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So far Steve Kenny has created 52 blog entries.

Why Use Advanced Oxidation Processes?

For the past few years, the aquatics industry has adopted a new concept known as advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). The term, which was first coined in 1987 by research scientist William Glaze, refers to a set of chemical reactions that produce a chemical species known as hydroxyl radicals (OH) or sometimes incorrectly referred to [...]

By | 2018-09-05T12:57:36+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Why Use Advanced Oxidation Processes?

Answering the Future of Aquatics

I’d like to ask a provocative question: have swimming pools become obsolete? That might seem surprising coming from an aquatic professional who earns his living in the pool/spa/aquatics industry, and it’s a question I’ve never heard from any other professional, or consumer for that matter. Yet, I think it’s something worth considering as we [...]

By | 2018-08-21T11:53:52+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Answering the Future of Aquatics

Finding the Balance

Within the profession of water-quality management, there are several subcategories of expertise needed in order to be effective. One of the most important is how to manage and maintain mineral balance in water. “Balanced water” means water that is in a state of equilibrium. All water contains minerals, chiefly calcium, but many others as [...]

By | 2018-08-21T10:52:38+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Finding the Balance

Surface Repairs in Time

The interior surface is a swimming pool’s largest and most important aesthetic feature. Surfaces are responsible for the pool’s appearance and also for bather comfort. A “healthy” surface will give you years of visual enjoyment and tactile pleasure when you’re in the water, and on top of that, it helps the pool remain watertight. [...]

By | 2018-08-21T10:29:41+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Surface Repairs in Time

Recreational Water Quality Management: An Interview with Steve Kenny

NOTE: The following is a transcript from an interview that re-aired on August 15, 2018, between John Christopher, host of National Public Radio’s “Real Life,” and Steve Kenny. John Christopher: Welcome back to Real Life and this is your host John Christopher, and today I have as my guest Steve Kenny, the owner of [...]

By | 2018-08-24T14:24:42+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Recreational Water Quality Management: An Interview with Steve Kenny

Beneath the Surface: Why Tile and Coping Repairs Are So Important

Water may be the most wonderful and amazing of natural elements, but it also can be one of the most destructive. From its ability to carve the Grand Canyon to the slow rot that occurs when water finds its way into the walls of your home, you can never underestimate the damage it can [...]

By | 2018-08-07T15:14:26+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Beneath the Surface: Why Tile and Coping Repairs Are So Important

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

It’s one of the truly unfortunate traits of human nature — we tend to ignore what we cannot see. We’re an extremely visual species, and when something is invisible, there’s a strong tendency for us to think that it’s simply not there. What disturbs me the most about this characteristic is that it’s true [...]

By | 2018-07-16T17:10:30+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Relieving Parents’ Aquatic Concerns

All parents worry about their kids, it’s what we do. I fret every day over every aspect of my three kids’ lives. So much so, I’ve grown to accept that worry as a kind of life sentence, the price we pay for the greatest love we’ll ever experience. In fact, my impassioned journey into [...]

By | 2018-07-16T12:41:05+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Water|Comments Off on Relieving Parents’ Aquatic Concerns

Painting in Water

I’ve always been amazed and delighted by how beauty can emerge from the unexpected, or even an accident. One of the best examples I can think of was how the great modernist painter Jackson Pollock discovered his groundbreaking drip-painting technique when he spilled paint on the floor of his studio. That simple accident and [...]

By | 2018-07-16T19:07:12+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Water|Comments Off on Painting in Water

Why NOT Salt?

When discussing chemical treatment options for pools and spas, I’m often asked about saltwater chlorination. Many people have heard a lot of good things about it and are curious if it’s a good choice for them. I’ll come clean right here at the start and say that I am not an advocate of this [...]

By | 2018-07-16T19:10:06+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Why NOT Salt?