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The Pool Guy Podcast Show

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In this podcast I cover everything swimming pool care-related from chemistry to automatic cleaners and equipment. I focus on the pool service side of things and also offer tips to homeowners. There are also some great interviews with guests from inside the industry.

894 Episodes | 2017 - 2022

Shock and Awe VS Floc Method for Green Pool Clean Up

May 27th, 2022

19:48

So which green pool clean-up method is better? Shock and Awe or the Floc method? I go over the pros and cons of each method and you can decide after …

Are Cal Hypo Tablets Any Good?

May 26th, 2022

19:39

After using Cal Hypo tablets for a season I can tell you without a doubt that they are a great alternative to Tri-Chlor tablets. There are so many good things about these tablets that the higher price point almost …

Man it’s Blazing Hot Out Here!

May 25th, 2022

17:45

Those days when the temperature is over 100 degrees can pose a special challenge to you out on your pool service route. There are simple things you …

Should You Drain a Green Pool?

May 24th, 2022

18:26

It might at first make sense to drain a green pool and just start over with fresh water. But there are some cautions with draining a green pool and …

Rising pH in Your Pool – Solved!

May 23rd, 2022

25:15

Why is the pH going up in the pool each week and how can you combat it? I go over some reasons and ways to prevent rising pH in a pool. I also go …

Photometer, Test Strips & Reagent Test Kits – Why All Are Useful

May 20th, 2022

17:38

This is not a which is the best type of podcast but I answer which one to use and when more or less. I also go over the pros and cons of each of …

Salt Cell Blowback – What the Heck is It?

May 19th, 2022

18:49

Those annoy white flakes in Saltwater pools, what are they? Why are they there and how do you get rid of them? I go ver this and more and hopefully …

How to Know If My Filter Cartridge is Bad

May 18th, 2022

18:25

What are some of the things to look for when a cartridge filter cartridge is going bad? I go over some of the more common things to look for when …

Why an HOA Pool Can Be Golden

May 17th, 2022

18:54

One Commercial service account that is often overlooked is the HOA (Home Owner Community) pool and spa. These can be long-lasting accounts and easy …

3” Trichlor Tablets Exposed!

May 16th, 2022

24:59

I go over some common myths and misconceptions about 3” Trichlor tablets. I try once and for all to clear up some of the misunderstandings behind …

An Overview of Salt Water System (SWG) Brands

May 13th, 2022

18:00

There a now a great many saltwater systems out there to choose from. Which one is the best and which one should you get for your pool? I go over this …

El Cheapo, How to Deal with Those Cheap Customers

May 12th, 2022

17:31

That cheap customer can drive you nuts. I mean, how can anyone be that cheap? They can be! Whether it is trying to get you to match an online price or trying to get you to return a product because it was too expensive, …

Don’t be Lazy on Your Pool Route

May 11th, 2022

17:39

It is normal to get a little lazy out there on your pool route. Everything that I talk about in this episode I have been guilty of. But laziness will …

How the Drought Will Affect Your Pool Service

May 10th, 2022

17:54

The drought is here on the West coast and it might be here to stay for years to come. Usually, a drought cycle will last 4-5 years and it affects …

Pool Surface Skimming Help – Devices to Make Your Life Easier

May 9th, 2022

21:34

There is nothing worse than a pool with a lot of surface debris. The skimmer gets impacted and much of the debris ends up on the pool floor. But …

How to Insulate Your Business From a Recession

May 6th, 2022

19:42

The talk today is all about a pullback in the economy. The pool industry is somewhat recession-proof but you can actually take steps to insulate your …

Pool Business Matrix

May 5th, 2022

18:45

Do you have everything in place to start your pool business? Or maybe you are already well on your way and have been in business for awhile but are …

Are you making a “Real” profit in your pool service business?

May 4th, 2022

20:33

It can be difficult sometimes to tell if your business is making a profit or not. With floating expenses and personal expenses are you truly making a …

Will Prices Ever Drop?

May 3rd, 2022

17:43

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last two years you know that the pool industry has seen inflation upwards of 120% on some products. …

Add More Chlorine Bro!

May 2nd, 2022

22:46

If you are trying to turn a cloudy or green pool around the problem might be that you are not adding enough chlorine. How much chlorine do you need? …

How Many Pools Can You Clean in One Day?

April 29th, 2022

20:09

This is probably the most asked question and one that is very difficult to answer because of all of the variables, some out of your control. But I …

The First Impression in Everything in Business

April 28th, 2022

17:05

You may buy into the idea that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But in reality that is what we all do. Make your first impression count. 

Flate Rate vs Itemized Billing for your Pool Service

April 27th, 2022

20:07

There are basically two effective billing methods. A flat-rate white glove type method and a more itemized method where many things are billed to the …

Generic Robotic Cleaners VS the Major Manufacturer Robotic Cleaners

April 26th, 2022

18:52

How do generic branded robotic cleaners stack up against the big two in the industry? The big two are Polaris and Dolphin. I’ve tested many generic …

Pentair IntelliFlo VS Pump Hacks & Tips

April 25th, 2022

21:48

The Pentair IntelliFlo VS and the Sta-Rite IntelliPro VS pumps are probably the most popular VS pumps on the market today. I go over some tips and …

How To Know If a Swimming Pool Product is Good?

April 22nd, 2022

18:16

I have done a lot of Beta testing in my day and I film a lot of new products for my YouTube Channel as well. I go over some practical ways you can …

When to Refer Work Out on Your Pool Route

April 21st, 2022

17:40

There is a logical limit to what you can do and when you should refer the job out to another pool company. I go over some common misconceptions for …

To Do-It Yourself or Not, That is the Question

April 20th, 2022

18:27

There are many things around your pool that are DIY projects. Some that are not. And the manufacturers are also trying to discourage you from doing …

Betta 2.0 The New Standard in Solar-Powered Surface Cleaners

April 19th, 2022

17:41

I for one applaud any manufacturer that corrects and updates their product after getting customer complaints. The Betta 2.0 is the latest updated …

Some Reasons Why Your Suction Side Cleaner is Not Moving

April 18th, 2022

21:19

Besides some obvious reasons like debris being jammed in there, a suction side cleaner can sit dead at the bottom of your pool for several reasons. I …

Proper Automatic Cleaner Care

April 15th, 2022

16:47

There are some things to know about storage and care of your automatic pool cleaner. Many problems arise from improper storage and handling of the …

AquaStar Pipeline Filter, Small but Mighty!

April 14th, 2022

17:50

Don’t let the compact size of this filter fool you. It may have a small footprint in your equipment pad but it sure has amazing flow. I go over some …

Why a Cleaner in Every Pool on Your Route is a Great Idea

April 13th, 2022

16:55

Can you have an automatic cleaner of some type in every pool on your route? The answer is yes. In fact, you may even want to pass on pools without a …

Geared Suction Side Cleaners VS Bouncing Cleaners

April 12th, 2022

19:21

If you have been doing pool service as long as I have you may remember the era where the bouncing type Kreepy Krauly cleaners dominated the market. …

Polaris ATLAS XT & MAXX vs Hayward PoolCleaner-Aquanaut-Phoenix

April 11th, 2022

23:47

With the new redesigned Polaris ATLAS XT & MAXX cleaners hitting the market you may be wondering how they compare with my go-to cleaner the …

Differences Between Fiberglass, Vinyl, and Plaster Pool Types

April 8th, 2022

17:46

The surface type of each of these pool types is the main difference. There are several surface types to choose from including tile, PebbleTec, …

Why Residential Pools are Your Bread and Butter

April 7th, 2022

18:48

Residential pools vs commercial pools, residential pools are the clear winner in my book. There are so many great aspects of servicing residential …

How to Effectively Bid Commercial Pools

April 6th, 2022

18:37

If you don’t bid on a Commercial pool correctly you will lose money. Period. So it is important to get the bid right the first time. I go over my …

Commercial Pool Service Pros and Cons

April 5th, 2022

16:44

If you are thinking of serving commercial pools, apartments, HOA communities, and the like, you need to think about the pros and cons of expanding …

What is Normal and What is a Defect of the Plaster?

April 4th, 2022

25:26

When you have a plaster pool installed you should not have high expectations that the surface will be uniform and flawless. Same in some respects …

How you Present Yourself is a Reflection of Your Business

April 1st, 2022

19:04

Presentation may not be everything in the pool service industry, but it can surely move the needle. The first impression a customer gets is usually a …

Setting Your Service Call Rates Based on Current Inflationary Conditions

March 31st, 2022

17:50

Your hourly service rate may be set to low in this high inflationary environment. With gas at $6.00 a gallon in my area and the cost of everything going up 10-25%, not raising your hourly and flat service rates can cost …

Rainbow Chlorinator Tips & Tricks

March 30th, 2022

18:37

You see these scattered about on your pool route and if you don’t know some of the finer details of these chlorinators it could be downright …

Chlorine Wash Tips and Tricks

March 29th, 2022

17:13

If you have a pool that has a lot of Black Algae or aggressive algae on the surface and topical chemical treatment was ineffective, a drain and …

Swimming Pool Acid Wash do’s and Don’ts

March 28th, 2022

26:18

Acid washing a pool may seem like something you can do after watching a video or two. But the truth is the process has a lot of little details that …

Product Defects: Hayward VS Drives & Pentair Intelliflo VS Pump Communication Error

March 25th, 2022

18:03

Defective products are nothing new in the industry. They happen year in and year out. I touch on some past defects and talk about current known product defects including the Pentair Intelliflo VS pump losing …

Ways to Speed Up the Bidding Process

March 24th, 2022

19:42

Time is money even more so nowadays with the high inflation. The more work you can do and the less time you waste the better. Bidding a new service account or another type of service can be a big-time consumer. Here are …

Why a Website is Essential for Your Pool Service

March 23rd, 2022

17:11

You may think in today’s environment a website is not needed. You won’t get a lot of traffic but having a website is still essential for your pool …

How to Break a Pool from Tri-Chlor Tablets

March 22nd, 2022

18:27

Getting a pool of a Tri-Chlor is not a simple project unless of course you drain the water and start over from scratch. I go over some practical ways …

How to Choose the Best Chlorine Type for Your Pool

March 21st, 2022

27:18

Technically there are six major types of chlorines on the market today but only four are in practical use. Each has its pros and cons and choosing …

Drop Those High Chemical Use Pool Service Accounts

March 18th, 2022

18:08

Are a handful of service accounts using the majority of chlorine on your pool route? Simply dropping these accounts may be the only solution but …

Things to Know About Variable Speed Pumps

March 17th, 2022

17:50

Variable Speed pumps have a learning curve and if you are new to the industry or new to VS Pumps in general I touch on some of the very basics for you here. They are very different from your typical single-speed pump.

How to Handle Runaway Inflation

March 16th, 2022

19:21

Inflation in the industry seems like a runaway train. How can you weather this inflationary period without going out of business? There are no easy …

Is Pool Service Really Recession Proof?

March 15th, 2022

18:11

Everyone has probably heard that pool service is recession-proof. In a bad economy or a recessionary period, what can you really expect for your pool …

Borates for Dummies

March 14th, 2022

29:20

There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about using borates in a swimming pool. It is quite easy and simple and I go over adding …

Should You Start Charging Your Customers for 3” Tablets?

March 11th, 2022

19:05

My business model has always been to charge my customers for their 3” tablets. But is now a good time to implement this change? Find out why now may not be the best time to transfer that cost over to your customers. 

Nidec Neptune Series Variable Speed Motors

March 10th, 2022

17:37

I recently filmed the Nidec Neptune VS Motors and I must say that if you are looking for an affordable way to upgrade an existing pump to a VS pump this is the way to go. After all, it is the motor on the back that is …

Polaris Atlas XT – The Most Advanced Suction Side Cleaner, Period!

March 9th, 2022

19:43

Fluidra has finally come out with an updated version of the Zodiac MX8 Elite and they have launched it as the Polaris Atlas XT and Polaris Atlas …

A Highlight of Some of the Companies At the Western Pool Show

March 8th, 2022

17:09

I offer a level of sponsorship on my website and in my coaching program and in today’s podcast I highlight a few of the companies that will be at the …

Audio Tour of the Western Pool & Spa Show Floor

March 7th, 2022

31:21

If you have ever been to a museum and taken an audio tour, this will be something like that. I walk the Western Pool and Spa Show floor plan with you …

An Overview of the Four Major Vacuum Systems

March 4th, 2022

19:19

There are four major vacuum systems on the market today. You have the Riptide, the Bottom Feeder, The Power Vac,  and the Hammer-Head. I compare on contrast each of these systems for you on today’s podcast.

