Friday, May 14, 2021

How the DOE Regulations on Swimming Pool Pumps Will Impact Your Pool Business

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 will no longer be allowed. Some of the only pumps that will be sold legally will be Variable Speed Pumps. It can be a little confusing and I invited Scott Petty of Hayward to talk about the new regulations. He has over 17 years of experience with Hayward  in their pump department and is known as “The Pump Guy.” Listen to learn all about the new DOE regulations.

To learn more about the new DOE regulations:

To learn more about Hayward vs pumps:

Other parts in this series:
Common Misconceptions on the New DEO Regulations and VS Pumps with Scott Petty of Hayward:

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

Scott mentioned four options for you in the podcast when it comes to pump and motor replacements after the new DOE regulations go into effect. The first option would be to replace the motor with a stand-alone VS motor like Hayward's new XE line-up. You can also purchase other ones like the Century V-green which is compatible with most pumps and come with a round or square flange. It is the most affordable option and if the existing pump is less than 5 years old and I would suggest going that route. These are basically the motor with a VS pump drive on the back which qualifies under the new DOE regulations.

You can also downsize your current pump to a less powerful pump that meets the DOE requirements. But if you currently have a 1.5 hp pump and spa or water features that may not be a viable option. Reducing the pump output can cause these to run poorly and an undersized pump could affect the overall water quality. I think very few customers will be able to downgrade to a lower pool pump hp rating.

Haywards new XE pumps are a middle-of-the-road solution. These are pumps with a VS drive of sorts built into the pump and are fully functional with the ability to change the pump speeds just like a standard VS pump. They are simpler and easy to operate and can easily replace your standard speed pump or motor. They don’t connect to automation but they would be perfect for those pools where the pump is on an Intermatic timer or for pool water features and spa pumps. 

To see the XE pumps:
Hayward VS Pump line-up. With a Hayward VS pump like the TriStar 950 and Smart Pool control, you can control everything on your equipment pad that a stand-alone automated system can. You can turn on the heater, turn it to spa mode, turn on the lights, and much more from your Smart Phone using the Hayward OMNI Logic app. They also off a 3-year warranty on their new VS pumps with the TriStar 950 sporting a 4-year warranty.  So Hayward is back in the game with their VS pump lineup.

All of these pumps require a 230 Volt set up which can be a drawback if you are running your current pump off of 115 Volts. The solution for this is to install the Pentair SuperFlo VS pump which has been designed to work with 230 Volts as well as 115 Volts. It is a 1.5 HP VS pump so it has plenty of power for your older pool set up and it is also very reliable. Hayward has also made the TriStar 950 with Smart Pool Control a dual voltage VS pump. So you can also connect the TriStar 950 to a 115 Volt set up. The pump will throttle down from the 3 HP rating to a 1.5 HP rating and work fine with your 115 Volt equipment.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Leslie's Jacuzzi Brand of Pool Equipment Overview

Leslie’s Jacuzzi line-up of products is a great line-up of branded products that were handpicked from major manufacturers for both the retail customers and pool pros. The Jacuzzi name has been around for decades and Leslie’s is trying to take it to the next level with the new lineup of products.

Here are some of the great features of the new jacuzzi line-up by category. Note that through Leslie’s Equipment Protection Plan if you buy the product in Leslie’s store you get an additional extended warranty and pool pros who are part of Leslie’s Pro program also qualify for the extended warranty beyond the manufacturer’s warranty listed here. 

Variable Speed Pumps:
The 1st generation of Jacuzzi pumps lacked a few features such as connectivity to automation and a time-out mode. Two things that were very important to homeowners. The new Jacuzzi Vs Pumps feature all of that and more.

