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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...


Aug
31
Pool owners mix chems, explosions erupt

In the months since Covid-19 sent children home from school and parents home from work, there has been a surge in swimming pool sales and with it, a surge of inexperienced pool owners.

Because more people are spending time at home, Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey wants to remind pool owners to make sure they store and handle their chemicals properly.

This year, local Massachusetts fire departments and hazardous materials teams have responded to several emergencies involving pool chemicals.

“Pool chemicals can be dangerous when they become wet or are mixed with other chemicals. Make sure all chemicals are stored in a secure and dry area, and carefully follow all manufacturer’...


Aug
17
Robotic pool cleaners save energy

Relative to other cleaner types, robotic cleaners save money in energy costs. Generally speaking, robotic cleaners are more expensive than hydraulically powered cleaners, but it is possible to see a return on the investment in a couple of years, after factoring in the energy savings.

In 2010, PG& E conducted a study that compared the energy use of the common automatic pool cleaners that are in use today. They published the results of that study in a paper published in 2012 called “Swimming Pool Sweep Technical Performance Assessment Offering Major Energy Savings and Program Opportunity.”

The main conclusion of that study is that robotic pool cleaners use significantly less energy than other au...


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