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The Pool Guy Podcast Show

463 EpisodesProduced by David Van BruntWebsite

In this podcast I cover everything swimming pool related, including answering your questions, interviews and general information about everything pool care.

463 Episodes | 2017 - 2020

Reinvest in Your Pool Service Business

October 1st, 2020


Putting money back into your business is something a lot of companies fail to do. It is easy to just feel that everything is fine as it is but there is one sure-fire way to expand your business and to take it to the …

Manually Vacuuming a Pool Troubleshooting & Issues

September 30th, 2020


When you go to manually vacuum a pool, you can run into loads of issues like having too little suction from the pump and filter to having too much …

Some Tips for Manually Vacuuming a Pool

September 29th, 2020


There are some tried and true methods of manually vacuuming a swimming pool. For example, I address what to do with pools with heavy debris and cover …

Using Liquid Chlorine in Place of 3” Tri-Chlor Tablets & the HASA Liquidator Chlorine Feeder: Interview with Terry Arko of HASA

September 28th, 2020


In this podcast, I go over using liquid chlorine to sanitize your pool and also go over the HASa Liquidator liquid chlorine feeder with Terry Arko of …

Basic Business Skills 7: Bringing Balance to Your Business

September 25th, 2020


You can only do some much Monday through Friday in your pool service business. Doing too much can lead to losing accounts and cause you to burn out. …

Avoid Damaging or Staining Your Pool Surface

September 24th, 2020


Any pool surface can be damaged by adding the wrong chemicals or by something falling into the pool. Vinyl and Fiberglass pools are more prone to …

Power Vac Conversion Kit: For $750 Turn Your Old Power Vac into a Bottom Feeder!

September 23rd, 2020


If you have an older Power Vac and you are tired of lugging it around with the 30 lbs. battery pack then the Power Vac Conversion Kit is for you! …

Manually Vacuuming a Pool VS Using a Vacuum System

September 22nd, 2020


I am often asked is it better to manually vacuum every pool or use a Vacuum System. I go over the pros and cons of both methods here for you and …

The Looming 3” Tri-Chlor Tablet Crisis

September 21st, 2020


Since the Bio-Lab factory explosion in Louisiana last month 3” Tri-Chlor Tablets have become harder to find and the price has jumped a good 25% already. The Bio-Lab factory produced over 2 million pounds of Tri-Chlor …

Offering Discounts and Free Services in Your Pool Service Business

September 18th, 2020


It may seem like a good marketing strategy to offer say, “1st month Free!” or other free services to get accounts. But discounts can come back to hurt you later and in this podcast, I go over some of the reasons you may …

Should You Include a Suction Side Cleaner as Part of Your Pool Service?

September 17th, 2020


Including an automatic pool cleaner as part of your service is not a bad idea. It may be costly upfront but there are some great benefits of having a …

Bad Weather & Your Pool Service Route

September 16th, 2020


Bad weather be it extremely hot temperatures, rainstorms, or wind storms as a pool service pro you have to deal with it. I go over some basic tips …

Using Dichlor in Your Swimming Pool

September 15th, 2020


Dichlor is not a well-known sanitizer in the pool industry and I go over some of the pros and cons of using Dichlor in your swimming pool. I will …

Pool Pump Lifespan and Replacement Cost

September 14th, 2020


I am often asked how long your pool equipment will last. I will be breaking this down for you in separate podcasts and today I will start with how …

Cartridge Type D.E. Filters VS Grid Type D.E Filters

September 11th, 2020


Pentair was the first out on the market with their cartridge type D.E. filter about 8 years ago and now there are more choices on the market today. You have of course the Pentair Quad D.E. Filter, the Hayward DEP 500 …

Swimming Pool Filter Upgrade Choices

September 10th, 2020


If you are thinking about upgrading your pool filter in the near future, I go over some of the things to think about when moving from one filter type …

Basic Business Skills 6: Knowing if "Is This Worth my Time and Effort?"

September 9th, 2020


It is easy to make the mistake of taking on work you shouldn’t have. How do you know that you are doing something that you shouldn’t be doing? You …

Ash in a Pool After a Fire

September 8th, 2020


Fire season has started early here in California and already this year more acres have burned than at any other time in the history of the state. With fire comes the wind and the ash. A lethal one-two punch for your …

All About Using Dry Acid to Lower the pH in Your Pool

September 7th, 2020


Dry Acid is a solid choice when it comes to lowering the pH and Alkalinity in your pool or spa. It as long shelf life, is easy to use, has no toxic …

Pool Route Tips to Get you Home Sooner Each Day

September 4th, 2020


Over the years I have come up with some creative ways to get through my day faster without sacrificing the quality of my service. It is a combination of time-saving tricks as well as some basic things you can do to get …

Tools that Speed Up Your Day Out on Your Pool Service Route

September 3rd, 2020


Over the years I have picked up some tools that have really helped save me time out in the field. From the very simple and affordable Multi-Tork …

Never Empty Your Pool’s Pump Basket Again!

September 2nd, 2020


If you are like me hate to empty pump baskets then this podcast is for you. Maybe you have one of those giant pumps with the huge wet end (pump pot) and it is hard to get the lid back on each time. Or your pump sits …

Tri-Chlor Tablet Shortage Crisis: How to Manage a Pool Without 3” Tablets

September 1st, 2020


From a combination of things starting with the COVID-19 virus and a Tri-Chlor factory shutdown earlier this year, Tri-Chlor Tablets are in high demand and were getting hard to get. Now with Hurricane Laura wiping out …

Riptide Pool Vacuum System: Interview with the Owners David Sargent & Matt Lopez

August 31st, 2020


The Riptide Vacuum System has been around now for the better part of four years and it has really made a mark in the pool industry. I don’t think it …

Dogs and Your Swimming Pool

August 28th, 2020


I cover several aspects of dogs and your backyard swimming pool. From dogs swimming in the pool to dog waste in the pool and aggressive dogs, if you …

The pH is Constantly Rising in my Pool!

August 27th, 2020


Having the pH rise in your pool is perfectly normal, but there are certain pools where the pH constantly rises and will rise to very high levels. I …

Commercial Pool Service Series Part 4: County Health Department

August 26th, 2020


A Big Part of Commercial Pool Service is dealing with the County Health Inspector. Like any other public venue, a Commercial Pool is regularly …

Basic Business Skills Part 5: Capturing Leads

August 25th, 2020


It may seem basic to capture leads which of course are usually potential new customers calling you or emailing you. But there are some aspects of handling the communication that can make a difference between sealing the …

Best Way to Lower pH in Your Pool

August 24th, 2020


To lower the pH in your pool you would use acid and typically the most popular chemical to use to lower your pH is Muriatic Acid. But there are also …

Pool Pole Sizing, Which Pole is Right for You?

August 21st, 2020


There are basically two sizes of pool poles and then you have of course the outliers with some odd sizes. But the industry standard is a 2-piece 8 ft …

Basic Business Skills Part 4: Marketing Yourself

August 20th, 2020


Marketing is a big part of growing your pool service business. But if you have never tried to market yourself in a business before it can be tough to …

Above Ground Pool Hach: Change Out that Filter!

August 19th, 2020


Installing an Above Ground Pool is a great way to have the backyard pool experience on a budget. There is one thing that you can do right away after …

Precision 2.0Li Revised Edition by Water Tech

August 18th, 2020


I have been using the Precision 2.0 for over 3 years now and this new revised version is the best one yet. The main upgrade is the Motor Box …

Borates Area a True Game-Changer!

August 17th, 2020


Borates are something often ignored in the Industry and the reasons why vary but part of it is that having borates in your swimming pool or spa is so …

Best Way to Raise Your Pool’s pH

August 14th, 2020


If the pH in your pool is low, it could make the water very corrosive to the pool surface as well as the equipment. Raising it up will get it back in …

Buying Pools to Grow Your Pool Route Part 3 of 3 “Customer Relations”: Interview with Fernando Encarnacion of Five Star Pro Pools

August 13th, 2020


When you purchase your pool route, how do you successfully absorb the clients of the service accounts you have purchased. Fernando talks in-depth …

Buying Pools to Grow Your Pool Route Part 2 of 3 “Handling Employees”: Interview with Fernando Encarnacion of Five Star Pro Pools

August 12th, 2020


Employees are a big part of growing your business when you get above the single-pole threshold of 75-85 pools. I talk to Fernando about how he …

Buying Pools to Grow Your Pool Route Part 1 of 3 “The Method Explained”: Interview with Fernando Encarnacion of Five Star Pro Pools

August 11th, 2020


I spend some time with Fernando Encarnacion who is the owner of Five Star Pro Pools in Orlando Florida and we discuss his unusual method of growing …

Pool Robotic Cleaners Explained

August 10th, 2020


Robotic Pool cleaners are now the top choice for an automatic pool cleaner for some good reasons. I go over some of the great features of a robotic …

Commercial Pool Service Series Part 3: Bidding and Pricing

August 7th, 2020


Bidding or pricing a Commerical Service account can seem daunting. In this podcast, I break it down to a basic rule of thumb. I show you how to bid …

Upgrading from a Suction Cleaner to a Polaris 360 Non-Booster Pump Pressure Cleaner

August 6th, 2020


If you notice your Suction Side Cleaner struggling each week and getting clogged with debris, you may want to consider upgrading to a non-booster pump pressure side cleaner. There are three good ones on the market …

Fighting a Losing Battle with Your Pool

August 5th, 2020


Have you ever played a Board Game and during the game realize that you have no chance of winning? In this podcast, I go over some situations with …

Basic Business Skills Series Part 3: Paperwork and Billing

August 4th, 2020


This is one thing I will readily admit that I am not very good at, paperwork and billing. The good news is that my wife excels at this so she …

All About Bio-Dex Laboratories - Interview with Lori Brumagin

August 3rd, 2020


Bio-Dex is a leading manufacturer of all types of pool chemicals and I discovered them when I started using two of their chemicals for my acid washes …

Commercial Pool Service Series Part 2: Heavy Use Pools

July 31st, 2020


In my experience, there are two types of Commerical service accounts. Those that get killed each week with very heavy use and those that are not used at all. The majority of commercial accounts will fall into the heavy …

DE Filter Issues and Troubleshooting

July 30th, 2020


DE filters take some getting used and in this podcast, I go over some common issues you may run into when dealing with a DE Filter. I cover high filter PSI, damaged filter parts, and the like and offer tips on how to …

Basic Business Skills Series Part 2: Communication Skills

July 29th, 2020


Communicating with your pool service customers in key on many levels. Whether you are the quiet type or the more extroverted type, knowing what to …

Basic Business Skills Series Part 1: Income and Expenses

July 28th, 2020


There are two parts to running a successful pool service business and part one of course is the cleaning and maintaining the pools each week. The …

Help With Swimming Pool Stains

July 27th, 2020


Swimming pool stains are tough to deal with on many levels from identifying them to of course getting rid of them. I go over some of the common …

Gardner Relations: How to Avoid a Trashed Pool Each Week

July 24th, 2020


One of the things that can ruin your day is when the gardener/landscaper treats a pool on your route like a giant trash can. Not only does it irk you …

Best Two Demo Cleaners for Your Pool Route

July 23rd, 2020


Demoing a cleaner in a customer’s pool is akin to a test drive of a new vehicle at a dealer. Unless they see it in operation and see the benefits of …

Swimming Pool Side ports/Vacuum Ports 101

July 22nd, 2020


A dedicated vacuum port for your suction side cleaner is known in the industry as a side port and unless you deal with this day in and day out they can seem a little daunting and confusing. I go over the basic operation …

Commercial Pool Service Part 1: Introduction and Overview of Commercial Service Accounts

July 21st, 2020


If you service pools you may start to think about getting into the Commercial Pool end of things with an apartment complex, hotel, or HOA community …

Is This Swimming Pool Product for Real or Just Hype?