Leslie’s Pro: …

Texas Deep Freeze Redux and Some Tips from Harold Evans of Orenda

March 3rd, 2022

12:27

Parts of Texas and the surrounding states were hit by another Deep Freeze this year. That makes it two years in a row. Harold Evans also owns a …

Knowledge Can Help You with the Runaway Industry Wide Inflation, with Harold Evans of Orenda

March 2nd, 2022

16:29

With inflation off the charts in the swimming pool industry, one stopgap that many never think about is knowledge. Harold Evans touches on why …

How Important is the LSI Anyway? With Harold Evans of Orenda

March 1st, 2022

17:05

Many in the industry discount or flatly ignore the Saturation Index (LSI). Does it really matter if a pool’s LSI is in range or out of range? Is it …

Tips on Running Your Service Business the Right Way with Harold Evans of Orenda

February 28th, 2022

34:01

One of the keys to running a successful service business is treating your customer right and not taking advantage of your customer. This should be …

Swimming Pool Regional Differences & Things to Know From State to State

February 25th, 2022

18:22

Just about everything from one state to another is different and swimming pools are not an exception. I go over some of the regional differences for …

PoolRx+ Tips and Things to Note with Fred Schweer of PoolRx

February 24th, 2022

15:17

I go over some hacks and tips on using the PoolRx+ with Fred Schweer of PoolRx Worldwide. Using the PoolRx+ is very easy to use but knowing …

Using PoolRx+ with High CYA Levels & Commercial Pool Sizing with Fred Schweer

February 23rd, 2022

15:01

A pool with very high CYA presents a number of problems. Can you safely use PoolRx+ as a pool with very high CYA? Fred Schweer goes over all the …

PoolRx+ Booster and Enhanced Chlorine Levels with Fred Schweer of PoolRx

February 22nd, 2022

17:29

Using the PoolRx+ product is very easy and it should last a good 4-6 months in an average pool. But you may need the PoolRx Booster in some cases and …

PoolRx+ and How It Can Save You Money On Chemical Cost with Fred Schweer of PoolRX

February 21st, 2022

24:30

PoolRx+ has been on the market for over a year now and it is basically an enhanced version of the PoolRx which has been part of the pool industry …

Signs Your Pool Filter Needs to be Cleaned

February 18th, 2022

18:23

How do you know your pool filter needs to be cleaned? That is a question I am often asked by new homeowners and new pool techs alike. I go over some …

Some Common Sense Factors When Upgrading Your Pool Filter

February 17th, 2022

18:11

I can sum up this podcast in three words: Bigger is Better! There are some other common-sense things to note when you upgrade your pool filter. I …

The Truth and Myths of Purchasing a Swimming Pool Route with Scott Roberts of NPRS

February 16th, 2022

24:20

There are a lot of myths about buying a swimming pool service route and no one would be better to clear this up than Scott Roberts of National Pool …

Tips on Managing and Recruiting Employees for Your Pool Route with Scott Roberts of NPRS

February 15th, 2022

19:18

Scott Roberts of National Pool Route Sales (NPRS) offers his advice on managing your employees and recruiting employees for your pool route. He spent …

Inflation, Mega Pool Companies & Buying a Partial Route with Scott Roberts of NPRS

February 14th, 2022

25:02

I sat down with Scott Roberts of National Pool Route Sales (NPRS) and we discuss the industry-wide inflation, the Mega Pool Companies coming into the …

Bloopers and Fails Out on My Pool Route

February 11th, 2022

18:19

If made some mistakes over the years servicing pools and lets just call them bloopers. Falling into a pool, done that. Leaving the pool on or off for …

Simple Things You Can Add to Make Your Pool Service Bid Shine

February 10th, 2022

14:35

The bidding process is something where you can add little things to set yourself apart from the competition. Adding a few of this tips to your bids …

Advantage Manufacturing Service Cart & Bottom Feeder Cart!

February 9th, 2022

15:40

If you are in the market for a service cart TDula was the only option back in the day. Advantage Manufacturing now makes several service carts and …

Advertising Effectively to Get New Pool Service Accounts

February 8th, 2022

19:09

You can really bleed money in an ineffective advertisement campaign. Putting your ad dollars into specific marketing categories and platforms is …

Ways to Offset the Higher Cost of Chlorine

February 7th, 2022

24:03

The 2022 season is off to a record-breaking start as far as chlorine prices go. They are still way up from 2020 and we will not see an end to the higher prices anytime soon. I go over some ways to mitigate the higher …

Common Homeowner Pool Filter Errors

February 4th, 2022

16:21

The pool filter is one of the three pillars of your pool. Besides the pool run time and chemistry, the filter is the third part of keeping the pool …

Common Homeowner Timer and VS Pump Errors

February 3rd, 2022

16:34

Besides the bigger errors I run into out on my pool route, customers messing with their pool timer and VS pump is something I deal with on a regular …

Common Homeowner Errors That You Will Run into On Your Pool Route

February 2nd, 2022

17:24

I have probably seen everything out there in the field and every homeowner's mistake possible. These mistakes are very preventable just by educating your customers. Sit back and listen to some typical mistakes that you …

Save Money By Not Shocking Your Pool

February 1st, 2022

17:01

One way to save money on chlorine is to never shock your pool. Is that even possible to not have to shock a pool? It is but there are a lot of things …

Pool Pro Windy Weather Tips to Manage Your Route

January 31st, 2022

24:20

We just had a massive wind event in my area with 100-year-old trees down everywhere. The pools were wrecked. But if you educate and even train your …

Just Do it! Why This Only Works for Nike

January 28th, 2022

18:52

The slogan “Just Do it” has moved through popular culture over the years. I go over why this slogan is really bad for business and why “Just Do it” …

Medical Insurance and the Pool Pro -A Downside to Being Self-Employed

January 27th, 2022

15:59

One of the bummers of being self-employed is that you have to pay for your own health insurance. This can cost you several hundred dollars a month …

Ways of Using a Robotic Cleaner on Your Pool Route

January 26th, 2022

15:45

There are several benefits in investing in a carry-along robotic pool cleaner. I go over them here as well as the three models that I prefer to use …

Can You Qualify for a Mortgage Working as a Pool Service Professional?

January 25th, 2022

19:12

A lot of people have asked me if being self-employed makes it harder to purchase your first house. Or to buy a rental property. The short answer is yes, it is much harder to qualify for a loan. I go over some things you …

Pool Skimmer Baskets 101

January 24th, 2022

18:36

It sounds pretty basic but there are some ins and outs with the skimmer basket. I go over replacing and also some tips on making the skimmer basket …

Three Simple Things You Can Do To Set Your Pool Service Apart

January 21st, 2022

16:49

It is easier than you think to become an elite pool service company. Very simple actually. All you need to do is master these three simple skills and …

The Proper Water Level in Your Pool is Half the Battle

January 20th, 2022

18:12

Keeping the proper water level in your pool is one of the most critical things you can do to ensure the proper operation of your swimming pool. From …

Pool Pump Wet End Issues – Why a Pump Won’t Prime & Other Issues

January 19th, 2022

18:19

It is common to encounter a pool pump that just won’t prime. Before you try anything complicated like blowing out the skimmer line check a few of the …

The Power of Teaming Up in Your Pool Service

January 18th, 2022

18:44

Networking in the pool service industry is not exactly like networking in other industries. You are not more or less trying to build your business by …

Paythepoolman Pool Routing and Billing Software with Creator Jeff Posth

January 17th, 2022

39:20

If you are in the market for pool routing software for your pool service business, paythepoolman.com is one very healthy option. Loaded with features …

Help! My Pool is Overflowing From All This Rain!

January 14th, 2022

15:47

Ever get a frantic call from a customer worried about their pool overflowing from heavy rain? You are not alone and in this podcast, I go over some …

What to Do About the Rising Cost in the Swimming Pool Industry

January 13th, 2022

18:01

Everyone does it across the board in other industries like fast food, furniture, and the like. As wholesale prices rise and the cost of operating a …

The Advantages of Being a One Person Pool Service (Single-Poler)

January 12th, 2022

17:28

Running a small one-man pool service has its advantages. You are your own boss and you can also provide white-glove service to your customers. Learn …

Should You Hire a Certified Pool Inspector When You Buy A House with a Pool?

January 11th, 2022

15:58

Some of the fastest-selling homes on the market today are those with a swimming pool. If you are in the market to purchase a home with a swimming …

The Rapidly Changing Pool Service Landscape - PoolCorp Purchases Pinch A Penny

January 10th, 2022

25:34

As larger service companies emerge like National Pool Partners and Franchise pool services are bought by big players, the landscape for the pool pro …

Stocking Up for 2022 is a Smart Thing to Do

January 7th, 2022

15:16

If you are thinking about stocking up on some chemicals for the 2022 season I would say that is not a bad idea. I go over the shelf life of certain …

Flash Testing, is it Accurate?

January 6th, 2022

15:08

We have probably all done it or at least been tempted to use Flash Testing. That is when you drop some Phenol Red and OTO into a pool and estimate …

Pool Surface Issues and Why You Should Avoid These Accounts

January 5th, 2022

16:50

There are problem pools and then there are problem pools because of the pool surface issues themselves. I go over painted pools, plaster pools with …

How Much Rain is Too Much Rain to Work In?

January 4th, 2022

15:09

Rainy days are tough for many reasons and especially tough to gauge when to go out and when to stay home or pull the plug on the day. I go over some …

Should You Upgrade to a Saltwater Pool (SWG) in 2022?

January 3rd, 2022

23:47

I am a big fan of saltwater generators and saltwater pools but before you decide to upgrade I go over some points to consider. The chemical shortage …

Pool Service Accounts You Should Avoid

December 31st, 2021

16:59

When you are starting out you probably need to take just about every account that comes your way. There are a few that fall into a category that …

How Many Pools Can You Do in a Day?

December 30th, 2021

18:04

I get asked often how many service accounts can you do each day? There are a lot of factors and I try my best to break it down for you logically so …

SUTRO Pro and How You can use the SUTRO in Your Pool Business

December 29th, 2021

15:25

With pHin going offline you may question the future of these smart pool monitors. But the Sutro unit may have more staying power because it uses …

Why I Don’t Carry a Vacuum Hose

December 28th, 2021

15:21

This is more than just a title to get your attention but I really don’t carry a pool vacuum hose on my service truck. Do I still manually vacuum my …

Pool Cleaning Equipment Overview with Special Guest Glen Heffernan of the Bottom Feeder Vacuum

December 27th, 2021

30:01

I recently did an equipment overview webinar with some of my group members and I condensed it down for this podcast. The YouTube version will have the PowerPoint slide show as well and for that video:

Problem Pools – 5% of Your Pools will Cause you 95% of Your Troubles

December 24th, 2021

17:24

Do you realize that 5% of your pools are causing you 95% of your headaches? I go over spotting these problem pools and ways to fine-tune your route …

Pool Service with no Repairs, Can it Be Done?

December 23rd, 2021

15:31

Can you run a pool service company and never do any repairs? The answer is yes you can. I go over some ways you can start out or set up your business …

Polaris 360 VS a Suction Side Cleaner

December 22nd, 2021

15:50

If you have a pool with very heavy debris and the suction side cleaner is always getting clogged up with debris, one solution is to take that cleaner …

Pool Guy on Real Estate Investing

December 21st, 2021

18:23

I rarely go off topic but today I spend some time talking to you about real estate investing. This is one place where we put a lot of our extra resources and I go over the ins and outs of being a landlord and investing …

Hayward pHin is Discontinued, Cancelled, Kaput – What Went Wrong?

December 20th, 2021

25:20

The Hayward pHin has been canceled by Hayward. All units will be shut down on Dec 20th, 2021 and no access to reading s will be available going forward. If you have the pHin it is now an expensive paperweight. So what …

A Yearly Audit of Your Service Business Can Be Helpful

December 17th, 2021

16:50

If you never sit down to think about your business over the past year and set goals for the next year you are missing out on something that can make your business that much better. It is easy to do and I encourage you …

Manually Vacuuming A Pool But There is Very Little Suction! Troubleshooting Part 2 of 2

December 16th, 2021

16:47

If you have ever gone to manually vacuum a pool and you find there is very little to no suction at the skimmer liner, this second batch of tips …

Manually Vacuuming A Pool But There is Very Little Suction! Troubleshooting Part 1 of 2

December 15th, 2021

17:04

If you have ever gone to manually vacuum a pool and you find there is very little to no suction at the skimmer liner, this first batch of tips should …

Windy Weather – Oh Man!

December 14th, 2021

21:20

I go over some tips on dealing with your pool or pools on your route that get hit by heavy winds. If you live in Southern California you will …

Which Talyor Test Kit is Best? K-2005 or the K-2006

December 13th, 2021

24:22

Taylor makes over 100 reagent test kits and if you go to their site you may be confused as to which kit to get. I have narrowed it down to just 3 of their kits for you. The K1005, the K2005, and the K2006. Listen to …

Zodiac MX Cleaners, the Good the Bad and the Ugly

December 10th, 2021

18:24

The Zodiac MX8 Elite, MX8, MX6 Elite, and MX6 are good choices for a cleaner with some good and bad points. And a couple of Ugly points as well. I give you an honest assessment of the Zodiac MX line-up.

