Service Industry News

For more than 29 years, Service Industry News has served as the voice of the pool and spa service professional. A twice monthly newspaper, the staff covers featured stories on equipment installation, trouble-shooting and repair; water chemistry and business issues facing the industry; and news pertaining to the interests of the pool and spa technician.

In addition to the newspaper, we have produced three technical books used throughout the industry as training and reference guides. The Professional Pool Technicians' Guide to ChlorineGuide to Alternative Sanitizers and the Guide to pH, Alkalinity, Water Testing and Water Balance are compiled from articles that originally appeared in our newspaper.

We've also updated and republished an industry classic on pool care, Charlie Taylor's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Pool Care. This light, easy-to understand and illustrated book has long been a part of any complete library on pool care. Now, it's also available in Spanish!

Call 949-916-0292 to order a subscription or purchase any of our products.

Best practice: Test twice, balance once

By Marcelle Dibrell

Service professionals are a little like the police of the pool, and could easily adopt the same motto: to protect and serve.

They serve the public by protecting swimmers from contaminated water. They serve pool owners by protecting pool and equipment from damage. They accomplish both of these goals through chemistry, a science that requires testing. 

Customers expect, and good service professionals deliver, two critical services that make them invaluable: water sanitation and water balance. They do this by monitoring essential parameters that keep the water both swim safe and surface safe.

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Pool & spa service is rife with danger

By Marcelle Dibrell

It’s a dangerous job, but someone’s got to do it.

Anyone who provides pool service, repair or maintenance must be aware and prepared for the hazards that are inherent to the profession. Not only does the job require physical labor, with all of such work’s potential injuries, but it also involves working with dangerous chemicals and electrical risks.

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How do you service your surface?

As winter draws to a close, service professionals generally find themselves busier than ever preparing pools for the swimming season. In states that experience freezing conditions, many professionals are hard at work opening pools that have been closed for the winter, treating for algae and reestablishing water balance. Spring is also the busiest time of year for new pool construction, and plenty of service techs are tasked with new pool start-up procedures, a topic that was covered in our last issue of Service Industry News. Just as spring is when new pool construction is at its max, so also is it the time when pool renovations are in the greatest demand. And the type of renovation depends on the pools original surface.   

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