Two Naturally Based Ways to Remove Grease from Pool Water

In a pool, oil can be introduced to the water via suntan lotions and sunscreens. Almost everything people apply to their skin contains oil.

Water can dissolve just about anything—from sugar to cement. One thing it cannot dissolve, however, is oil… thus the old adage, “Water and oil don’t mix.” The electrons of the water molecule are similar to those of sugar or cement; therefore, the substance will become soluble at some point. On the other hand, the electrons in the molecules of hydrocarbons … Read More

It’s All About the Customer

Lifeguards need certifications that span across first aid, lifeguarding, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

For those in the pool, spa and aquatic facilities industries, predicting and understanding future trends is the easy part—the tough part is applying and adapting behaviors to capitalize on those trends. As pool and spa professionals look to the future, one thing is clear: pleasing the customer, and meeting their needs, is of the utmost importance. What the customer wants … Read More

Making Pool Water Maintenance Easier for Service Professionals

By adding enzymes into the pool on every service visit it helps to break down non-living organics in the water so the filter does not need to work as hard.

Enzymes have evolved over the years to a point where there are now specific products based on the needs of each and every body of water. Today, there are two different types of enzyme products available for use in the pool and spa/hot tub industry—broad spectrum produced through a fermentation process is one, while limited capacity commercially manufactured then blended … Read More

How to Tackle Common Pool Stains

If the water is clear, but has a greenish cast then it is a sure sign of copper in the water. If algae are the reason for the water turning green, the pool will also appear cloudy and the walls and floor will be slimy to the touch.

When dealing with pool stains, it is important for service professionals to keep in mind they are not always cut from the same cloth. Therefore, it is critical to diagnose the problem first before providing a broad-spectrum treatment. Take the time to review the origins of common pool stains and determine what the likely cause is for each specific case … Read More

Creating an Ownership Culture

Before employees bought Counsilman-Hunsaker (this author’s former business) in 2012, the firm was in the same difficult place many long-time pool and hot tub company owners find themselves today when it comes to business succession.

Before employees bought Counsilman-Hunsaker (this author’s former business), the firm was in the same difficult place many long-time pool and hot tub business owners find themselves today. Like Counsilman-Hunsaker, a large number of companies in this industry were founded in the ’60s and ’70s by individuals with strong personalities, who spent many years working in the business—not on the business. … Read More

Increasing Profits with Custom Water Care Programs

For some pool and spa/hot tub companies, the service department is the largest part of the business.

Pool and hot tub service and specialty retailers across North America continue to report strong growth—from pool and hot tub sales to accessories and outdoor living product purchases. Despite this, the biggest challenge for most is chemical sales—or the lack thereof. The question many retailers have is how they can sell more water treatment products at a profit when competing … Read More

Keeping Filters Working Efficiently: Best Practices for Service Pros

Filters are often overlooked and water clarity problems are treated ineffectively as the filtration system should be addressed first and foremost.

Everyone in the industry agrees filtration is the key to clean water. That said, filters are often overlooked and water clarity problems are treated ineffectively because the filter should have been addressed first and foremost. This article will review a number of service and maintenance tips for different filter types, the most common mistakes when servicing and installing filters, as … Read More

UV and Ozone: Companions in Managing Pool Water Contamination

While chlorination tends to be the primary method in which homeowners manage pool water contamination, other advanced water treatment methods exist which are also very effective.

Properly maintained pools can be a great source of fun and relaxation for inground pool owners across the United States. As open bodies of water, however, pools are subject to contamination, not only from active bathers but also from the natural environment in which they reside. While chlorination tends to be the primary method by which homeowners manage swimming pool … Read More

Understanding the Effects Natural Disasters Can Have On Pools

Water is an amazing, mysterious, and powerful element. To understand the capabilities of water and its effect on pools it is vital to understand how it travels throughout the world. The water cycle is a continuous loop of the various ways it transforms and renews itself. Water can exist in three forms: vapor, solid, or liquid. For example, fog is a … Read More

Save Energy and Extend Equipment Life with Variable-Frequency Drives

A key feature of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) is their ability to regulate the power going to the pump, which helps to extend the equipment life.

Over the past few years, pool professionals have learned that going ‘green’ can significantly lower a pool’s operating costs. Pumps and filters are among the items most scrutinized due to the vast amount of energy they consume. To reduce costs associated with water circulation and filtration it is important to understand why pumps and filters consume large amounts of energy … Read More