Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Pool Guy Podcast Show Episode Index (Organized by Subject)

The Pool Guy Podcast Show is a daily podcast with a new episode Monday through Friday  I talk about everything Swimming Pool Related. I cover Swimming Pool Chemistry, Basic Pool Care, Swimming Pool Equipment as well as tips and tricks for the Pool Service Professional. I also conduct interviews with those in the Pool Service Industry and do Product Reviews. 


PODCAST EPISODE IDEX BY SUBJECT


Automatic Cleaners:

Above Ground Pool Cleaners Hack – Using Them in In-Ground Pools (Episode 337): 
The manufacturers make some specific suction side and robotic cleaners for the above ground pool market. These are usually very similar to their in-ground cleaners and if you have a small in-ground pool you can use some of these above-ground models in your pool. I go over some of these above ground cleaners and also point out the models that I use in my in-ground pools. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2910913

All About Aquabot Robotic Cleaners, Interview with Steve Andrews (Episode 14)
In this episode I Interview Steven Andrew of Aqua Products. We discuss in detail the Aquabot Robotic Pool Cleaners.

All About Pressure Side and Return Side Cleaners (Episode 11):
In this Podcast I go Pressure Side and Return Side Pool Cleaners. I share the pros and cons as well as give you my recommendation for the best Pressure Cleaner for your pool.

Aquabot is Now Two Different Companies (Episode 285) : 
When Fluidra and Zodiac Pool Systems merged the Aqaubot brand was split into two separate companies at the request of the European Commission. They didn't want Zodiac Fluidra to have a monopoly of sorts in the robotic cleaner market. So Aqau Products and AquaTron which were both owned by Fluidra were split off. Fluidra still kept the Aqau Products portion but now AquaTron is a separate company. Between the two they manufacture over 400 different robotic cleaners. I try to shed some light on this messy situation in this podcast. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2567923-aquabot-is-now-two-different-companies

Aquabot is Now Part of Polaris (Episode 127):
Aquabot is now merged with Polaris or vice versa depending on how you look at it. When Fluidra purchased Zodiac they already owned Aquabot so now the Polaris Robotic Pool Cleaners and the Aquabot Robotic Pool Cleaners are under the same corporate umbrella.

Automatic Cleaner Up On the Pool Deck, Big Mistake! (Episode 143)
This is a common error, having a pool party and leaving your automatic cleaner up on your pool deck, plugged into your pool. A big no, no.

Automatic Pool Cleaner Choices - Suction Side, Pressure Side or a Robotic Cleaner? (Episode 48): 
In this episode, I go over some Automatic Cleaner choices for your pool. I describe each cleaner type for you and go over the pros and cons of each one. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/723222-automatic-pool-cleaner-choices-suction-side-pressure-side-or-a-robotic-cleaner

Automatic Pool Cleaners 101: How to Choose a Cleaner and How to Sell to your Customers (Episode 72): 
In this episode, I go over in detail the different types of automatic pool cleaners and I offer tips on how to sell them to your customers.

Automatic Cleaners & Common Mistakes to Avoid (Part 3 of 3) - Interview with Mike Willard of "Your Pool Builder" (Episode 40): 
Having a new pool built is no small project. For the amount of money that the project will cost you and the fact that it will be a permanent part of your yard for years to come - you don't want to make any mistakes along the way. To guide you along the right path I talked at length with Mike Willard, the owner of Your Pool Builder in Montgomery Texas. In Part 3 we discuss Automatic Cleaners and things not to miss when you have a pool
built.

Best “Bouncing Type” Suction Side Pool Cleaner (Episode 375): 
I wouldn’t rule out the bouncing type suction side cleaners when looking to invest in a good automatic pool cleaner. Yes, they are less smart than the “Gear-Type” cleaners but they can still be highly effective in cleaning your pool each week.  Here are the ones I recommend and a general overview of these “Bouncing Type” cleaners.


Best Cleaner for a Vinyl Pool (Episode 97) : 
In this MinCast, I go over the best automatic pool cleaner for a Vinyl pool. There is a difference between a Vinyl pool and other surface types

Best Suction Side Cleaner of 2019 (Episode 104) : 
This list appears on my Website under the webpage, Best Suction Cleaners of 2019. I go over each one and the reasons why I think it is best for your pool.

Best Robotic Pool Cleaner Choice (Episode 103) : 
I am a bit of an expert on Robotic Pool cleaner by default. I have tested and filmed over 45 cleaners so I can pretty much tell you which one would be best for your pool needs. I go over a few choices here in each category.

