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August 2010 Blog Posts (7)

Wall Street Journal Responds To "Trashing Pools" - Mentions APSP

Below is the Wall Street Journal editor response to the letter I sent regarding the article they posted titled "Taking a Bath On Your Pool".

Since writing my reply I have spoken to the APSP and determined the data they referenced was supplied by PK Data. If this is the data being provided we should seek to verify that the data is accurate. But the data is only part of the issue. The article was written to be a "ROI" article, yet makes statements… Continue

Added by Rex Richard on August 24, 2010 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

The Ugly Truth About this Pool Service Business

As if you don't have enough to worry about already, with rising costs, a shrinking economy, licensing stings, and unwarranted complaints at the BBB… now you've got a marketing guy talking about "the ugly truth" of the pool service business. Well, don't panic. There is an ugly truth, but I'm going to tell you how you can leverage it to your own benefit.

First, to put things in perspective let's think about another "service" industry that most all of us can…


Added by Brett Abbott on August 17, 2010 at 4:30am — 6 Comments

Vitamin C removes metal stains

Today I had a customer tell me that a Vitamin C placed on an iron stain in a plaster pool will loosen the stain enough that it can easily be brushed away in 20 minutes. I would guess that it is the Ascorbic Acid that is key. Has anyone tried this themselves? How did it work for you?

Added by Clint Combs on August 13, 2010 at 6:05pm — 6 Comments

There is a new way to remove metals from pool water!

There is now a way to permanently remove metals from water so that pools owners and service providers will no longer have to fight with metals in the water. This new product actually binds the metals out of the water for permanent removal. Therefore, the vicious cycle of adding more and more chemicals to keep the stains off the pool surfaces can be broken.

Added by David McLaren on August 12, 2010 at 6:55am — 8 Comments

Sometimes the Small Stuff is the Best Stuff

As I write this, I am at my daughter's house in Austin, Texas, and can see from where I sit one of my favorite pictures, a photo of my daughter as a lively child of about ten, floating on a raft in our home swimming pool with my Mom protectively by her side in the pool, enjoying their happy swim together. Those small moments are the kind of memories we make in our business, and we can all take pride in creating thousands of happy family memories all over the world with our… Continue

Added by Merry Wise on August 11, 2010 at 5:20pm — 3 Comments

Regs for cold makeup water

I received a call from a company in Ontario, Canada who is looking for regulations in both Canada and the U.S. as they relate to cold makeup water for pools. (In Ontario, the I believe is 20 liters per bather.)
His company has a product that preheats that water by using water that goes to the drain. Does anyone know of any specific regulations in other parts of Canada or the U.S.? Can someone suggest a source I can direct this company?

Added by Blair Adams on August 11, 2010 at 11:08am — No Comments

Rivers and Pools

If you go into the river this summer, be sure to wash your shorts before you go into your pool. As the river carries all kinds of Alergens that are not good for the balance of your pool water.

Added by Leonard Forister on August 6, 2010 at 9:24am — No Comments

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