Monday, July 16, 2018


The Aquabot Breeze SE which has now been on the market for about one and a half years now. I don’t normally do an update video on a robotic pool cleaner that I had previously reviewed but the Breeze Se deserves a second look.  It is loaded with features but is priced at the entry level price point of under $500. Below I will detail some of the features that make the Breeze SE a Top Pick for a robotic pool cleaner for your pool.



The Breeze SE has a compact and well balanced design that is suitable for all pool surface types. The first thing that sets the Breeze SE apart is that it has top loading debris chambers that filter the pool water down to 2 microns. That is equivalent to the filtration of a D.E. Filter. The debris chamber is lined with a fine filter media that traps dirt, leaves and small particles down to 2 microns. It is an incredible filtration level for a cleaner priced under $500.

Unlike the other Aquabot models in this price range, the Breeze SE features a scrubbing brush to help loosen up dirt and algae in the pool surface. This is a Hyper-Scrubbing brush that spins 2X faster than a standard robot scrubbing brush. You just don't find too many cleaners in this price range equipped with a scrubbing brush.

Probably the only drawback with the Breeze SE is that it only comes with 40 feet of cable. So, for a very large pool you might not have enough cable, but for a small to standard size pool the cable should be more than sufficient. The cable comes with Aquabot's patented swivel to help prevent cord tangling. The cord is also made out of a thick material which further prevents cord tangling.
The Breeze SE also pumps an industry leading 80 gallons per minute. For such a compact cleaner that is a lot of water moving thru it. The cleaner is designed to climb the walls only to the cove of the pool, or where the wall starts to go up from the pool bottom. But in my testing the cleaner climbed a lot higher up in my pool, so climbing ability will vary. Suffice to say that this thing is very powerful and moves very well in a pool.

The cleaner operates in a forward and backward motion with a tab in front that you can move to adjust the cleaner axle. If you put the tab directly in the middle it will just go over a small area of the pool. Moving the tab more to the right or left will create a good curved motion and the cleaner moving in the forward and backward pattern will clean the entire pool. This simple cleaning pattern also makes the Breeze SE less prone to breaking down.

The Breeze SE does come with a 2 year limited warranty. Year one is a 100% bumper to bumper warranty and year two is a limited warranty.

The Breeze SE is packed with features and the price point is very affordable, so you get a lot of return on your investment in this cleaner. It filters down to 2 microns, pumps 80 gallons per minute and has a light weight and sleek design. The canister can be a little time consuming to clean out but it is one of the few top loading Robotic cleaners that can filter down to 2 microns.

Other Aquabot Videos:
Aquabot Robotic Cleaners Overview Video: https://youtu.be/DSQWPtxaZU0
Aqaubot Elite Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Loaded with Great Features and a 3 Year Warranty!:
Aquabot X4 Robotic Pool Cleaner - True 4WD, Filters Down to 2 Microns and a 3 Year Warranty!: https://youtu.be/PzeG5wOuqrc
Aquabot Breeze 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner, True 4WD & Filters Down to an Industry Leading 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/DveXg6bAjZc
Aqaubot Spirit Above Ground Pool Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: Filters down to an Amazing 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/eVTx7bDse3o
Aqaubot Breeze SE: Best Robotic Cleaner Priced Under $500, Period!: https://youtu.be/doPllX_VbBo
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner -Remote Control, 75 FT of Cable and More!: https://youtu.be/xRAqfAemwXk
Aquabot Turbo Plus Robotic Pool cleaner: Filters Down to 2 Microns, Cleans Floor, Walls & Waterline!: https://youtu.be/sAfj2MzzBLw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Cord Swivel and Filtration down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/4tFQNlsj5eo
Aquabot Breeze XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Priced Under $500: https://youtu.be/9f7mN1L4EDo
Aquabot Turbo T Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Remote, Cord Swivel, Caddy - Filters to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/E9qV6EJXLUk
Aquabot Breeze IQ Robotic Pool Cleaner: 60 ft of Cable & Filters Down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/hYpdAslSL7Y
Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Above-Ground Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/TJ9cZcR1ZSI
Aquabot Pool Rover S2-50 Robotic Pool Cleaner for Above-Ground and Small In-Ground Pools: https://youtu.be/OkivnVfUTQo
Aquabot Rapids 1500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/liCWTQBzXl0
Aquabot Rapids 2000 Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/jqJ8hNOAIwg
Aquabot Rapids XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/e7gFvi0MhAc
Aquabot Supreme Robotic Pool Cleaner -Review: https://youtu.be/ZoBVwzEhSPg
Aquabot Turbo T-Jet Robotic Pool Cleaner with Power Washing Jets: https://youtu.be/otVeaCF1gsY
Aquabot Turbo Classic Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/3v2EzfRbYFw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Robotic Pool Cleaner with Caddy – Review: https://youtu.be/u6H1v3XV-ag
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/7YtZNPQw7Oo
Aquabot Xtreme Robotic Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/s-bR3jaYua8


Friday, July 13, 2018

Swimming Pool Care "The Essential Guide" Printed Book Available at Amazon.com. Now Available!