Best Replacement for my Pressure Side Cleaner (Episode 262) : 
Tired of your Pressure Side Pool Cleaner? But what should you replace it with? I go over the benefits of replacing it with a suction side cleaner and a robotic pool cleaner and give you the pros and cons of each so that you can make the right choice. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2304887-best-replacement-for-my-pressure-side-cleaner


Choosing a Cleaner Based on Your Pool Debris  (Episode 369): 
One thing I am asked all of the time is will this cleaner pick up oak leaves or which cleaner picks up pine needles? Choosing a cleaner based on what type of debris it can pick up is an important purchasing factor and one that is often overlooked. So I touch briefly in this podcast on what each cleaner type can pick up and what they can’t pick up on the pool floor. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3734078

Dolphin Proteus Line of Robotic Pool Cleaners (Episode 283) : 
The Dolphin brand of robotic pool cleaners by Maytronics is always in the top tier of reviews. You know when you purchase a Dolphin cleaner you are getting a fine machine. The Proteus lineup features three different categories of their robotic cleaners. Whether you are looking for an entry-level cleaner or the top of the line version there are three Proteus versions available. I touch on the details of all three in this podcast.

Generic Automatic Cleaner Parts – Are They Any Good? (Episode 282): 
If you have an automatic pool cleaner chances are you had to order replacement parts. One thing that can be shocking is how expensive these OEM – Original Manufacture Parts cost. If you search online you will find a lot of parts by off-brand manufacturers for 50%-75% less in price. Are these generic parts any good? Listen to hear my take on generic cleaner parts. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2498593-generic-automatic-cleaner-parts-are-they-any-good

Hayward Navigator and Pool Vac: Love Them or Hate Them (Episode 207): 
The Hayward Navigator (Pool Vac) is the top-selling suction side cleaner on the market today. It is not a bad cleaner and it will leave your pool spotless every day but it does have some drawbacks. I find that you either love it or hat it and I will go over some of the finer points here.


Hayward PoolCleaner (AquaNaut) Tricks and Hacks (Episode 222): 
The Hayward Poolvergnuegen, AquaNaut and Phoenix cleaners are some of the best on the market today. I have over 20 of these on my pool route and over the years I have learned some tricks and hacks. If you have one of these you will learn how to make it work even better in your pool.

Hayward PoolCleaner vs the Zodiac MX8 Elite (Episode 191): 
In this podcast, I compare the Hayward PoolCleaner to the Zodiac MX8 Elite Suction Side cleaner. Both cleaners are excellent and each has features that you will like. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1646644-the-hayward-poolcleaner-vs-the-zodiac-mx8-elite

Hayward PoolCleaner Lower Body Conversion Kit (Episode 122) : 
In this episode, I go over the Hayward Lower Body Conversion kit. This allows you to easily rebuild your Hayward PoolCleaner or Aquanaut very easily! https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1241519-hayward-poolcleaner-lower-body-conversion-kit

If you have a specific budget for a robotic pool cleaner I can help you narrow down the price point of a good cleaner based on the features. The more bells and whistles the higher the price, it is basically that simple. So no matter what your budget there is a robotic cleaner for you.


Most Underrated Suction Side Pool Cleaner (Episode 129):
The Pentair Great White/Dorado is one of the most underrated suction side pool cleaners out there.

Pentair Kreepy Krauly Kruiser K60430 vs Kreepy Krauly ( 360042-360040) (Episode 196): 
In this podcast, I go over the differences of the Kreepy Krauly Kruiser and the standard Kreepy Krauly Standard or Classic, the old familiar model. I will compare these two cleaners and let you know which one of these two that I like best.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1739308-pentair-kreepy-krauly-kruiser-k60430-vs-kreepy-krauly-360042-360040

Pentair Rebel Needs a Rebuild Kit! (Episode 121) : 
In this episode, I discuss why I think Pentair Rebel needs a Rebuild Kit. Pentair needs to step up and release one soon.