JVS270 is a 2.7 THP VS pump with a DOE rating of 12.9 WEF
JVS185 is a 1.85 THP VS pump with a DOE rating of 10.1 WEF
JVS165 is a 1.65 THP VS pump with a DOE rating of 10.7 WEF

All of these pumps are dual voltage which means they will work with either 115 volts or 230 volts. So if you have an older pool that is wired on a 110 v breaker, you can use any of these three pumps as the voltage is automatically modulated. I would suggest the JVS165 or the JVS185 to utilize the total hp rating of these pumps. The JVS270 will be throttled down to about 1.5 hp when connected at a 110 v breaker. 

All three pumps are also automated ready so all you need to do is connect the Comm wires to your particular automated system. They come factory set to connect directly with Hayward Automation. For the others, you may need an adapter sold separately. But the simple fact that you can connect these pumps to your existing automation is a real game-changer. 

They are also backed by a 3-year warranty and a 4-year warranty for the JVS270 so rest assured you are getting a quality product. 

DE Filters:
The Jacuzzi JDE60 60sq. ft. DE In-Ground Pool Filter and the JDE48 (48 sq ft.) provides superior efficiency and water clarity for in-ground pools and spas of all types.

Includes multiport valve
2-1/2" internal piping
Fiberglass reinforced polypropylene body for superior strength
Multi-Handle design
Heavy-duty tamper-proof clamp
industry-proven D.E. grids
"Start-Service" dial on the stainless steel pressure gauge
1-1/2" bottom clean-out port
2-1/2" hi-temp PVC slide valve available
2-1/2" x 2" Multi-Port Valves - available in Slip or FPT
Convertible to the cartridge by simply changing the internals
Manufactured in the USA
2-Year Limited Warranty

Jacuzzi D.E. Pool Filters are high-performance swimming pool and spa filters manufactured from durable, fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene. They are designed for continuous or intermittent operation, for fresh or saltwater in-ground swimming pools or spas.

Cartridge Filters:
The Jacuzzi JCF425 425 sq. ft. pro-grade cartridge pool filter makes a great option for those wanting long-lasting, efficient equipment that really delivers.

Manufactured in the USA
2 1/2" Internal plumbing is the largest in the industry. Minimizes restrictions and improves water flow
4 cartridge design offers excellent cleaning capabilities and increases the time between cleaning cycles
Pleatco Ultra cartridge filters
Chemical resistant fiberglass reinforced polypropylene tank provides exception performance under the harsh elements
Heavy Duty Handles on the top for easy maintenance
Stainless Steel Oil Filled Gauges
For use with 2.5", 2", or 1.5" Plumbing makes it the most versatile filter on the market
2-Year Limited Warranty

JSC40 Salt System:
Pool salt system and salt cell for pools up to 40,000 gallons
new 15,000 hours extended life plate
Clear cell housing to easily inspect cell plates
Clean with zero acid - cell plates are completely removable for easy cleaning
Easy to read design for the control unit
Heavy-duty custom cleaning tool included
Manufactured in the USA
3-Year Equipment Protection Plan Warranty
The metal plates in a Powerclean Salt cell are each individually powered. Competing products have plates crammed close together so that they can “share” electricity.

The improved design lets us spread the plates further apart. This makes them easy to clean by hand. The wider spacing also helps prevent mineral buildup that bridges between plates–mineral bridging can lead to permanent damage.

(Ships 220V Ready)
10FT Cell Cord Length

For more on the Jacuzzi line-up:

Monday, May 10, 2021

VacDaddy Powerful Portable Pool Vac Review

 The VacDaddy is a pretty solid product. No question that it performs as advertised. Putting it into a category of vacuum systems is another story. It has the same gallons per minute power as a full-size vacuum system like a Hammer-Head but is designed more like a system vac. 

To order the VacDaddy at the discounted price of $995.00 go to my website and scroll down here for the discount code:

Here is more about the VacDaddy from the manufacturer:
The primary benefit of The VacDaddyTM is EASE-OF-USE.

Lightweight and compact. At only 10 pounds, The VacDaddy is easy to operate and maneuver.

Minimal assembly which is easy and intuitive. No special training is required to use. Simply plug in and Just Vac It.

Fast pool cleaning with more vacuuming power than other heavy-duty commercial vacuums.