I am excited to announce that my eBook is now available in a printed version! You can now purchase the book on Amazon.com – use the link below to learn more and to order your copy today.



Here is what is in the book. Over 170 pages of useful information compacted into an easy to read guide. All of the information is presented in a clear term with no added or bloated text. You get a ton of information and you will come away knowing more about pool care than ever before.

"Swimming Pool Care the Essential Guide" is a book I wrote to help you with all your pool care needs. I have included over 60 QR codes that you can scan with your Cell Phone or Device. These QR Codes will take you to one of my YouTube videos that accompanies each article.  If you have a green pool you can read the article on a green pool clean up and then scan the QR Code to watch a video of me cleaning up a green pool. Each section has at least one video that will go along with the pool care article you are reading.

Also when you purchase the print version of the book there is a QR in the back of the book that you can scan to download the PDF version of the book. This PDF version comes with over 450 video links that you can click on to further expand this book to give you the #1 Resource on the market today.

 Here are some of the things I cover in the book for you:
Algae Treatment & Green Pool Clean-Up
Balancing Your Pool Water
Pool Test Kits
Cleaning Tools
Cleaning Tools Advanced Vacuum Systems
Cleaning your Pool
Automatic Cleaners
Pumps & Motors
Filters
Pool Skimmers and Skimming Products
Pool Equipment & Problems
Timers and Automated Systems
Salt Water Pools
Metal, Stains and Scale in Your Pool
Money Saving Tips
So You Want to be a Pool Guy/Gal

About the Author: I am a Pool Service Professional with over 30,000 hours of practical experience. I currently maintain a pool route with about 90 service accounts. I have extensive experience in water chemistry, automatic cleaners, pool filtration, pool equipment and automated systems. I work in Southern California and have been in the pool industry since 1988 with a brief hiatus in the late 1990's to buy and sell Real Estate. My wife and I have been following the Dave Ramsey plan for several years and we have paid off all of our debt plus three houses in Southern California - WE ARE DEBT FREE!

I am the creator of the #1 Swimming Pool Channel on YouTube which attracts viewers from within the industry and your typical homeowner who manages their own pool. My YouTube Channel Started in 2012 has over 50,000 subscribers and over 30 Million video views.





Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Why Being a Cheapskate with your Pool can Hurt you in the End - Tips on Dealing with Cheap Customers



Everyone wants a good deal and it is a nice feeling when we save some money on a purchase or a service. But always looking for a good deal can sometimes hurt us in the end. I think the thinking that if it is not on sale or if it is not discounted I will look elsewhere has some major drawbacks. With your pool, being cheap can really hurt you and cost you more money in the long run.



Owning a pool will cost you money. Simple as that. It is a big hole in the ground with water in it that needs constant upkeep and attention. During the season you will need to spend money on chemicals, equipment and on utilities such as electricity and water. If you are not willing to spend money on your pool, then the pool will turn green on you very quickly.

A lot of people want to save money on their pool cost by running their pool for 2 or 3 hours per day. I am talking about full size 20,000-gallon pools. Yes, you will save on electricity, no doubt. But the water quality will suffer and in the long run you will be spending more on chemicals to keep it looking decent. Plus, with such a short run time the water will not be safe to swim in. That is not enough time to circulate the water and to filter out any bacteria and viruses. Put it to you this way, a Commercial pool like the YMCA or at a Hotel will run their pool for 24 hours straight 7 days a week just to keep the pools 100% safe to swim in. By running your pool for 2 hours per day, you are asking for a swimmer to get sick and the overall water quality will be very poor. Some pool owners will even turn their pools off for days at a time to save on their electric bill. If you really want to save money on your electric bill invest in a Variable Speed Pump.
 
Some pool owners try to save by not adding water to their pool. They don’t want a high-water bill, so they keep the water at a very low level. The problem with this is that the pool just won’t run correctly without the right amount of water in it. And to be honest, filling your pool once a week is about the same amount of water as a 10-15-minute shower. And how much can you actually save verses having the equipment burn out on you?

One of my pet peeves are pool owner’s that buy cheap pool products, like the $79.99 suction side cleaners you see for sale online. For about just over double that you can get a great cleaner that is effective and won’t end up in the trash after 6 months. You can purchase the Zodiac Ranger for around $150 and this cleaner comes with real hoses and a real cleaner head that can pick up dirt and debris. The $79.99 price tag looks inviting but, in the end, you are throwing your money away. The same goes for the cheap bargain pool equipment, use only high-quality pumps and filters, otherwise within a couple of years you will be spending even more money replacing them.

On the flip are those homeowners who have pool service but are always trying to shave off a nickel or dime here or there. It is a common thing we run into in the industry where a customer refuses to replace non-working equipment or doesn’t want their filter cleaned on a regular basis to avoid the cleaning charge. There isn’t much that you can do as the pool service company except try to replace your cheap customers with good paying customers as you build your business up. Once you have enough good customers you can gradually drop all your cheap customers off your route.