Polaris 280 vs Hayward TriVac 500 (Episode 224): 
The Polaris 280 is the workhorse cleaner by Zodiac and it is probably the best-known pressure cleaner on the market today and when it comes time to replace it should you switch to another pressure cleaner like the Hayward TriVac 500? The answer may surprise you.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1893974-polaris-280-vs-hayward-trivac-500

Polaris 360 Return Side Cleaner -No Booster Pump Needed! (Episode 232): 
The Polaris 360 is a great option for pools with heavy debris but without a dedicated Booster Pump installed for a Pressure side Cleaner. In this podcast, I cover the benefits and drawbacks of the Polaris 360 Return Side Cleaner (Non-Booster Pump Cleaner). https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2016831-polaris-360-return-side-cleaner-no-booster-pump-needed

Polaris ALPHA IQ+ (Episode 361): 
I am a big fan of robotic pool cleaners and each year there is always a newer and better model on the market. That is just the nature of technology and this year Polaris has raised the bar with their new ALPHA IQ+ robotic pool cleaner. This cleaner is loaded with tech and is now the top cleaner of choice in the robotic pool category.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3555049


Polaris Quattro Tips and Troubleshooting (Episode 379): 
I don’t often suggest watching a video of me taking apart a cleaner before you purchase one to see what can go wrong in advance. That seems like a bad sales method at best. But when it comes to the Polaris Quattro Sport and Quattro P40 that is exactly what I suggest. Once you see how well made and how easy it is to repair one of these cleaners you will feel more at ease when purchasing it. They look very complicated because of the design and their cleaning ability but they are actually very simple and easy to understand at the core.

In this podcast, I cover the basic care of a robotic pool cleaner. Here are some things to be aware of and I answer the typical questions like, “can I leave the cleaner in the pool all week long?” Find out more about the proper care of your robotic cleaner in this podcast. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/4022930


 Should I Rebuild my Cleaner or Buy a New One? (Episode 345) : 
If you have a suction-side or pressure-side pool cleaner, you can technically keep rebuilding them until the body just completely falls apart. I cover some of the more common cleaners and how long they will last with rebuilds. You may be surprised at how long one of these cleaners can actually last. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3378109

Robotic Pool Cleaners - Benefits, Features and Choosing the Right Model (Episode 37): 
In this Podcast, I give you an overview of my eBook and the information that it contains. The eBook brings all of my resources together in one spot.

Robotic Cleaners are Your Best Choice for a Pool Cleaner (Episode 289): 
I know I didn’t preface the title with a why making the title more of a statement of fact. Between the 3 swimming pool cleaner types, I personally think Robotic Pool Cleaners are the best. I have filmed nearly 50 different models from all different manufacturers and believe in the next 5 years these will be the dominant cleaner. They are already the top choice in Europe and parts of the East Coast here and it is only a matter of time for these cleaners to dominate the market. Listen to learn why I think robotic cleaners are the best cleaner.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2568094-robotic-cleaners-are-your-best-choice-for-a-pool-cleaner


Solar-Powered Swimming Pool Surface Skimmers Overview (Episode 348) : 
In this podcast, I go over the currently available models of Solar Powered Surface Skimmers. There are three currently in production with a fourth in limited runs each season. They are the Solar-Breeze NX2, The Remington Solar Solaskimmer, the Skimbot, and the Skim Devil. I go over each unit in some detail in the podcast, and I really like these solar-powered surface skimmers. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3378220

Suction Side Cleaners 101 (Episode 338) : 
In this podcast I go over the different types of suction side cleaners for your pool and touch on the differences between a geared cleaner and a bouncing type cleaner. I also go over my preferred cleaners and give you some tips on installing them in your pool. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3203122

Suction Side Pool Cleaners & My Top 5 Cleaners for your Pool (Episode 4)
In this episode, I go over Suction Side Pool Cleaners and briefly describe how they work. I also go over some tips and tricks for your suction side cleaner. This Podcast includes a discussion of the Top 5 cleaners for your pool. If your thinking about getting an automatic cleaner listen to this Podcast first.

Suction Side Pool Cleaner Canisters – Which is the Best? Part 1 of 2 (Episode 211): 
In this podcast, I go over why you need to use a canister with your suction side pool cleaner and which one is the be
st. I go over all the major brand leaf canisters and give you the pros and cons of each one

Suction Side Pool Cleaner Canisters – Which is the Best? Part 2 of 2  (Episode 212): 
In this podcast, I continue with my overview of the different leaf canisters available for your suction side cleaner. This is an essential item for your pool when you use a suction side pool cleaner.

The Top 3 Suction Side Pool Cleaners are All the Same! Huh? (Episode 160)
In this podcast, I go over the top 3 suction side pool cleaners. All are by Hayward and all 3 are the same cleaners. What is up with that!

