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  • Pool Step Repair

    by Steve Goodale July 2018

    A very common problem with concrete pools in cold northern climates is failure of the steps, most specifically the top step.

    Why...

  • 66 Million Gallons of Sparkling Water: How Do They Do It?

    by Eric Herman July 2018

    They are both big and beautiful. The vessels created by Crystal Lagoons have achieved widespread international recognition for not only their gargantuan size and strikingly clear water, but also for their ability to generate elevated real estate value for the properties that surround them.

    Developed by Chilean scientist, innovator and entrepreneur Fernando Fischmann, the lagoons — which are not technically referred to as "swimming pools" — currently number 50 worldwide, largely in...

  • What Would You Do? Moonlighting

    by Kathryn Howard July 2018

    Moonlighting: For employees, it may be considered a harmless way to make a few extra bucks on the side. For those who own service companies, it may be completely off-limits. What’s your policy on moonlighting? Industry pros share their thoughts.

    The Question:

    Jason Hanchey
    Aquia Pool and Spa | San Antonio, Texas

    “Moonlighting: Is it an instant fireable offense? Or do you allow...

  • Tips for Hiring and Training Service Techs

    by Erik Taylor July 2018

    This regularly recurring column is brought to you by APSP’s Manufacturers Council, featuring hot issues impacting today’s industry, business insights and tips you can use to enhance your personal development and business success.

    The pool industry is a trade you are always learning. It is virtually impossible to arrive at the point where you know everything you need to know about the pool business. Every service call you make, even if it’s been on your route for 10 years,...

  • Defense For Leaky Pool Pipes

    by Amanda Strouse June 2018

    From pH bounce to vinyl liner wrinkles to filter sand clumps, there are many things that can go wrong in a pool, but leaks, once a serious headache, are easier to deal with now.

    An increasingly common repipe alternative, epoxy coatings, are a type of pipe lining technology that rehabilitate pipes from the inside without the need to remove the host pipes. Epoxy coatings are applied in a cleaned and prepped pipe system most commonly by use of compressed air. This method turns the host...

  • Registration Open for 2018 PSP Expo

    by AQUA Editors June 2018

    Registration has officially opened for the 2018 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, which returns to Las Vegas, Nev., for the first time since 2015. The exposition, sponsored by The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, will be held October 31 to November 2 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Bayside Halls D-F.

    Pre-conference, which includes certifications programs offered by APSP, Genesis, National Swimming Pool...

  • Water Balance Indexes

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) June 2018

    In order to produce the best pool and spa water we can, we use water balance indexes as tools to help predict whether water will deposit or dissolve calcium carbonate; or in other words, whether water tends toward the formation of scale, or tends to be aggressive.

    These water balance indexes used by the swimming pool/spa industry are not guides for proper sanitizing or for human health and safety issues. Instead, they are an indication of calcium carbonate solubility and its effect...

  • Fighting the Global Spread of Cryptosporidium

    by AQUA Editors June 2018

    Cryptosporidium outbreaks have become big news, both globally and for the recreational aquatics industry in the United States.

    A recent report from the CDC revealed that from 2000 through 2014 there were 493 reported outbreaks of Cryptosporidiosis in public aquatic facilities, resulting in at least 27,219 illnesses and eight deaths. The report has generated countless, often sensational stories in news sources online, in print and on television.

    The disturbing numbers are...

  • Protect Your Pool From Saltwater

    by Steve Goodale June 2018

    The higher concentration of salt required by saltwater systems has the potential to damage equipment and fixtures, a point that is often glossed over by people selling such systems to pool owners. The higher salt concentration results in greater conductivity of the water, which accelerates a process...

  • Are You Checking Your Customers' Drain Covers?

    by APSP June 2018

    As you head into the pool and spa season, APSP wants to make sure that you replace your customers' expired drain covers or suction outlet fitting assemblies (SOFA's). It's been many years since the Federal mandates in the Virginia Graeme Baker have been in effect, including the requirement that
        1.    All suction outlet fitting assemblies (SOFAs) or drain covers manufactured or sold comply with the referenced ANSI/APSP-16 Standard; and 


        2.    All commercial pool and spa...