July 20th, 2020


When it comes to pool product claims you may feel you are being sold on something based on hype rather than real-world experience. I have done …

Swimming Pool Surface Color Choices – Which is the Best

July 17th, 2020


So what is the best surface color choice for your pool? Whether you have a plaster or Pebble Tec pool choosing the right color is critical. Once the …

When to Drain Your Swimming Pool

July 16th, 2020


In this podcast, I go over the most common reasons to drain your pool and I also give you some cautions when draining certain pool types. There are …

Pentair Rebel Vs Hayward PoolCleaner

July 15th, 2020


I am asked often which 2-wheel cleaner is better? The Pentair Rebel or the Hayward PoolCleaner/AquaNaut/Phoenix – which are all the same with …

Which Salt Level Reading to Trust: Digital Meter or System Display?

July 14th, 2020


Many salt systems display the pool’s salinity level (salt level) while others indicate low or high salt levels with flashing lights. But either way, …

How to Keep Your Pool Blue all Year Round

July 13th, 2020


The formula is pretty simple but of course, there are lots of factors that can make it difficult. But to save time on your pool care or on the pools …

Tips on Handling a Swimming Pool Transaction – Getting Paid for the Job

July 10th, 2020


It is a tricky thing, doing a green pool clean up or installing equipment and making sure you get paid for the work. In most cases that is never an …

When to Refer Work Out to a Pro

July 9th, 2020


As a DIY homeowner or a pool service tech, we tend to spend way to much time on a problem before we throw in the towel and refer the job out. I go …

D.E. Filter Backwash Tips

July 8th, 2020


It may not seem like a big deal but there is a lot that is involved in backwashing a D.E. filter. From how much D.E. to add back into …

Explaining the Green Pool Clean Up Process to the Customer

July 7th, 2020


One of the things that I think is important in anything you do in your pool service business and especially important when doing a green pool clean …

The #1 Thing to Focus on in Swimming Pool Care

July 6th, 2020


I spend the first 5 minutes re-introducing myself as this is podcast 400 and a milestone as podcasts go. Then I focus on the most important aspect of …

Hayward pHin Overview and Review

July 3rd, 2020


I recently put a Hayward pHin in my pool and in this podcast I go over some of the things I like about the pHin. I was able to verify the reading …

New Pool Guy & Gal Common Frustrations

July 2nd, 2020


When you are starting out in the business you will struggle in many areas as you are learning the ropes. I go over some common issues you may …

Pool Route Service Agreement Overview

July 1st, 2020


If you have a pool route one thing that is often overlooked is a Service Agreement. This is not a legal and binding contract but a simple form that …

Ideal pH Range

June 30th, 2020


I go over why most charts set the ideal pH at 7.4-7.8 and why this may be something that is not set in stone with new evidence and also when you …

Reasons Your Pool is Not Holding Chlorine

June 29th, 2020


There are a number of reasons why your pool may be struggling to hold chlorine each day and I touch on the more common issues. These range from not …

Ideal Free Chlorine Level for Your Pool

June 26th, 2020


In this podcast, I go over the time-honored Free Chlorine chart that you see everywhere online. The old 1 ppm to 3pmm recommendation and I touch on …

Benefits of Having a Tight Pool Route: Pool Trader App Part 3 of 3

June 25th, 2020


I conclude my interview with Joe Wilmot who is the creator of the Pool Trader app and we discuss how using the APP can save you time and money. We …

Some Tips on Buying a Pool Route with the Pool Trader App Part 2 of 3

June 24th, 2020


In this podcast, I continue my discussion with Joe Wilmot the creator of the Pool Trader app. This app allows you to buy and sell your pools as a …

Pool Trader App: The Easy Way to Buy and Sell Pools on Your Route Part 1 of 3

June 23rd, 2020


In this podcast I interview Joe Wilmot who is the creator of the Pool Trader App. This app is a revolutionary way of putting pool pros in contact …

ITS Digital Water Test Kits: Interview with George Bailey of ITS

June 22nd, 2020


Industrial Test Systems (ITS) makes some of the best photometer test kits and digital water testers on the market today. With their innovative eXact® …

Pool Industry Confusion: Who Makes That and Who Owns Whom?

June 19th, 2020


The Pool & Spa industry is rife with confusion and nothing is more perplexing than which company owns or makes which product. There is a lot of …

Adding Chlorine to My Pool Each Week, is That Normal?

June 18th, 2020


You may notice that even if you are using 3” Tri-Chlor Tablets you are still adding chlorine to your pool each week. Or if you do pool service you …

ColorQ 2x Pro7 the NEW! ColorQ Version!

June 17th, 2020


The new ColorQ 2x Pro7 is LaMotte’s latest update to the ColorQ Pro7 photometer and it is a significant upgrade. Now the ColorQ 2x is Bluetooth …

Salt Cell Not Working: Try the 24-Hour Test

June 16th, 2020


So your saltwater generator appears to not be working. You have cleaned the cell, and all of the lights indicate that it should be producing chlorine …

Perfectly Balanced Pool – Can It Be Done?

June 15th, 2020


If you are in the Industry or a savvy homeowner with a pool you probably have come across the ideal chemistry chart online or in a pool care book. …

Equipment You Need to Start a Pool Service or Clean Your Own Pool

June 12th, 2020


I think you will be surprised by the basic equipment list I go over to start a pool service business. This is also good for the homeowner taking care …

How to Price a Robotic Cleaner for Your Budget: What Features Can you Live Without

June 11th, 2020


If you have a specific budget for a robotic pool cleaner I can help you narrow down the price point of a good cleaner based on the features. The more …

Proper Care of Your Robotic Cleaner

June 10th, 2020


In this podcast, I cover the basic care of a robotic pool cleaner. Here are some things to be aware of and I answer the typical questions like, “can …

General Liability Insurance: What is Not Covered & Common Exclusions

June 9th, 2020


Having a General Liability Policy is a must for the pool service pro. This will protect you from any errors or omissions, basically, those oops out …

All About Pool & Spa Enzyme Treatment

June 8th, 2020


The use of Enzymes in pools and spa is really catching on and it is becoming an Industry-wide accepted treatment for pools and spas. Not only are …

Polaris Quattro Tips and Troubleshooting

June 5th, 2020


I don’t often suggest watching a video of me taking apart a cleaner before you purchase one to see what can go wrong in advance. That seems like a …

Use a Chlorine Enhancer on Your Pool Route

June 4th, 2020


I will admit that I was of the Old School group that just used chlorine and Sodium Bromide to keep the pools algae free. But over the last few years …

D.E. Filter Cleaning Tips

June 3rd, 2020


Cleaning a D.E. Filter offers all kinds of challenges. You need to know more or less what you are looking for to prevent D.E. from leaking back into …

Ducks in Your Pool & How to Get Rid of Them

June 2nd, 2020


Ducks can be a real nuisance for swimming pool owners. If you have ever had them visit your pool or a pool or your service route you know that they …

Best “Bouncing Type” Suction Side Pool Cleaner

June 1st, 2020


I wouldn’t rule out the bouncing type suction side cleaners when looking to invest in a good automatic pool cleaner. Yes, they are less smart than …

Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Part 9: Not Treating Algae Aggressively

May 29th, 2020


One of the hardest lessons to learn when you are first starting out is that treating algae is a serious business. It is easy to think a small amount of algae is not a big deal, but not aggressively treating algae in a …

PAL EvenGlow Retrofit Lights for your Pool & Spa

May 28th, 2020


If you have older incandescent pool and spa lights or if your pool service customers are asking to upgrade to LED lights check out the PAL EvenGlow …

What is That Purple Dust Staining in my Pool?

May 27th, 2020


Purple Dust or Copper Cyanurate is a known industry issue and it is formed when high CYA levels in the pool react with high copper levels, typically …

A look at the Jandy VS Pump Line-up with Steve Jones of Fluidra

May 26th, 2020


In this podcast I interview Steve Jones who is a Product Manager at Fluidra which is the parent company of Jandy. We go over each of the Jandy Variable Speed Pumps specifically and after listening to this podcast you …

Department of Energy New Pool Pump Regulations & How Jandy Can Help You

May 25th, 2020


In this podcast I interview Steve Jones who is a Product Manager at Fluidra which is the parent company of Jandy. We discuss how Jandy is helping …

Choosing a Cleaner Based on Your Pool Debris

May 22nd, 2020


One thing I am asked all of the time is will this cleaner pick up oak leaves or which cleaner picks up pine needles? Choosing a cleaner based on what type of debris it can pick up is an important purchasing factor and …

The Importance of Matching Pool Equipment

May 21st, 2020


If you have a brother or sister you probably were not a fan of when your parents dressed you alike. When it comes to pool equipment, having matching …

Document Everything on Your Next Pool Service Bid

May 20th, 2020


Going out on a bid for a new service account is exciting and often there are perils we cannot see at the time. Maybe a pool has an existing stain but …

White Flakes in my Pool From my Salt System

May 19th, 2020


If you have a saltwater pool or service some saltwater pools you may notice some white skin like blowback in your pool or piles of white flakes …

How to Adjust Your Salt System Output

May 18th, 2020


Now that you have a new Saltwater System known also as a Saltwater Generator (SWG) I will go over how to set the proper chlorine output. If you do …

3” Tri-Chlor Tablets Overview and Use

May 15th, 2020


The 3” Tri-Chlor Tablet has been around for over 40 years and it is an industry-standard for the primary pool sanitizer in many regions of the …

Granular Tri-Chlor 101

May 14th, 2020


Using granular Tri-Chlor is not something that is simple and easy and you can easily stain a pool surface if you use it incorrectly. I go over some …

A New Rule of Thumb for Setting Your Pump Run Time

May 13th, 2020


It can be hard to know how long to run your pool pump so that you are not wasting energy by running it too long or on the flip side running it to …

Most Innovative Robotic Cleaner Yet! Polaris ALPHA IQ+

May 12th, 2020


I am a big fan of robotic pool cleaners and each year there is always a newer and better model on the market. That is just the nature of technology …

Salt Water Pool Pros and Cons

May 11th, 2020


If your thinking about putting in a Saltwater Generator (SWG) to convert your pool to a saltwater system I give you an honest look at some of the …

Bug Bro: Those Pool Service Customers that Bug You

May 8th, 2020


My 12-year old son coined this phrase whenever he comes to my office to interrupt me. “Hey, Bug Bro is here.” I thought it was an apt term and you …

Converting you Pool to a Saltwater Pool

May 7th, 2020


In this episode I go over how to add salt to your pool to convert it over to a saltwater pool once you have your saltwater generator installed. It is …

Best Way to Heat Your Swimming Pool

May 6th, 2020


There are many ways to heat your swimming pool during the season and I have found that the best way is the tried and true method of using your pool …

Upgrading or Having a Pool Heater or Heat Pump Installed

May 5th, 2020


Maybe you are thinking about installing a Natural Gas Heater or a Heat pump or just upgrading your existing heater. Here are some things to know …

The Bottom Feeder Professional Battery Powered Vacuum System: Interview with Glen Heffernan Owner/Creator

May 4th, 2020


In this entertaining podcast, I go over the features of the Bottom Feeder Professional Grade Battery Powered Swimming Pool Vacuum System with the …

False Low Salt Level Reading in your Saltwater Pool

May 1st, 2020


There are a few things that can give your saltwater pool a false low salt reading. Before you add more salt to your pool you may want to check a few …

Vacuum Systems vs Manual Vacuuming

April 30th, 2020


In this podcast, I go over using a Vacuum System vs using a Manual Vacuum when you clean a pool. If you are on the fence about purchasing a Vacuum …

Bringing Balance to Your Pool Service Route

April 29th, 2020


When you are starting out and building your route you are running around and doing anything you can to make money and make ends meet. When you start …

When to Call in a Pool Pro for Help

April 28th, 2020


I am a big YouTube DIY guy and have put in and repaired many things based on watching a YouTube video. But there comes a time when you are thinking …

All About Liquid Chlorine with Terry Arko of HASA

April 27th, 2020


In this podcast, I interview Terry Arko of HASA who an expert in the field and is someone who knows a thing or two about liquid chlorine. We go over every aspect of using liquid chlorine as your primary sanitizer in …

Buying a Pool Route Part 7: Inheriting Existing Issues

April 24th, 2020


Purchasing a pool route is one way to get into the industry in a quick fashion. But there are some pitfalls to be aware of and one of those is that …

Solar-Powered Swimming Pool Surface Skimmers Overview

April 23rd, 2020


In this podcast, I go over the currently available models of Solar Powered Surface Skimmers. There are three currently in production with a fourth in …

Acid Magic “The User Friendly Muriatic Acid”

April 22nd, 2020


In this podcast, I interview Aaron Trapp from Certol the makers of the Acid Magic product. We go over some of the pool and spa uses for Acid Magic …

Swimming Pool Industry Facebook Groups

April 21st, 2020


One of the trending ways to get solid insight and information on pool care and on your pool business is through Industry Facebook Groups. There are a …

Should I Rebuild my Cleaner or Buy a New One?