And last if you are planning to get your pool remodeled or built be aware that there are many unlicensed contractors out there that will build a pool or remodel a pool for you on the cheap. Just be warned that the chances are you will be rebuilding or re-remodeling the pool sooner than later. These fly by night companies use poor construction standards and their work is suspect at best. If you want to have your pool built or remodeled correctly hire a license contractor and pay the premium for that. It is worth the extra money to have a real professional do your project.










Monday, July 9, 2018

Precision 2.0 Professional Pool Vacuum One Year Later


I have been using the Precision 2.0 on my pool route now or over a year and it has held up great during that time. It really speeds up my day out there and with the sand silt bag it picks up fine dirt and debris making vacuuming small pools and spas a breeze. If you service pools and are looking for a vacuum that will make your day easier and faster check out the Precision 2.0.


One thing that I like about the cleaner is how well it has performed over the year. Being able to recharge the battery in my truck is also a plus. I get over 1 hour of cleaning time with each battery, so while one is in use the other is charging. The shell of the Precision is also very durable and so far no issues to report after one year of everyday use.

The Precision is only for sale to pool service professionals and won't be available online. For more info on pricing and availability check with your local pool supply wholesaler. With that said, if you are a homeowner looking for a powerful portable vacuum like this one, check out their Volt FX-8 cleaner. Water Tech may in the future make the Precision available to homeowners, but for now it is marketed and sold to pool service techs.

The Precision is Water Tech's upgrade of the Pro 1500 which is a solid cleaner in it's own respect. The Precision is designed to be used as a portable vacuum separate from the pools filtration system and it comes with three bags for various situational use. The Xtreme Multi Layer Bag is for standard use and is great at picking up dirt and debris. The Sand & Silt Bag is designed for fine dirt and sand and works well at trapping smaller dirt particles. And the All Purpose Bag is for pools with large leaf debris with little dirt. These bags all work great and they really trap the dirt and debris well.

The Precision comes with two Lithium Ion Batteries that will last longer and are much lighter than their previous batteries. Also included is a car charger that you can use to charge the battery while you are driving around on your pool route. Each battery will last for about one hour of continuous use. It takes about 4 hours to charge the batteries from the wall charger, less time for the car charger.

Just the overall convenience of the Precision makes it ideal for pool service professionals. You can vacuum a good size pool in about 15 minutes and don't need to carry back your pool hose and vacuum. The Precision is very lightweight, coming in at 11 lbs and is very well balanced and easy to carry. It comes with a shoulder strap also for easy transport.

It needs to be submerged in the water to work but can vacuum at a depth of just 12 inches. I have used it by holding it by the handle to clean out Negative Edge Pool Troughs and to vacuum shallow steps. It is designed to clip right into your standard pool pole and you would vacuum a pool or spa just like you would with the manual hose vacuum set up.

It comes with two vacuum heads. A standard bearing wheeled vacuum head for Gunite or Plaster pools and Vinyl & Fiberglass Vacuum Head for those pool surfaces. Both Vacuum heads are 14” wide and work really well at pulling in the debris. (14.5” and 14.75” respectively). So the Precision is great for all surface types.

More Pool Blaster Videos:
Water Tech Precision 2.0Li Professional Pool Vacuum Overview & Review: https://youtu.be/oY5uGxSRLOI
Fastest Way to Vacuum out a Pool & Spa - Precision 2.0Li (One Year of Use Updated Video): https://youtu.be/qS5WYTHer8Q
Pool Blaster Centennial Li Battery Powered Vacuum - Best in Class and Priced at $100!: https://youtu.be/2wl9OrCNiG0
Pool Blaster Max Li Pool and Spa Cleaner by Water Tech: https://youtu.be/Si8cdr_yQrE
Volt FX-8Li Battery Powered Vacuum by Water Tech - NEW Features for 2017!: https://youtu.be/NKCUK7zpB1o
Volt FX-2 Battery Powered Vacuum by Water Tech - Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/bCZu9Jgl5L4
Volt FX-4Li Battery Powered Vacuum by Water Tech - Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/g2aLU56eowM
Pool Blaster Aqua Broom SWEEP XL Review and Set Up Video: https://youtu.be/0vpj-TjJcAc
Pool Blaster Battery Powered Pool & Spa Vacs by Water Tech: Overview: http://youtu.be/GWk1KoeS3_E
Pool Blaster Aqua Broom by Water Tech - Review and Demo: http://youtu.be/hiGZzemiJZQ
Pool Blaster Catfish by Water Tech® - Review: http://youtu.be/iujzIl7rjLg
Pool Blaster Battery Powered Leaf Vac by Water Tech - Review & Demo: http://youtu.be/jvokMrKGa78
Pool Blaster MAX – Review: http://youtu.be/_DKBUM2_pA4
Pool Blaster Max CG - Commercial Grade Review: http://youtu.be/L4hdT77xoiA
Pool Blaster SPA VAC by Water Tech - Product Review: http://youtu.be/0d8_1lfiU0Q
Pool Blaster PRO 1500 - Review and Field Testing: http://youtu.be/Q1Sqnp6-3hk
Pool Blaster PBW022SS Max CG Sand and Silt Bag – Review: http://youtu.be/3k5f68A1_Q8





Thursday, July 5, 2018

Common Maintenance Errors with your Pool Filter


One aspect of pool care that is often overlooked is the pool filter. This is actually one of the most important factors in your pool care and one of the main problems with water quality. If the filter is dirty or running poorly water quality will suffer. You will be adding loads of chemicals and running the pool long hours and still wonder why the water is cloudy.



