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!

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Most fled but Pool tech stayed home to fight fire

The most destructive fire in California history left the City of Santa Rosa minus 3,000 homes, and thousands more displaced. When the Tubbs fire ripped through major residential areas Oct. 8- 9, there was little warning. Residents were brutally awakened in the middle of the night to utter chaos: smoke, heavy winds, neighbors screaming “fire,” and honking horns to raise the alarm. Most people grabbed what they could and evacuated. Lifelong Sonoma County resident, Steve Brusnahan, 59, owner of Blue Water Pool Service, stayed to fight. This is his story.

A neighbor woke us up at 2 in the morning, saying there was a fire on the way to our house and we needed to evacuate immediately. I told him I didn’t intend to leave and he said he didn’t either. So I put my wife in the truck and sent her on her way to our daughter’s house.

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Heated pools make water more inviting

By Marcelle Dibrell 

If it’s too cold, most people aren’t getting in the water. Sure, there are those brave souls who will jump into the pool in the dead of winter, regardless of the temperature. And kids seem to have a little less concern for water temperature than do adults.

On the whole, water temperature plays a huge role in how inviting a pool is. According to the National Oceanographic Data Center, most people are comfortable swimming between 70 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. But personal water temperature preferences may vary to some extent on the location.

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