April 20th, 2020


If you have a suction side or pressure side pool cleaner, you can technically keep rebuilding them until the body just completely falls apart. I …

Chemical Only Service for Your Pool Route

April 17th, 2020


Offering Chemical Only Service on your pool route can be very lucrative if it is done correctly. There are some things you need to be aware of if you …

The Test Strip Only Guy

April 16th, 2020


While there is nothing inherently wrong with using test strips to get the chemistry reading  in your pool or spa, using test strips only could prove …

Pool School – The Four Pillars of Orenda Technologies

April 15th, 2020


Getting educated is the key to a well balanced and safe pool. Whether you are a homeowner or a pool service tech caring for their own pool, you will …

What is the Ideal pH Range? Discussion with Eric Knight of Orenda Technologies

April 14th, 2020


In this episode, I continue my discussion with Eric Knight on the ideal pH level and how it may not be cost-effective or productive to keep chasing the low pH that we have all been taught. The CYA level has a direct …

Chlorine Kill Factor, pH and the CYA Factor: Discussion with Eric Knight of Orenda Technologies

April 13th, 2020


It is well known that the lower the pH the more effective the chlorine is in a pool. Keeping your pool pH at 7.4-7.6 has always been the ideal range. …

Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Part 8: Signing in at Your Accounts

April 10th, 2020


One thing that is often overlooked when you are starting out or if you have been doing this for awhile is letting your customers know when you have …

Suction Side Cleaners 101

April 9th, 2020


In this podcast I go over the different types of suction side cleaners for your pool and touch on the differences between a geared cleaner and a …

Above Ground Pool Cleaners Hack – Using Them in In-Ground Pools

April 8th, 2020


The manufacturers make some specific suction side and robotic cleaners for the above ground pool market. These are usually very similar to their …

Losing Money is Part of Owning a Business

April 7th, 2020


It has been a boom time for the last 12 years and if you are new to the pool service business you probably have never gone through a losing year. I …

Pool Pro Magazine: Pool Service Business 101

April 6th, 2020


In this podcast I interview Megan Kendrick the Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of Pool Pro Magazine and we discuss some of the fundamentals of the …

Pool Guy and Gal Rookie Mistakes Part 7: Running Out Of Chemicals

April 3rd, 2020


This is something that should never happen but it does happen more than you think, running out of chlorine. When you are new to the business and …

When to Replace your D.E. Filter Grids

April 2nd, 2020


It can be hard to determine of your D.E. filter grids are worn out and in this podcast I go over some of the signs to look for. These of course include obvious tears and rips but there are some more subtle signs that …

When to Replace your Cartridge Filter – Cartridge

April 1st, 2020


I get this question all the time. When should I replace the cartridge inside my pool filter? There is no set rule but there are many signs of when …

Navigating the COVID-19 Recession: Tips for Pool Service Companies

March 31st, 2020


A Recession can be a tough time for any business and a Pool Service is not immune to the effects of an economic slowdown. When money is tight it gets …

Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 6 of 6: Scaling & Etching

March 30th, 2020


The scale on your pool surface is a big issue in the pool industry. In this podcast, I conclude the water quality issues series with Harold Evans of …

Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 5 of 6: Balancing the LSI

March 27th, 2020


The LSI Index (Langelier Saturation Index) is a method that was developed to identify if your swimming pool water in scale forming or corrosive. I …

Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 4 of 6: High CYA

March 26th, 2020


Cyanuric Acid has been a big issue that has recently been debated in the swimming pool industry and I continue my series on water quality issues with …

Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 3 of 6: Enzyme Treatment

March 25th, 2020


I continue the series with Harold Evens of Orenda Technologies and in this podcast, we go over how the use of enzymes can enhance your chlorine and …

Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 2 of 6: Phosphates

March 24th, 2020


Phosphates are a much talked about subject in the industry and in this podcast I continue the series on water quality issues with Harold Evans of …

Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 1 of 6: Virtual Classroom and App

March 23rd, 2020


I spent some time recording this podcast series with Harold Evens of Orenda Technologies and I think you will find it one of the most comprehensive …

Navigating the Confusion of Pool Valves

March 20th, 2020


I can’t tell you how many people email me with photos of their valves and ask me what this valve does or that valve does. Typically you will have Jandy Valves before your pump and in the return line and if you have an …

The Problem with Both Low and High CYA Levels

March 19th, 2020


You can run into poor water quality issues because of both low and high Conditioner (Cyanuric Acid) levels in your pool. If there is too little …

Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Part 6: Troubleshooting Problems

March 18th, 2020


One thing that can eat up a lot of time when you are new is when you run into a problem at an account. This will lead to much frustration and consume your time and energy. But it doesn’t have to be this way and I give …

What is Better? Liquid or Granular Conditioner?

March 17th, 2020


In this podcast I go over the pros and cons of using either the Granular Conditioner or the Liquid Pool Conditioner to add Cyanuric Acid to your …

Choosing the Right Sanitizer for your Pool

March 16th, 2020


I recently did a sanitizer survey on my YouTube Channel and the results were very surprising. In fact, liquid chlorine came out on top by a slight …

Your Pool Filter Sucks!

March 13th, 2020


If you struggle with your pool each season, the answer could be a very simple one. Your pool filter is too small, not running correctly or a …

Portable Pool Clean Up Pumps

March 12th, 2020


There are many uses for a portable clean up pump and you can build one yourself for about $300. You can also get a completely portable system with a pump and filter on a cart and I go over building one yourself and the …

Basic Homeowner Cleaning Equipment

March 11th, 2020


If you plan on cleaning your own pool, I go over the basic cleaning equipment you will need to clean your swimming pool each week. You don’t need a …

How an Economic Slow Down Affects Your Pool Service Business

March 10th, 2020


Having gone through one of the most serious Recessions in 2008 and making it through it intact, I can shed some light on how the current economic …

Getting Your Pool Ready for the Season

March 9th, 2020


Now that the weather is warming up it is time to get ready for another swim season. If you are new to owning a pool, there are a few things to get …

Did you know Leslie’s Sells Wholesale?

March 6th, 2020


Leslie’s Pool Supply has a growing Wholesale Division and if you have a pool service company you can easily open a Wholesale Account at any of their …

Overview of the Water Tech Battery Powered Vacuums

March 5th, 2020


One of the most overlooked products in the Industry is the Water Tech Battery Operated Cleaners. They may look and sound like toys, but they work very well. With the upgrades like lithium-ion batteries and many of the …

Q&A about the Taylor Test Kits with Wayne Ivusich of Taylor Technologies Interview Part 3 of 3

March 4th, 2020


This is a fun podcast where I go over some of the questions submitted by my group members regarding some of the odd issues that can come about while using the Taylor test kits and the reagents. We cover somethings that …

Free Chlorine Levels, Phosphates, Nitrates & K2000 Series NSF Certified Kits: Wayne Ivusich of Taylor Technologies Interview Part 2 of 3

March 3rd, 2020


I continue my 3 part interview with Wayne Ivusich of Taylor Technology and we go acceptable free chlorine levels, phosphates, nitrates, and the new …

High CYA in your Pool, Adjusted Alkalinity and the LSI Index: Wayne Ivusich of Taylor Technologies Interview Part 1 of 3

March 2nd, 2020


In this interview with Wayne Ivusich of Taylor Technology, we tackle some of the tougher chemistry issues you may face with your pool including high …

Tips on Selling Variable Speed Pumps to Your Customers

February 28th, 2020


Variable Speed pumps have a huge upside in energy efficiency and of course, they can save your customer a ton of money each year on energy cost because of that. But how do you approach your customers and overcome the …

Pool Guy and Gal Rookie Mistakes Part 5: Not Thinking About Liability

February 27th, 2020


The last thing anyone wants is to be sued for any type of liability. When you are learning the business and starting out, you may not know what to …

Taylor Test Kits are now NSF Certified for Commercial Use

February 26th, 2020


The title hopefully does not imply that the Taylor Test Kits were not accurate or good for Commercial pool use before the NSF Certification. Taylor …

Low Filter PSI the Causes and Cures

February 25th, 2020

If you notice that the gauge on top of your filter is showing really low filter PSI it could be a number of reasons ranging from air getting into the …

High Pool Filter PSI: Causes and Cures

February 24th, 2020

A common issue that you will run into at one time or another is a very high pool filter PSI. The gauge on top of your pool filter is designed to …

Pool Guy and Gal Rookie Mistakes Part 4: Underbidding Services

February 21st, 2020


When you are starting out or adding new services to your pool service, it can be hard to know what to charge for services. How much do you charge for …

What to Charge for on Your Pool Service Route

February 20th, 2020


Often times it can be unclear on what to charge the customer for outside of the monthly service charge. Do you charge for salt cell cleaning? Or 3” …

Ways to Speed Up your Day on your Pool Route

February 19th, 2020


Whether you are just starting out or have been cleaning pools for some time, we are always looking for ways to speed up our day on our pool routes. …

Waterway Power Defender Variable Speed Pumps

February 18th, 2020


With the new laws in California and other states soon to follow, a Variable Speed Pump may be your only option when you go to upgrade your existing …

Ways to Cure Cloudy Pool Water

February 17th, 2020


Cloudy pool water is caused by just a handful of things and I go down the list in the first half of the podcast. I then go over the steps to clear up …

Safe D.E. Alternatives for your D.E. (Diatomaceous Earth) Filter

February 14th, 2020


The dust from D.E. - Diatomaceous Earth is a known health hazard and is classified as an Industrial Carcinogen. It is the Silica in the powder that is the hazard, and even though it is just in a trace amount of less …

Using PoolRx on your Service Route: Sizing the Unit, Troubleshooting and More (Part 4 of 4)

February 13th, 2020


In this last part of the four-part series on PoolRx Fred Schweer the VP of Sales at PoolRx goes over the dosage size of the different PoolRx units as …

How to Effectively Sell PoolRx to your Pool Service Customers (Part 3 of 4)

February 12th, 2020


I continue my interview with Fred Schweer the VP of Sales at PoolRx and we change gears a little in this podcast as we talk about how to effectively …

PoolRx and Pools with High CYA & Green Pool Clean Up with PoolRx (Part 2 of 4)

February 11th, 2020


I continue my interview with Fred Schweer of the VP of Sales at PoolRx as we touch on using PoolrX in pools with very high Cyanuric Acid levels (high …

PoolRx FAQ with Fred Schweer VP of Sales at PoolRx (Part 1 of 4)

February 10th, 2020


I interview Fred Schweer the Vice President of Sales at PoolRx and we go over the product in great detail in this episode. PoolRx is the premier …

The One for One Rule for Your Pool Service Route

February 7th, 2020


Once your pool route gets large enough to start turning a profit, the one for one rule is a very effective way to fine-tune and expand your business …

Homeowner Rookie Mistakes Part 3: Water Testing Errors

February 6th, 2020


Testing your swimming pool water is essential but there are some factors that can cause user error. When you test the water, where the water sample …

Polaris Quattro Sport (P40): The Best Pressure Cleaner of 2020

February 5th, 2020


The Polaris Quattro Sport was released in 2019 and has quickly become the premiere pressure side pool cleaner on the market today. It doesn’t look …

Letting Pool Service Customers Clean their Own Pool Filter

February 4th, 2020


Whether you are just starting out in the pool service business or been around a while, you will soon encounter a customer who balks at the filter …

Saltwater Pool Facts & Myths

February 3rd, 2020


Saltwater pools known by their saltwater generators (SWG) have now been around for well over 20 years. But there is still a lot of mystery …

Robotic Cleaners are Your Best Choice for a Pool Cleaner

January 31st, 2020


I know I didn’t preface the title with a why making the title more of a statement of fact. Between the 3 swimming pool cleaner types, I personally …

Why You Need a Pool Vacuum System Now!