I think the pool filter also looks intimidating to the new pool owner and many just don’t feel comfortable cleaning and maintaining it. One of the first things I do when I get a new service account is to inspect and clean the pool filter. I think about 80% off all problems you will encounter with your pool care is filter related. So, if your pool has constant cloudy water, algae or the chemicals are not holding week to week the filter may be the issue.

Interestingly I find that many pool builders skimp on the filter size when they install a pool. Really it can’t cost them more than $200-$300 more in the pool price to install a full-size filter. What I mean by full size is that if your pool is 15,000 gallons you should have a 300-400 sq. ft. Cartridge filter of a 48 sq. ft. D.E. Filter installed. For a 20,000 to 25,000-gallon pool a 500 sq ft cartridge filter or a 60-100 sq. ft. D.E. Filter would be best.  I would stay away from a Sand Filter unless the pool is being used for Commercial purposes like an Apartment Complex or Hotel. They just wouldn’t be my first choice for a residential pool. I see many 15,000-gallon pools with a 100 sq. ft. Cartridge Filter which to me is just too small for the best water quality.

Cleaning the filter is quite simple and I think I have videos on cleaning the majority of pool filters on my YouTube Channel. Once you do it you will find it to not be that difficult. Avoid these common mistakes with a D.E. Filter:
Not adding D.E after cleaning or Backwashing the filter
Not adding enough D.E. for the filter size.
Adding too much D.E.
Not cleaning the filter at least every 6 months.
Operating the filter with torn or broken grids.

For a Cartridge filters here are some common mistakes to avoid:
Not cleaning the filter often enough.
Using old cartridges in the filter (usually when the bands start to break it is time for a new cartridge – or if the pleats are spread apart – the media should be tight).
Using an undersized Cartridge filter for your pool.
Adding D.E. to the filter (Cartridge filters to not require D.E.).

Here are some common Sand Filter errors:
Having too large a pump for your filter size (a very large HP pump like a 1.5 or 2 HP pump will cause the filter to run poorly – Sand Filters run better with less water flow).
Backwashing too often (Sand filters run better when they are a little dirty. Don’t backwash unless the filter PSI gets 9-10 lbs. above the clean reading).

Not running your pool long enough (Since Sand Filters are less efficient the pool may need a longer run time).

So, focusing on the filter is one way to ensure a clean pool with crystal clear water each week. Along with having a clean filter is having a clean pool. One thing that I suggest is to invest in professional cleaning equipment. Like a good vacuum hose and vacuum head and a sturdy pool pole. Using high quality equipment ensures the pool will be maintained properly each week which also helps with the overall pool filtration and water quality.


To see more on filter cleaning and to find your specific filter:
Filter Cleaning & Backwashing Videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD13B4EF8AB358B02



Monday, July 2, 2018

Aquabot X4 Robotic Pool Cleaner - True 4WD, Filters Down to 2 Microns and a 3 Year Warranty!


The Aqaubot X4 is one of Aqaubots latest cleaners and it comes loaded with many great features. Top loading debris chambers, 60 feet of cable, Extreme 4WD, Ant-Tangle Swivel and much more. It is backed by an industry leading 3-year warranty. Here are some of the key features of the Aquabot X4.
The Aquabot X4 runs on a true 4WD system that will work on your pool no matter what shape. The efficient but powerful drive system propels all four of the non-marring high-grip wheels for superior traction on all surfaces, including tile. The Aquabot X4 is built to thoroughly clean all of your pool, with 90-degree pool floor to wall transitions and minimal slipping as it travels along the walls.



The Anti-Tangle Swivel prevents the cable from getting twisted and tangled as the cleaner is running. No more untangling lengths of cable halfway through a cleaning cycle. The X4 will clean your entire pool seamlessly with the Anti-Tangle Swivel, for more efficient, worry-free performance. For any robotic cleaner I suggest an Anti-Tangle Swivel.

The Aquabot X4 comes standard with an extra-long 60-foot floating cable which means you can place the Programmable Power Supply where it is most convenient for you. For most large and mediums pools 60 feet of cable is the standard for best cleaning results. For best results place the X4 directly in the pool from the center point. The 60 feet of cable insures full pool coverage.

The power supply’s convenient control panel allows you to easily designate when the X4 runs a cleaning cycle. Choose your preferred length and frequency of cleanings; with programmed settings for 1, 1.5 or 2-hour cleaning cycles, and timer settings for the X4 to run automatically every 48, 72 or 96 hours. This makes using the cleaner very convenient for those who are on a busy schedule. You can even attach an external timer for further control over the cleaning schedule. And when the filter on your X4 needs to be changed, a convenient indicator on the power supply alerts you

The Aquabot X4 robotic cleaner is built to take the work out of keeping your pool clean. AutoX Pool Mapping technology sizes up your pool to determine the approximate dimensions and chooses the optimum cleaning cycle for your pool.  This pool mapping technology ensures that the cleaner will clean your pool in less time than competing models. It also will not get stuck on the main drain, step area or corners of your pool.

