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

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