Lawsuits Closing Public Swimming Pools Forever

You heard it hear. If the United States of America continues on its current litigious path, most public swimming pools will cease to exist in our lifetime. When public pools close, inner-city and non-affluent children don’t have anywhere relatively safe to swim. Kids are going to find a way to cool off so they head […]

Pool Filter Crack & Rupture

I don’t see a pool filter crack very often and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one rupture like the one in my photo so its an opportunity to post something rare. Not surprisingly, this pool has an in-floor system. Any pool technicians reading this already know what I’m about to say: in-floor systems require […]

National Plasterers Council’s start-up certification program raises questions

Reprinted with permission from Kim Skinner of OnBalance: It is confusing and alarming that the NPC’s (new plaster pool) start-up program promotes a negative Saturation Index, as low as -0.7.   Three years ago, the NPC declared that any negative SI causes plaster problems and is not to be allowed, and they know that new plaster […]

Dedicated cleaner line pipe on swimming pool in-floor system is a must !

I’ve never met an in-floor system I liked. Homeowners preparing to build a pool call me regularly to ask for advice on the plans they’ve received from the salesman representing XYZ Pool Builders. I share my input on pumps, filters, controls, etc. When it comes to the pool cleaner I always hold my breath and […]

What happens in the California legislature when the association is absent

In our efforts to broaden and expand the membership of The California Pool and Spa Association, formerly SPEC, we regularly stress that it is critical for the industry to have a professional and well-funded trade association with a strong presence in the State Capitol to fight against unwarranted  new laws and regulations. Just recently we […]

High Cyanuric Acid (CYA) issues with plaster

Reprinted with permission from Kim Skinner of On Balance: Contrary to some misinformation that has lately been floating around, high cyanuric acid (stabilizer) levels do not cause gray discoloration, or white spotting (“spot etching” as some incorrectly call it) in plaster swimming pools, no matter what.  And there are several studies that have documented that. […]

Pool pump not priming? It might be Air Lock…

Is your swimming pool pump struggling to prime at start up? It might be “Air Lock”. Air lock exists when the pool and spa plumbing rises above the horizontal inlet of the pool (or spa) pump. In almost every air lock situations there is a three-way valve involved (yes I know, the illustration above doesn’t […]

Horizontal cracks on gunite pool & spa steps- aka Rebound Cracks (with photos & video)

I have been seeing more and more swimming pool & spa rebound cracking in gunite pools and have been asked to post photos of what the cracks look like. This will article will be updated occasionally so check back for new information and photos. Rebound is excess gunite that bounces off the wall upon application […]