Using Your Own Automatic Cleaners on Your Route (Episode 117) : 
In this MiniCast, I go over the benefits of leaving a demo cleaner or company cleaner at a client's pool. It's an investment for sure but one that can pay off in time savings. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1234067-using-your-own-automatic-cleaners-on-your-route

Why is My Pressure Side Cleaner Not moving? (Episode 230): 
Pressure Side Cleaners with a Booster Pump or a Return Side Cleaner are usually very reliable. But once in a while you may find it sitting dead on the pool bottom or moving very slowly. In this podcast, I go over some of the reasons why your Pressure Side Cleaner may not be moving.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2016468-why-is-my-pressure-side-cleaner-not-moving

Why is my Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner Not Moving? (Episode 220): 
There are a number of things that can stop your suction side automatic cleaner. It can range from the equipment and filtration down to the cleaner itself. In this podcast, I cover the main reasons and offer tips on getting your cleaner moving again.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1893935-why-is-my-suction-side-automatic-pool-cleaner-not-moving

Why You Should Use an Automatic Pool Cleaner (Episode 255) : 
One tool that will make your pool care easy is an automatic pool cleaner. Whether you purchase a suction cleaner, pressure cleaner or a robotic pool cleaner any of these can make the chore of cleaning your pool that much easier. I will go over the benefits of using a cleaner and touch on the different cleaner types.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2251880-why-you-should-use-an-automatic-pool-cleaner

Zodiac Ranger vs the Zodiac G3 (Episode 202): 
In this podcast, I compare the Zodiac Ranger with the Zodiac G3 and let you know which one I prefer. They are both a great choice for a suction side cleaner and the bouncing type cleaner are highly underrated.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1773079-zodiac-ranger-vs-the-zodiac-g3

Zodiac Ranger: A Great Buy at $145.00! (Episode 164):
In this podcast, I go over why the Zodiac Ranger is a great buy at $145.00. It is a solid cleaner and one that you can purchase and use on your route as a demo cleaner or company cleaner easily.


Chemistry:

Adding Chlorine to My Pool Each Week, is That Normal? (Episode 388)
You may notice that even if you are using 3” Tri-Chlor Tablets you are still adding chlorine to your pool each week. Or if you do pool service you may feel you are going through an incredible amount of chlorine in the summer. Even if you prescribe to the BBB Method and keep your CYA at 30-50ppm you will find ourselves adding chlorine every few days. Is this normal? I go over all of this in today's podcast for you.


The 3” Tri-Chlor Tablet has been around for over 40 years and it is an industry-standard for the primary pool sanitizer in many regions of the country and world. But how much do you really know about these 3” Tablets? In this podcast, I go over them in detail for you and offer some cautions on their use. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3716357

Acid Magic “The User Friendly Muriatic Acid” (Episode 347): 
In this podcast, I interview Aaron Trapp from Certol the makers of the Acid Magic product. We go over some of the pool and spa uses for Acid Magic and touch on some of the great features of the product. If you are looking for a safe alternative to Muriatic Acid, Acid Magic would be perfect for you. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3378187

Algae in my Pool Every Week? (Episode 125):
In this episode, I discuss why your pool is getting algae in it every week. I offer some helpful tips on how to tread it and get rid of it for good.

Avoid False Readings with Your Test Kit (Episode 249): 
Getting the correct test factors for your pool and spa takes some skill and there are also variables that can cause you to get the wrong test results. I cover some common testing errors with the popular test kits models and test strips on the market today.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2191106-how-to-avoid-false-readings-with-your-test-kit

Basic Pool Chemistry (Episode 1)
In this episode I introduce my Podcast to the listener, share a little about my experience and background and cover basic pool chemistry for you.

Benefits of Adding Borates to Your Pool (Episode 105) : 
In this episode, I go over some of the great Benefits of Adding Borates to your pool to bring it to 30-50 ppm. Adding Borates is a great way to Buffer the pH and save on chemical costs.

Borates: How Far Can You Push a Pool with Borates in it? (Episode 179)
In this podcast, I share some results in my testing of a pool with a borate level of 40 ppm. I let the chlorine zero out for a week in 90-degree weather. Listen to see how the pool turned out.