January 30th, 2020


I don’t sell any products directly so I can speak to you from an unbiased position. The one cleaning tool that you need for service is a Pool Vacuum …

All About the Quad D.E. or Cartridge Type D.E. Filters

January 29th, 2020


If I had to choose the best D.E. filter for a pool I would put the cartridge type D.E filters like the Pentair Quad D.E. Filter, the Hayward DEP 500 …

Homeowner Rookie Mistakes Part 2: Pump Basket Fails

January 28th, 2020


Emptying your swimming pool’s pump basket seems simple enough, but it really is not. There are many things that can go wrong if you empty it …

Aquabot is Now Two Different Companies

January 27th, 2020


When Fluidra and Zodiac Pool Systems merged the Aqaubot brand was split into two separate companies at the request of the European Commission. They …

Dolphin Proteus Line of Robotic Pool Cleaners

January 24th, 2020


The Dolphin brand of robotic pool cleaners by Maytronics is always in the top tier of reviews. You know when you purchase a Dolphin cleaner you are …

Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Series - Part 3: Not Going the Extra Mile

January 23rd, 2020


There are many common things that you can do as a new service provider for your clients that will make your efforts stand out. I am not talking about discounts or free services but little things that will make the …

Generic Automatic Cleaner Parts – Are They Any Good?

January 22nd, 2020


If you have an automatic pool cleaner chances are you had to order replacement parts. One thing that can be shocking is how expensive these OEM – …

Homeowner Rookie Mistakes Part 1: Not Adding Water to the Pool

January 21st, 2020


In this new series, I will cover the most common errors that new pool owners make. A pool can be complicated to take care of, and mistakes can easily …

Traditional Method of Pool Care & Chlorine Enhancers

January 20th, 2020


I call this the Traditional Method of pool care because it has been the industry standard for a few decades now. It is a combination of a sanitizer …

High CYA and the Best Way to Lower It

January 17th, 2020


Does your swimming pool have a very high CYA (Cyanuric Acid -Conditioner) level? Do those products that lower down the CYA really work? What is the …

What to Test for in Your Swimming Pool Each Week?

January 16th, 2020


Testing your swimming pool water weekly is highly recommended by those in the pool industry. But what exactly do you need to test for each week? What …

When to Add Salt to my New Saltwater Pool?

January 15th, 2020


If you have just had a pool built or remodeled and there is a Salt Water Generator, when do you add the salt? This is a common question and I think …

No more 1099-Pool Service Employees in California

January 14th, 2020


With the passage of AB 5, the 1099-employee will be completely eliminated in California. If it proofs successful, this year other states will soon be …

New Plaster Pool Start Up Issues

January 13th, 2020


Starting up a plaster pool is loaded with potential problems that could cause staining, discoloration and damage to the new pool surface. There are …

Health Hazards and Swimming Pool Chemicals

January 10th, 2020


If you work in the industry long enough or have taken care of your backyard pool for years, you are aware of the health hazards of many of the …

Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Series - Part 2: Not Having a Routine

January 9th, 2020


Like any job after awhile you put things on cruise control and are often not aware of if you did something or forgot to do something. A pool route …

SweepEase Pool Brush is now the StingRay Brush

January 8th, 2020


I really like the SweepEase pool brush and use it as my go to pool brush.  It is specially designed to create more force as you brush the pool walls …

Effective Ways to Sell Products to Your Customers

January 7th, 2020


Everyone knows how easy it is to check prices online. Often the price online will be close to the actual wholesale price that we will pay for an …

Why is my Pool Water a Green Tint?

January 6th, 2020


One thing that can happen is that metals can enter your swimming pool water. Copper is the most common metal and it can enter through the fill water, …

Buying a Pool Route Part 6: Buying a Partial Route

January 3rd, 2020


Does it make sense to purchase 10 to 15 pools to quickly expand your current pool route? It may or may not depending on your market and if you are …

My Review of the Skim Doctor 2.0

January 2nd, 2020


I like any product that will enhance your pool skimming ability. But does the Skim doctor 2.0 really work? I think it does what it is supposed to do …

Get Educated or Get Left Behind – Resources for 2020

January 1st, 2020


Whether you are a pool service professional or a DIY homeowner 2020 is probably the best time ever to own and service pools. There is just so much …

Using a Robotic Pool Cleaner for Commercial Service Accounts

December 31st, 2019


The robotic pool cleaner is huge for the residential sector of the market. But when it comes to Commercial pools that market is flat. Part of it is …

Investing in Quality Pool Cleaning Equipment

December 30th, 2019


Servicing pools requires high-quality equipment and there are many manufacturers who make Professional Grade Pool tools. As a homeowner using these …

Rookie Mistakes Series - Part 1: Under Bidding Service Accounts

December 27th, 2019


It is tough to know how much to bid for pool service even when you have some experience. Imagine how tough it is when you are just starting out and …

Effective Strategies for Selling Automatic Pool Cleaners

December 26th, 2019


I am a big fan of automatic pool cleaners. Here are some of the tactics I use to sell automatic pool cleaners to my customers. Whether you are a pool …

Best Replacement for my Pressure Side Cleaner

December 25th, 2019


Tired of your Pressure Side Pool Cleaner? But what should you replace it with? I go over the benefits of replacing it with a suction side cleaner and …

How to Effectively Refer a Pool Job Out

December 24th, 2019


You can’t do it all in your pool service business. What is the best way to refer work out on your pool route? Do you hire someone and pay them …

Bad Pool Product or User Error?

December 23rd, 2019


There are bad pool products out there, that is for sure. There are also defective pool products on the market. But user error is also a big part of …

To Vacuum or Not to Vacuum That is the Question

December 20th, 2019


This may sound simple on the surface but when should you manually vacuum a swimming pool and when is it futile to do so? Another word when will …

Should I Take on a Heavy Debris Pool?

December 19th, 2019


Everyone who does pool service has run into a heavy debris pool at one time or another. Or several of them as in my case. Should you even take the …

High Filter PSI: Some Things to Look For

December 18th, 2019


If your pool filter PSI is spiking even after you just cleaned the filter, these are some things to look for. It is not normal for the pool filter …

Buying a Pool Route Part 5: Now You Are on Your Own

December 17th, 2019


After the training period is over you are now the proud owner and operator of your own pool route. Congratulations and good luck. If it were that …

Why You Should Use an Automatic Pool Cleaner

December 16th, 2019


One tool that will make your pool care easy is an automatic pool cleaner. Whether you purchase a suction cleaner, pressure cleaner or a robotic pool …

What to Expect with Your Pool After A Big Rainstorm

December 13th, 2019


After a heavy rain event, your pool may be negatively affected in many ways. The water level may be coming over the pool coping and flooding your …

The Bottom Feeder Vacuum System Portability Kit

December 12th, 2019


The Bottom Feeder Professional Cordless Vacuum System is a great system that is truly underrated. Now that it comes with a pole adapter where the …

How Much Time Should I Be Spending at Each Pool?

December 11th, 2019


This is, of course, a regional question and you will be spending less time at a screened-in pool in Florida than in a Texas-size 40,000 service …

Buying a Pool Route Part 4: Making Changes to Your New Route

December 10th, 2019


Many pool brokers will place a limit on the time period where you can make changes to your newly purchased pool route. Typically the probation period …

Tips on Upgrading your Swimming Pool Filter

December 9th, 2019


If your pool filter has reached the end of its lifespan or if you just want to upgrade to a larger filter, here are some practical tips for you. I …

Christmas Time Tips for your Pool Route

December 6th, 2019


Christmas and the Holidays are a great time of the year to connect with your customers and also to thank them for allowing you to service their pool …

How to Avoid False Readings with Your Test Kit

December 5th, 2019


Getting the correct test factors for your pool and spa takes some skill and there are also variables that can cause you to get the wrong test …

My Pool Heater is Not Turning On?

December 4th, 2019


There are a few things that are very common with most heaters them not to turn on. Usually, there is an ERR code displayed on the panel but not always. It is also common for the heater to go into Service mode with a red …

Buying a Pool Route Part 3: What to do About Those Bad Pools

December 3rd, 2019


If you are purchasing a pool route there may be some pools included in the purchase that are suspect. In other words, the pools themselves may have …

Winter Time Common Pool Care Errors and Mistakes

December 2nd, 2019


It is easy to overlook your pool care in the Winter months in those regions where we leave our pools open all season long. Here are some common …

Pool Filter Size Comparisons Between Sand, D.E. and Cartridge

November 29th, 2019


Since all three filters are different in just about every way, it is hard to get a good gauge of size when you are swapping out a Sand Filter for a D.E. filter. Or a D.E. Filter with a Cartridge Filter. I go over some …

Cleaning a D.E. Filter is Sure Messy!

November 28th, 2019


If you haven’t cleaned a D.E. Filter before, prepare yourself for a real mess. There is just no sure-fire way to clean a D.E Filter without making some type of mess. In this podcast, I go over some ways that I clean a …

Changing the Billing for Customers and Vacation Time: Pool Business Talk 101 (Part 4 of 4)

November 27th, 2019


Here is part 4 of the series the Swimming Pool Service business with Michael Setterington of The Blue Pools, LLC ( We wrap things …

Best Way to Charge for Chemicals and Repairs: Pool Business Talk 101 (Part 3 of 4)

November 26th, 2019


Here is part 3 of the series the Swimming Pool Service business with Michael Setterington of The Blue Pools, LLC ( We talk about …

Portable Filtration System VS a Pool Vacuum System

November 25th, 2019


There is a difference between the usage of a Portable Filtration System and a Pool Vacuum System. One is designed more for regular leaf debris and …

Should I Hire an Employee?: Pool Business Talk 101 (Part 2 of 4)

November 22nd, 2019


Here is part 2 of a series focused on the Swimming Pool Service business with Michael Setterington of The Blue Pools, LLC ( We …

Drumming up Business in the Off Season: Pool Business Talk 101 (Part 1 of 4)

November 21st, 2019


I sat down and recorded a series of Podcast focused on the Swimming Pool Service business with Michael Setterington of The Blue Pools, LLC …

Different Ways to Test the Chlorine Level in Your Pool

November 20th, 2019


There are several ways to test your pool or spas Chlorine or Bromine level. I go over using test strips, OTO and DPD and FAS-DPD in this episode. …

Buying A Pool Route Part 2: Gross Sales and Profits

November 19th, 2019


When you purchase a pool route there is potential to make instant income but does that mean you are actually making a profit. In this podcast, I …

Should I Upgrade my Pool to a Salt Water Pool?

November 18th, 2019


Everyone talks about the benefits of a Salt Water Pool, a Salt Water Generator known also as a Sal System. But should you upgrade your pool to make …

Buying a Vacuum System with or Without a Cart?

November 15th, 2019


Buying a Swimming Pool Vacuum System is a big investment and I am often asked if it is better to purchase it with or without the cart. I think it …

Hey, Your Pool Really Sucks Man!

