By Staff Writer

The last issue of Service Industry News discussed swimming pool startup procedures, focusing on the two popular methods to start up plaster swimming pools. 

That’s because for years, plaster-surfaced pools have dominated the market, but with all that is available now, they are not necessarily the best. 

Today’s consumers are presented with a variety of pool surfaces and finishes that provide additional strength and durability. 

While no immediate change occurred to the 2019 pool pump rebate program as a result of a March 5 meeting between pool and spa industry leaders and officials from Southern California Edison, industry members emerged optimistic that a new deal could be implemented.

Terry Snow, the Independent Pool and Spa Service Association’s Legislation and Regulation Committee chair, was among the industry representatives who felt positive about their ability to influence SCE to include the broader industry in the rebate program. 

By Marcelle Dibrell

Southern California Edison has made some unexpected changes to its rebate policy on the sale and installation of variable-speed pumps.

Rebates are no longer available to the customers of the majority of pool service professionals that operate in Southern California. Currently, homeowners may receive their rebates for the purchase of a variable-speed pump only at Leslie’s Pool Supply. 

By Marcelle Dibrell

Although cyanuric acid has been used alongside chlorine in swimming pools since 1956, a great deal of confusion remains about how it works. One of the biggest problems is a surprising lack of peer-reviewed studies concerning cyanuric acid’s effect on chlorine’s ability to kill algae. 

The pool industry is only lately becoming aware that cyanuric acid slows chlorine’s ability to kill bacteria and some microorganisms. For example, it is only in the last few years that the CDC has recommended lowering cyanuric acid to less than 15 ppm prior to superchlorinating in the event of a fecal incident. 

In Memoriam: Janice Dickman — 1946-2019

If it had been left up to her, Janice Dickman’s greatest goal in life was to be a Mommy.

And even though she gave birth to only one child, there are at least a half dozen people walking this earth who grew up calling her “Mom.”

She was born Janice Lee Wilson on Oct. 2, 1946, in Fort Myers, Fla., and died peacefully in her sleep this past Jan. 16 in  San Clemente, Calif., her home for the past 20 years.

By Marcelle Dibrell

Why did you decide to work for yourself? You wanted to make your own hours, right? Take Friday off and play golf? Sleep in occasionally?

So, how’s that working out for you?

You may have heard the phrase: an entrepreneur is someone who works 80 hours a week so they don’t have to work 40 for someone else.

By Staff Writer 

The belief that spa maintenance is the same as pool maintenance could not be further from the truth. 

For one thing, spas are used at elevated temperatures, which has a huge effect on many factors. It not only increases bather waste, but also changes a disinfectant’s reaction rates, which in turn, changes the types of by-products that are produced. 

By Marcelle Dibrell 

With the right equipment and problem solving skills, pool and spa professionals can expand their business into leak detection. 

That’s what Lance Anderson believes, and he has decades of experience to back him up. Anderson is the owner of Anderson Manufacturing, one of the largest manufacturers of pool leak detection equipment in the country. His company provides a full range of tools and supplies for finding and fixing leaks. These products range from simple test plugs and dye testing tools to sophisticated electronics for listening to leaks underground in the plumbing, tracking leaks in vinyl liners, and identifying water loss rates in minutes.

By Marcelle Dibrell 

Winter, for the pool and spa industry, represents a brief reprieve from the everyday hustle that is marked by the swim season. Water chemistry, no longer influenced by bather load, is a breeze. 

The leaves have fallen and have long since been filtered out. The pools are covered.

It’s the time the industry has allotted for regional trade shows, presenting service professionals the opportunity to brush up on their knowledge, to learn new skills, and become familiar with new products and equipment.