Not all pool and spa service professionals are willing to perform new pool chemical start-ups. In an increasingly litigious world, the wide array of plaster problems that may result, either from poor plaster workmanship techniques, or improper water chemistry, may cause some service technicians to decide that it is simply not worth the risk.  

There’s also the fact that the interior cosmetic finish of a pool or spa is handcrafted in an uncontrolled environment. So even if the plasterer did a perfect job, and even if the water chemistry is spot-on, some environmental conditions can lead to discolorations, crazing, cracking and surface staining.

By Carolyn Dibrell

The new year is upon us and it is time for service professionals to tie up those loose ends from last year and get busy thinking about exciting new business commitments and goals. 

For the pool & spa service trade, the winter months provide the perfect opportunity for professionals to shift from pool cleaning to business cleaning. 

For many this involves hiring new staff, obtaining insurance, learning new tax codes and tightening up the expense accounts. For an even larger group of people however, the tasks of 2018 most certainly include securing plans for expansion and retirement. 

Pool chemistry is complicated, but there may be no other water chemistry subject so widely misunderstood and confused as the topic of cyanuric acid. 

Part of the problem involves industry standards. The industry has long embraced operational parameters for the proper chemical treatment and maintenance of pools and spas. 

By Marcelle Dibrell

The swimming pool is closed and the swim season has passed. What better way to enjoy the cold weather than by soaking in a warm hot tub?

For water lovers, there is little that is more enticing than the contrast of that balmy heat on an otherwise chilly evening. 

But if the hot tub isn’t clean, even the greatest of hydrophiles will be reluctant to enter.

By Marcelle Dibrell

Leak detection has come a long way in the last 20 years. The days of bucket tests, dive and dye tests, and even pressure testing are nearly over. In recent years, leak detection technologies have emerged that can make even the most novice leak detector look like a seasoned veteran. 

If you are thinking of getting into the water leak detection business, adding leak detection services to your business offerings can lead to many opportunities. And the ease with which this can be accomplished requires little more than an initial financial investment and some hands-on equipment training. 

By Marcelle Dibrell

With winter bearing down in much of the country and many pools closed for the season, pool service professionals have entered the slower half of their work year.

But the industry takes advantage of these cooler months by presenting its members with countless educational opportunities, much of them occurring at the regional trade shows presented from January through April. 

By Marcelle Dibrell

Every year, reports of electrocutions and electric-shock drownings make headlines. While it is true that reports are rare, according to the Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association, there is a good probability that many unexplained drownings of healthy people may have been related to electric shock. 

According to the association’s website, the number of verifiable in-water deaths due to electric shock drowning is, in all likelihood, just the tip of the iceberg.