November 14th, 2019


Everyone has taken on a pool that is just flat out terrible. Either you didn’t bid it carefully and now notice the equipment is terrible or the …

Polaris 360 Return Side Cleaner -No Booster Pump Needed!

November 13th, 2019


The Polaris 360 is a great option for pools with heavy debris but without a dedicated Booster Pump installed for a Pressure side Cleaner. In this …

Buying a Swimming Pool Route Part 1: A Brief Overview

November 12th, 2019


There are many aspects to purchasing a swimming pool route. In this podcast, I give you a general overview of what buying a pool route is. This is …

Why is My Pressure Side Cleaner Not moving?

November 11th, 2019


Pressure Side Cleaners with a Booster Pump or a Return Side Cleaner are usually very reliable. But once in a while you may find it sitting dead on …

Leaving the Your Pool Heater on All Week on Accident…Oops.

November 8th, 2019


Almost two or three times each year I get to one of my service accounts and the pool is heated to 95 degrees. Not on purpose, but because the …

My Hands are Freezing! Atlas WG772 Gloves Will Save You!

November 7th, 2019


Dealing with the elements is all part of the job. One thing that is really tough is sticking your hands in freezing cold water in the fall and winter …

How to Sell A Cleaner to Your Customers

November 6th, 2019


Automatic cleaners are a great way to save time on your pool route. But how do you convince customers to purchase one? Here is the method I use and …

Should I Buy Used Swimming Pool Equipment?

November 5th, 2019


If you are on a tight budget you may be tempted to purchase some used pool equipment. I go over some reasons why you shouldn’t and give you some …

When is it Time to Replace my Pool Filter Elements?

November 4th, 2019


If you have a D.E. Filter or a Cartridge Filter it can be tough to know when to replace the grids or cartridges. I spend some time giving you some of the things to look for when you notice poor filtration. I also cover …

Polaris 280 vs Hayward TriVac 500

November 1st, 2019


The Polaris 280 is the workhorse cleaner by Zodiac and it is probably the best-known pressure cleaner on the market today and when it comes time to …

Things That Scare Pool Guys!

October 31st, 2019


There are many things that keep us Pool Guys and Gals up at night. From Wind storms to vicious dogs and everything in between. If you do pool service …

Hayward PoolCleaner (AquaNaut) Tricks and Hacks

October 30th, 2019


The Hayward Poolvergnuegen, AquaNaut and Phoenix cleaners are some of the best on the market today. I have over 20 of these on my pool route and over …

Ms. Perfect, “There is a Leaf in My Pool!”

October 29th, 2019


Everyone who has been servicing pools long enough has come across a perfectionist customer. The common, “I found a leaf in my pool after you left,” …

Why is my Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner Not Moving?

October 28th, 2019


There are a number of things that can stop your suction side automatic cleaner. It can range from the equipment and filtration down to the cleaner itself. In this podcast I cover the main reasons and offer tips on …

Never Empty Your Pump Basket Again!

October 25th, 2019


Tired of emptying your pump basket each week? Or do you have a very hard pump basket to empty that is time-consuming and difficult? Here is a way to …

Service Call Fees: When to Charge Them

October 24th, 2019


Every pool service needs to have a set hourly service call fee. Depending on your area the fee can range from $65 to $95 or more. When should you …

Running Your Pool Pump at Night: Bad Idea!

October 23rd, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the drawbacks of running your pool pump at night. If you think running your pump from Midnight to 7 am is a good idea and …

Windy Day Schedule: How to Deal with Trashed Pools

October 22nd, 2019


In this podcast, I go over my set windy day schedule and policy. Here in California, we have massive Santa Ana Wind events and many pools are …

Hot Tub Care 101

October 21st, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the basic hot tub care including chemistry and when to drain your Hot Tub. If you have a Hot Tub or service Hot tubs as …

Pentair Ichlor 30 Salt Cell vs IntelliChlor Salt Cell

October 18th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the reasons why you should upgrade your Intellichlor salt system to the iChlor salt system. It is a very easy plugin and …

Hey Buddy You Owe me Money!: Dealing with Non-Paying Customers

October 17th, 2019


If you have been in business long enough you will have to deal with non-paying clients. It is all part of running a pool route and I offer some tips …

Suction Side Pool Cleaner Canisters – Which is the Best? Part 2 of 2

October 16th, 2019


In this podcast, I continue with my overview of the different leaf canisters available for your suction side cleaner. This is an essential item for …

Suction Side Pool Cleaner Canisters – Which is the Best? Part 1 of 2

October 15th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over why you need to use a canister with your suction side pool cleaner and which one is the best. I go over all the major …

Fires and your Pool: Some Tips to Deal with the Clean Up

October 14th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over some steps you can take if there is a fire in your area. Besides the debris from the wind, there is often a lot of ash …

Sizing a Pool Heater: Which Heater BTU is Right for my Pool?

October 11th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the different heater sizes for your pool with an attached spa or a stand-alone pool and spa. If you are in the market for …

Getting Paid Right on the Spot

October 10th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over some methods you can use to get paid right at the service account for work performed or to collect a deposit. This comes …

The Hayward Navigator and Pool Vac: Love Them or Hate Them

October 9th, 2019


The Hayward Navigator (Pool Vac) is the top-selling suction side cleaner on the market today. It is not a bad cleaner and it will leave your pool …

Mr. Red Alert: Everything is an Emergency!

October 8th, 2019


In this podcast, I touch on one customer personality type. The one where every little thing is an emergency with their pool. If you do pool service …

Ducks, Raccoons and Rodents, Oh My! Critters and your Pool

October 7th, 2019


In this podcast I go over some of the ways to rid your pool of ducks, raccoons and rodents. One of the problems you will run into as a pool owner is …

Manually Vacuuming your Pool, Use a Canister!

October 4th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over why I think it is essential to use a canister when you are manually vacuuming a swimming pool. I go over the cons of not …

Customer Buys Equipment for you to Install, What do you do?

October 3rd, 2019


This is a very common thing with the wide variety of equipment now for sale on the internet. What do you do when a customer purchases a pump online …

Zodiac Ranger vs the Zodiac G3

October 2nd, 2019


In this podcast, I compare the Zodiac Ranger with the Zodiac G3 and let you know which one I prefer. They are both a great choice for a suction side …

The True Cost of Photometer Testing

October 1st, 2019


Photometers are a great way to get your test factors in your pool or spa. The actual photometer testing unit is more expensive than a reagent test …

Salt Water Pool Fails

September 30th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over some reasons why your salt water generator is not making chlorine. There are a number of reasons for this and I will list them here for you in the order that I check when I run into this …

What Happened to the Other Pool Guy?

September 27th, 2019


In this podcast, I will go over one of the red flags that the new account you just picked up may not be as great as it seems. If the other pool guy …

VS Pump Parts are Expensive and Replacing the Entire VS Pump is Sometimes the Way to Go

September 26th, 2019


In this podcast, I explain why it might be logical to just install a new VS Pump when a part on an older one breaks down. In some cases, if you add …

Should I Replace Just my Pool Motor or the Entire Pump?

September 25th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over when I think it is better to replace both the pump and motor vs just the pool motor. There are some rules of thumb as to …

Pentair Kreepy Krauly Kruiser K60430 vs Kreepy Krauly ( 360042-360040)

September 24th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the differences of the Kreepy Krauly Kruiser and the standard Kreepy Krauly Standard or Classic, the old familiar model. I …

Tips on Upgrading your Pool Equipment

September 23rd, 2019


In this podcast, I go over some things to consider when you are planning on upgrading your pool equipment. What piece of equipment is the most …

Tips to Make Your Body Last Out In the Field

September 20th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over some tips on protecting yourself while you are working out in the field doing Swimming Pool Service. I am a bit older than …

The Primate 2X BETA 6ft – 11ft Carbon Fiber Pool Pole: Interview with the Creator Joe DiAnna

September 19th, 2019


In this podcast, I continue my interview with Joe DiAnna the creator of the Primate Pool Poles. We talk in-depth about their latest skimming pole the …

The Primate 2X Carbon Fiber Pool Pole: Interview with the Creator Joe DiAnna

September 18th, 2019


The Primate 2X is a 2-piece 8ft by 16 ft pole made out of Carbon Fiber. I interview the owner of Primate Pool Tools Joe DiAnna who is the creator and …

The Hayward PoolCleaner vs the Zodiac MX8 Elite

September 17th, 2019


In this podcast, I compare the Hayward PoolCleaner to the Zodiac MX8 Elite Suction Side cleaner. 

Both cleaners are excellent and each has features …

The Bidding Process from the Pool Service and the Homeowner Perspective

September 16th, 2019


In this podcast, I try to work both sides of the bidding process. On one side are all the things you need to know about bidding for service on the …

Leaf Bagger (Leaf Master) The Cheap and Easy Way to Vacuum Leaf Debris

September 13th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over using a Leaf Bagger to remove large amounts of leaf debris on the bottom of a pool. If you have a pool with heavy leaf …

Pool Service Rainy Day Schedule

September 12th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over what I do on rainy days. I cover the times I will go out and the times I stay home. These are of course guidelines, but …

FlowVis Flow Meter: Know Your Flow

September 11th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over what I think is the best swimming pool flow meter on the market today. If you have a VS pump a Flow Meter is the only way …

What is the Best Time to Take a Vacation on your Pool Service Route?

September 10th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the best time to take a vacation or a break if you have a pool service route. I go over what I think is the optimal time …

Pool Filter Cleaning Tips: How to Speed up Your Filter Cleanings on your Pool Route

September 9th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over some ways to speed up those filter cleanings on your pool route. I offer some helpful tips from what I wear when I clean …

Knowing When to Manually Vacuum a Swimming Pool

September 6th, 2019


In this podcast, I discuss when you should manually vacuum a pool and when you shouldn’t. Sounds simple enough but you can waste a lot of time trying …

Automated System “Service Mode” Tips

September 5th, 2019


In this podcast I go over the “Service Mode” that you see on automated systems. Each of the big three have automated panels with a “Service Mode” …

The Smart Company Piranha II Leaf Rake

September 4th, 2019


In this podcast, I talk about the Piranha II Leaf Rake by the Smart Company. This is their newest leaf rake and a real winner in my opinion.

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All About Home Warranties for your Pool Equipment

September 3rd, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the Home Warranty Policies. If you have recently purchased a house with a pool the seller may have purchased a 1-year …

What is on my Pool Service Truck 2019 Updated

September 2nd, 2019


In this podcast, I go over some of the equipment I am currently using on my pool service truck. I cover the vacuum systems, poles, nets and more!

How Far Can you Push a Pool with Borates in it?

August 30th, 2019


In this podcast, I share some results in my testing of a pool with a borate level of 40 ppm. I let the chlorine zero out for a week in 90-degree …

Should I get my Service Truck Wrapped?

August 29th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over getting your service vehicle wrapped. Does a full ad wrap really pay off? It really depends. Listen to learn more.

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Bi-Monthly Pool Service the Cons and Cons

August 28th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the cons of taking on a service account when the client wants you to service their pool every other week. I go over the …

Going the Extra Mile on Your Pool Route

August 27th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over doing the little things that are not expected but go a long way to helping you retain your clients and get more referrals. It’s these extra little things that pay off and they can take your …

Some Tips for Those Heavy Debris Pools

August 26th, 2019


In this podcast, I offer you some helpful tips to deal with a heavy debris pool. These are pools that get a lot of leaves in them each week and there …

Pool Lab 1.0 Photometer Pool and Spa Water Tester

August 23rd, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the features of the PoolLab 1.0 photometer tester for your pool and spa. I think the PoolLab 1.0 is a great entry-level …

The ColorQ Pro 7 Photometer Pool and Spa Test Kit

August 22nd, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the features of the ColorQ Pro 7 photometer tester for your pool and spa.  Learn why I think this is a great entry-level …

What Testing Method is Best for my Needs?

August 21st, 2019


What Testing Method is Best for my Needs?