Chlorine Kill Factor, pH and the CYA Factor: Discussion with Eric Knight of Orenda Technologies (Episode 340)
It is well known that the lower the pH the more effective the chlorine is in a pool. Keeping your pool pH at 7.4-7.6 has always been the ideal range. New research is showing that the Cyanuric Acid in your pool (CYA level) is an even bigger factor of the chlorines kill factor, even larger than the pH level. I unpack this concept with Eric Knight of Orenda Technologies in this podcast for you. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3178699

Choosing the Right Sanitizer for your Pool (Episode 320) : 
I recently did a sanitizer survey on my YouTube Channel and the results were very surprising. In fact, liquid chlorine came out on top by a slight margin over the 3” Tri-Chlor Tablets. So, which is the best way to sanitize your swimming pool? I go over the pros and cons of each product in this podcast so that you can make an educated decision for yourself. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2978710

Cloudy Pool Water 101: Cloudy Pool Water Causes and Cures (Episode 43): 
In this Episode I cover some of the causes of cloudy pool water and I offer you some ways to easily cure it. There are only a few reasons why your pool water maybe cloudy and I go over the most common reasons and offer you some tips on reversing this so that you can have crystal clear blue water again.

Dead Critter in my Pool!?! (Episode 153):
Here are the steps you take when you find a dead animal in your pool. It happens all the time and this is what to do to make the pool safe again.

Different Ways to Test the Chlorine Level in Your Pool (Episode 237): 
There are several ways to test your pool or spas Chlorine or Bromine level. I go over using test strips, OTO and DPD and FAS-DPD in this episode. Find out which method is best for your pool or spa. ttps://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2089215-different-ways-to-test-the-chlorine-level-in-your-pool

Easy Way to Calculate Chemical Dosage (Episode 99) : 
In this MiniCast, I go over the best way to get the chemical dosage after you have your initial water test factor readings.

Free Chlorine Levels, Phosphates, Nitrates & K2000 Series NSF Certified Kits: Wayne Ivusich of Taylor Technologies Interview Part 2 of 3 (Episode 311) : 
I continue my 3 part interview with Wayne Ivusich of Taylor Technology and we go acceptable free chlorine levels, phosphates, nitrates, and the new NSF approved Taylor K2000 Series test kits. Wayne explains the ideal chlorine level for a pool and we also touch on the effects of Phosphates and Nitrates in your pool water. We also discuss what it means for Taylor to have their test kits NSF certified. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2856088


Granular Tri-Chlor 101 (Episode 363): 
Using granular Tri-Chlor is not something that is simple and easy and you can easily stain a pool surface if you use it incorrectly. I go over some reasons to use the granular Tri-Chlor and also talk about the safe ways of broadcasting it into a pool to treat black algae and other forms of algae. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3699140

Granular Trichlor, Use with Extreme Caution! (Episode 146):
In this podcast, I go over the best practice when using granular Trichlor. If used improperly it could stain your pool.

Green Pool 101 - How to Clear Up a Green Pool (Episode 42): 
I have several videos in which I take you through the process of clearing up a Green Pool. Green Pool Video Library: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsvsTjbpoT-eyp_WLLp72lJRplj5YGGt6 This Podcast is focused on the process itself, tips to avoid problems with your city and things to look for when bidding a Green Pool Clean Up for the Service Professional. I go over everything in 25 minutes and you will be able to clear up your green pool in no time.

Green Pool Clean Up Methods (Episode 120) : 
In this episode, I discuss the different Green Pool Clean Up Methods. If you are dealing with a green pool, tune in and see which method will work best for you. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1239155-green-pool-clean-up-methods

Green Tint to my Pool Water (Episode 270):
One thing that can happen is that metals can enter your swimming pool water. Copper is the most common metal and it can enter through the fill water, the equipment or by using copper-based algaecides. A green tint to the water is one of the first signs that you have metal in your pool water. Listen to learn more and to learn how to remove the metals.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2388860-why-is-my-pool-water-a-green-tint

High CYA and the Best Way to Lower It (Episode 279)
Does your swimming pool have a very high CYA (Cyanuric Acid -Conditioner) level? Do those products that lower down the CYA really work? What is the best way to lower my pool’s high CYA level? These are the questions I answer in this podcast.  https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2498968-high-cya-and-the-best-way-to-lower-it