Leslie’s Pro: …

What Services to Add to Your Pool Business as You are Growing

December 9th, 2021

16:12

This is the opposite of my last podcast and in this episode, I go over some services to offer as you are building up your service route. You will have more time as you expand, and you can fill that time with these …

Don’t Over Do It on You Pool Route

December 8th, 2021

18:14

As you are building up your pool service business you are of course putting a lot of hours in and taking on as much work as you can. But at what …

Automatic Cleaner Tips and Things to Avoid Doing

December 7th, 2021

17:45

I  get asked often if you should leave your automatic cleaner in your pool all week or take it out? And what is the best way to store it? Or should …

When Not to Add Salt to Your Pool

December 6th, 2021

18:08

There are many situations when adding salt to a pool is not necessary, but you think it may be. I go over some tips on when to add salt to your pool …

Mergers & Acquisitions in the Pool Industry and What It Means to You

December 3rd, 2021

17:33

There have been a few interesting mergers in the pool industry of late and I go over some recent developments and mergers that have taken place in …

Free Services to Offer to Land a Service Account

December 2nd, 2021

15:48

It’s tempting to offer FREE services to land a new account. I see nothing wrong with offering a few FREE things but some FREE services and offers …

Explaining What You Include in Your Weekly Pool Service

December 1st, 2021

16:12

It’s a pretty good idea to spend some time with your prospective new client once you land the service account to explain exactly what you will be …

Honest Pool Service Bidding – What to Look For on Your Bid

November 30th, 2021

17:21

When you are doing a bid, you are also making an honest assessment of the pool and equipment in general. You don’t know how specifically the …

My Prediction for the 2022 Swimming Pool Season – In a Word, Expensive

November 29th, 2021

24:56

Up until 2021, there was no real need to make predictions on the upcoming pool season. Everything was petty much the same old. That all changed in …

“Best of Bob Lowry #4” Why High CYA is a Problem

November 26th, 2021

16:43

Bob talked at length and in many podcast recordings about the problem of high CYA in a pool. I revisit some of the things he talked about and expand …

“Best of Bob Lowry #3” Bob Debunks Some Common Pool Myths

November 25th, 2021

14:09

In this best of Bob Lowry episode, Bob takes on two common pool myths. One is that a strong chlorine smell means the pool has too much chlorine in it …

“Best of Bob Lowry #2” Bob’s Target Ranges & Recommended Free Chlorine Level

November 24th, 2021

18:01

Bob Lowry thought of pool chemistry as something ever evolving. We are all slow to change, even Bob admitted to this himself. But Bob’s Target Ranges …

“Best of Bob Lowry #1” Bob on Why Balancing the Pool Water is So Important

November 23rd, 2021

16:10

Bob Lowry was passionate about many things, the least of which was the fact that balancing your pool water was something critical to the overall pool …

A Tribute to Bob Lowry (October 1st 1946 to November 17th, 2021)

November 22nd, 2021

21:46

A true pillar of the pool service industry has passed and we are all saddened by the news that Bob Lowry has lost his battle with his fatal lung …

Pool Service Hourly Rate – Can It Be Calculated?

November 19th, 2021

19:12

One way to know if you are making money out there is to compare your self-employed income with the hourly rate of other jobs out there. But how can you break down your self-employed income into an hourly rate? I give it …

Zodiac Ranger and Pentair Lil’ Rebel Are the Best Bargain Cleaners!

November 18th, 2021

16:39

I am always raving about these two cleaners because of the price point and what you get for that price. They are bargain cleaners for sure but they …

Vehicle Write Offs, Which is Best for Your Business?

November 17th, 2021

16:25

There are some misconceptions about writing off your service vehicle on your income taxes. We all have heard of the milage deduction but there ate other ways of deducting your vehicle and getting a tax break. I go over …

All About Lawsuits and What to Avoid

November 16th, 2021

17:14

Thinking about taking a non-paying client to court or have you been threatened by a lawsuit from a customer? Learn the do’s and don’ts to avoid …

The Hidden and Not So Hidden Dangers of Trichlor

November 15th, 2021

23:08

I think when you think of Tri-Chlor Tablets the first caution you often hear is that it will add Cyanuric Acid to the pool. We often don’t go beyond …

Talking Yourself Out of a New Pool Service Bid

November 12th, 2021

17:24

There are things you want to accomplish on your bid, namely you want to land the account and not waste your time. I suggest fine-tuning your bidding method and having a good script. Learn more in today’s podcast. 

Heavy Leaf Debris in Your Pool Each Week? Try the PoolSkim!

November 11th, 2021

16:16

One device that is often overlooked or dismissed when you are thinking of something to help with a pool with heavy leaf debris is the PoolSkim. It …

Vinyl Pools & Some Common Issues to Be Aware Of

November 10th, 2021

16:58

Whether you have an in-ground vinyl pool or an Above Ground one there are certain do’s and don’ts with the vinyl surface. Learn how to protect your …

PebbleTec Pools & Some Common Issues with This Surface Type

November 9th, 2021

18:15

PebbleTec is a great pool surface type that is super durable and great looking. But like any surface type it is not without issues. I touch on a few …

The Real Difference Between a D.E. Filter, Cartridge Filter & Sand Filter

November 8th, 2021

26:13

Granted that these are all very different filtration types. And some filter better than others. But what are the real deciding factors between these 3 filter types and which one is the clear winner, or is there a clear …

Waterco Multicyclone 16 (Jacuzzi JMC 16) Traps 80% Dirt Before the Filter!

November 5th, 2021

16:50

A pre-filter can be a great idea under the right circumstances and let's face it, trapping 80% of the dirt before it reaches the filter is a good thing. But there are a few things to consider before you install one of …

The Four Different Testing Methods and Which is Best with Bob Lowry

November 4th, 2021

20:29

There are really only four water testing methods available today for your pool and spa. Reagent test kits, photometers, digital testers, and test …

Borates and Mineral Systems with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

November 3rd, 2021

16:22

You may want to use a chlorine enhancer like borates or a mineral system in your pool to extend the life of the chlorine. A mineral system like …

Will There Be a Chlorine Shortage in 2022? Bob Lowry Answers This and More

November 2nd, 2021

20:48

With the Bio Lab factory still, offline the supply of 3” Tri-Chlor tablets will probably still be in short supply in 2022. Bob Lowry forecast the 2022 season and he touches on some safety tips as well as other ways to …

Cold Water and Your Pool Care with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

November 1st, 2021

25:04

When the pool water starts to get cold there are some factors that are of course different than in the warmer Summer months. If you don’t completely …

What to Include in Full Service Pool Service Accounts

October 29th, 2021

17:36

There are usually three tiers or types of pool service. You have Chemical Only, Chemicals and Netting and then the Full Service. What exactly should …

Pricing Yourself Out of Business

October 28th, 2021

18:49

If you are not raising your prices you may be going out of business soon. With inflation outside the industry at 9% and inside the industry at sometimes 100% on certain products, if you are not increasing your prices …

How To Speed Up Your Filter Cleaning on Your Pool Route

October 27th, 2021

16:49

Filter cleaning time can be very time-consuming especially if you are doing your route and cleaning 4-6 full-size filters each day. There are some …

Bringing on a Pool Service Tech (Employee) – A Good Idea? A Bad Idea?

October 26th, 2021

17:37

With the current labor shortage and rising wages, is it a good time to bring on an employee? It is probably not the best environment and there are things you need to be aware of when deciding to bring an employee on …

Should You Replace your Entire Pool Pump or Just the Motor?

October 25th, 2021

26:47

In this podcast, I go over if you should just replace your pool motor when it starts to go out or your entire pool pump. When is replacing one over …

Pool Filter Tips and Tricks Part 4: Backwash Valves, D.E. Filter Trouble and More

October 22nd, 2021

19:09

As I wrap up this series on pool filters I focus here on the backwash valves and issues you can run into. I also cover charging a filter with D.E. …

Pool Filter Tips and Tricks Part 3: From Pressure Gauges to O-Rings

October 21st, 2021

19:24

In this part I cover issues with the pressure gauge as well as the tank O-ring. There can be a number of issues with both and if you do enough …

Pool Filter Tips and Tricks Part 2: High PSI and When the Filter Elements Are Bad

October 20th, 2021

18:55

In this part, I go over some basics when it comes to knowing when the DE grids are worn out and when the cartridges are shot. Plus I go over some air …

Pool Filter Tips and Tricks Part 1: Filter Type and Size Overview

October 19th, 2021

16:29

In this part, I go over something to know about sizing a pool filter and cover some tips and tricks for Sand Filters, DE Filters, and Cartridge …

2021 Year in Review with Scott Webb Editor of Aqua Magazine - Inflation, Shortages and More!

October 18th, 2021

36:52

I sat down with Scott Webb who is the editor of Aqua Magazine for the last 20 plus years and we talked about the 2021 pool season, a year in review …

Best Portable Small Professional Pool Vacuum

October 15th, 2021

15:47

I go over the three top portable vacuum systems that should be added to your arsenal of pool cleaning equipment. I touch on the Bottom Feeder, the …

Taking Time Off From Your Pool Service Business

October 14th, 2021

17:17

Taking a break to recharge and to spend time with your family is essential in any business. Maybe sometimes even more essential in ours after a brutal Summer of not enough chlorine and sky-high inflation. What a …

Win Accounts for Life with Excellent Customer Service

October 13th, 2021

17:05

Providing excellent customer service is a bit  of an art form. This does not mean your prices are lower than everyone else or that you provide some free services. It just means that you show up and suit up everyday with …

Are Chemical Only Service Accounts a Good Idea?

October 12th, 2021

15:43

I kind of go back and forth on Chemical Only service accounts. While I have a few of these I only have taken them on under very strict criteria. They can be a money maker but can also be money losers and a time drain if …

NPP (National Pool Partners) Pool Service at the “Major League” Level with Hal Denbar of NPP

October 11th, 2021

32:35

National Pool Partners (NPP) is an organization that is purchasing large pool companies in the Sunbelt and they are basically operating these …

Character Counts in Your Pool Service Business

October 8th, 2021

16:40

One trait that I think you need as a business owner is  character. Or a better word would be integrity. Being a whole person. What are some aspects …

What is Better? Residential Pools or Commercial Pools? With Bob Lowry

October 7th, 2021

21:50

In this episode, I ask Bob the differences between a Commercial pool and a residential pool. If you are thinking about making the jump to Commercial …

What Would Bob Lowry Do? Short Pump Run Time & You Shock a Pool and It Turns Neon Green

October 6th, 2021

16:59

In this final part of “What Would Bob Do?” I ask Bob Lowry what he would tell a customer who doesn’t want to run his pool pump for longer hours …

What Would Bob Lowry Do? You Have 4” of Rain Forecast and Bidding an Airbnb Rental

October 5th, 2021

19:23

I asked Bob Lowry a series of “What would Bob do?” questions and in this episode, I ask him what he would do with 4” of rain predicted that week and …

What Would Bob Lowry Do? A Pool with Constantly High pH and No Chlorine at the Supplier

October 4th, 2021

21:10

In this series, I ask Bob Lowry what would he do if he were out there riding along with you in your service truck. How would Bob handle a pool with …

Swimming Pool Equipment Shortage

October 1st, 2021

17:54

If you have tried to buy equipment of any kind this season you probably have experienced long wait times and many of the most common pieces/parts of equipment were out of stock. How are things looking for 2022? Not so …

Newly Filled Plaster Pool Tips

September 30th, 2021

16:38

I was walking a group member through his new pool and things to do after the initial start-up and during the start-up process. I think these tips are …

Switching Chlorine Types in 2022 & Tips To Use Less Chlorine

September 29th, 2021

16:58

It is hard to predict the future but if the 2022 season is anything like the 2021 season, chlorine will be  the one thing everyone will be on the look out for. I go over switching your primary sanitizer type as well as …

Being on the Ball in Your Pool Service Business

September 28th, 2021

18:44

There are a lot of little things that can make you successful and of course on the opposite end missing these little things can also hurt your …

D.E. Filters the Ultimate Guide

September 27th, 2021

25:58

D.E. Filters can seem complicated and if you have never dealt with one it can seem downright daunting. I go over the ins and outs and the pros and cons of D.E. filters. I will cover everything from cleaning them, …

Are you Winning Out There on Your Pool Service Route?