The top loading debris chambers are one of my favorite features. The fine filter chambers will filter down to an industry leading 2 microns which will ensure the cleanest pool possible. I like the top loading chambers and thec lear top allows you to see if the chambers need to be emptied.
The Aquabot X4 is built with two quick-drain valves for easy lifting and transportation and the Caddy makes transporting your X4 back and forth to the pool simple and easy. The convenient design allows you to load the power supply and robot and wrap the floating power cord around the built-in cord wrap. The caddy is built with two large sturdy wheels making it durable as well as convenient.
The X4 is backed by a full bumper-to-bumper warranty for a period of one year and three years of coverage for the power supply, pump and motor. That is an outstanding warranty that will give you piece of mind when you invest in the X4 by Aquabot.
Other Aquabot models:

Aquabot Robotic Cleaners Overview Video: https://youtu.be/DSQWPtxaZU0
Aqaubot Elite Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Loaded with Great Features and a 3 Year Warranty!:
Aquabot X4 Robotic Pool Cleaner - True 4WD, Filters Down to 2 Microns and a 3 Year Warranty!: https://youtu.be/PzeG5wOuqrc
Aquabot Breeze 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner, True 4WD & Filters Down to an Industry Leading 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/DveXg6bAjZc
Aqaubot Spirit Above Ground Pool Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: Filters down to an Amazing 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/eVTx7bDse3o
Aqaubot Breeze SE: Best Robotic Cleaner Priced Under $500, Period!: https://youtu.be/doPllX_VbBo
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner -Remote Control, 75 FT of Cable and More!: https://youtu.be/xRAqfAemwXk
Aquabot Turbo Plus Robotic Pool cleaner: Filters Down to 2 Microns, Cleans Floor, Walls & Waterline!: https://youtu.be/sAfj2MzzBLw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Cord Swivel and Filtration down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/4tFQNlsj5eo
Aquabot Breeze XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Priced Under $500: https://youtu.be/9f7mN1L4EDo
Aquabot Turbo T Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Remote, Cord Swivel, Caddy - Filters to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/E9qV6EJXLUk
Aquabot Breeze IQ Robotic Pool Cleaner: 60 ft of Cable & Filters Down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/hYpdAslSL7Y
Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Above-Ground Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/TJ9cZcR1ZSI
Aquabot Pool Rover S2-50 Robotic Pool Cleaner for Above-Ground and Small In-Ground Pools: https://youtu.be/OkivnVfUTQo
Aquabot Rapids 1500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/liCWTQBzXl0
Aquabot Rapids 2000 Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/jqJ8hNOAIwg
Aquabot Rapids XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/e7gFvi0MhAc
Aquabot Supreme Robotic Pool Cleaner -Review: https://youtu.be/ZoBVwzEhSPg
Aquabot Turbo T-Jet Robotic Pool Cleaner with Power Washing Jets: https://youtu.be/otVeaCF1gsY
Aquabot Turbo Classic Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/3v2EzfRbYFw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Robotic Pool Cleaner with Caddy – Review: https://youtu.be/u6H1v3XV-ag
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/7YtZNPQw7Oo
Aquabot Xtreme Robotic Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/s-bR3jaYua8


Friday, June 29, 2018

Fastest Way to Vacuum up Leaf Debris on Your Pool Route: Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System


I have been using the Riptide Pool Vacuum System for over a year now on my pool route. For pools that get a lot of heavy debris this is a real Game Changer. I also use the Riptide on my regular pools with light debris and I can clean those in record time. By the time I have my manual vacuum connected the Riptide will be more than half way done with the pool. I can't say enough good things about the Riptide Vacuum System.

They are always making improvements and with the new Steering Knuckle the Riptide is extremely maneuverable and easy to use. They also have improved the cord and the power switch so the Riptide Pool Vacuum System is one of most well built and reliable on the market today. The bags have also proven to be excellent and extremely durable. And the vacuum head itself is made out of such strong material that after over a year it hardly looks worn at all.

The Riptide is designed to pick up debris on the pool floor in an efficient and rapid manner. It picks up a large amount of leaf debris without scattering it all over the place like a leaf rake would. So it will cut your cleaning time down by more than half or less making your day that much easier. I use the Riptide on just about all my pools as it does a great job also with sand and dirt. Only the very fine dust will get through the standard 100 micron bag so not only will it speed up your day on pools with larger leaf debris but also on your regular light debris accounts.

The SL model has done so well in sales that they have stopped selling the Large Commercial Service Cart version and now only focus on the SL and the Battery Box XP version. I really like the Commercial Version but the shipping of that unit was also not cost productive. The SL model only cost $50 to ship anywhere in the Continental US. Once you place your order it takes about one week to receive the Riptide SL – making it very accessible and easy to get. If you prefer to order it without the service cart the XP model is perfect. It comes with the vacuum head and a battery box (case).

