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.

Can you top this?

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Check out our latest ‘Horror File’ entry

Welcome to the latest edition of our popular “Can You Top This?” column, featuring the newest entry in the Service Industry News “Horror File.” 

This issue’s entry comes to us from Steve Lampman of Aquatrol Inc. in Lubbock, Texas. 

“I was called out to work on a pump. I needed a metal pole to hold the lid open,” Steve writes. 

“The equipment (seen on the left) was crammed into this brick box in a tiny space that was not serviceable. The lid alone weighed over 100 pounds. I had to remove all of the bricks to work on the equipment.” 

Thank you for sending us this great picture, as well as the closet shot that we ran on page one. It is very strange that in both cases you were called out to work on equipment that was enclosed and impossible to access. 

Other publications like to print photos of beautiful pools and spas. At Service Industry News, we’d rather take a closer look at the jobs that service professionals must perform to create those beautiful pools and spas that other publications publish. 

We are always on the lookout for challenging installations and we invite you to take a few photos and along with a brief description, send them to Service Industry News, Horror File, P.O. Box 5829, San Clemente, CA 92674-5829. You can also email us at