In this podcast, I go over choosing the right testing method for your needs. Whether you are a Homeowner or …

Reagent Tester vs Photometer Tester vs Test Strips

August 20th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the differences between a Reagent Tester a Photometer Tester and Pool & spa Test Strips. What are the pros and cons of …

Some Tips for Draining a Swimming Pool

August 19th, 2019


In this podcast, I share some tips on draining down your swimming pool. Whether you are draining it down for an acid wash or to lower the CYA level …

Scum Line on Pool Tiles? Here are some Tips to Prevent it.

August 16th, 2019


In this podcast I go over the dreaded scum line that can form in your swimming pool and spa. I go over ways to prevent it and also the best method in …

When Should I clean my Pool Filter?

August 15th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over when you should clean your pool filter. It differs of course by filter size and region but I will give you some standard …

D.E. Filter Media Dust Hazards

August 14th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over ways to avoid breathing in the D.E. Filter Media dust. Of course, a mask is your first line of defense but there are alternative media you can use which I will cover for you here.

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Are Pool & Spa Test Strips Any Good?

August 13th, 2019

In this podcast, I go over the good and bad of pool water test strips. Are they effective? Should you even use them? Find out in this episode what I …

Pool Acid Wash Tips

August 12th, 2019

In this podcast, I go over some Acid Wash Tips that I didn’t cover in my recent updated Acid Wash Video on YouTube. These tips will help you have the …

Zodiac Ranger: A Great Buy at $145.00!

August 9th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over why the Zodiac Ranger is a great buy at $145.00. It is a solid cleaner and one that you can purchase and use on your route …

Sodium Bromide Errors When Treating Yellow Algae: What Not to Do

August 8th, 2019


In this podcast, I discuss some common errors that can happen when you use Sodium Bromide to treat yellow algae. These errors will make the pool look …

New or Used Service Truck: which is Better for Business?

August 7th, 2019


In this Podcast, I go over why I think a used vehicle and a paid-off one at that is a much better business decision than leasing a new vehicle. …

Pool Pump Basket Fails: Common Mistakes and Errors

August 6th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over some things that can happen when you go to empty your pool pump basket without first learning how to do it correctly. This …

The Top 3 Suction Side Pool Cleaners are All the Same! Huh?

August 5th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the top 3 suction side pool cleaners. All are by Hayward and all 3 are the same cleaner. What is up with that!

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The Hole In One Basket is Revolutionary!

August 2nd, 2019


The Hole In One Skimmer Basket is my first pool product and is quite revolutionary. You can connect a suction side cleaner to your skimmer without a …

Why is my Jandy VS Pump Not Turning On?

August 1st, 2019


This has happened to me at my own house as well as at a customer’s house. But take aa deep breath and relax, the pump is perfectly fine and not burned out. Listen to how to fix this common issue with the Jandy VS pumps.

Warning! Some Pool Salts Will Stain Your Pool like Clorox Pool Salt

July 31st, 2019


Not all pool salts are the same. I recently used the Clorox Brand of pool salt that a customer ordered, and it left a stain in their pool. First time …

VS Pump Off All Week, Oh Man!

July 30th, 2019


This happens frequently. A stand-alone Variable Speed Pump (VS Pump) being left off all week. This recently happened to me and I made a Rookie …

Why Liquid Chlorine is the Best Pool Sanitizer

July 29th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over why I think liquid chlorine is your best choice for a sanitizer for your pool. There are many different types of chlorines …

What Pool Pole is Better? 8-16 ft of 6-18 ft?

July 26th, 2019


In this episode, I go over the two most popular pool pole sizes. The 8 ft -16 ft two-piece pole vs the 6 ft to 18 ft three-piece pole. Which one is …

There is a Dead Critter in my Pool!?!

July 25th, 2019


Here are the steps you take when you find a dead animal in your pool. It happens all the time and this is what to do to make the pool safe again.

Dawn Soap to the Rescue! See the Pool Bottom Clearly

July 24th, 2019


In this episode, I talk about a little trick you can do with something as simple as Dawn dish soap to take all the glare off of the pool surface and …

Same Pool Product Under a Different Name? Yup, They do That

July 23rd, 2019


Why would a company sell two of the same exact products under a different label? It happens all the time in the Pool Industry. Listen and see two …

The Truth About Phosphates in Your Swimming Pool

July 22nd, 2019


In this podcast, I go over some of the truths about Phosphates in your swimming pool and I share when I actually use a Phosphate Remover and how I …

Warranties: Full vs Limited and Other Warranty Issues

July 19th, 2019


What is the difference between a Full Warranty and A Limited Warranty and other warranty questions you may have?

Sick Days for a Pool Service Company, Do They Even Exist?

July 18th, 2019


How do you handle your pool route if you are actually to sick to work that day or week? In this podcast, I go over sick days and what to do.

VS Pump SCE Rebate Only Available at Leslie's Pool Supplies, What!?!

July 17th, 2019


This is weird. You can only get the SCE Variable Speed Pump Rebate if you purchase your Vs pump from Leslie's Pool Supplies. This seems very …

Granular Trichlor, Use with Extreme Caution!

July 16th, 2019


In this podcast, I go over the best practice when using granular Trichlor. If used improperly it could stain your pool.

Pentair iChlor VS Jandy TruClear Salt System: Which is the Best

July 15th, 2019


In this Episode I compare and contrast the two newest salt water systems on the market, the Pentiar iChlor, and the Jandy TruClear. Which is best for …

Stop Aggressive Dogs Safely! Dog Dazer II

July 12th, 2019


Do you have aggressive or constantly barking dogs on your pool route? The Dog Dazer II will keep you safe and stop aggressive dogs right in their …

Automatic Cleaner Up on the Pool Deck, Big Mistake!

July 11th, 2019


This is a common error, having a pool party and leaving your automatic cleaner up on your pool deck, plugged into your pool. A big no, no.

Water Tech Volt FX-8Li is the Best All Around Battery Vacuum

July 10th, 2019


Why the Water Tech Volt FX-8Li is the best portable battery vacuum on the market today.  

Danger: Salt System Not Working - Don't Add More Salt!

July 9th, 2019


In this episode, I go over a common misconception, if the salt system is no producing chlorine that means it needs more salt. No, don't do this! 

Choosing the Right Size Salt Cell & Total Chlorine Output

July 8th, 2019


In this episode, I go over choosing the correct size salt water system and how much chlorine a typical salt system actually will produce each day. 

Lowering Very High Alkalinity - 200 ppm or Higher

July 5th, 2019


In this episode, I go over the method of lowering down really high Alkalinity in your swimming pool. I am talking Alkalinity of over 200 ppm

Best Way to Clean Your Spa

July 4th, 2019


In this Episode, I discuss some ways to clean your attached spa and your stand alone fiberglass spa.

Pitfalls of Putting Your Pool into "Spa Mode"

July 3rd, 2019


In this Episode, I discuss some common mistakes you can make when you switch your pool over into Spa Mode. 

Best Professional Pool Vacuum Hose

July 2nd, 2019


In this Episode, I go over why the Smooth-Bor pool hose is one of the best pool hoses on the market today. 

My Take on Retail Pool Stores

July 1st, 2019


We hear a lot of negative things about retail pool stores and some of it justified while other complaints are not. Here is my take on the local …

Gardeners, Need I say More

June 28th, 2019


In this MiniCast, I talk about how to get the Gardeners from treating the pool as a giant trash can. I am nice about it, don't worry. 

Skimlite SnapLite Pool Poles

June 27th, 2019


In this MiniCast, I go over the Skimlite push button SnapLite pool poles. 

Skimlite Brute Pole is Unbreakable!

June 26th, 2019


In this MiniCast, I go over the Skimlite Brute Professional Grade Pool Pole. It is the strongest pool pole on the market today -period! 

Add Water to your Pool!

June 25th, 2019


In this MiniCast I go on a polite rant ad encourage customers to add water to their pool each week. 

Adding DE to your DE Pool Filter: Helpful Tips

June 24th, 2019


In this Podcast, I go into detail about adding DE to your DE Pool Filter. I go over adding after cleaning and also after backwashing plus I also …

Most Underrated Suction Side Pool Cleaner

June 21st, 2019


The Pentair Great White/Dorado is one of the most underrated suction side pool cleaners out there. 

Why I Like the Pentair Quad DE Filter

June 20th, 2019


In this MiniCast, I go over why I like the Pentair Quad DE filter. If you are thinking of replacing your older DE filter, the Quad DE might be your …

Aquabot is Now Part of Polaris

June 19th, 2019


Aquabot is now merged with Polaris or vice versa depending on how you look at it. When Fluidra purchased Zodiac they already owned Aquabot so now the …

Don't Overdue It in the Heat!

June 18th, 2019


In this MiniCast, I talk about pacing yourself out there when the Summer Temperature gets over 100 degrees. Don't overdo it and set things up so that you can take it easy.

Why Do I Have Algae in my Pool Every Week?

June 17th, 2019


In this Episode, I discuss why your pool is getting algae in it every week. I offer some helpful tips on how to tread it and get rid of it for good.

Portable Fire Pump Cart

June 14th, 2019


In this episode, I go over some of the features of the Advantage Manufacturing Portable Fire Pump Cart. This allows you to use your pool water as the …

My SPL App for your Smart Phone

June 13th, 2019


In this episode, I go over the features on my free App the SPL or Swimming Pool Learning App. It is totally free and includes buttons to all of my …

Hayward PoolCleaner Lower Body Conversion Kit

June 12th, 2019


In this episode, I go over the Hayward Lower Body Conversion kit. This allows you to easily rebuild your Hayward PoolCleaner or Aqaunaut very easily! 

The Pentair Rebel Needs a Rebuild Kit!

June 11th, 2019


In this episode, I discuss why I think Pentair Rebel needs a Rebuild Kit. Pentair needs to step up and release one soon. 

Green Pool Clean Up Methods

June 10th, 2019


In this Episode, I discuss the different Green Pool Clean Up Methods. If you are dealing with a green pool, tune in and see which method will work …

Is Liquid Chlorine Weak?

June 7th, 2019


In this Episode, I go over the question, is liquid chlorine weaker than shock? 

Pool Pump Sizing

June 6th, 2019


How do you choose the right size pool pump for your pool? I go over some tips here as well as why just getting a VS Pump may be the best option.

Using Your Own Automatic Cleaners on Your Route

June 5th, 2019


In this MiniCast I go over the benefits of leaving a demo cleaner or company cleaner at a clients pool. It's an investment for sure but one that can …

Redundant Chemicals: PoolRX and the Frog for Example

June 4th, 2019


In this Episode, I cover some redundant pool chemicals meaning you only need to add one of these to your pool or service account as they all do …

Who Makes the Best Variable Speed Pump?

June 3rd, 2019


In this episode, I answer the question of who makes the best variable speed pump. I also cover some generic options for you.

Vacuum System Bags - Money Saving Tips

May 31st, 2019


In this episode, I go over the different aftermarket bags for your PowerVac, Hammer-Head, Riptide and Bottom Feeder Vacuum Systems. OEM bags can get very expensive and here are some alternatives. 

Total Hardness and Calcium Hardness What is the Difference?

May 30th, 2019


In this episode, I go over the difference between Total Hardness and Calcium Hardness. They are often used interchangeably but they are actually …

Are Test Strips Any Good?

May 29th, 2019


In this episode, I give you my opinion of pool water test strips. Are they goo or bad? Tune in to find out. 

Taylor K-2005 vs K-2006 Test Kit

May 28th, 2019


In this episode, I go over which test kit is best for service use. The Taylor K-2005 or Taylor K-2006. 

Don't Get Sued: Things you Should Not Do in Your Pool Service Business

May 27th, 2019


In this episode, I go over some things you should not be doing on your pool route to avoid liability and costly lawsuits. 