September 24th, 2021

16:56

Sometimes it is hard to gauge if you are winning out there. Winning can look like a number of different things and in today’s podcast, I go over some …

Gardener and Landscaper Relations 101

September 23rd, 2021

16:12

The gardener can be enemy number one out on your pool route. I’ve had a number of pools trashed by the gardening service and I go over some …

Essential Spare Parts for your Pool Service Route

September 22nd, 2021

17:48

Needing a part and having to go to your local supplier for it is a big waste of time and can be frustrating. I go over some things that you should …

Essential Pool Route Starter Cleaning Equipment: what you Need to Get Started

September 21st, 2021

16:54

I go over some of the essential pool care tools and equipment that you will need when you start your pool route. These are the basics and I think the …

Fall Pool Care Tips

September 20th, 2021

24:08

The fall season is upon us or at least fast approaching. I go over some things to be aware of in the fall season and I offer some tips for fall pool …

Swimming Pool VS Pump Tips

September 17th, 2021

16:19

In this podcast, I go over priming speeds and my preferred run speeds for Variable Speed Pumps. Since the DOE is mandating VS pumps in the coming years setting them up properly is now a much bigger priority as you will …

Filter Cleaning Schedule for Your Pool Route

September 16th, 2021

18:19

If your pool route has full-size DE and Cartridge filters which is just about all of us over on the west coast and throughout Texas, cleaning them …

Should you Change How and What you Bill Your Customers For in 2022?

September 15th, 2021

16:04

After a rough 2021 where we saw double-digit price inflation, you may be tempted to change how you bill your customers and what to bill for. But is this a smart idea and will it cause confusion? I go over this and more …

You Can’t Take Every Account or Keep Every Account

September 14th, 2021

16:03

I go over some of the things I look for in service accounts that are keepers. You really can’t keep every service account you start and I will point …

Things I Learned This Pool Season

September 13th, 2021

28:36

I am always trying new things and testing out products. Here are some of the things I learned this season about the white flakes in a salt pool, …

Common Chemical Myths with Bob Lowry Part 2 – Tri-Chlor is the Strongest Chlorine Type

September 10th, 2021

16:44

I go over two more common chemical myths with Bob Lowry in this episode: is Tri-Chlor the strongest chlorine on the market today? And how much …

Common Chemical Myths with Bob Lowry Part 1 – Evaporation lowers CYA in a pool

September 9th, 2021

17:23

I go over some common chemistry myths with Bob Lowry in this episode: Does evaporation lower a pool’s CYA level? Does liquid chlorine add too much …

What If? Part 3 With Bob Lowry – You Smell “Chlorine” At the Hotel Pool and More!

September 8th, 2021

13:47

In this “What if” episode I asked Bob Lowry the following questions: What if you smell “Chlorine” at the hotel pool you are staying at? What if a …

What If? Part 2 with Bob Lowry – Cal Hypo Left a Black Stain in the Pool and More!

September 7th, 2021

15:32

In this “What If?” episode I asked Bob Lowry the following questions: What if you add Cal Hypo and a big black stain appears? What if you ignore …

What If? With Bob Lowry – Adjusted Alkalinity with CYA over 200 and More! Part 1

September 6th, 2021

22:57

Since Marvel has a successful series of What If questions and I remember the original comics quite well, I decided to do a What if? Series with Bob …

Things to Think About When Starting Your Pool Service Part 3: Can You Handle It?

September 3rd, 2021

16:37

Before jumping into a pool service business ask yourself this simple question: Can you handle it? I unpack some of the good and bad answers to this …

Tips to Keep Your Suction Side Cleaner Moving

September 2nd, 2021

19:48

If you find your suction side automatic cleaner is not moving well, here are some tips and tricks to get it moving. I cover everything from adjusting …

Which One is Best? Color Q 2x Pro 7, Color Q 2x Pro 9 or Spin Touch?

September 1st, 2021

18:27

I am often asked which La Motte photometer I prefer for pool service? I break down each of their three photometers here for you and give you my top …

Best Pool Service Pro Poles

August 31st, 2021

17:18

There are a number of great pro poles out there so instead of choosing just one I picked a handful based on whether they are a 3-piece pole or a …

Things I Would Tell Myself About Running a Pool Service If I Could Go Back In Time

August 30th, 2021

25:51

This is one of those corny-type things – if you could go back in time and tell yourself… so what would I go back and tell myself about running a pool …

Things to Think About When Starting Your Pool Service Part 2: How Many Accounts Do I Need

August 27th, 2021

20:48

So how many pool service accounts are you going to need to be viable and replace the income you are giving up? I go over an example here and offer …

Things to Think About When Starting Your Pool Service Part 1: General Thoughts & Questions

August 26th, 2021

19:06

If you are thinking about starting a pool service business there are some general things you may be asking. I cover these from licensing to health …

Windy Weather and Your Pool

August 25th, 2021

18:16

The Santa Ana Winds bring strong gusts to my area every year between October and March and there are some things to note in extremely windy conditions. I go over some things to do in high winds and some cleaning tips.

What Chemicals Can You Add to Through The Skimmer?

August 24th, 2021

18:29

There are a number of chemicals that can be safely added to the skimmer and of course a few that are just not safe to add directly into the skimmer. I go over some reasons to add chemicals directly into the skimmer and …

HASA CEO Chris Brink on the 2021 Chlorine Shortage and the 2022 Season Forecast

August 23rd, 2021

39:31

The Chlorine Armageddon of 2021 as I like to call it caused much frustration in the industry and a mad search for chlorine from one supplier to the next. HASA is one of the largest suppliers of liquid chlorine and …

Should you Bring an Employee on Board?

August 20th, 2021

20:32

I go over the pros and cons and ins and outs of bringing an employee on board to help you on your pool service route. As you expand your pool service …

Dolphin Vs Polaris which Robotic Cleaner Is Better?

August 19th, 2021

19:57

Like Ford vs Ferrari the top robotic pool cleaners are made by Dolphin and Polaris. Dolphin of course has more models so I chose the Dolphin Proteus …

Stocking Up for the 2022 Season – Should You Do it?

August 18th, 2021

16:38

No one can argue that the 2021 season was the season of “not enough.” Whether it was chlorine or acid or equipment, there just didn’t seem to be …

Pool Vacuum System Choices

August 17th, 2021

16:50

There are four major players in the Vacuum System market, Hammer-Head, Power Vac, Riptide, and the Bottom Feeder. Which is the right one for you and …

The VacDaddy- Portable Pool Vacuum System with Matt D'Aguanno Owner and Creator

August 16th, 2021

30:24

A Lighter, Cleaner, and Faster Pool Vacuum Introducing the VacDaddy™, a portable pool vacuum system that combines power and lightweight to create a …

Can You Have Too Little CYA in Your Pool?

August 13th, 2021

18:06

I talk a lot about high CYA in a pool and the effects on chlorine. But you can also have too little Cyanuric Acid in a pool and that also can have …

What to do with Multiple Days of Rain on Your Pool Route

August 12th, 2021

17:19

Believe it or not we have had weeks here in Southern California where it has rained for 2 to 3 weeks off and on and sometimes for two straight weeks …

Solving Those Strange Pool Mysteries

August 11th, 2021

18:19

We have all had a pool that looked murky or had algae and we could not put it together as to why that was so? I go over some common things to look …

How to Know If you Are Making Money on Your pool Route

August 10th, 2021

17:29

If you never write down your income and expenses or do a simple profit and loss statement there is no way to know if you are actually making any money. Add to that your personal expenses and it can start to get very …

Water Tech’s 20th Anniversary and Product Overview with Guy Erlich, President

August 9th, 2021

37:01

Water Tech has been making battery operated vacuums now for over 20 years. They have over 30 different models including ones made for the pool …

Is Copper Safe to Use in a Pool? With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

August 6th, 2021

20:28

There are a lot of swimming pool products on the market today that contains copper. Is copper effective and safe for pool use? Bob Lowry goes over …

Low pH and How it Affects a Pool with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

August 5th, 2021

19:03

We talk a lot about high pH in a pool. Today we address low pH and some of the causes in a pool and spa. Bob Lowry also goes over the best way to …

How Nitrates and Phosphates Affect a Pool with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

August 4th, 2021

10:41

You may have heard about Nitrates in a pool. Maybe not. I think for sure you have heard about Phosphates in a pool. I go over both of these with Bob …

Problem Pool: Not Holding Chlorine or Constant Algae with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

August 3rd, 2021

15:55

Do you have a pool that is constantly zeroing out on you? What about a pool where the algae just won’t go away? We call these problem pools and it …

Why High Cyanuric Acid a Bad Thing with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

August 2nd, 2021

29:39

There are a lot of myths and of course new information about how Cyanuric Acid (CYA) affects the chlorine in a pool. From Chlorine Lock to the …

Developing a Winning Personality for Your Pool Service

July 30th, 2021

19:00

When I meet someone I know right away if they have that winning personality in business. There are a few quality traits that will make you a winner in your service business. The good news is that they can be easily …

An Automatic cleaner in Every Pool on Your Route – Yes!

July 29th, 2021

16:52

Is it possible to have an automatic pool cleaner in every pool on your service route? The answer is yes. It can be done and I go over some ways that …

Why Referring Work Out Can be a Smart Thing on Your Pool Route

July 28th, 2021

18:02

I think it is hard sometimes to refer work out or to know your limits out there in the field. I go over some reasons and ways to refer work out and why referring work out can make your business even better. 

Leslie’s …

Why a Bigger Salt Water System Cell is a Better Choice

July 27th, 2021

16:34

Choosing the right size salt system sounds easy enough. You just calculate your pool’s size in gallons or liters and then you can find a salt water …

The One True Benefit of a Salt Water Generator

July 26th, 2021

26:26

There is still a lot of misinformation out there about saltwater pools also known as saltwater generators or chlorine generators. I go over the main …

Ariel by Solar-Breeze: Solar Surface Cleaner First Impressions

July 23rd, 2021

18:37

I have been running the Ariel in my pool now for over 4 months and I think after testing it that the Ariel is a solid choice for a surface cleaner.  …

A Portable Clean-Up Pump Can Come In Super Handy!

July 22nd, 2021

16:40

If you don’t have a portable clean-up pump or a portable filtration system there are some very good reasons to get one. You can expand your services …

Time Management Out on Your Pool Route

July 21st, 2021

17:19

Wasting time on your pool route is the same as wasting money. You could be doing more pools or more work instead of wasting time doing things that …

Tips on Switching From a Pressure Side Cleaner to a Robotic Cleaner

July 20th, 2021

15:38

Does it make sense to switch from a Pressure Side Cleaner or a Suction Side Cleaner to a Robotic Pool Cleaner? I go over some reasons it may make …

The “Not Enough” Economy has Hit the Pool Industry!

July 19th, 2021

24:11

It looks like everything is out of stock in the swimming pool industry. Looking for chlorine? Good luck. How about equipment? Good luck also. How …

What is Causing Algae in my Pool?

July 16th, 2021

16:18

Sometimes you have to put on your detective cap in order to find out why a pool may have algae in it. Finding the source of the algae problem goes a …

Dog Issues on Your Pool Route

July 15th, 2021

16:28

Besides being attacked by a dog there are a number of issues that dogs can create for you. Dogs in the pool are a real problem and I go over this and …

Give Me My Money! Tips on Getting Paid on the Spot

July 14th, 2021

16:57

There is nothing wrong with getting paid on the spot. When you go out to eat the restaurant doesn’t send you an invoice. A plumber who puts a water heater in expects payment the same day. There is no difference really …

Can’t Find the Chlorine Type You Usually Use? What Should You Do?

July 13th, 2021

16:55

The chlorine shortage is real and some are predicting it will go into the 2022 season which would be terrible. What can you do if you can’t find the …

Rookie Chemistry Mistakes and More with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

July 12th, 2021

33:03

If you are just getting started in the pool industry or just bought a home with a pool, there are a few common chemistry misconceptions that you …

Chlorine Shortages and Price Increases Are Real

July 9th, 2021

18:32

There are some real shortages happening right now this season and some pretty big price increases as well. I give you a sort of road map on this and offer some ways to substitute chemicals and pass the cost onto your …

Why is my pH always going up in my Pool? With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

July 8th, 2021

18:28

One very common issue in pool chemistry is that the pH can constantly be rising in a pool. No matter what you do it seems that you are adding tones …

Tips on Pool Service at Short Term Rentals & Airbnb with Bob Lowry

July 7th, 2021

11:44

If you are thinking about doing service on a short-term rental or Airbnb there are a few cautions that you should be aware of. I discuss these …

How Strong is One Chlorine Type Compared to Another? With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

July 6th, 2021

14:44

When you read a chlorine package you will see the available chlorine percentage. What exactly does that mean? I go over this with chemistry expert Bob Lowry and we also discuss how a saltwater generator makes chlorine …

Different Chlorine Types and Which is the Best with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

July 5th, 2021

25:01

So, what exactly is chlorine, and which is the best type of chlorine for your pool? Chemistry expert Bob Lowry goes over each type of chlorine for …

Keys to Success in Owning a Pool Route with Scott Roberts of NPRS

July 2nd, 2021

15:25

What makes a pool service route successful? And how do you grow your business? I discuss these aspects of the swimming pool industry with Scott …

Is the Pool Industry a Good Industry to Get into? With Scott Roberts of NPRS

July 1st, 2021

11:43

What is the current state of the pool service industry? Is getting into this industry a good thing? I discuss this and more with Scott Roberts of …