Eliminates the need to set up and prime a bulky hose.

Perfect for touch-ups between weekly cleanings and to reach areas robotic vacuums can’t easily get to.

The VacDaddy is the most powerful, portable pool vacuum new to the market with a continuous power supply. The VacDaddy’s continuous power eliminates dependency on batteries with limited life. The VacDaddy is lightweight, easy to use, powerful, and requires no poolside assembly or training.

The VacDaddy was invented by a 35-year veteran of the pool service industry who has worked with hundreds of pool owners. He has long believed there should be a better way to clean your pool. Commercial vacuums require 20 minutes to set up and detailed instructions to use. Other options include weak battery vacuums or heavy robots which take hours to clean your pool.

Cleaning your carpets doesn’t require all this setup and weightlifting, why should clean your pool? We have devoted ourselves to perfecting The VacDaddy Pool Vacuum System. The goal was to create a durable, lightweight, powerful cleaner that is easy to use and we have done just that. The VacDaddy system will allow users to clean their pools in less time with less effort. Like your carpet vacuum, plugin, and JUST VAC IT!

So with all that said where would I place the VacDaddy as compared to say a Riptide, Hammer-Head or PowerVac? It does pump a pretty impressive 55-60 GPM so it is not like a Water Tech cleaner, except maybe the Precision 2.0 that pulls about 25 GPM. It has a similar look to the 2.0 but I think the power difference sets the Vac Daddy apart. I mean, it really feels like you are using the pool filtration system with the vacuum connected to the skimmer. In reality, most pool’s will pull about 60 GPM unless they are powered by a 3 hp pump considering the resistance of the plumbing and distance from the skimmer. So having all of that power sitting right behind the vac head is pretty awesome. 

With that said vacuuming spas and steps is a little tricky. You have to tilt the vacuum down so that you don’t shoot water everywhere which is something they are addressing soon with an attachment to reduce the water flow. 

You also need access to a socket for this to work at your customer's home. It comes with a power unit that needs to be plugged in. Most pool owners will have a socket somewhere by their pool or equipment area. It comes with 45 feet of cord that attaches from the power unit to the VacDaddy and it has a look and feel of a robotic pool cleaner cord. For me, the cord was not a big deal as I know that the 60 GPM is only going to be produced by an external power source.

It comes with two bags and they seem relatively small in comparison to a Vacuum System bag. But the VacDaddy is not designed for big leaf debris clean-up but if you have an average amount of leaves and dirt in a pool this will work perfectly. I would say it is suitable for pools with light to medium debris and dirt. 

I would say the VacDaddy is positioned to be a player in the portable vacuum sector. Yes, it is hard to categorize exactly but I think if you are looking for a tool to speed up your day on your route, this is one to consider. 

Friday, May 7, 2021

All About Pool Algaecides with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

 Algae in your pool are one of the biggest issues you will face as a pool service pro and as a homeowner. The most common answer to pool algae is to reach for an algaecide and treat the pool with either copper, sodium bromide, or a polyquat. But there are other proven methods to treat algae and preventing algae in the first place is the key.

Other Podcasts in this series:
Are Adding Borates an End All Cure-All? With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry=
Signs a Swimming Pool Has a Leak with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry:
What is TDS (Total Dissolved Solids)  with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry
Color Bodies: Why Your Water Has That Odd Color to It with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry

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 packed with so many essentials on residential pool chemistry that you will want a copy to carry in your service truck. Bob Lowry has been in the industry for over 47 years and is the Lead Consultant at Lowry Consulting Group, leads the Pool Chemistry Training Institute, and has created the Certified Residential Pool & Spa Certification Program. Learn more at

I think the number one cause of persistent algae issues is an improper level of free chlorine in the pool. To make things simple you need 7.5% free chlorine per the Cyanuric Acid level. So if your CYA is testing at 100 ppm you need to maintain your pool at 7.5 ppm to prevent algae. In the case with a CYA level over 50 ppm – 3.0 ppm of free chlorine will not be enough to prevent algae growth. Using this simple equation will help you prevent algae in the first place. Below are two proven ways to prevent and cure algae issues in your pool.