Skimming Help for your Pool Surface

May 24th, 2019


In this episode, I go over somethings that will aid your pool surface skimming ability. I go over the SkimDoctor 2.0, the PoolSkim, SolaSkimmer and …

Using a Phosphate Remover to Kill Stubborn Algae

May 23rd, 2019


In this episode, I go over using a Phosphate Remover to eliminate stubborn Yellow or Mustard Algae. You only need to use it for one or two weeks and …

PoolLab 1.0 Overview

May 22nd, 2019


In this episode, I go over the features of the new PoolLab 1.0 Photometer. It is made in Germany and they have sold over 15,000 units in Europe. It …

pH and Chlorine: How High pH Reduces Chlorine Effectiveness

May 21st, 2019


In this episode, I go over the relationship between pH and Chlorine. The HOCI or what is known as the killing form of Chlorine is affected by the pH level. The higher the pH the less HOCI % is available in the water.

Benefits of Adding Borates to Your Pool

May 20th, 2019


In this Episode, I go over some of the great Benefits of Adding Borates to your pool to bring it to 30-50 ppm. Adding Borates is a great way to …

Best Suction Side Cleaner of 2019

May 17th, 2019


This list appears on my Website under the webpage, Best Suction Cleaners of 2019. I go over each one and the reasons why I think it is best for your …

Best Robotic Pool Cleaner Choice

May 16th, 2019


I am a bit of an expert on Robotic Pool cleaner by default. I have tested and filmed over 45 cleaners so I can pretty much tell you which one would …

Primate X 6 Foot Pole Extension

May 15th, 2019


In this episode, I go over the Primate Pool Pole 6 ft pole extension. This extension is made for the Primate pole but can also be used for your …

Selling Automatic Cleaners to your Customers

May 14th, 2019


In this MiniCast I go over selling automatic cleaners to your customers. I touch on using Demo cleaners as a way to get your foot in the door. 

Summertime and your Swimming Pool: Some Tips for a Great Season

May 13th, 2019


In this episode, I go over some helpful tips to get through the Summer months. These tips are for both the pool service professional and the …

Easy Way to Calculate Chemical Dosage - MiniCast

May 10th, 2019


In this MiniCast I go over the best way to get the chemical dosage after you have your initial water test factor readings.

Pool Guy Coaching Benefits- MiniCast

May 9th, 2019


In this MiniCast I go over my all the benefits of my Pool Guy and Gal Coaching Site. 

Best Cleaner for a Vinyl Pool - MiniCast

May 8th, 2019


In this MinCast I go over the best automatic pool cleaner for a Vinyl pool. There is a difference between a Vinyl pool and other surface types

Ideal CYA Level in a Salt Pool - MiniCast

May 7th, 2019


In this MiniCast Episode, I discuss the ideal CYA level in a Salt Water Pool. - Interview with the Creator Jeff Posth

May 6th, 2019


In this episode I interview Jeff Posth who is the creator of the popular Pool Routing Software Paythepoolman. Listen to learn the features and the …

Step by Step Guide to Cleaning a Pool: A Detail Look at What I do at Each Service Account

April 29th, 2019


In this episode, I go over the steps I take when I service a pool on my route. I will walk you through the steps I take at each account so that you …

Not Holding Chlorine: Reasons Why a Pool Does Not Hold Chlorine Week to Week

April 22nd, 2019


In this episode, I go over some of the reasons why a pool may not be holding the chlorine level week to week. If you are putting in a lot of chlorine …

Future Proofing your Pool: Buying the Right Stuff the First Time!

April 15th, 2019


In this episode, I go over buying the right stuff for your pool the first time. If your debating getting that $99 cleaner or a new filter, I will go …

Common Pool Care Errors Part 3: Equipment Below Sea Level, Automatic Cleaner Fails and More!

April 8th, 2019


In this Podcast I go over some more common errors you can make while servicing a swimming pool. I go over equipment below the water level of the …

Hayward OMNI VS and Smart Pool Control - Interview with Bryan Chrissan Hayward Product Specialist

April 1st, 2019


In this episode, we go over the OMNI VS with Smart Pool Control in detail. I interview Bryan Chrissan from Hayward who specializes in the VS OMNI and …

Choosing the Best Test Kit for your Pool & Spa

March 25th, 2019


In this Episode I go over all the possible test kits for your pool & spa. I cover test strips, reagent test strips and photometer testers. Find …

PoolRX: Everything you Need to Know - Interview with Fred Schweer VP of Sales

March 18th, 2019


This is my 3rd Podcast on PoolRx and who better to talk to than the expert on the product, Fred Schweer VP of Sales at PoolRX. We go over everything …

Must Have Equipment for your Pool Route

March 11th, 2019


In this Podcast I talk about some of the pool equipment that will speed up your day and make your life that much easier out on your pool route. These …

Spring Time and your Pool Part Two of the Four Seasons and Your Pool

March 4th, 2019


In this Episode I go over the things to do to get your pool ready for the Spring Season. 

Worthy Upgrades for your Pool - a Salt Water System and a Variable Speed Pump

February 25th, 2019


In this Episode I discuss some great upgrades for your swimming pool. The two that I would highly recommend are a salt water system (SWG) and a …

Primate Pool Pole -Interview with Joe DiAnna

February 18th, 2019


In this Episode I interview the owner of the Primate Pool Pole which is a Carbon Fiber pole that weighs just 2 lbs! We go over the pole in detail in …

Do Not touch! Common Mistakes by Touching Things Around Your Pool

February 11th, 2019


In This episode I go over things you probably should not touch unless you have a firm grasp on your pool equipment, your pool timer and your …

Interview with Ron Hash the founder of Skimmer Pool Service Software

February 4th, 2019


In this Podcast I interview Ron Hash the founder of Skimmer Pool Service Software.

This is a route management software that is …

Winter Time and your Pool Part One of the Four Seasons and Your Pool

January 28th, 2019


In this podcast I go over everything you need to know about your pool in the Winter. This is part one of the Four Seasons and Your Pool Series and I …

All About Dogs - Dogs Swimming, Dogs Attacking, Dog Poop in the Pool and More

January 21st, 2019


In this episode I go over everything from dogs swimming in the pool, dogs who attack, dogs and chemicals and dog poop in the pool. Learn all about …

Setting Goals in 2019 for your Pool Service Business

January 14th, 2019


In this podcast, go over some ways to improve your pool service business by setting achievable goals. Setting goals is a way to inspire yourself as …

What is on my Pool Service Truck: My Current Tools and Equipment

January 7th, 2019


In this Podcast I go over what I am currently carrying on my Pool Service Truck. From my cleaning equipment to my tools and supplies. 

How to Start a Pool Service Business From Licensing, Certifications, Supplies and More

December 31st, 2018


In this episode I go over all the things you will need to start your own pool service business. I cover licensing, certification, where to buy your …

My Pool Pool Guy and Gal Coaching Program: An Overview of the Benefits for as little as .33 Cents a day!

December 24th, 2018


In this Episode I go over my Pool Guy and Gal Coaching Program and give you an overview of the benefits of joining. For as little as.33 cents a day …

All About Making an Effective Website

December 17th, 2018


In this Podcast I go over some simple tips on how to make an effective business website. I cover the two largest do-it-yourself website building companies and as well as a site the specializes in …

Manually Vacuuming a Swimming Pool: The Do's and Don'ts and Helpful Tips

December 10th, 2018


In this Episode I go over how to manually vacuum a pool which sounds simple but there are a lot of things that you need to know to avoid mistakes and …

All About the SPL (Swimming Pool Learning) App - Download it for Free!

December 3rd, 2018


In this Episode I talk at length about my new free SPL app available for your Apple and Android devices. Download it it for free today!

Automatic Pool Cleaners 101: How to Choose a Cleaner and How to Sell to your Customers

November 26th, 2018


In this episode I go over in detail the different types of automatic pool cleaners and I offer tips on how to sell them to your customers.

Servicing Pools When it is Windy: Santa Ana Wind Event Clean-Up Tips

November 19th, 2018


In this episode I talk about servicing pools after a major wind event - like the Santa Ana Winds that we get here in Southern California. I offer …

All About the Hole In One Basket - Connect a Cleaner at the Skimmer without Clogging the Pump Basket!

November 12th, 2018


The Hole in One Basket is my first pool product! I designed it, manufactured it and will be distributing it. The concept is simple, it is a heavy …

Interview with the Pool Chaser Podcast Wrap up - Automatic Cleaners, Coaching and Living Debt Free!

November 5th, 2018


In This episode I wrap up my interview with the Pool chaser Podcast. We discuss everything from automatic cleaners, my coaching site and living debt …

All About my YouTube Channel - Interview with the Pool Chasers Podcast Part 3 of 4

October 29th, 2018


In this Episode I continue my interview from the Pool Chaser Podcast Show where we talk in depth about my YouTube Channel. 

The Pool Industry as Whole and How to Start a Pool Business – Interview with the Pool Chasers Podcast Part 2 of 4

October 22nd, 2018


In this Episode I continue my interview with the Pool Chasers Podcast Show. In this part we talk about the health of the industry as a whole and how …

How I Got Started in the Pool Industry - Interview with the Pool Chasers Podcast Part 1 of 4

October 15th, 2018


In this episode I discuss how I got started in the Pool Service Industry. This is part 1 of a 4 part series from an interview that I did with the …

Just the Basics - Some Things to Know About Pool Care

October 8th, 2018


In this episode I go over some of the basics on pool care. I cover filtration, run time and some basics on green pools and cloudy pools. This is part …

Business Etiquette - The Do's and Don'ts plus some Bidding Tips

October 1st, 2018


In this episode I discuss some of the things you should do as a business professional. I talk on etiquette and ways to land the bid you are on. I …

What Type of Chlorine is Best for my Pool?

September 24th, 2018


In this Podcast I go over the different types of Sanitizers for your pool otherwise known as Chlorine Products. I touch on which is best for you pool …

More Pool Guy & Gal Rookie Mistakes

September 17th, 2018


In this Episode I cover more Pool Guy & Gal Rookie Mistakes including not getting prompt payment for a big job like a Green Pool Clean Up, not …

Why Do I Have Poor Flow in my Pool? Some Common Issues and Solutions

September 10th, 2018


In this Podcast I go over some of the reasons why your pool might have poor flow. I go through a number of issues and offer some solutions for you. 

General Liability Insurance- Get Insured to Protect your Business & Personal Assets

September 3rd, 2018


In this episode I go over the importance of having General Liability Insurance for your pool service business. It is vital to protect both your …

Calcium on Your Pool Tile and Pool Surface -Tips on How to Treat and Remove it

August 27th, 2018


In this episode I cover calcium build-up on your pool tile and and on your pool surface and offer some helpful tips on treating and removing it.

Pool Stains Part 2: Metal Stains & Mottling of the Pool Surface

August 20th, 2018


In this episode I discuss metal staining and treatment and also the difference between metal stains and mottling of the pool surface. 

Pool Stains Part 1 - Rust Stains and Organic Stains & How to Treat

August 13th, 2018


In this episode I talk about Rust Stains in your pool and also Organic Stains and give you some tips on how to identify and treat them.

Are You Out There Just "Spinning Your Wheels" or are you Making a Profit in your Business?

August 6th, 2018


In this Episode I discuss the topic of making a profit in your business. You may have a lot of money coming in each month but are you actually making money? I offer tips on how to make a profit and ways to tell if you …

Tips on Preventing Errors While Servicing a Pool, Avoiding Common Mistakes

July 30th, 2018


In this Episode I go over some ways to avoid making mistakes while servicing a pool. I explain why a routine is important as well as touch on the …

Pool Guy and Gal Rookie Mistakes

July 23rd, 2018


In this episode I go over some common mistakes you can make when first starting out. I go over some bidding mistakes and some common mistakes while …

Why is my Salt System Not Producing Chlorine? Some Problems & Solutions

July 16th, 2018


In this Episode I discuss why your Salt Water System may not be producing chlorine for your pool. I go over some of the common problems you will run …

Being a Cheapskate with Your Pool and Tips for Pool Guys on How to Deal with Stingy Customers

July 9th, 2018


In this Episode I talk about how being a cheapskate or Penny Pincher will hurt you in the long run. If price point is your only concern with your …

Common Mistakes with your Pool Filter and Pool Maintenance

July 2nd, 2018


In this Episode I cover common mistakes you can make with your pool filtration and ways to avoid them. I also cover some common error with …

How Long Should I Run my Pool Pump?