How Do I Get Trained When I Buy a Pool Route? With Scott Roberts of NPRS

June 30th, 2021

14:37

How do you get the training you need after buying a pool route is one question you may be asking. Scott Roberts goes over this and more as we dig …

What Exactly is a Pool Route and What am I buying? With Scott Roberts of NPRS

June 29th, 2021

14:23

So what is a pool service route and what exactly are you buying? Scott Roberts goes into more detail about what it means to buy a pool service route …

The Ins and Outs of Purchasing a Pool Route with Scott Roberts of NPRS

June 28th, 2021

35:41

There is a lot of mystery and maybe some misconceptions about purchasing a swimming pool route. Scott Roberts of National Pool Route sales (NPRS) …

My Suction Side Cleaner Is Not Moving Well and Getting Stuck

June 25th, 2021

16:45

In this podcast, I go over some of the common reasons why your suction side cleaner is not moving well in your pool. I also touch on different …

Why Pool Businesses Fail

June 24th, 2021

16:30

The statistics don’t lie. After 5 years almost 50% of all businesses that are started fail. How can you avoid being a business that fails and how can you set yourself up for success? I go over some of these in today’s …

Black Algae Treatment 101

June 23rd, 2021

15:50

Black algae is tough. No way around it. But it can be successfully treated and I have used many tried and true methods to rid a pool of it. Listen to …

Why a Routine is So Important Out on Your Pool Route

June 22nd, 2021

15:30

Experts say doing something for 30-days will build a habit. I think building a habit or a routine is really important when it comes to your pool …

Yellow Treat² Mustard Algicide and the Science Behind Sodium Bromide with Scott Hamilton of United Chemical

June 21st, 2021

37:37

UC has a new sodium bromide mix called Yellow Treat² which is the only sodium bromide product that will leave a chlorine residual after use (with proper dosing). There has been a lot of debate in the industry on the …

Avoid the Chlorine Crisis by Not Panicking

June 18th, 2021

19:01

Everyone is talking about the Tri-Chlor shortage and it is creating a bit of a panic in the industry. The worst thing you can do as a business person is of course panic. This leads to costly mistakes and a loss of …

Protective Gear and Tips to Prevent Injury on Your Pool Route

June 17th, 2021

17:42

There is a lot of gear that I wear out in the field to protect myself from injury. It may seem excessive but until you pull your back out or sprain …

Best Ways to Add Borates to Your Pool

June 16th, 2021

14:52

There are 3 effective ways to add Borates to your pool or the swimming pools on your pool route. One is with 20 Mule Team Borax. The other ways are …

Investing your Profits to Build for the Future

June 15th, 2021

18:43

The goal of getting into your own business is of course being your own boss and setting your own schedule. A secondary reason may be to build wealth. …

Summer Pool Care Tips

June 14th, 2021

25:11

Summer is upon us and it is a different ballgame really when you take care of a pool in the Summer vs other times of the year. The heat and the pool …

Filtration is Half the Battle in Pool Care

June 11th, 2021

16:00

One of the pillars of pool care is the pool’s filtration. You can put a ton of chlorine in a pool but if the pool is not being filtered properly the …

What to do with Those Problem Pools

June 10th, 2021

15:36

Everyone has a problem pool or has had a problem pool on their route. I go over ways to spot one at the get go and some effective ways to get rid of …

How to Beat the Heat Out on Your Pool Route

June 9th, 2021

15:52

The heat is probably the number one complaint that you will get across the board from pool service pros. It can get unbearably hot out there and in …

Different Ways to Vacuum a Swimming Pool

June 8th, 2021

15:23

In the past, the only way to vacuum out a pool was with a manual vacuum head attached to a hose and through the customer’s skimmer. Now there are …

CCH® Endurance Slow Release Cal-Hypo Tablets With Ed Barney of Sigura

June 7th, 2021

28:28

Sigura is the only manufacturer that makes slow-release or slow dissolving Cal Hypo tablets. This makes the CCH® Endurance ideal for a direct …

The Cost of Everything is Going up in the Pool Industry – Why?

June 4th, 2021

16:17

Have you noticed a dramatic increase in the prices of everything in the pool industry lately? It is not your imagination. The price of everything is …

Pool Chemical Dosing Basics with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

June 3rd, 2021

19:06

Adding chemicals to your pool seems pretty basic. But there are several things you need to know about chemical dosing and chemistry expert Bob Lowry …

Pool Surface Type Care & Cautions with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

June 2nd, 2021

19:53

Chemistry in a pool is also effected by the pool surface type. The chemistry in a vinyl pool is a lot different from the chemistry in a plaster pool. …

Water Basics with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

June 1st, 2021

12:00

Something you probably don’t think about, but the pool is filled with water. I know, too basic right? But water is something pretty unique on the …

Pool Start Up Methods with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

May 31st, 2021

28:37

Pool Start-Ups can seem daunting at first. I mean you are dealing with someone’s $80,000 investment. It is like you have a job in valet parking and …

Generic Pool Parts vs OEM Parts

May 28th, 2021

15:51

There are a ton of generic pool parts on the market today. Some look just like the OEM parts and you may be wondering if these knock-off parts or …

How Do you Manage Being Sick or Injured in Your Pool Service Route

May 27th, 2021

14:43

Getting sick or hurt is something you may not think about much, but it will happen. So what do you do in that case with your pool route if you need …

Take Pride in your Pool Service Business

May 26th, 2021

15:58

Taking pride in your pool service business can change your attitude as well as your customer’s attitude about you. I go over some simple things you …

Be Clear When Communicating Everything

May 25th, 2021

14:57

One thing that can cost your pool service business money is simply not communicating things to your clients. If you miss a service day but make it up …

Chlorine Armageddon!

May 24th, 2021

22:51

The Tri-Chlor shortage is causing pool service pros big headaches and of course, inflated chemical costs across the board. I go over some ways to …

Phosphate Remover Testing Results

May 21st, 2021

16:24

If you have ever wondered if phosphate removers work, stay tuned as I go over some of my results from using phosphate removers on my pool route. 

The Orenda Way with Harold Evans of Orenda Technologies

May 20th, 2021

19:12

Orenda is more than a chemical company and they are also on the leading edge on education. If you know the “why” of pool care you can understand how …

Salt Water Generators and Those White Flakes with Harold Evans of Orenda Technologies

May 19th, 2021

16:06

Do saltwater systems have their drawbacks? Harold Evans gives us his opinion on saltwater generators and discusses what those white flakes are …

Why the LSI is Key with Harold Evans of Orenda Technologies

May 18th, 2021

19:04

The LSI (Langelier Saturation Index) is a key element in the Orenda Way of doing things. What is the LSI and how can you use it to balance a pool? …

How the Tri-Chlor Shortage Can Bring Positive Change to the Industry with Harold Evans of Orenda Technologies

May 17th, 2021

37:13

In this podcast, I asked Industry expert Harold Evans his thoughts on the Tri-Chlor shortage, and in his opinion, this can bring positive change to …

Tips on Selling Pool Pumps to Customers Under the New DOE Regulations

May 14th, 2021

18:50

So how do you sell a customer on forking over an additional $1,000 for what would have been a simple $500 motor swap out? I go over some ways to …

Common Pool Pump & Motor Noises and What's the Problem - Screech, Hum & Click!

May 13th, 2021

18:14

Certain noises that your pool pump and motor make can be an indicator of a problem. I go over some of the more common sounds you will hear and what …

Hayward VS Pump Line-Up and How to Choose the Right VS Pump with Scott Petty of Hayward

May 12th, 2021

21:41

Hayward is a  leading manufacturer of pool pumps and they have a wide variety of pumps and vs pumps available today. In this podcast, we go over some …

Common Misconceptions on the New DEO Regulations and VS Pumps with Scott Petty of Hayward

May 11th, 2021

15:32

There are many misconceptions about the new DOE pool pump regulations and about Variable Speed Pumps in general. We unpack some of the most common …

DOE Pump Regulations Explained with Scott Petty of Hayward "The Pump Guy"

May 10th, 2021

25:23

Starting July 19th, 2021 the DOE will begin to regulate which pool pumps can be manufactured. Basically, any pump deemed to be not energy efficient …

Color Bodies: Why Your Water Has That Odd Color to It with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

May 7th, 2021

16:13

Have you ever had a pool where the water color looked a bit off but it wasn’t for lack of chlorine nor are there metals in the water? It could be …

What is TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

May 6th, 2021

12:45

No one in the industry talks much about TDS. But TDS or Total Dissolved Solids should not be a reading that you totally ignore. There is only one way …

Signs a Swimming Pool Has a Leak with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

May 5th, 2021

13:52

A pool with a leak can be a lot of work. Bob Lowry goes over some tell tail signs that your pool may have a leak. Listen to learn what to look for …

Are Adding Borates an End All Cure-All? With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

May 4th, 2021

23:11

I think many are under the impression that once you add borates to your pool you are done with your pool care. Borates do make things much easier but …

All About Swimming Pool Algaecides and Ways to Prevent Algae with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

May 3rd, 2021

35:34

So what is an algaecide and do you even need one to treat algae in your pool? What are some ways to prevent algae in the first place? Chemistry …

Polaris Robotic Pool Cleaners Models & Features with Skye Svenningsen of Fluidra

April 30th, 2021

26:58

Polaris has always been the leader in the Robotic Pool Cleaner category since they broke into the market several years ago. They now have 12 …

HASA Liquid Chlorine and Acid Returnable Cases 101 with Terry Arko of HASA

April 29th, 2021

22:57

I sat down with Terry Arko who is the Product Training and Content Manager for HASA. HASA makes a number of products but they are best known for their returnable liquid chlorine and liquid acid cases. In this episode, …

Best Methods from Going From Tri-Chlor Tablets to Liquid Chlorine with Terry Arko of HASA

April 28th, 2021

13:52

I sat down with Terry Arko who is the Product Training and Content Manager for HASA. HASA makes a number of products but they are best known for their returnable liquid chlorine and liquid acid cases.

In this episode, we …

What is a Pool Sanitizer Anyway? With Terry Arko of HASA

April 27th, 2021

16:26

I sat down with Terry Arko who is the Product Training and Content Manager for HASA. HASA makes a number of products but they are best known for their returnable liquid chlorine and liquid acid cases. In this podcast, …

Switching From Tri-Chlor to Liquid Chlorine and Using a Liquid Chlorine Feeder with Terry Arko of HASA

April 26th, 2021

25:41

I sat down with Terry Arko who is the Product Training and Content Manager for HASA. HASA makes a number of products but they are best known for their returnable liquid chlorine and liquid acid cases. With the price of …

Switching to a Robotic Cleaner From a Suction or Pressure Cleaner – Things to Know

April 23rd, 2021

15:22

Here are some things that the pool store salesman probably won’t tell you when you switch from another type of cleaner to a robotic cleaner. There …

Answer the phone man! Simple Things that Make you an Elite Service Company

April 22nd, 2021

13:59

One of my pet peeves is when I call or email and get zero response. Well, that company or person is off the list. One simple thing that can really …

How Not to Lose Money on Your Pool Route

April 21st, 2021

15:52

When you do any type of bid for equipment install or for service, chances are you are not thinking that you will lose money on either at the end of the day. But if you make one of these mistakes you more than likely can …

Two Common Liability Issue you Can Easily Avoid on Your Pool Route

April 20th, 2021

16:45

The last thing you want is to get sued on your pool route. There are two very common errors or oversights that can get you in trouble out there. If …

Leslie's Pro Program with Brian Agnew & Chad Christensen of Leslie's Commercial Division

April 19th, 2021

34:15

In this episode, I sat down with Brian Agnew and Chad Christensen who heads up the Wholesale Department over at Leslie’s Pool Supplies. You may not …

Some Causes of Poor Water Flow in Your Pool

April 16th, 2021

14:36

Poor water flow can be caused by a number of different things. It could be simply a dirty pump basket or a dirty filter. I go over some ways to …

Double Up On Your Pool Service Equipment

April 15th, 2021

14:57

This may sound like a simple suggestion but it is often overlooked by many pool service pros, which is doubling up on your pool service equipment. I …

Three Common DIY Pool Care Errors That You Will Encounter

April 14th, 2021

14:33

When you take over a service account from a DIY homeowner, most of the time they are doing a pretty good job. I do notice a common pattern and here are three of the most common things I find that a homeowner is doing …

When to Drain Your Pool or a Pool on Your Route

April 13th, 2021

15:41

There is no real rule of thumb of when a pool needs to be drained. But there are some obvious chemical indicators like high CYA and of course …

Pool Service Pro - What is Your End Game?

April 12th, 2021

27:41

When you are young or relatively young and starting out you don’t think about getting old or really think about the next step in your pool business. …

Dogs in your Pool and Ways to Keep the Pool Balanced with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

April 9th, 2021

23:18

In this podcast, I go over with Bob Lowry the hidden dangers of dogs swimming in a pool with you.

