Study Finds Swimming Grows Minds

Study Finds Swimming Grows Minds

Trying to sell a pool to a family that isn’t quite convinced? Hit ’em with this fact: Kids who swim are smarter. According to a recent Australian study, children who participate in swim lessons at an early age reach significant developmental milestones earlier than their non-swimming peers. They score higher in tests and are generally better coordinated. The research was … Read More

Mobile Apps for Pool and Spa Care Professionals

Mobile Apps for Pool and Spa Care Professionals

There’s no question that mobile apps are popular, and while no one knows exactly how many are out there, analysts estimate the number of app users is growing by nearly 30 percent annually, with 4.4 billion expected worldwide in the next few years. So it’s not surprising that mobile apps are flourishing in the pool and spa industry. There are … Read More

Solving the Saltwater pH Problem

Solving the Saltwater pH Problem

California Polytechnic State University’s National Pool Industry Research Center conducted a study examining the rise of pH levels in swimming pools sanitized with salt. Researchers tested pH levels every Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the course of several weeks. pH was adjusted to 7.4 after every Friday reading. Over the weekend, pH spiked from 7.4 to 8.0. The pH in … Read More

Water Matters: A New Standard for Pool Chemicals

ASAPP Resources: A New Standard for Pool Chemicals

Everyone is familiar with chlorination of swimming pools. This is a long-standing practice that has been used for many years to help improve the safety of swimming pools and reduce the incidence of communicable diseases associated with swimming in them. In recent years, however, there has been a proliferation of new techniques to disinfect and treat swimming pool water to … Read More

Commercial Pool Sanitation

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Salt chlorine generation has been used as a primary sanitizer in swimming pool applications as early as the 1960s. Today, there are more than three million salt-chlorinated pools around the world—a number that continues to grow significantly every year. Most systems can be found on residential pools but, within the last decade, this sanitation equipment has made inroads into the … Read More

Swim Ponds Present Safety Concerns

Swim Ponds Present Safety Concerns

The pool industry is keeping a watchful eye on swim ponds. These natural alternatives to traditional swimming pools have gained in popularity in recent years, yet questions remain regarding its use. “We don’t make ponds necessarily for swimming,” said Fred Pape, specialty project manager at Aquascapes in St. Charles, Ill. But Aquascapes does build ponds large enough for swimming. “We … Read More

Should Pool Owners Switch from Chlorine to Saltwater?

Should Pool Owners Switch from Chlorine to Saltwater?

With the savage winter a memory, Lisa Busso-Raglievich last weekend finally got to test her swimming pool’s new saltwater chlorination system, and she quickly was convinced it was a good use of $2,000. No stinging eyes. No need to store bottles of chlorine in the shed. No more trips to the pool store to test the water’s contents. “The expense … Read More

What to Do When Cloudy Water Strikes

What to do when you notice cloudy water in your pool.

Every pool owner dreams of having an inviting swimming pool with crystal-clear water. The reality, however, may be a pool that is hazy, cloudy, and flat looking. The following are some things service professionals should check when their customer’s pool water gets cloudy this summer. Equipment First, check the filter and circulation system to make sure everything is operating properly. … Read More

A Concerted Effort: Designing Energy Efficient Pools

A Concerted Effort: Designing Energy Efficient Pools

Designing pools and spas for maximum efficiency means more than just getting the right pump. Pool and spa professionals are becoming more proficient at creating energy-efficient plumbing systems. “Within the past 10 years, I’ve seen a marked improvement in the industry as far as people wanting to do better plumbing,” says Dan Johnson, owner of Swim Inc. in Sarasota, Fla. … Read More

Troubleshooting Automatic Cleaners

Learn how to troubleshoot automatic pool cleaners.

With so many automatic cleaners in the market, pool professionals must know how to troubleshoot common problems and user-mistakes. This article provides troubleshooting solutions for pool professionals and retailers when automatic pool cleaners aren’t working properly. What causes automatic pool cleaners to flip or do wheelies? The water level in a pool is one of the most common causes for … Read More