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Dec
31
Trichlor shortage — Service techs seek options

The trichlor shortage has numerous service techs scrambling. It has been estimated that about one third of the nation’s trichlor supply was taken out of circulation by the August 27, 2020, fire at the Biolab manufacturing plant in Wesltake, Louisiana.

Prices are going up, distributors are rationing, scarcity is real.

For those service techs that rely on trichlor (and there are many) the future is probably going to require making significant changes in how they maintain proper disinfection levels at the pools they service. Perhaps the vast array of specialty chemicals may provide some solace during these trying times.

Fortunately, the swim season has come to an end in most regions of the U.S. an...


Dec
14
Expect higher prices with Trichlor shortage

Trichlor is in short supply following the massive chemical fire at the Biolab facility in Westlake, Louisiana. The manufacturing plant produced roughly one third of the nation’s supply of trichlor, which was lost in the wake of Hurricane Laura.

How serious is the situation?

A short conversation with Robert Rankin, Vice President of Pool Corp, indicates that the situation is real, and it is serious. Rankin said Biolab was one of three major producers of the country’s trichlor, the others being Clearon Corporation and Occidental Chemical Corporation.

It is difficult to overstate the impact that this will have on pool service companies and Rankin doesn’t mince words. A few brief questions and answ...


Dec
01
Drowning matters every day, not just every May

Drowning injuries and fatalities are so commonplace that the stories could fill up whole newspapers.

The CDC estimates that about 10 people die from drowning in the U. S. every day.

Children ages 1 through 4 have the highest drowning rates and most of those drownings happen in home swimming pools.

Drowning events are real, tragic, frequently preventable, and much more than just statistics.

There are measures that service technicians can take to promote drowning awareness.

Speak to parents about removing toys and other temptations from the pool area.

Encourage parents to learn about layers of protection: pool covers, gates and alarms.

Remind parents there is no substitution for total supervision aro...


Nov
25
It’s time to check those drain covers

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA), effective December 19, 2008, imposes mandatory federal requirements for the avoidance of suction entrapment. One of the main components of the VGBA is the requirement of safety drain covers, and those covers have limited life spans.

Drain cover manufacturers are required to provide the consumer with information that tells them when the drain cover must be replaced before they begin to crack or show other signs of failure. Many manufacturers have designated a life span of 5 years, others up to 10 years.

It is time to check those covers.

All plastic drain covers, skimmer equalizer covers and spa suction outlet covers have a life span stamp...


Nov
09
Chlorine — Nature’s miracle

In the fight against the recent coronavirus pandemic, chlorine bleach has emerged as a true winner due to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

This powerful chlorine compound has a proven track record to safely remove both bacteria and viruses from surfaces and from the water. The CDC has stated “there is no evidence that Covid-19 can spread to people through the water used in pools, hot tubs or water playgrounds. Proper operation and disinfection of pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds should kill the virus that causes Covid-19.”

In the pool industry, liquid chlorine, or sodium hypochlor...


Oct
19
Drowning matters every day, not just every May

Drowning injuries and fatalities are so commonplace that the stories could fill up whole newspapers.

The CDC estimates that about 10 people die from drowning in the U. S. every day.

Children ages 1 through 4 have the highest drowning rates and most happen in residential pools.

Drowning events are real, tragic, frequently preventable, and much more than just statistics.

There are measures that service technicians can take to promote drowning awareness.

Speak to parents about removing toys and other temptations from the pool area.

Encourage parents to learn about layers of protection: pool covers, gates and alarms.

Remind parents there is no substitution for total supervision around the pool area.

Ser...


Oct
17
Hasa expands distribution to Nevada

HASA, Inc. a leading producer and distributor of high quality water treatment products used to sanitize and maintain water systems, announced a significant expansion into the greater Las Vegas region through a strategic partnership with the Thatcher Group (“Thatcher”), a diversified chemical manufacturer and distributor.

Inconjunctionwiththetransaction, HASA will expand its distribution in the commercial and residential pool channel in Nevada with Thatcher as a strategic partner. Thatcher’s Henderson, Nevada site will represent the eighth point of distribution for HASA, expanding the Company’s footprint to an adjacent region and accelerating the growth of its mini-bulk service offering. HASA ...


Oct
15
Hasa expands distribution to Nevada

HASA, Inc. a leading producer and distributor of high quality water treatment products used to sanitize and maintain water systems, announced a significant expansion into the greater Las Vegas region through a strategic partnership with the Thatcher Group (“Thatcher”), a diversified chemical manufacturer and distributor.

Inconjunctionwiththetransaction, HASA will expand its distribution in the commercial and residential pool channel in Nevada with Thatcher as a strategic partner. Thatcher’s Henderson, Nevada site will represent the eighth point of distribution for HASA, expanding the Company’s footprint to an adjacent region and accelerating the growth of its mini-bulk service offering. HASA ...


Sep
21
FedpoolpumpregschangeJuly2021

The new Department of Energy (DOE) Dedicated Purpose Pool Pump (DPPP) regulations go into effect July 19, 2021, and at that time, most inground, single-speed pool pumps will fall out of federal compliance.

It may be one of the biggest regulatory changes within the pool industry since the Virginia Graeme Baker Act passed in 2008.

These new federal minimum efficiency ratings are targeted at dedicated purpose pool pumps, and will impact inground, aboveground, and pressure cleaner booster pumps.

Any pool pump manufactured for use in the U.S. after July 19, 2021, must meet specific energy efficiency standards.

The standards are performance based and will apply to both residential and commercial pools...


Sep
20
Borates stabilize pH, reduce algae growth

When it comes to pH buffering systems in swimming pools, the carbonate system is king, but there are additional pH buffers that are also added to pools that can provide additional benefits, and one such buffer is borate.

Buffers are molecular species that resist drastic changes in pH. One definition of pH is that it is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions in solution. A large concentration of hydrogen ions corresponds to a low pH, whereas a small concentration of hydrogen ions corresponds to a high pH. Buffers resist drastic changes in pH by either releasing or consuming hydrogen ions. Depending on the pH of a solution, they can either release hydrogen ions in the water, or combine...


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