Bob Lowry is the author of over 23 books but this …

Residential vs Commercial Pool Service with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

April 8th, 2021

14:43

Ever wonder what it takes to do Apartment complexes, motels, hotels, and HOA community pools? I go over some tips with Bob Lowry on when to know when …

Best Pool Water Testing Methods with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

April 7th, 2021

13:02

Test strips, reagent testers, or photometers. Which is the better testing method? Bob Lowry goes over the pros and cons of each of these methods. 

Bob Lowry is the author of over 23 books but this has to be one of his …

Products That Can Zero Out Your Pool’s Chlorine Level with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

April 6th, 2021

15:39

Adding a sequestering agent or stain removing product can negatively impact a pool’s chlorine level. It is not uncommon for pools to zero out when …

Pros and Cons of UV and Ozone Systems with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

April 5th, 2021

30:05

Ever wonder if all the hype behind UV and Ozone is true? Bob Lowry is an expert in the field and he gives us his unbiased opinion about these systems in today’s podcast. 

Bob Lowry is the author of over 23 books but this …

Green Pool Clean Up Pricing Guide

April 2nd, 2021

15:52

I go over the bidding process for a green pool clean-up in today’s podcast. There are many things to keep in mind when you are bidding on a green …

White Mold, Racoon Poop and Black Algae with Rudy Stankowitz

April 1st, 2021

19:42

“How to Get Rid of and Prevent Swimming Pool Algae” with Rudy Stankowitz - White Water Mold, Racoon poop, and Black Algae are covered here. You don't …

Mustard Algae with Rudy Stankowitz

March 31st, 2021

12:47

“How to Get Rid of and Prevent Swimming Pool Algae” with Rudy Stankowitz - we go over mustard algae for you in the podcast.

Rudy Stankowitz is unique …

Green Algae in a Pool with Rudy Stankowitz

March 30th, 2021

14:21

“How to Get Rid of and Prevent Swimming Pool Algae” with Rudy Stankowitz. We tackle Green Algae in today's podcast.

Rudy Stankowitz is unique among …

“How to Get Rid of and Prevent Swimming Pool Algae” with Rudy Stankowitz

March 29th, 2021

39:41

Rudy Stankowitz is unique among experts in the field as he has actual practical pool service experience. You can really see this in his new book, …

PoolRx Cautions and Errors and Ways to Prevent Them with Fred Schweer of PoolRx

March 26th, 2021

14:31

User error is unavoidable with any product and fortunately, there is not much that can go wrong with using PoolRx in your pool if you follow the …

Using PoolRx in a Green Pool and a Pool with Existing Algae

March 25th, 2021

11:59

There are a few adjustments to make when you use the PoolRx in a Green Pool or a pool with existing Algae. Fred goes over some steps you need to take …

PoolRx Sizing and Use with Fred Schweer of PoolRx

March 24th, 2021

14:13

Sizing the PoolRx for your pool is easy to do once you know your pool size and by referencing the chart on their website. Using the PoolRx is also …

How to Sell PoolRx to your Clients and Ways it Can Save you Money with Fred Schweer of PoolRx

March 23rd, 2021

12:53

There are many benefits of using PoolRx as we discussed in the first part of this series. Learn some tried and true sales techniques of selling …

Benefits of Using PoolRx & PoolRx+ with Fred Schweer of PoolRx

March 22nd, 2021

25:03

I have done several podcasts with Fred Schweer who is the VP of Sales over at PoolRx Mineral Technologies. In this series of podcasts, we will really …

Budget Pool Company to Elite Pool Company

March 19th, 2021

14:14

When you are starting out in the pool business I would classify you as a Budget Company. You may not have the premium equipment, maybe you are using …

Riptide SL Updated Features: What I Like and Some New Features

March 18th, 2021

16:09

I’ve been using the Riptide Pool Vacuum System since early 2017 and they are on their 4th version of the Riptide SL. Like Ironman’s suits they keep …

Vacuum System Bags and Micron Ratings: What is the Best Bag Micron Rating?

March 17th, 2021

16:08

A Vacuum System is only as good as the bag you are using. Not exactly but I think you get my point. There are a wide range of micron ratings on the different manufactured bags. Anywhere from 25 microns up to 800 …

Pool Not Running: How Long Can it Be Down & Equipment Replacement Tips

March 16th, 2021

15:41

So you are servicing a non-functioning pool or are a homeowner with a pool that is down for the count and it will not be up and running anytime soon, …

Rule of Thumb for Adding Borates to Bring Your Pool to 30-50 ppm

March 15th, 2021

19:36

When it comes to adding borates to your pool you have three good options. You can use Boric Acid, 20 Mule Team Borax, or a manufactured product like …

Natural Chemistry Trade Grade Products with Sales Director Chris Marcano

March 12th, 2021

30:26

The Trade Grade products made by Natural Chemistry can be found exclusively at Leslie’s Pool Supplies. Chris Marcano who is the Director of Sales …

Water clarifier-SeaKlear Chitosan Clarifier with Alicia Stevens of Natural Chemistry

March 11th, 2021

11:27

One thing that you may not know is that Natural Chemistry and SeaKlear now have the same parent company. Since SeaKlear is the premiere clarifier it makes sense to highlight this product of the NC brand clarifier. I go …

An Overview of Phosfree Max & Phosfree with Alicia Stevens of Natural Chemistry

March 10th, 2021

13:03

When pool products sound similar it can get quite confusing. For example, Natural Chemistry makes two very similarly named products in Phosfree Max …

All About Pool Perfect Max with Alicia Stevens of Natural Chemistry

March 9th, 2021

12:06

Natural Chemistry has a lot of different pool and spa chemicals available. They do have some premiere chemicals and I think their newest blend called …

An Overview of Enzymes, Phosphate Removers & Water Clarification With Alicia Stevens of Natural Chemistry

March 8th, 2021

21:03

Ever wonder what exactly enzymes are and what benefit you get from adding them to your pool? Or wonder why phosphates are such a big deal now in the …

Hot Tub Care with Insights from Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

March 5th, 2021

17:41

Hot Tubs can seem very daunting to a pool pro who doesn’t take care of one very often. They can be a challenge because of the small body of water and …

What Exactly is a PPM? Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry Explains

March 4th, 2021

15:23

The term PPM is thrown around so much in the swimming pool industry that you may not even think about what it even means. But it is a standard …

Switching from Tri-Chlor to Cal Hypo Tablets – Some Cautions with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

March 3rd, 2021

19:28

With the looming Tri-Chlor shortage, it may be tempting to switch over to Cal Hypo tablets which is actually a great idea. There are some cautions though when you go from Tri-Chlor to Cal Hypo tablets and we go over …

About “Pool Chemistry for Service Pros” book with the author Bob Lowry

March 2nd, 2021

13:06

Bob Lowry is the author of over 23 books but this has to be one of his most relevant and shortest books coming in at just 19 pages thick. But it is …

Proper Pool Filtration and Cloudy Pool Water with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

March 1st, 2021

29:23

Besides balancing your pool water, the pool filtration system is another key factor in preventing poor water quality. I go over the different filter …

Salt Water Pools as Easy as Set it and Forget it?

February 26th, 2021

14:03

Are saltwater pools as hands-off or hands-free as some claim? You may be surprised to learn that having a salt pool is actually more work than when …

Spa Air Venturi, Air Blowers and Spa Booster Pumps 101

February 25th, 2021

12:50

Ever wonder how an attached spa gets those air bubbles? There are basically 3 ways that this takes place and in this podcast, I will cover each in detail for you. Each is a little different and you will find one of …

The Pool Caddy I Use

February 24th, 2021

13:52

The blue caddy you see in a lot of my  videos is the TK Pool Products “Original Caddy.” I go over the usefulness of my caddy and also touch on the …

What to Test For Each Week in a Pool

February 23rd, 2021

15:01

In this podcast, I go over what test factors or water parameters as we used to call it in my day to test for each week. You really don’t need to do a …

Best Variable Speed Run Times

February 22nd, 2021

25:27

I have been doing pool service since the first VS pumps hit the market and there has been a wide range of best practices over the years. I have …

When to Add Salt to Your Saltwater Pools

February 19th, 2021

13:24

Recharging a saltwater pool is something that is necessary but there is no set rule of thumb as to how much salt a pool will need. I go over the …

Swimming Pool Deep Freeze: Tips on Pool Equipment and Freezing Weather Damage

February 18th, 2021

15:02

The recent deep freeze that most of the country experienced has wreaked havoc on swimming pools.  The standard procedure of setting the pool pump to …

Test Strips Pros and Cons

February 17th, 2021

13:42

If you are thinking about using test strips on your pool service routes, there are some pros and cons that you need to know about. There are some …

“Add More Chlorine!” – Not That Simple

February 16th, 2021

14:04

The simple answer to all of your pool care problems, “add more chlorine.” While most of the problems with your pool water quality will be from having …

Poolife NST Slow-Dissolving Cal Hypo Tablets with Michael Villegas of Sigura

February 15th, 2021

33:23

Cal Hypo tablets have been around for some time and one of the major drawbacks is that they dissolve in one day. But Poolife has created a Cal Hypo …

Solar Covers, Safety Nets and How to Deal with Them on Your Pool Route

February 12th, 2021

15:09

Covers can be the bane of a pool pros life and there is nothing worse than solar pool blankets and safety nets. I go over some standards you can …

You Get What You Pay For, Don’t Go Cheap on Your Pool!

February 11th, 2021

14:24

This saying goes way back to the 1800s and it is just as relevant in 2021. Going cheap on your pool equipment and pool service can cost you more …

Adding A Pressure Washing Service to Your Pool Service

February 10th, 2021

13:22

If you are building up your pool service route and have extra time on your hands, pressure washing your customer's cement deck is a great way to earn …

What I Believe About Pool Chemistry

February 9th, 2021

15:47

With all of these different experts on the chemistry that I have featured from Bob Lowry to Harold Evans, I think sometimes my thoughts on chemistry …

Pool Pro Roundtable: Tips on Being Successful In the Industry and Customer Relations

February 8th, 2021

1:07:43

This is something new that I thought I would try. The recording is longer than usual because I think the content is really applicable for those who …

Saltwater Generators Pros and Cons with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

February 5th, 2021

26:06

Saltwater pools are becoming more and more popular every year. I talk in-depth with Bob Lowry about all aspects of a saltwater pool. Tune in to learn …

Non-Chlorine Shock and Shocking a Pool with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

February 4th, 2021

12:35

Is non-chlorine shock needed? Is even shocking a pool each week in the Summer necessary? I go over these two points with Bob Lowry in today’s …

The Different Chorine Types With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

February 3rd, 2021

13:59

There are four main chlorine products on the market today. You have liquid chlorine, Cal-Hypo, Tri-Chlor, and Dichlor. I go over the pros and cons of each of these sanitizers with Bob Lowry.

I recorded a 2nd series of …

Raising and Lowering the pH in a Pool With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

February 2nd, 2021

17:18

It is pretty common knowledge that you lower pH with Acid, Muriatic Acid being the industry standard. But what is the best way to raise pH in a pool? …

pH and Why it is So Important in Balancing a Pool With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

February 1st, 2021

28:09

Why is it so important to measure the pool’s pH each week? That is a question often asked and pH is one of the big three measurements that can affect …

Tips on Setting Your Repair and Install Rates

January 29th, 2021

13:57

I am often asked how much do I charge for a filter install? Or a pump install? The rates are of course region-dependent and I go over some ways to …

Lease or Buy a Truck, Which is Better?

January 28th, 2021

15:24

I recently did a podcast on compact and full-size trucks and I thought this would be a good follow-up. Leasing a truck can look very appealing but it …

$1,000 Pool Test Kit – Is it Worth it?