High CYA in your Pool, Adjusted Alkalinity and the LSI Index: Wayne Ivusich of Taylor Technologies Interview Part 1 of 3 (Episode 310)
In this interview with Wayne Ivusich of Taylor Technology, we tackle some of the tougher chemistry issues you may face with your pool including high Cyanuric Acid Levels (CYA), Phosphates and Nitrates, Adjusted Alkalinity and why you should calculate the LSI of your pool water on a regular basis. This is part 1 of a 3 part series and you will find a lot of great information in each of these podcasts that I recorded with Wayne Ivusich of Taylor Technologies. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2856025

Ideal CYA Level in a Salt Pool (Episode 96) : 
In this MiniCast episode, I discuss the ideal CYA level in a Salt Water Pool. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1102952-ideal-cya-level-in-a-salt-pool-minicast

Ideal Free Chlorine Level for Your Pool (Episode 394)

In this podcast, I go over the time-honored Free Chlorine chart that you see everywhere online. The old 1 ppm to 3pmm recommendation and I touch on what I think is the ideal level and how you should approach your pool when it comes to setting your chlorine/sanitizer level. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3554986

Ideal pH Range? Discussion with Eric Knight of Orenda Technologies (Episode 341) : 
In this episode, I continue my discussion with Eric Knight on the ideal pH level and how it may not be cost-effective or productive to keep chasing the low pH that we have all been taught. The CYA level has a direct effect on your chlorine kill factor and pH may not be as much of a factor as we think with a pool with CYA in it. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3314311


Ideal pH Range (Episode 396)

I go over why most charts set the ideal pH at 7.4-7.8 and why this may be something that is not set in stone with new evidence and also when you apply the LSI to your test results. A lower pH may actually be bad for your pool in some cases and I go over my reasoning here. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/4303157

Liquid Chlorine with Terry Arko of HASA (Episode 350) : 
In this podcast, I interview Terry Arko of HASA who an expert in the field and is someone who knows a thing or two about liquid chlorine. We go over every aspect of using liquid chlorine as your primary sanitizer in your swimming pool. Terry Arko is currently working as Technical Content and Product Training Manager for HASA Pool, makers of HASA Sani-Clor. He can be reached at terryarko@hasapool.com
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3480262

Liquid or Granular Conditioner? (Episode 321): 
In this podcast, I go over the pros and cons of using either the Granular Conditioner or the Liquid Pool Conditioner to add Cyanuric Acid to your pool. The Granular Conditioner is of course less expensive but it involves more of a process. The Liquid Conditioner while expensive is easy and safe to use. After listening to this you will have a better idea of which one is right for you. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2978833

Liquid Chlorine is the Best Pool Sanitizer (Episode 155)
In this podcast, I go over why I think liquid chlorine is your best choice for a sanitizer for your pool. There are many different types of chlorines on the market but many of them have drawbacks which I will talk about here.

Liquid Chlorine Weak? (Episode 119) : 
In this episode, I go over the question, is liquid chlorine weaker than shock? https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1237676-is-liquid-chlorine-weak

Lowering Very High Alkalinity - 200 ppm or Higher (Episode 139):
In this episode, I go over the method of lowering down really high Alkalinity in your swimming pool. I am talking Alkalinity of over 200 ppm

Not Holding Chlorine: Reasons Why a Pool Does Not Hold Chlorine Week to Week (Episode 93) : 
In this episode, I go over some reasons why your pool or spa is not holding chlorine week to week. It can be something simple like not adding enough or a more complex problem. Listen to learn more https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1043395-not-holding-chlorine-reasons-why-a-pool-does-not-hold-chlorine-week-to-week

If you are in the Industry or a savvy homeowner with a pool you probably have come across the ideal chemistry chart online or in a pool care book. Chlorine 1-3 ppm, pH 7.4-7.8, and so on. But is it possible to achieve a perfectly balanced pool? And what exactly are you balancing the water for anyway? Learn this and more in today’s podcast.


pH and Chlorine: How High pH Reduces Chlorine Effectiveness (Episode 106) : 
In this episode, I go over the relationship between pH and Chlorine. The HOCI or what is known as the killing form of Chlorine is affected by the pH level. The higher the pH the less HOCI % is available in the water.

Phosphates in Your Swimming Pool, the Truth (Episode 150):
In this podcast, I go over some of the truths about Phosphates in your swimming pool and I share when I actually use a Phosphate Remover and how I use it. The answer may surprise you.

Pool is Not Holding Chlorine (Episode 395) : 
There are a number of reasons why your pool may be struggling to hold chlorine each day and I touch on the more common issues. These range from not running your pool long enough to having high levels of Phosphates in the water. If your pool is struggling to hold chlorine one or many of these factors may be present in your pool.