Adding Borates to your pool to achieve a level of 30-50 ppm has many benefits. I have a series of videos on Borates and highly recommend adding Borates to your pool. I have added Borates to my pool and couldn't be happier. The results are well worth it. 

Lower Chlorine usage: The Borate helps reduce chlorine usage by eliminating Carbon Dioxide and also by keeping the pH stable. Chlorine lasts longer when the pH is right at 7.6-7.8. When the chlorine is in the ideal range the killing element in chlorine the HOCI is at the most balanced percentage so the chlorine in a pool with a pH of 7.4 is 30% more effective than in a pool with a pH of 8.0. This is a big factor in creating the safest swim environment and the borates will keep the pH much more stable and in turn, make the chlorine much more effective.

pH is stable: The pH won't change much in a pool with Borate in it. So, if you have a Salt Water Pool this is a must since the pH tends to rise dramatically. In fact, in a Salt Water Pool the pH can rise to over 8.4 very rapidly. You will find yourself putting tons of acid in each week just to keep the pH below 7.8. With borates in the pool, the pH will be stable and easy to control.  It is a must for a pool with a Salt Water Generator. It also will keep your salt cell from building up calcium rapidly since is sequesters the Calcium in the water. This means the salt cell will remain clean and your salt system will run much more efficiently.

Less Algae growth: Boric Acid is a known Biostat. This prevents the algae cell from forming and multiplying. Thus, a pool with a Borate level between 30-50 ppm will prevent algae growth. Since borate prevents the algae cell from growing, algae blooms will be a thing of the past. No more algaecides or shocking the pool, algae just won’t grow in your pool any longer.

Note that with a Borate level of 50 ppm you only need 5% free chlorine per the CYA level. So a pool with a CYA level of 100 pm will require 5 ppm of free chlorine.

PoolRx is a simple way to keep your pool algae-free all season long. It is also effective in cleaning a green pool and a side benefit of the product is that you will use less chlorine in the pool all season long.  In this podcast, I talk to Fred Schweer VP of Sales at PoolRx Worldwide about using PoolRx in the beginning of the season and to clean up a green pool. He also offers tips to pool service professionals on how to market and sell PoolRx to the customers on your route.

PoolRx is a Mineral Technology  does two very simple things when used in your pool or spa; it eliminates all algae and will allow you to use less chlorine during the pool season. The active ingredient is Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate (chelated).

What Chelated means is that the metals in the PoolRx have been bonded to form two coordinated bonds similar to what Metal Sequestering Agents do. This means that the Metal Ions will remain in the PoolRx unit with no metal ions being introduced into the pool or spa water. PoolRx is Chelated so the metal ions stay within the PoolRx unit itself.

PoolRx eliminates all algae fast. Even microalgae that you can't see but uses up the chlorine in your pool.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Jacuzzi JCF150 150sq. ft. In-Ground Cartridge Filter Cartridge with a Pleatco ULTRA cartridge included!

 If you are looking for a well-made and easy-to-clean single cartridge filter the Jacuzzi JCF150 (150 sq ft) cartridge filter would be a perfect filter for you. It comes with Pleatco Advanced ULTRA cartridges installed from the factory which in my opinion is the best cartridge on the market today. 

It is also backed by a 2-year manufacturer warranty and an additional 1-year warranty by Leslie’s through their Equipment Protection Plan – if you purchase it in-store and have Leslie’s install it or a Leslie’s Pro member install it (So 3 years total). You really can’t beat that type of warranty on any filter on the market today.

Here is more from the manufacturer:
Jacuzzi JCF150 150sq. ft. In-Ground Cartridge Filter Cartridge Pool Filter makes a great option for those wanting long-lasting, efficient equipment that really delivers.