January 27th, 2021

14:51

The LaMotte Water Link Spin Touch is the test kit of test kits. But the price tag is close to $1,000 and the question begs to be asked. Is a $1,000 test kit worth the price? I go over the pros and cons of the Spin Touch …

Woman In the Pool Industry with Kelli Carrillo

January 26th, 2021

18:29

In part two of my talk with Kelli Carrillo who spent some time talking about IPPSA on the previous podcast, we discuss being a pool gal in this male …

All About IPPSA (Independent Pool and Spa Service Association) With Kelli Carrillo

January 25th, 2021

24:23

You may hear about IPPSA from other pool pros or from your local supplier but don’t exactly know what IPPSA is or you may have heard some …

Balancing Your Pool and Tips on When to Drain with Joe Laurino of CuLator Metal Stain Eliminator and Stain Preventer

January 22nd, 2021

17:37

I sat down with Joe Laurino who is the CEO and President of Periodic Products which is the parent company of the CuLator Metal Stain Eliminator and Stain Preventer products and we recorded a series of podcasts on meal …

Fill Water Issues with Joe Laurino of CuLator Metal Stain Eliminator and Stain Preventer

January 21st, 2021

15:23

I sat down with Joe Laurino who is the CEO and President of Periodic Products which is the parent company of the CuLator Metal Stain Eliminator and Stain Preventer products and we recorded a series of podcasts on meal …

Tips for Pool Pros on Metal Staining with Joe Laurino of CuLator Metal Stain Eliminator and Stain Preventer

January 20th, 2021

14:09

I sat down with Joe Laurino who is the CEO and President of Periodic Products which is the parent company of the CuLator Metal Stain Eliminator and Stain Preventer products and we recorded a series of podcast on meal …

Tinted Pool Water Solutions with Joe Laurino of CuLator Metal Stain Eliminator and Stain Preventer

January 19th, 2021

13:25

I sat down with Joe Laurino who is the CEO and President of Periodic Products which is the parent company of the CuLator Metal Stain Eliminator and Stain Preventer products and we recorded a series of podcasts on meal …

Metal Staining 101 with Joe Laurino of CuLator Metal Stain Eliminator and Stain Preventer

January 18th, 2021

26:10

I sat down with Joe Laurino who is the CEO and President of Periodic Products which is the parent company of the CuLator Metal Stain Eliminator and Stain Preventer products and we recorded a series of podcasts on meal …

Best Way to Approach a Customer About Changing Their Filter Elements

January 15th, 2021

14:19

Selling products to customers takes a bit of strategy sometimes. I think when it comes to selling your clients on new D.E. grids or a set of new cartridges for their cartridge filter, there is a certain way t o do this …

Set a Mental Timer on Your Pool Route

January 14th, 2021

13:47

I don’t mean that you should set a stopwatch and try to finish a pool in a set amount of time. Rather there are things that take up your time on your …

Cal Hypo Tablets in Place of Tri-Chlor Tablets? The Pros and Cons

January 13th, 2021

13:36

Cal Hypo tablets have been on the market for several years now. One clear benefit is that they do not contain any Cyanuric Acid. But there are some other things to be aware of when you are thinking of making the switch …

Compact or a Full-Size Truck for Your Pool Service Company?

January 12th, 2021

14:44

I have had many trucks over the years and when asked which truck size do I prefer I come down on the smaller compact truck size. Not for gas milage per say but there are a number of reasons why a smaller truck is more …

“Borates, Are They for Real?” With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

January 11th, 2021

24:14

I recorded a series of podcasts with renowned chemistry expert Bob Lowry. Bob Lowry has created over 100 chemicals used in today's Pool & Spa …

“Swimming Pool Metal Staining 101” With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

January 8th, 2021

14:22

I recorded a series of podcasts with renowned chemistry expert Bob Lowry. Bob Lowry has created over 100 chemicals used in today's Pool & Spa …

“Preventing Algae in Your Pool” With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

January 7th, 2021

12:31

I recorded a series of podcasts with renowned chemistry expert Bob Lowry. Bob Lowry has created over 100 chemicals used in today's Pool & Spa …

“Is Cyanuric Acid Testing Accurate?” With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

January 6th, 2021

11:51

I recorded a series of podcasts with renowned chemistry expert Bob Lowry. Bob Lowry has created over 100 chemicals used in today's Pool & Spa …

“Is High CYA Really a Problem?” With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

January 5th, 2021

14:09

I recorded a series of podcasts with renowned chemistry expert Bob Lowry. Bob Lowry has created over 100 chemicals used in today's Pool & Spa …

“Why is Balancing Your Pool Important Anyway?” With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

January 4th, 2021

29:54

I recorded a series of podcasts with renowned chemistry expert Bob Lowry. Bob Lowry has created over 100 chemicals used in today's Pool & Spa …

Certified Residential vs CPO Certification What is the Difference?

January 1st, 2021

15:01

You may not have heard of Residential Pool Certification and it is not as familiar as the CPO course but it is something that I highly think you …

Taking on Above Ground Pools as Service Accounts

December 31st, 2020

15:07

There are many reasons why you may want to consider taking on some above ground pools in your service area. You may have heard the stories that they …

VS Pump Run Time – Best Speeds and Run Times to Set

December 30th, 2020

14:26

What are the best speeds and runtimes to set for your variable speed pump? This is a question I am often asked and I go over some rpm or pump speed …

VS Pump Sizing – How to Pick the Right Variable Speed Pump

December 29th, 2020

14:15

When upgrading your existing single-speed pump it can sometimes be challenging to decide on which Variable Speed Pump to upgrade to. Specifically …

Know What’s in That Chemical? Like With Clorox Xtra Blue 3” Tablets?

December 28th, 2020

22:14

It is good to know what you are putting into your pool each week. Typically you can find the chemical ingredients listed in the MSDS sheet that the …

Sign in Sheet and Other Tips to Let the Customer Know you Showed Up

December 25th, 2020

14:16

I recently recorded a podcast on how showing up is half the battle. But what if the customers don’t know that you showed up or accuses you of not showing up? I offer some tried and true ways to help you “prove” you were …

Cold Weather and Water Testing Anomalies

December 24th, 2020

13:52

Coldwater can offer some challenges to water testing especially if you use a Reagent Test Kit. I go over some things to look for when testing in cold …

Dead Critter Disposal the Horror of Pool Service

December 23rd, 2020

13:26

This is the gross or darker side of pool service. Finding a dead critter in a customer’s pool. What do you do with the dead critter and how do you …

Year End Audit of Your Business: Are you Making Any Money?

December 22nd, 2020

14:44

Is your pool service business making money? How would you know unless you did a year-end audit? I focus on three areas to look at, your income, your …

Tips on Selling VS Pumps to Your Customers

December 21st, 2020

25:24

With July 19th, 2021 as the end date for sales of single-speed pumps for in-ground pools of more than 1- horsepower, it looks like Variable Speed …

Are you Bringing the Industry Down or Building It Up?

December 18th, 2020

13:46

Are you bringing the Industry down or is the way you do business bringing the Industry up? I think that being ignorant is not a bad thing and it opens you up to want to learn and get better. But remaining ignorant and …

What Spare Parts Should You Carry For Your Pool Route?

December 17th, 2020

14:30

Have spare parts on your service truck or van is critical and a great time saver. I go over some of the spare parts that I carry and I think the list is more or less regional. But you get the idea from my list.

Leslie’s …

Why I Think Cartridge Filters are the Best Pool Filters

December 16th, 2020

14:16

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to filters and which filter type we think is best. I happen to lean heavily towards cartridge filters even …

Using Liquid Chlorine In Place of 3” Tablets

December 15th, 2020

13:27

I know the coming 3” Tri-Chlor Shortage has been talked to death already but I am focusing here in this podcast on some effective ways to use liquid …

Sutro Smart Water Monitor - The Most Advanced Smart Water Tester On the Market Today!

December 14th, 2020

28:30

In this episode, I sit down with the Founder of Sutor Ravi Kurani and the Head of Marketing Jarie Bolander as we go over some of the great features …

Cold Water and Some Things to Note

December 11th, 2020

14:31

If you own a pool are service pools in areas where we don’t close the pool for the Winter, there are some things about cold water that you need to be …

Are you Still Using a Spa Wand?

December 10th, 2020

13:00

The Spa Wand is a great device to use when cleaning Fiberglass spas, but it is a bit dated. I used one in the ’90s and in the year 2020, there are many great battery operated vacuums that will work more effectively and …

Duct Tape – Tacky, Yes. Useful, Yes!

December 9th, 2020

14:04

Duct tape is a sure sign that you are doing a Mickey Mouse fix it type job. But don’t dismiss Duct Tape entirely from your pool service. There are …

Getting Burned – Avoid Getting Stiffed!

December 8th, 2020

14:23

If you haven’t had a client stiff you or not pay you it will happen at some point. There are things that you can do to reduce the risk of getting stiffed and I will go over some of these for you. Getting burned is no …

Leslie's Wholesale: Pool Pro Open a FREE Account Today!

December 7th, 2020

21:35

Did you know that Leslie’s Pool Supplies Offers Wholesale pricing at all of their 900 plus locations? If you are a pool service pro-open an account …

Leaf Vacuum VS Vacuum Systems: Apples to Oranges?

December 4th, 2020

13:40

Okay, is it even fair to compare a Leaf Vacuum (Leaf Bagger, Leaf Master) to a Vacuum System like the Riptide? I give it a shot here and if you know me you probably already know the winner. There are some similarities …

D.E. Filter Leak Source – How to Find That Leak

December 3rd, 2020

14:37

If you have a D.E. Filter the last thing you want to see is Diatomaceous Earth returning into the pool. I go over some common areas inside your D.E. …

Inspect Your Pool Equipment to Save Money!

December 2nd, 2020

14:43

One thing that is often overlooked is inspecting your pool equipment each week. This is something that you should do if you are a pool service pro …

Holiday Schedule & Your Pool Service Business

December 1st, 2020

13:19

The Holidays are upon us and it is time to show your customer’s that you appreciate their business and sometimes you will also receive a “thank you” …

Skimmer Pool Software That Rocks! Run Your Pool Service the right Way

November 30th, 2020

26:44

Skimmer was one of the first pool routing and invoicing apps on the market. It is geared specifically towards the swimming pool service industry and …

Best Gear Type Suction Cleaner for Your Pool

November 27th, 2020

16:36

I am a big fan of the gear type suction cleaners and there are a lot of them on the market. There are several of them on the market today including …

State of the Pool Industry and Looking Towards the Future

November 26th, 2020

13:46

In a word the 2020 pool season was booming! Jamming! Exploding! Pick your big time adjective and that will describe the season so far. So many pools …

The Polaris 280 is Still the King of Pressure Cleaners

November 25th, 2020

14:13

After 30 plus years the Polaris 280 is still the best selling pressure side cleaner today. So is it still the King of Pressure Side cleaners? Find …

Can You Afford to Bring on an Employee at This Time?

November 24th, 2020

15:12

I go over some of the ways you can classify an employee including as a 1099 employee or a straight on the books payroll employee. There are some …

Podcast Episode 500! A Brief Recap About Me & What I Do

November 23rd, 2020

25:59

I’ve reached podcast 500 which is a milestone for me. Almost 3 years of doing the podcast and I want to thank the listeners who encourage me to keep the show going. I hope I provide some relevant information on the …

Selling Chlorine Enhancers to your Customers

November 20th, 2020

15:28

If you don’t use an enhancer on your pool route you are missing out. These have been proven to be effective in reducing chlorine use and they also …

Salt Water Generators and the Winter Months

November 19th, 2020

14:24

It is a given that a Salt Water Generator or Salt System is a great piece of equipment for your pool. It takes the effort out of adding chlorine to …

Buying a Robotic Cleaner Based on the Type of Debris Canister

November 18th, 2020

12:54

One of the most overlooked aspects of purchasing a robotic pool cleaner is the debris chamber. What type of debris can it pick up? Leaves, dirt, and …

Why Full Service is Always the Best Service Tier

November 17th, 2020

14:13

When you are thinking about starting your pool service business one thing that is often overlooked is the levels of service you wish to provide. Some …

All About the Nature2 Mineral Sanitizer with Mara McCartney of Fluidra

November 16th, 2020

20:46

The Nature2 Mineral System is not a very widely-known product. You may see an old unit on a pool here and there and not know what exactly it does. In …

When is the Best Time to Start a Pool Service Business?

November 13th, 2020

14:37

The obvious answer is to start when the pool season starts in your area. Starting in the off-season is possible and I go over this option also. There …

How to Use Fewer Tablets During the Season

November 12th, 2020

14:52

Chemical shortages are nothing new in the industry but going into the upcoming seasons I think it will become the norm. The predicted Tri-Chlor shortage is just a problem but there have been times when other forms of …

Vacuum System Hacks and Tips

November 11th, 2020

15:05

Owning a pool vacuum system has several advantages but you also need to be prepared in order to avoid not having it operational at your most needed …

When to Replace my Cartridges, Grids or Sand in my Filter?

November 10th, 2020

14:33

Knowing when to replace your filters elements, that is the term for the cartridges in a Cartridge Filter and the Grids in a D.E. filter is a key to …

Backwash Valve 101 and Backwashing Tips

November 9th, 2020

21:42

There are two main types of backwash valves on the market today, the push-pull piston type and the Multi-Port Valve. I go over each of these backwash …

Basic Business Skills Part 10: Analyzing Your Profit Margin

November 6th, 2020

15:04

If you own any kind of business a profit and loss chart is the only real way to know if you are making money or just “spinning your wheels.” I go over what you need to do to make sure you are charging enough for your …

Pool Vacuum Systems 101

November 5th, 2020

13:27

I don’t think I have recorded a podcast breaking down Pool Vacuum System in detail. I go over how they work and the best use for them. If you know …

Suction Cleaner Troubleshooting and Tips

November 4th, 2020

15:11

In this episode, I go over some does and don’ts with your suction side cleaner and also some tips for them getting stuck on the main drain or step areas. I also go over ways of fine-tuning your cleaner to get the best …

Choosing the Best Automatic Cleaner for your Pool

November 3rd, 2020

14:35

I am often asked which would be the best automatic cleaner choice for my pool? There are basically three types to choose from, a suction cleaner, a …

Aqua Magazine and the Current Issues Facing the Pool Trade with Scott Webb, Executive Editor

November 2nd, 2020

27:48

Aqua Magazine is a great resource no matter what aspect of the pool industry you are part of. Be it service, retail, building, or manufacturing they …

Basic Business Skills Part 9: Providing Awesome Customer Service

October 30th, 2020

14:44

Customer service is something that may not come naturally to you. If you have never worked in the Hospitality or retail environment, you will have a bit of a learning curve to overcome. I go over some of the basics in …

How Many Pools Can You Service Each Day?

