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  • Understanding different types of filter media

    by Marj Schultz March 2008

     Water filtration is one of nature’s most elemental processes. Whether it’s rainwater seeping into the earth and traveling through layers of sedimentary rock to return — clean — to the groundwater, or runoff that travels through wetlands, dropping sediment and gradually becoming pure, nature filters water all the time. In fact, a swimming...

  • Pump Surgery

    by Scott Webb March 2008

     Other than the pool shell itself, there's no more critical component of a pool system than its engine of circulation, the pump. Making pump replacement efficient, then, is equally critical to a service company's health.

    A pump repair job begins with the discovery of something not right with the pool's heart - a growing murmur or indications of pressure loss....

  • Repairing a pool's circulatory system

    by Scott Webb March 2008

     Other than the pool shell itself, there's no more critical component of a pool system than its engine of circulation, the pump. Making pump replacement efficient, then, is equally critical to a service company's health.

    A pump repair job begins with the discovery of something not right with the pool's heart - a growing murmur or indications of pressure loss....

  • Hire employees who stay longer, complain less and produce more

    by Monica Wofford March 2008

    "Yes sir. I have a great deal of experience using Microsoft Excel. In fact, I created my resume using that program."

    The interview was going well. She had the look, spoke well, and Pat thought she would get along with the other team members. He missed the red flag about Excel (who would use a spread sheet to create a resume?) and hired her anyway. Her resume showed even more experience in the industry than he really thought she needed. Six months later with hours of...

  • Chemical Reactions

    by Amy Lillard September 2007

    GREEN ISN'T JUST A COLOR anymore. Green means products and services that are sustainable and safe for the environment and people. In the last few years, consumers have become more aware of the importance of green products, green buildings and even green investments. It's increasingly common for consumers to demand green products and services. New companies are springing up...

  • Ultraclean Machine

    by Marj Schultz September 2007

    Hospitals and fish farms know about its efficacy. The food industry, the beverage and bottled-water industry and the wastewater-treatment industry use it. And the pool industry is starting to see the light, too.

    That's ultraviolet light.

    Ultraviolet is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum with unique germicidal qualities, and it has been used for more than...

  • Cashing Out

    by Phillip M. Perry August 2007

    If you're like most retailers, you cherish your store with all the love a mother lavishes on her child. And you hate the idea of selling your "baby" to some stranger.

    Fact is, though, there are many reasons why you might reach a decision to "cash out." Maybe you're looking at retirement with an eye on the golf courses. Maybe your children don't feel like taking over the shop. Or maybe you'd like to take the cash you get from a sale and...

  • Cold Gold

    by Barrett Kilmer August 2007

    Much like those of us in magazine publishing, people in the pool chemical business work on a different schedule than the rest of the country. Most people are thinking of squeezing in a vacation before school starts up or planning pool parties during these dog days of summer. We're already thinking about winter around here, and so is Scott Newton, brand manager for...

  • Got Algae?

    by Karen Erstad July 2007

    Algae may be your nemesis, but you couldn't live without it. It is estimated that algae produce 73 to 87 percent of the net global production of oxygen. But it's still no good in pools.

    Pinpointing the exact cause of an algae bloom can be difficult, since, according to Terry Arko, technical products specialist at SeaKlear, there are many things that can contribute...

  • The Secret Lives of Winter Pool Covers

    by Becky Strauss June 2007

    With summer finally here, dealers and customers alike may not be thinking about winter pool covers. We here at AQUA, however, have our fingers on the pulse of the industry, and as winter covers across the snow belt came off in the last few months, it got us to thinking about their off-season: Where do winter covers hibernate in the summer. What does the...