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.

SIN tells you what service techs charge

If you know the law, and you are a law-abiding pool service company, you don’t discuss finances with other pool care professionals. You are aware that it could be construed as an anti-trust violation called price fixing.

So if you want to get an idea of how your business compares with others, the only legal way to go about that is through a third-party, voluntarily taken survey. To that end, you hold in your hands the 30th annual Service Industry News survey issue. We present the results of our nationwide service technician feedback form that asks professionals a variety of questions about their businesses. 

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Time for techs to get hung up and salted

By Marcelle Dibrell

Though common today, for thousands of years, salt was considered one of the earth’s most precious resources, rare and highly prized. In early human civilization, underground salt shafts were out of reach, and scarcity kept the mineral prized. 

In the 6th century, Moorish merchants traded salt ounce for ounce for gold. At one time, Roman soldiers were paid part of their wages in salt, which is the origin of the expression, “worth your salt.” Salt was used as an antiseptic, and derives its name from Salus, the Roman goddess of health. 

Saltwater bathing also has a long and rich history, long been believed to have therapeutic benefits, with supposed curative powers against arthritis and other health problems.  

Even today, the idea of the health benefits persists, and nowhere is it more evident than the prevalence of “saltwater swimming pools” — that is — saltwater chlorine-generated pools. 

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