Manufactured in the USA
Fiberglass Reinforced lid with UV resistant body for superior performance in the harsh elements
Viton Seal Air Relief Valve
Ergonomic handle makes lid removal easy
Premium Pleatco Ultra cartridge filters
Horizontal stainless-steel oil-filled gauge protected by a recessed pocket
Redesigned lock nut with double locking mechanism provides ease of serviceability
2" unions included
2-Year Limited Warranty

By reducing the pump pressure required for filter operation and using less water to clean, you can keep your pool clean with energy efficiency and prolong the life of your pool's pump. This cartridge filter requires less maintenance than other filter types and features lid lifting handles and an assist locking ring making it easy to clean. No backwashing is necessary with cartridge filters, simply lift the lid, take out the cartridges and rinse them off with your hose. For longevity, energy efficiency, and dependability choose the JCF150 150 sq. ft. In-Ground Cartridge Filter for your pool!

I think the ease of cleaning this filter is the key design feature. The drain plug is easily accessible and removing the locking ring to access the cartridge couldn’t be easier. The fact that the Pleatco ULTRA cartridge itself has no bands makes cleaning the cartridge a breeze. I’ve used other cartridge filters and many are a real pain to take apart and clean. So factor this into the equation when you are looking for a cartridge filter. 

To learn more or to buy:

Monday, May 3, 2021

Periodic Products - CuLator No Drain Metal Stain Kit

 Ever wish there was a kit designed for swimming pool stain treatment? There actually is one. From the makers of just about every metal and stain eliminator product comes the No-Drain Metal Stain eliminator Kit by Periodic Products. 

When you start to see a stain in your pool it can be hard to identify it at first. Is it a metal stain or is it organic in nature? Other times it may be more obvious, like adding too much copper algaecide, or upon opening your pool the surface is completely covered in brown staining. On the Culator website is a helpful gallery of all types of metal staining. You can see the photos here at this link:

Treating the staining promptly is the key as older stains may not come off easily. Once you see the stain try to jump on things right away and of course this kit is ideal for that reason. Everything you need to treat and remove the stain is in the kit. 

Here is more about the kit from the manufacturer:
The No-Drain Metal Stain Eliminator Kit is the CURE for pool staining!  End the vicious cycle of staining with this easy-to-use kit!  Includes everything you need to eliminate metal stains from your pool or spa, without draining, and keeps them from coming back!  Removes iron, copper, manganese, cobalt, and many other metal stains.  Helps prevent them from returning with CuLator Metal Eliminator Ultra 4.0.  Good for all surfaces work in fresh or saltwater and has no phosphates.  Also eliminates brown water and green water caused by metals!

2 Metal Stain Removers
Metal Sequester (Phosphate free/Commercial Grade)
CuLator Metal Eliminator Ultra 4.0
Easy-to-Follow Instructions
Exclusive Leslie’s Pool Supplies

Most pool stain treatments only include a stain treatment and metal sequestering agent.  Well, that is not enough to stop the cycle of swimming pool staining.  To complete the pool stain treatment process, you MUST use CuLator to ELIMINATE the metals from the water, or your stains and discoloration will return.  Stain removers work to take the stains off the surface of your pool.  Sequestering agents suspend the metals in water.  ONLY CuLator Metal Eliminator eliminates the metals that cause the stains on your pool and spa surface.

To purchase you can stop by your  local Leslie’s store or use this link:

Friday, April 30, 2021

Alternatives to 3" Tri-Chlor Tablets to Sanitize your Swimming Pool

THE HASA LIQUIDATOR  is a chlorine feeder that is safer and cleaner than, and just as convenient as, floating tablet feeders. By attaching to and running off of your pool’s pump, The Liquidator saves you the trouble of having to worry about putting the right amount of chlorine into your pool every single day. This is a great alternative to Tri-Chlor tablets and liquid chlorine is affordable and readily available. 

At the moment Tri-Chlor tablets are in short supply and are going up in price every week. If you are considering an alternative there are a few logical options and as some may suggest a Salt Water Generator or Salt Water System is not the best option. Let me list the pros and cons of the available sanitizer options for you.