October 29th, 2020

15:49

I am asked all the time how many pools can someone do in one day? I know the reason for this question as to the more pools you can do equals more …

Common Pool Surface Types

October 28th, 2020

14:43

If you do any type of pool service or are in the market for a new pool, you will encounter these five pool surface type choices. Plaster, Pebble Tec, …

Major Wind Event

October 27th, 2020

15:55

If you do pool service chances are your service area will be affected by a major wind event. Here in California, we have what is known as the Sant …

Introducing Pool Service Software (PSS) A Great Routing and Invoicing Software! Interview with Gustavo Velez of PSS

October 26th, 2020

23:14

Pool routing and invoicing software is something underused in the service industry. It is a great way to prevent things from falling through the …

Basic Business Skills Part 8: Building Goodwill

October 23rd, 2020

15:04

Part of your business should be connecting with other pool guys and gal in your area and building up some goodwill. This means that you begin to …

Vacuum System Bags 101: OEM and Aftermarket Bags

October 22nd, 2020

14:01

There is a variety of vacuum bags on the market for your pool vacuum system. Each manufacturer makes OEM bags for each system but there are two …

Showing Up Each Week is Half the Battle

October 21st, 2020

13:11

If you have ever did a bid for a new service account chances are one of the issues that the customer has had in the past with their other pool …

Tips on Dealing with a Pool That Have 2 Skimmers

October 20th, 2020

12:30

If you own a pool with 2 skimmers you are familiar with the benefits and drawbacks of this type of setup. For the pool service pro, you may not have …

SweepEase Pool Brush, Interview with Lee Lyons the Owner and Creator

October 19th, 2020

27:45

The SweepEase Sting Ray pool brush has been around for several years now and this is a truly revolutionary pool brush for many reasons. Of course, …

Truth Or Myth: "A Salt Water Pool is Not a Chlorine Pool" with Rudy Stankowitz

October 16th, 2020

15:27

This is one I hear all the time out there and that is, “I have a Salt Pool and it is great because I don’t need to use chlorine.” But what is a …

Truth or Myth: "Chlorine Lock" with Rudy Stankowitz

October 15th, 2020

13:52

Chlorine Lock is another term that is thrown around out their in pool forums and other groups but is it something that can really happen with really …

Using Borates in your Pool & Acceptable Chemical Levels with Rudy Stankowitz

October 14th, 2020

11:22

What is Rudy’s take on Borates? I personally love adding borates to a pool to bring the level to 30-50 ppm and it is always good to hear other …

Truth or Myth: "Can you Lower your pH without Lowering Total Alkalinity" with Rudy Stankowitz

October 13th, 2020

12:30

If you have been in the industry long enough you have heard that if you pour a large amount of acid into the deep end it will lower the pH without lowering the Alkalinity. This is something that has been around for …

Lowering Your Pool’s CYA Level with Aluminum Sulphate Interview with Rudy Stankowitz

October 12th, 2020

25:20

In part 1 of this 5 part recording with pool Industry Legend Rudy Stankowitz we introduce you to the CPO course and also Rudy’s method to lower down …

Pool Leaf Canisters 101

October 9th, 2020

16:44

Since Pentair has a new leaf canister in there Pentair Leaf Trap 360476 (2.2 Liter Capacity) I thought it would be a good time to recap the different …

Pool Start-Up Panel Part 4 of 4: What a Good Pool Finish Looks Like with David Penton, David Rockwell & Chip Blough

October 8th, 2020

21:27

In this podcast series, I discuss various aspects of Swimming Pool Start-Ups with a panel of experts. In Part 4 we discuss what a good pool finish …

Pool Start-Up Panel Part 3 of 4: Warranty Issues with David Penton, David Rockwell & Chip Blough

October 7th, 2020

15:53

In this podcast series, I discuss various aspects of Swimming Pool Start-Ups with a panel of experts. In Part 3 we talk about some Warranty Issues …

Pool Start-Up Panel Part 2 of 4: Start Up Methods & Issues with David Penton, David Rockwell & Chip Blough

October 6th, 2020

14:12

In this podcast series, I discuss various aspects of Swimming Pool Start-Ups with a panel of experts. In Part 2 we discuss some bad Start-Ups and …

Pool Start-Up Panel Part 1 of 4: Start Up Methods with David Penton, David Rockwell & Chip Blough

October 5th, 2020

28:09

In this podcast series, I discuss various aspects of Swimming Pool Start-Ups with a panel of experts. In Part 1 we go over the various Start-Up …

Protect Yourself Out on Your Pool Route – My Gear from Head to Toe

October 2nd, 2020

16:23

Working outdoors in the blazing sun all day can be very damaging to your body and let’s not even talk about skin cancer. I go over some ways I protect myself out on the route and go over the gear I wear from head to …

Reinvest in Your Pool Service Business

October 1st, 2020

15:01

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

14:41

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

14:00

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

40:36

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

14:25

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

13:53

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 …

Using a Vacuum System to Vacuum Up Ash in a Pool

September 23rd, 2020

10:55

Using a Vacuuming System can be somewhat effective in a pool cleanup process if there is a lot of ash in the pool. It won't get all of the finer …

Manually Vacuuming a Pool VS Using a Vacuum System

September 22nd, 2020

13:21

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

22:27

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

14:44

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

13:39

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

13:10

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

11:46

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

24:27

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

14:15

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

14:03

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

12:31

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

12:20

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

21:38

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

14:00

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

14:45

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

11:34

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

15:56

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

37:44

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

12:59

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

13:00

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

12:17

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

13:11

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

21:29

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

13:00

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

16:12

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

12:11

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

14:00

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

21:38

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

13:01

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

19:03

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

19:23

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

17:43

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

24:56

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

15:04

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

12:59

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

13:37

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

14:33

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

21:13

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

14:11

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

13:58

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

15:18

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

13:30

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

21:42

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

13:14

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

13:09

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

14:05

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

13:57

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

23:38

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

12:54

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

13:35

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

14:39

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

14:07

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

24:35

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

13:16

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

13:07

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

15:22

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

14:49

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

26:19

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

14:54

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

13:19

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

12:44

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

13:18

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

22:23

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

14:05

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

17:06

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

15:07

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

15:45

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

28:25

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

13:44

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

13:28

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

16:21

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

13:28

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

23:23

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

12:20

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

13:29

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

14:28

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

14:17

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

21:00

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

14:25

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

15:12

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

15:26

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

11:53

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

21:48

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

11:36

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

13:36

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

11:10

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

24:42

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

29:07

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

14:38

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

11:44

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

13:10

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

12:40

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

20:17

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

14:04

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

12:16

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

13:18

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

14:39

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

18:55

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

10:54

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

15:07

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

13:09

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

12:09

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

31:53

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

11:32

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

12:57

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

12:47

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

12:39

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

35:33

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

13:52

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

11:50

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

15:57

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

11:38

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

24:54

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

12:20

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

13:39

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

15:23

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

14:39

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

23:33

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

13:24

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

15:47

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

11:13

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

14:58

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

21:25

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

12:12

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

13:28

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

11:07

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

15:57

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

29:30

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

15:28

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

17:30

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

16:10

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

16:59

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

25:58

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

14:33

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

10:47

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

14:25

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

13:44

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

24:46

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

13:30

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

13:03

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

14:42

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

13:45

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

24:15

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

13:38

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

13:33

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

19:25

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

18:08

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

24:53

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

13:31

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

14:33

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

12:48

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

14:19

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

22:48

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

12:47

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

13:26

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

13:29

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

14:43

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

21:42

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

11:39

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

16:35

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

16:17

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

13:13

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

29:12

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

12:17

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

13:40

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

13:34

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

13:17

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

24:24

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

13:42

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

12:32

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

12:26

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

13:13

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

22:51

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

13:38

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

12:13

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

12:18

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

13:03

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

23:03

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

13:25

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

12:20

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

12:52

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

13:56

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

22:33

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

13:06

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

13:55

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

10:47

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

12:46

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

19:31

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

12:56

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

11:55

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

13:17

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

11:55

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

22:43

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

13:44

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

14:15

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

11:44

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

13:14

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

22:44

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

13:15

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

13:14

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

14:35

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

14:37

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

20:46

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

12:57

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

13:07

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

15:13

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

14:47

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

27:08

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

11:27

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

13:33

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

14:06

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

15:01

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

23:56

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

12:01

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

11:28

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

13:51

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

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

November 26th, 2019

17:17

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

Portable Filtration System VS a Pool Vacuum System

November 25th, 2019

25:23

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

11:18

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

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

November 21st, 2019

13:50

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

11:55

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

15:17

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

23:00

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

12:27

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

13:09

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

12:57

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

12:58

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

23:26

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

11:39

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

9:05

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

13:29

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

10:33

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

24:09

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

11:57

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

11:49

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

12:18

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

11:54

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

27:52

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

9:38

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

11:22

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

11:30

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

12:19

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

23:52

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

11:31

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

12:54

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

12:23

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

14:22

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

22:34

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

11:20

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

10:27

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

12:35

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

10:28

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

21:24

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

10:09

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

10:15

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

11:50

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

11:12

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

25:10

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

9:19

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

8:52

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

10:58

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

10:10

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

26:01

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

10:56

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

11:08

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

14:39

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

10:44

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

27:39

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

9:57

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

8:39

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

9:53

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

10:03

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

26:31

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

9:09

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

9:24

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

7:59

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

8:34

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

24:54

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

9:13

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

8:43

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

9:01

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

9:06

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

26:07

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

10:17

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

10:04

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

9:50

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

10:56

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

26:40

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

7:19

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

9:38

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

9:03

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

8:36

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

24:36

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

8:47

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

8:59

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

8:57

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

8:02

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

25:55

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

7:29

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

7:55

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

7:40

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

8:11

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

26:12

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

7:49

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

7:23

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

6:49

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

7:56

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

24:42

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

7:54

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

7:03

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

7:46

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

7:07

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

24:36

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

6:56

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

7:09

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

7:01

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

7:15

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

27:03

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

7:05

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

6:50

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

6:59

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

7:10

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

24:59

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

6:05

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

6:41

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

Skimlite Brute Pole is Unbreakable!

June 26th, 2019

6:05

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

6:27

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

25:28

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

6:11

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

7:03

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

6:54

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

6:40

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

22:48

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

6:21

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

5:44

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

6:18

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

6:18

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

25:05

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

6:13

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

Pool Pump Sizing

June 6th, 2019

6:19

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

6:30

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

5:55

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

24:11

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

6:02

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

6:33

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

6:19

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

6:08

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

26:33

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

6:15

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

5:59

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

5:59

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

5:56

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

21:18

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

7:01

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

6:33

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

5:55

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

6:27

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

26:51

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

6:33

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

6:20

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

6:19

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

6:34

In this MiniCast Episode, I discuss the ideal CYA level in a Salt Water Pool. 

Paythepoolman.com - Interview with the Creator Jeff Posth

May 6th, 2019

23:16

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

26:38

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

25:34

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

24:25

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

25:14

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

26:38

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

24:21

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

26:29

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

25:31

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

23:29

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

24:27

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

27:04

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

24:31

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

22:06

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

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

24:34

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

26:30

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

24:52

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

26:57

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

26:15

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

22:23

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

24:44

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 Wix.com and GoDaddy.com 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

25:19

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

18:57

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

27:18

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

22:36

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

22:03

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

48:46

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

31:56

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

29:53

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

34:06

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

21:38

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

24:50

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

24:56

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

22:56

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

23:14

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

21:06

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

20:46

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

23:13

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

23:19

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

23:39

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

21:38

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

21:11

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

24:28

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

22:12

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

21:10

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

21:47

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

22:22

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

22:56

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

20:39

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

22:48

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

22:47

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

21:50

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

23:42

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

25:56

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

23:21

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

21:19

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

22:31

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

22:52

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

22:25

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

18:17

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

18:11

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

20:51

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

17:27

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

22:42

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

23:20

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

17:47

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

19:12

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

17:46

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

19:48

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

21:42

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

17:40

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

19:58

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

19:09

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

15:45

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

19:01

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

19:45

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

20:54

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

21:07

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

19:46

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

20:38

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

17:11

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

17:34

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

22:28

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

19:06

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

19:43

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

20:30

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

19:23

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

22:31

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

23:20

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

17:54

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

20:35

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

22:43

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

20:45

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

20:52

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

22:42

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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