PoolRX: Everything you Need to Know - Interview with Fred Schweer VP of Sales (Episode 88): 
This is my 3rd Podcast on PoolRx and who better to talk to than the expert on the product, Fred Schweer VP of Sales at PoolRX. We go over everything in detail in the podcast including some cautions.

PoolRx Explained, an Interview with Fred Schweer of PoolRx (Episode 6):
 In this Episode I interview Fred Schweer, VP Major Accounts for PoolRx Worldwide, Inc. He explains in detail the use of PoolRx, the benefits and some of the cautions when using the product. PoolRx is an effective way to eliminate algae and prevent algae in your pool or spa.

PoolRx to Start the Season & in a Green Pool Plus Tips for Pool Pros - Interview with Fred Schweer VP Sales of PoolRx (Episode 34): 
In this follow-up Podcast from last year, I interview Fred Schweer VP of Sales at PoolRx Worldwide and we go over using PoolRx at the beginning of the swim season, for a green pool clean up and he offers tips to pool service techs on how to sell and incorporate PoolRx into your pool service business. Listen to learn all about the benefits of PoolRx.

Problem with Both Low and High CYA Levels (Episode 323) : 
You can run into poor water quality issues because of both low and high Conditioner (Cyanuric Acid) levels in your pool. If there is too little Stabilizer (CYA) in your pool this will cause the chlorine to burn off quickly. If there is too much CYA in your pool this will cause the chlorine to be less effective. Learn what is the best CYA level for your pool and ways to correct both low and high CYA levels. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2978866

Purple Dust Staining in my Pool? (Episode 372): 
Purple Dust or Copper Cyanurate is a known industry issue and it is formed when high CYA levels in the pool react with high copper levels, typically over 0.5 ppm of copper. Learn how the purple dust forms and some ways to get rid of it and preventing it from happening.


Redundant Chemicals: PoolRX and the Frog for Example (Episode 116) : 
In this episode, I cover some redundant pool chemicals meaning you only need to add one of these to your pool or service account as they all do basically the same thing.

Sodium Bromide Errors When Treating Yellow Algae: What Not to Do (Episode 163)
In this podcast, I discuss some common errors that can happen when you use Sodium Bromide to treat yellow algae. These errors will make the pool look worse than when you started. Listen to learn how to avoid them.

Should I Upgrade my Pool to a Salt Water Pool?  (Episode 235): 
Everyone talks about the benefits of a Salt Water Pool, a Salt Water Generator known also as a Sal System. But should you upgrade your pool to make it a salt pool? I go over some reasons why you should and some reasons why you shouldn’t. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2057289-should-i-upgrade-my-pool-to-a-salt-water-pool

Total Hardness and Calcium Hardness What is the Difference? (Episode 113) : 
In this episode, I go over the difference between Total Hardness and Calcium Hardness. They are often used interchangeably but they are actually different test factors for your pool and spa.

Traditional Method of Pool Care & Chlorine Enhancers (Episode 280) : 
I call this the Traditional Method of pool care because it has been the industry standard for a few decades now. It is a combination of a sanitizer like liquid chlorine and 3” Tri-Chlor tablets. The more modern version also adds a chlorine enhancer and I will cover four of the top enhancers in this podcast as well. I go over the benefits and drawbacks of using the traditional method of pool care.
  
Use a Chlorine Enhancer on Your Pool Route (Episode 378) : 
I will admit that I was of the Old School group that just used chlorine and Sodium Bromide to keep the pools algae free. But over the last few years I have really become a big fan of chlorine enhancers. Whether you use borates, Pool Rx, or Phosphates and Enzymes these enhancers have been proven to extend the chlorine level in a pool as well as prevent algae growth. I go over these different types of enhancers in this podcast.


Using a Phosphate Remover to Kill Stubborn Algae (Episode 108) : 
In this episode, I go over using a Phosphate Remover to eliminate stubborn Yellow or Mustard Algae. You only need to use it for one or two weeks and it is a little helpful trick when dealing with stubborn algae in a pool

What to Test for in Your Swimming Pool Each Week? (Episode 278): 
Testing your swimming pool water weekly is highly recommended by those in the pool industry. But what exactly do you need to test for each week? What can you test for bi-monthly or monthly?  What should you test for quarterly? I go over all of this for you in this podcast for you and explain what to test for and when
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2434277-what-to-test-for-in-your-swimming-pool-each-week

What Type of Chlorine is Best for my Pool? (Episode 63): 
In this podcast, I go over the different types of Sanitizers for your pool otherwise known as Chlorine Products. I touch on what is best for your pool and the advantages and drawbacks of each type.

