• Chemical Basics: Cyanuric Acid

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) June 2017

    Commonly known as "stabilizer" or "conditioner," cyanuric acid is a chemical used to help prevent the degradation of active chlorine by sunlight.

    Without CYA in the water, bright sunlight can cause decomposition of most of the chlorine in pool water within an...

  • ASP Launches 2017 Veteran Program

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    America’s Swimming Pool Company is excited to announce the 2017 ASP Veteran Program is open for entries. The program, now in its third year, seeks to thank a distinguished veteran for his/her service by helping them get their own ASP franchise off the ground — and waiving the franchise fee.

    (For perspective, 2016 winner Brad Baglio's$65,000 franchise fee was completely covered by...

  • Hayward Acquired By Investment Firms

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Yesterday, Hayward Industries announced it has been acquired by CMP Capital Advisors and MSD Partners. Alberta Investment Management Corporation is also investing.

    Under the Davis family leadership for more than 50 years, Hayward has grown through organic development and strategic acquisitions to expand its product offering to include a complete line of pumps, filters, heaters, cleaners, sanitizers, IoT driven automation and...

  • Testing the Waters

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    {bglink 5076}The most essential part of pool care is a tricky matter: water chemistry. While homeowners often take those sparkling blue waters for granted, any pro knows there's a lot of work that goes into keeping things perfectly balanced. (And sometimes, even some detective work, too.)

    Making that job easier is the wide range of water testing devices on the market, ready to become your sidekick on the job. Here, we take a look at just a few options, their features and...

  • Enzymes: More Than Just Nightmare Relief

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Service nightmares are the stuff of legend. Get a few veteran pool technicians talking, and the stories of pool disasters redeemed can go on for hours.

    Figuring prominently in many of those stories are enzymes, which can be a real lifesaver when facing a difficult pool or spa cleanup. A perfect example is the nightmare oil spill Joe Koch of Blue Wave Pools (Audubon, N.J.) discovered a few years ago in a commercial customer's equipment room:

    "There was an old chemical feed...

  • Tara Manufacturing's Ultimate Makeover Contest Now Open

    by Cailley Hammel June 2017

    For many pool builders, the hardest jobs aren’t new pool builds — they’re restoration projects. Best-case scenario: you’re simply resurfacing and adding new features. Worst-case scenario: You’re entirely gutting the backyard…and crossing your fingers that you don't run into any number of unexpected problems along the way.

    In honor of the challenges a backyard renovation can bring — as well as the reward of completely transforming a backyard — Tara Manufacturing created the

  • Pentair and APSP Team Up for New Education Program

    by Barrett Kilmer June 2017

    May was National Water Safety Month, an annual event when our entire industry comes together to encourage safer recreational water practices. It's a time to spread the word about water safety through special events and media outreach, as well as a good opportunity to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we could be doing better.

    One company, Pentair, a global leader in pool and spa equipment, has developed a way to increase familiarity with APSP's standards and thus deliver on...

  • Introducing the AQUA Community

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    As a reflection of the pool and spa industry, readers of AQUA Magazine are close in the way small towns are close — it seems like everyone knows each other. And while trade publications like ours spend quite a bit of time covering news from the big players, we've always thought something was missing: A place for companies large and small to share community events and news items.

    With that in mind, we created the AQUA...

  • June 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    A new pool season brings new products, and June has quite a few: solar panels, an auto cover for vinyl pools, flexible PVC pipe and more.

    CoolPV helps customers realize up to four times more energy output from their solar panels for powering their homes and heating their pools. The...

  • Should Pool Pros Worry About Drought in Florida?

    by Kathryn Howard June 2017

    While California’s historic five-year-long drought has finally lifted,...