If you are servicing pools for a living and you are not using a vacuum system like the Riptide you are missing out on some great benefits. With the Riptide you can bid and service accounts that many other companies will pass on. You can do special one time clean up in the Windy Season. You will also be able to clean your service accounts faster each day allowing you to do more accounts each day and in turn make more money. In the windy season you will be able to clean the pools more effectively and tmake you clients happy which generates more referrals. You will also look more professional when cleaning a pool out verses skimming the bottom with your leaf rake. The benefits go on and on and the extra time and work you can do each week will more than pay for the Riptide.

Currently the SL Model sells for $1,600 and the XP Model sells for $850. To learn more and to order visit their website: https://www.riptidevac.com/

If you join my Coaching Site you can get 10% off the purchase of the Riptide Vacuum System:

Other Riptide Videos:
Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/Wp2c9CLDrgY
Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System Set Up Video: https://youtu.be/aLvYT2KuD5s
Riptide Battery Box: Riptide XP Optional Accessory or Stand Alone Purchase with Vacuum Head: https://youtu.be/Bi1sEDTw6mw





Monday, June 25, 2018

Aqua-Rex Water Conditioner: Reduces Scale and Removes Scale from your Pool Tiles!


The Aqua-Rex WK1P Water Conditioner is a great way to remove and control scale on your pool walls and tiles. I recently picked up a unit and tried it for myself at one of my service accounts. I was pretty skeptical myself but the results after one month were pretty amazing. While it didn't completely remove the scale 100% it faded it to a point where it is really hard to see. It also reduced the Phosphate levels down each week in this pool. Here is more about the Aqua-Rex from the manufacturer:



Known to the rest of the world as the 'Water-King,' the Aqua-Rex is a non-intrusive physical water conditioner (softener) that inhibits scale formation, removes existing scale deposits and partially softens hot water.
Aqua-Rex is very effective at removing existing scale deposits from water heaters, tanks and plumbing. Descaling occurs within a few weeks.

The scale breaks away in small plates as it loses adhesion with the surface that it is encrusting. Important: In existing systems that are already badly scaled it may be worth considering fitting a filter on the hot flow from the water heaters to protect blending valves and other appliances.

To achieve this, Aqua-Rex uses pre-programmed micro-chips to transmit pulses of electrical charge into the water at varying frequencies and amplitudes. These "signals" cause some of the salts in the water to form sub- microscopic clusters. When the water is then heated, the clusters act as nucleation seeds upon which the calcium carbonate (lime scale) precipitates. Instead of the hard encrustation on pipes and heating elements that normally occurs when water is heated, the precipitation takes the form of tiny calcium carbonate crystals that float suspended in the water.

These invisible fine crystals are carried away with the flowing water. The clusters created by Aqua-Rex stimulate the conversion of more of the dissolved calcium bicarbonate in the water into crystals in suspension than would otherwise occur. The resulting hot water, with less calcium bicarbonate, is now chemically softer. Aqua-Rex is the only electronic device of its kind that has been proven by independent laboratory tests to produce softer water .

Aqua-Rex does this:
  • Calcium scale on tiles and pool walls breaks up and falls away. Stops calcium scale along the water line. Saves bead blasting.
  • On Salt Water systems it keeps the generator cleaner. Saves de-scaling.
  • Reduces phosphates in the water and makes it much clearer. Saves chemicals.
  • Cleans scale from the water heater. Makes it operate more efficiently. Saves energy.
  • Helps kill bacteria so you have less need to "shock" treat a pool. Saves chemicals.
  • Reduces TDS so less need to dump water. Saves water.”

I also spent some time on their website reading the independent test results which showed calcium reduction by 83% - which is pretty amazing. To see the test data click on the link below:


You can also learn more on their website:

One note in the video, I probably could have wrapped the wires a little tighter – for best results the wires need to be tightly wrapped around the pool pipe. Also, the maximum pool pipe size is 2” which is pretty typical of the PVC pipe size in the United States so that shouldn't be an issue. The results are pretty amazing and the manufacturer offers a 100 day money back guarantee with he product.

If you are a pool service professional you can order the Aqau-Rex at SCP or Superior Pool Products. In the Las Vegas area Leslie's Pools carries the Aqau-Rex. Or you can order it on Amazon here:





Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pool Blaster Pulse Battery Operated Pool & Spa Vacuum with Mountable Charging Station!


The Pool Blaster Pulse by Water Tech is a unique Cordless, Rechargeable Pool & Spa Vacuum. It combines the fixed vacuum head of the Catfish Model with the larger debris chamber of the Centennial model to produce a compact and powerful cleaner. It also comes with a wall mountable Charging Base where you can charge and store the cleaner when not in use. The Pulse has many great features which I will go over for you here.



The Pulse is a very compact and versatile vacuum. I like that the cleaner has some weight to it and it feels very balanced on the end of my pool pole. You can connect it directly to a standard pool pole with the Pole Connector adapter or use it to spot vacuum your spa with the included Handle adapter. I show using the Pulse with both of these in the video. The compact size makes this ideal for your spa or to spot vacuum your above ground or in-ground pool.