This is an easy method no doubt. Drop some tablets or as some call them pucks into a floater or in-line chlorinator and you are done. The tablets slowly dissolve during the week and your free chlorine level is easily maintained. The main drawback of course is that each tablet is about 50% or more of Cyanuric Acid (CYA) so your pool’s CYA level will rise rapidly. The major drawback of this is that as the CYA level rises so does the amount of Free Chlorine you will need to maintain a safe and algae-free pool. For example, if we use the 7.5% chlorine to CYA ratio if your pool has a CYA level of 100 ppm you will need a chlorine level of 7.5 ppm for the chlorine in the pool to be effective. Bring the CYA to 200 ppm and you will need a chlorine level each week of 14 ppm. So Tri-Chlor tablets do have that very big downside.

Cal-Hypo Tablets:
You can’t switch directly from Tri-Chlor to Cal Hypo tablets and use the same floater or in-line feeder. Mixing these two chemicals will cause an explosion. So if you do switch to Cal Hypo tablets you will need a specific Cal Hypo chlorinator plumbed in or use them in the skimmer. The main drawback of Cal Hypo tablets is that the main ingredient is Calcium so if you have hard water in your area using these will raise your calcium level up and may tip your pool’s LSI reading into the scale-forming category. They are also more expensive than Tri-Chlor even at today’s inflated pricing. 

Liquid Chlorine:
Liquid chlorine is manufactured by HASA right here in the USA so there is currently no supply shortage. Liquid chlorine can be added manually during the week by simply pouring the desired amount directly into your pool. You can also use a liquid chlorine feeder like the HASA Liquidator. The Liquidator can hold 8 gallons of chlorine and it will slowly dispense it into your pool each day for you. Liquid chlorine contains no stabilizer or CYA and the only byproduct of liquid chlorine is sodium. So out of all of the available sanitizers, liquid chlorine has the least side effects in your pool water.

Salt Water Generator:
A Salt Water Generator (SWG) will produce chlorine for you right at your equipment pad. No need to purchase any form of chlorine and if you set it up correctly it will add the correct amount of chlorine to your pool daily. The only drawback to a SWG is the initial upfront cost which can range from $900-$1,600 depending on the brand and size of the system. You will also need a new salt cell on average every five years at a cost of $400-$900 again depending on the cell brand and the size pool it is rated for. With a SWG you are getting a convenient way of sanitizing your pool, but you will be spending more money over all of the above methods pretty much combined. 

The bottom line is there are alternatives to Tri-Chlor tablets out there and you just need to decide logically which one is best based on your budget and the effects of each sanitizer on your pool water.

Other Recording in this podcast series:
Switching From Tri-Chlor to Liquid Chlorine and Using a Liquid Chlorine Feeder with Terry Arko of HASA (This one here):
What is a Pool Sanitizer Anyway? With Terry Arko of HASA:
Best Methods from Going From Tri-Chlor Tablets to Liquid Chlorine with Terry Arko of HASA:
HASA Liquid Chlorine and Acid Returnable Cases 101 with Terry Arko of HASA:

Here is a little about HASA and Terry Arko:
HASA, Inc. is a leading producer and distributor of high-quality water treatment solutions.

Our products are used to sanitize and maintain recreational swimming pools and spas; water tanks and containment vessels; municipal drinking water; and other commercial and industrial water systems.

Founded in 1964, the company is recognized industry-wide as the premier source for sodium hypochlorite sanitization and shock solutions. HASA operates seven production facilities serving California, Arizona, Washington, Texas, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Oklahoma.

Terry Arko has more than 30 years of experience in the pool and spa/hot tub industry, working in service, repair, retail sales, chemical manufacturing, customer service, sales, and product development. Arko is currently the product training content manager for HASA, a manufacturer of liquid pool sanitizer and swimming pool and spa treatment products, a CPO instructor, and a member of the PHTA’s recreational water quality committee.