As service technicians help their customers gear up or shut down for the swim season, specific extra-charge chores continue to be essential profit centers for service firms nationwide. As part of the 2016 survey, we asked readers whether they provide the service and what they charge for five important seasonal tasks: winterizing, spring opening, acid washing, painting, and new pool start-ups.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More