool industry in Texas have experienced the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, some of us personally experiencing heartbreaking loss, others blessed with little or no damage but hurting for our fellow Texans and for our neighbors in Florida and other states as well.

    Most of...

  • 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
    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...