The unit comes almost completely assembled. All you need to do is attach the Vacuum Head to the Pulse. I like the fixed hard plastic vacuum head as it never gets bent and I think the hard plastic head makes vacuum easier. It has a large debris opening and brushes on the bottom so picking up dirt and debris is very easy. The Filter Cone is designed to stop debris and dirt but it won't pick up very fine dust. If you have very fine dust in your spa or pool you may want to opt for the Pool Blaster Max Li with a Sand/Silt bag. But for most situations the Pulse does a great job with dirt and debris.

I really like the Charging Base of the Pulse. It can be mounted to your garage wall and you can store and charge the Pulse on it. Note that the anchors and screws are not included but most everyone has some lying around. Use the anchors if you are mounting it to drywall as the unit is heavy and without the anchors the Charging Base will come right off the wall. But it is really convenient to charge and store the Pulse like those old time Dust Buster cleaners for your garage and car.

It takes about 2-3 hours to fully charge the Pulse and then you get a good 45 minutes of cleaning time out of it. The dedicated on/off switch makes turning the unit on and off a breeze and the fact that
the battery is completely water sealed allows for easy worry free use.

I like the power of this unit and the very large debris chamber. The Pool Blaster Catfish is similar but with a very small debris bag. The pulse can hold a lot of debris. I also like the fact that the debris chamber or Filter Sleeve is very easy to clean. Just hose of the clear plastic Filter Sleeve and the Filter Cone and you are ready to go again. It couldn't be easier.

So if you are looking for a good battery operated cleaner for your pool or spa, check out the Pulse by Water Tech.


More Pool Blaster Videos:
Water Tech Precision 2.0Li Professional Pool Vacuum Overview & Review: https://youtu.be/oY5uGxSRLOI
Fastest Way to Vacuum out a Pool & Spa - Precision 2.0Li (One Year of Use Updated Video): https://youtu.be/qS5WYTHer8Q
Pool Blaster Centennial Li Battery Powered Vacuum - Best in Class and Priced at $100!: https://youtu.be/2wl9OrCNiG0
Pool Blaster Max Li Pool and Spa Cleaner by Water Tech: https://youtu.be/Si8cdr_yQrE
Volt FX-8Li Battery Powered Vacuum by Water Tech - NEW Features for 2017!: https://youtu.be/NKCUK7zpB1o
Volt FX-2 Battery Powered Vacuum by Water Tech - Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/bCZu9Jgl5L4
Volt FX-4Li Battery Powered Vacuum by Water Tech - Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/g2aLU56eowM
Pool Blaster Aqua Broom SWEEP XL Review and Set Up Video: https://youtu.be/0vpj-TjJcAc
Pool Blaster Battery Powered Pool & Spa Vacs by Water Tech: Overview: http://youtu.be/GWk1KoeS3_E
Pool Blaster Aqua Broom by Water Tech - Review and Demo: http://youtu.be/hiGZzemiJZQ
Pool Blaster Catfish by Water Tech® - Review: http://youtu.be/iujzIl7rjLg
Pool Blaster Battery Powered Leaf Vac by Water Tech - Review & Demo: http://youtu.be/jvokMrKGa78
Pool Blaster MAX – Review: http://youtu.be/_DKBUM2_pA4
Pool Blaster Max CG - Commercial Grade Review: http://youtu.be/L4hdT77xoiA
Pool Blaster SPA VAC by Water Tech - Product Review: http://youtu.be/0d8_1lfiU0Q
Pool Blaster PRO 1500 - Review and Field Testing: http://youtu.be/Q1Sqnp6-3hk
Pool Blaster PBW022SS Max CG Sand and Silt Bag – Review: http://youtu.be/3k5f68A1_Q8





Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Common Mistakes and Errors You Can Make with Your Pool Care and Tips to Avoid Them


One of the things that can happen with a pool and pool equipment is user error. When you purchase a house with a pool or start your pool service business there is no owners manual and many times you learn by trial and error. Below are three of the common mistakes I see that a homeowner will make with their swimming pool and equipment. Listen to the Podcast to here more mistakes and to hear details about all three of these.



Failure to add water
This is probably the #1 failure I see on a daily basis. Many pools do not have an in-deck Autofill system so it is up to the pool owner to add water to the pool each week. Newer pools have a safety feature in the skimmer to prevent the pump from running dry but older pools do not. If the water is left low for even a short period of time, leaks will happen and the pool motor can burn out. This is one of the easiest things to correct, check and add water to the pool weekly. In the Summer in most regions figure to loose one to two inches of water each with from evaporation. Ideal pool water level is right in the middle of the skimmer opening. The pool will stay much cleaner with the correct water level and you will avoid a host of expensive repairs.

On the flip side to this is failing to turn the water off while filling the pool. This happens to almost every customer. Try setting your phone alarm or turn on your stove timer. I don't fill customer's pools because of liability but if I am at a vacant property I will fill it on occasion. I always set my truck keys on the fill valve so that I don't leave the account with the water running.

