Staying Steps Ahead

Ultimately, pool service is all about anticipating trouble before it strikes. If we can anticipate what’s going to happen with a body of water, then we can take steps to minimize the negative effects. It’s all about staying steps ahead of the inevitable. We know, for example, if it’s going to rain and there [...]

By | 2019-03-21T15:56:48+00:00 January 24th, 2019|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Staying Steps Ahead

The Future Generation of Water Quality Management

Legendary TV personality Art Linkletter was famous for his catch phrase “Kids say the darndest things.” As most any parent will confirm, truer words have never been spoken. For my part, the things that come out of my kids’ mouths do frequently amaze me, as evidenced by some of the quips from my awesome [...]

By | 2019-03-21T15:56:08+00:00 January 3rd, 2019|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on The Future Generation of Water Quality Management

A New Approach to Water Quality Management: SRK HydroZone 3

As an aquatic designer, builder, and service technician, I’ve put in much time and effort to really know and understand the aquatic business. I’ve spent countless hours studying water chemistry and bather experience—so much so that it has become my life. My approach to water treatment is embodied in a set of synergistic technologies [...]

By | 2019-03-21T15:55:38+00:00 December 27th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on A New Approach to Water Quality Management: SRK HydroZone 3

Effective Water Quality Management through Preventing Future Problems (Not Reacting to Them)

One of the key distinctions of professional water quality management is that it’s based on preventive planning instead of reactive crisis response. When applied correctly, the science and the art of water quality management are ultimately about avoiding problems before they happen, not after the fact. Or at least they should be. Sounds simple [...]

By | 2019-03-21T15:53:51+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Effective Water Quality Management through Preventing Future Problems (Not Reacting to Them)

The Role of Skimmers

There’s a yin and a yang to the art of building and maintaining pools and spas. On one hand, the water chemistry can be fairly complex. I realize that there are many people who make the case that water quality maintenance is not rocket science, which of course is true, but that should not [...]

By | 2019-03-21T15:52:29+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Water|Comments Off on The Role of Skimmers

The Art of Service

Pool and spa service may not be the most glamorous job, but for those of us who’ve made it our profession, it can be nothing short of an art form. The work involves a variety of interrelated tasks and goals that require consistent and careful attention. There’s chemistry, hydraulics, mechanics, problem solving, customer relations, [...]

By | 2019-03-21T15:51:49+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on The Art of Service

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 | 2019-03-21T15:51:22+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 | 2019-03-21T15:50:50+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 | 2019-03-21T15:50:24+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Finding the Balance

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 | 2019-03-21T15:47:22+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Out of Sight, Out of Mind