June 25th, 2018


In This Episode I go over how long you should be running your pool pump. I go over the run time for a standard single speed pump and the Variable …

Common Pool Care Errors: Not Adding Water, Leaving Pool Off, Valve Errors and More!

June 18th, 2018


In this Podcast I cover a slew of common errors that I see homeowners and pool service techs make when servicing a pool. This can range from not …

Automatic Pool Cleaner Choices - Suction Side, Pressure Side or a Robotic Cleaner?

June 11th, 2018


In this Episode I go over some Automatic Cleaner choices for your pool. I describe each cleaner type for you and go over the pros and cons of each …

Pool Equipment Replacement Cost and How to Budget for it - Money Saving Tips

June 4th, 2018


In this Episode I go over how much your pool equipment will cost to replace as well as the average lifespan of each piece of equipment. I also offer …

Advanced Cleaning Tools for Your pool Route to Speed Up Your Day!

May 28th, 2018


In this Episode I cover some Advanced Cleaning Tools that will speed up your pool cleaning. I cover the Water Tech Precision 2.0, The Riptide and …

How to Treat a Pool with Yellow, Green or Black Algae and How to Prevent it

May 21st, 2018


In this Episode I talk all about Algae. Yellow Algae, Green Algae and the dreaded Black Algae. I offer ways to eliminate it in your pool and offer …

“Swimming Pool Care The Essential Guide” eBook Overview

May 14th, 2018


In this Podcast, I give you an overview of my eBook and the information that it contains. The eBook brings all of my resources togerther in one spot.

Cloudy Pool Water 101: Cloudy Pool Water Causes and Cures

May 7th, 2018


In this Episode I cover some of the causes of cloudy pool water and I offer you some ways to easily cure it. There are only a few reasons why your …

Green Pool 101 - How to Clear Up a Green Pool

April 30th, 2018


I have several videos in which I take you through the process of clearing up a Green Pool. This Podcast is focused on the process itself, tips to …

Pool Guy & Gal Coaching Program - Interview with Mike Waters and How He Has Benefited from my Coaching Program

April 23rd, 2018


In this Podcast I interview Mike Waters of Waters and Sons Pool Service in Rancho Cucamonga on how he has benefited from my Patreon Pool Guy & …

Automatic Cleaners & common Mistakes to Avoid (Part 3 of 3) - Interview with Mike Willard of "Your Pool Builder"

April 16th, 2018


Having a new pool built is no small project. For the amount of money that the project will cost you and the fact that it will be a permanent part of …

Having a Pool Built, Surface Types & Equipment (Part 2 of 3) - Interview with Mike Willard of "Your Pool Builder"

April 9th, 2018


Having a new pool built is no small project. For the amount of money that the project will cost you and the fact that it will be a permanent part of …

Having a Pool Built, The Bidding Process and Construction (Part 1 of 3) - Interview with Mike Willard of "Your Pool Builder"

April 2nd, 2018


Having a new pool built is no small project. For the amount of money that the project will cost you and the fact that it will be a permanent part of …

All About Robotic Pool Cleaners - Benefits, Features and Choosing the Right Model

March 27th, 2018


In this Episode I go over in detail the Robotic Pool Cleamer. I have used and tested over 25 different robotic pool cleaners to date and in this …

Remington Solar Chlorine Free Sun Shock and the SolaSkimmer, Interview with Murray Smith, President

March 19th, 2018


In this Episode I go over two products made by Remington solar for your pool. Remington Solar is an industry leading solar company and they make the …

All About the Service Industry News, Interview with Carrie Dibrell Owner & Publisher

March 12th, 2018


In this Podcast I go over in detail the trade newspaper for the pool industry - the Service Industry News. Every Pool Service Professional should be …

Using PoolRx to Start the Season & in a Green Pool Plus Tips for Pool Pros - Interview with Fred Schweer VP Sales of PoolRx

March 5th, 2018


In this follow up Podcast from last year I interview Fred Schweer VP of Sales at PoolRx Worldwide and we go over using PoolRx at the beginning of the …

The Western Pool & Spa Show, Interview with Glen Knecht President of Western Pool Show

February 26th, 2018


In this Episode I interview Glen Knecht the President of the Western Pool Show and we discuss every aspect of the Western Pool & Spa Show that …

Pleatco Filter Cartridges - Interview with Abhi Pillai & Rich Medina Pleatco Engineers

February 19th, 2018


In this Episode I interview Abhi Pillai Director of Research and Development and Richard Medina VP of Engineering and Research at Pleatco, LLC. We discuss the Pleatco Filter Cartridges in detail and go over the benefits …

AquaSuite Pool Route Management Software - Interview with Cameron Craig

February 12th, 2018


In this Episode I interview Cameron Craig who is the creator if the AquaSuite which is a powerful Management software for your pool service business. …

The SkimDoctor 2.0 - Interview with the Inventor Ron smith

February 5th, 2018


In this Podcast I interview Ron Smith who is the creator of the SkimDoctor 2.0. The SkimDoctor is a device that attaches to your pool skimmer basket …

All About the LaMotte Mobile WaterLink Spin Touch - Interview with Rich Demoss

January 29th, 2018


In this Episode I interview Rich DeMoss of LaMotte and we discuss the Mobile WaterLink Spin Touch in detail. This is a digital water tester for your …

ColorQ Pro 7 and other LaMotte Water Testers - Interview with Rich DeMoss

January 22nd, 2018


In this Podcast I discuss in detail the Lamotte ColorQ Pro 7 and the other pool and spa water testing products manufactured by LaMotte. I interview …

Should you Service your Own Pool or Hire a Pool Service Company

January 15th, 2018


In this Episode I give you practical advice to help you decide if servicing and maintaining your own pool is something you really want to do or if …

Swimming Pool Filter Overview - D.E., Cartridge & Sand Filters

January 8th, 2018


In this Podcast I go over the 3 most common filter types for your swimming pool. I touch on the pros and cons and offer tips on D.E. Filters, …

All About the FlowVis Flow Meter -Interview with Paul Hackett H2Flow Controls

January 1st, 2018


In this Episode I interview Paul Hackett of H2Flow Controls and we discuss the FlowVis Flow Meter. A Flow Meter is a device that you install on your …

Santa Ana Winds and Ash from the Fires - Helpful Tips for Pool Service Professionals

December 18th, 2017


In this Episode I go over some things to do if you service pools in the Southern California area and your service accounts get hit by a Santa Ana …

Basic Pool Cleaning Equipment for a Homeowner

December 11th, 2017


In this Podcast I go over the basic pool cleaning equipment that you will need to clean and maintain your own pool. The equipment is actually very …

All About Pinch A Penny Pool Stores, Interview with Bob Slaughter

December 4th, 2017


In this Podcast I talk to Bob Slaughter, Chief Business Development Officer for Pinch A Penny about the Pinch A Penny Pool stores. We discuss the …

Taylor Test Kits, Interview With Wayne Ivusich Director of Education

November 27th, 2017


In this Episode I discuss the line up of Taylor Test Kits with Wayne Ivusich who is the Director of Education at Taylor Technologies. We touch on the …

Water Tech Pool Blaster Cleaners - Interview with Guy Erlich, President of Water Tech Corp

November 20th, 2017


In this Episode I Interview Guy Erlich who is the President of Water Tech Corp. Water Tech manufactures battery powered vacuums for you pool and spa. …

Buying Pool Supplies Online - Interview with Matthew Simmons from Inyo Pools

November 13th, 2017


In this Podcast I discuss buying Pool Parts online with an interview with Matthew Simmons of Inyo Pools Inc. We discuss the services the Inyo Pools …

All About D.E. Pool Filters

November 6th, 2017


In this Episode I cover all of the aspects of a D.E. Pool Filter. I go over exactly what a D.E. filter is and cover some of the benefits and …

Tips on Cleaning your Pool After a Wind Storm

October 30th, 2017


In this Episode I touch on some things to do if your area gets hit by a major wind storm. Wind gusts of 50 mph or higher will create a real mess in …

Multi-Tork Filter Sockets: Interview with Tal Millican

October 23rd, 2017


I talk to Tal the owner/operator of Multi-Tork. Multi-Tork makes filter socket sets and other tools that will speed up your filter cleanings. Learn …

All About Pool Surface Skimming Products

October 16th, 2017


In this Episode I go over products that will enhance your pool skimming. Some of the products I cover are the PoolSkim, Solar-Breeze NX, Skim Devil, …

Aquabot Robotic Pool Cleaners - Interview with Steven Andrews of Aqua Products

October 9th, 2017


In this Episode I Interview Steven Andrew of Aqua Products. We discuss in detail the Aquabot Robotic Pool Cleaners.

Pool Service Equipment 101

October 2nd, 2017


In this episode I go over some of the pool cleaning equipment you will need of you have a pool service business, are thinking about starting a pool …

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response - Interview with Charles Baird

September 25th, 2017


In this Episode I talk to Charles Baird the Founder of National Pool Route Sales who spent 2 weeks volunteering in Houston helping clean up after the …

Pressure Side and Return Side Pool Cleaners

September 18th, 2017


In this Podcast I go Pressure Side and Return Side Pool Cleaners. I share the pros and cons as well as give you my recommendation for the best …

SPPA General Liability Insurance - Interview With Danielle Bahr, President of SPPA

September 11th, 2017


I cover General Liability Insurance for your swimming pool route in this episode. I interview Danielle Bahr, President of SPPA. We discuss Liability …

Pool Help & Resources for the DIY Homeowner and Pool Service Professional

September 4th, 2017


In this episode I go over the various resources that I have created to help the homeowner and pool service professional with all of their pool care …

National Pool Route Sales, Interview with Charles Baird Founder

August 28th, 2017


In this Episode I interview Charles Baird the Founder of National Pool Routes Sales about starting a pool route by purchasing an existing established …

Riptide Pool Vacuum System, Interview with Matt Lopez V.P. of Riptide

August 21st, 2017


In this episode I interview Matt Lopez the Vice President of Riptide Pool Vacuum System. He goes over the Riptide Vacuum System and the features of …

Advantage Manufacturing Portable Filtration Systems - Interview with Lyann & Josh

August 14th, 2017


In this Podcast I interview Lyann Courant the CEO of Advantage Manufacturing and Josh Hall the VP of Operations. We discuss their Portable Filtration Systems, Advantage's pumps & motors and their new UV System. To …

PoolRx Explained - Interview with Fred Schweer of PoolRx

August 7th, 2017


In this Episode I interview Fred Schweer, VP Major Accounts for PoolRx Worldwide, Inc. He explains in detail the use of PoolRx, the benefits and some …

Suction Side Pool Cleaners & My Top 5 Cleaners

July 31st, 2017


In this episode I go over Suction Side Pool Cleaners and briefly describe how they work. I also go over some tips and tricks for your suction side …

All About Salt Water Systems & Salt Water Pools

July 24th, 2017


In this Podcast I go over everything related to a Salt Water Pools and Salt Water Generators. I talk about various salt water systems and go over all …

Starting a Pool Business - Interview with Erik Taylor Chlorine King pool Service

July 15th, 2017


In this Podcast I touch on what it takes to start a pool service business. What better way to talk about this than to interview a pool guy who has …

Pool Guy Show Introduction and Swimming Pool Basic Chemistry

July 9th, 2017


In this episode I introduce my Podcast to the listener, share a little about my experience and background and cover basic pool chemistry for you.

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