Not Emptying the Skimmer or Pump Baskets:
Just as bad as not filling the pool is not cleaning the skimmer or pump baskets on a weekly basis. The debris can clog up either or both baskets and this also can prevent the pool pump from priming. This will also cause the pool not to filter properly and the water quality will suffer. It is very easy thing to do and you should check and empty both the pump and skimmer basket each week. Also, I suggest adding a large rock to the skimmer basket as in many cases they will float up after the pool turns off spilling debris everywhere – the rock will keep it down in the skimmer.

One error I often see when the customer empties the pump basket is not filling the pump up with water before putting the lid back on the pump. The pump will prime up much better with water in the pump pot area. Also, I have seen customer's drop the pump lid O-Ring out onto the ground and put the lid back on without it. The pump will not prime without the O-Ring on the pump lid. Make sure the O-Ring is on there and in good shape.

Failure to Turn the Pool on:
If you have a stand alone VS pump there is a dedicated on/off button and many customers will turn the pool off when using it – with this button. But if you don't hit the on/off button when you are done using the pool it will remain off all week. So if you are going to use the pool in the afternoons, I suggest programming it to run in the early AM and turn off by 3 pm to avoid this issue. I see this a lot on my pool route and I also have left a pool off by mistake all week – oops.

Also similar to this is when you use your attached spa and forget to turn the valves back to pool mode when finished. I can't tell you how many times I have went into the backyard and saw a perfectly clear and sparkling spa and a cloudy or algae filled pool. The spa was left running all week while the pool was off all week. So after using the spa be sure to turn the valves back to pool mode to avoid leaving the poo off all week.

Listen to the Podcast to hear more failures and user errors.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Choosing an Automatic Pool Cleaner for your Pool: Suction, Pressure or a Robotic Cleaner


There are three types of cleaners to choose from for your pool care needs. Prices start as low as $100 and if you want the top of the line cleaner with all the bells and whistles you can spend over $1500. So there is a cleaner for everyone's budget and in this Podcast I go over the choices between a Suction side, Pressure side and Robotic Pool Cleaner.



Robotic Cleaners:
A good Robotic cleaner with all the bells and whistles will run you over $1,500 in most cases. Quite an investment but you do get a good return for your money. Today's robotic cleaners are much improved over the 1st generation which came out a few years ago. The motors are more reliable and longer lasting, they can now clean the walls and tile line and there are added features like a programmable cleaning cycle, remote control and an anti-tangle cord swivel. Most of the higher end Robotic cleaners come with a 2 or 3 year warranty. They are that well built and reliable and the manufacturer can offer the longer warranty since it is unlikely you will have to use it.

Some of the benefits of a Robotic Cleaner are:

It runs independent from your pool system which means your filtration system stays cleaner and it doesn't matter if your equipment is old or not  functioning well.

There are no hoses to worry about and once you
are done cleaning the pool you can remove the Robotic cleaner and store it.

They clean the pool very well in most cases -the more expensive models will even clean the tile
line.

The negative factors are a high price point in most cases and the need to send it out for service vs fixing any problems yourself. Most now come with at least a 2 year warranty so that is not a deal breaker. They are highly reliable and effective pool cleaners.




Pressure Side and Return Side Cleaners:
Pressure Side cleaners are extremely effective. They have a large debris opening and a large bag on top for debris. They can clean a large pool in 2- 3 hours or less. The drawbacks are that they need a separate booster pump installed and a dedicated return line. So usually Pressure Cleaners are installed when the pool is constructed or remodeled.

I have several pressure cleaners on my pool route and they leave the pools spotless each week. If you are having your pool built or remodeled maybe consider a Pressure Cleaner.


The Return Side cleaner is a great option if you have a newer pool with 1 1/2" threaded return lines. This cleaner connects right into your existing return lines and works much like a Pressure cleaner with the exception that no booster pump is needed. I have these on several accounts and love them.

The only major drawback is that since you need to restrict one or more return jets to generate sufficient pressure the skimming action of the pool is reduced. It is not a deal breaker but something to be aware of. So if you have lots of large debris in your pool and think a Pressure Side cleaner would work, try a non-booster pump Return side cleaner as an alternative to remodeling your pool.


Suction Side Cleaners:

This is the most familiar type of cleaner to most consumers and the most popular type. A suction cleaner works off of your pools existing pump and attached to the skimmer or a side/ vacuum port in your pool. Depending on the pool and type of debris this can be the most effective and cost effective cleaner type for you. Most suction side cleaners retail for $400 or less.

The Suction side cleaner is the one most popular on my pool route as they are affordable, effective and there are a lot of different models to chose from. In most cases I will suggest a good suction side cleaner since they are also easy to set up and easy to repair when something breaks.
Here is a a listing on my website of the Top Cleaners in each Category.

Best Robotic Pool Cleaner:

Best Suction Side Pool Cleaner:

Best Pressure Side Pool Cleaner:

Here is a video where I go over the choices for you also:
Which Pool Cleaner is Best for my Pool? Robotic, Suction, Pressure or Return Side?: https://youtu.be/T9c4zJbL_64