Why is my Pool Water a Green Tint? (Episode 270) : 
One thing that can happen is that metals can enter your swimming pool water. Copper is the most common metal and it can enter through the fill water, the equipment or by using copper-based algaecides. A green tint to the water is one of the first signs that you have metal in your pool water. Listen to learn more and to learn how to remove the metals. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2388860-why-is-my-pool-water-a-green-tint


Cleaning Equipment:

Basic Homeowner Cleaning Equipment (Episode 317): 
If you plan on cleaning your own pool, I go over the basic cleaning equipment you will need to clean your swimming pool each week. You don’t need a lot of equipment actually and you can get everything you need for around $150 or if you go for the premium equipment around $250. Listen to learn what you will need for cleaning your own pool. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2908114


Bottom Feeder Professional Battery Powered Vacuum System: Interview with Glen Heffernan Owner/Creator (Episode 355) : 
n this entertaining podcast, I go over the features of the Bottom Feeder Professional Grade Battery Powered Swimming Pool Vacuum System with the creator/owner Glen Heffernan. We talk about the genesis of the idea and the current version and features of the Bottom Feeder. If you have been thinking about investing in a vacuum system you will find the information in this podcast extremely helpful.  You can learn more and order at https://thebottomfeeder.com/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3502849

Bottom Feeder Vacuum System Portability Kit (Episode 253):
The Bottom Feeder Professional Cordless Vacuum System is a great system that is truly underrated. Now that it comes with a pole adapter where the battery can sit on to make connecting it easy and quick plus a new on/off switch brings the Bottom Feeder to the level of a real legitimate vacuum system. Now is the time to purchase one if you have been waiting. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2224538-the-bottom-feeder-vacuum-system-portability-kit


Investing in Quality Pool Cleaning Equipment (Episode 265)
Servicing pools requires high-quality equipment and there are many manufacturers who make Professional Grade Pool tools. As a homeowner using these Pro-grade tools will make your pool care a less frustrating experience. As a pool pro, you need the best equipment to get you through the day successfully. Listen to some of the top choices of 2020. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2318561-investing-in-quality-pool-cleaning-equipment

Leaf Bagger (Leaf Master) The Cheap and Easy Way to Vacuum Leaf Debris (Episode 189): 
In this podcast, I go over using a Leaf Bagger to remove large amounts of leaf debris on the bottom of a pool. If you have a pool with heavy leaf debris this device is for you.

Overview of the Water Tech Battery Powered Vacuums (Episode 313) : 
One of the most overlooked products in the Industry is the Water Tech Battery Operated Cleaners. They may look and sound like toys, but they work very well. With the upgrades like lithium-ion batteries and many of the units being completely water sealed, if you were on the fence about purchasing one, now is the time. I go over the different models available for you in this podcast. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2862508

Professional Pool Vacuum Hose (Episode 136):
In this episode, I go over why the Smooth-Bor pool hose is one of the best pool hoses on the market today. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1343194-best-professional-pool-vacuum-hose

Pool Service Equipment 101 (Episode 13): 
In this episode, I go over some of the pool cleaning equipment you will need of you have a pool service business, are thinking about starting a pool service or maintain your own pool at home.

Portable Pool Clean Up Pumps (Episode 318)
There are many uses for a portable clean up pump and you can build one yourself for about $300. You can also get a completely portable system with a pump and filter on a cart and I go over building one yourself and the ones you can purchase. There is a use for both also and depending on your need you may want to purchase a complete portable filtration system.

Portable Filtration Systems by Advantage - Interview w/ Lyann & Josh (Episode 6): 
In this podcast, I interview Lyann Courant the CEO of Advantage Manufacturing and Josh Hall the VP of Operations. We discuss their Portable Filtration Systems, Advantage's pumps & motors and their new UV System.

Portable Filtration System VS a Pool Vacuum System (Episode 239): 
There is a difference between the usage of a Portable Filtration System and a Pool Vacuum System. One is designed more for regular leaf debris and dirt while the other one is designed mainly for heavy debris pools. Listen to learn which one is better for your situation. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2132192-portable-filtration-system-vs-a-pool-vacuum-system

Portable Fire Pump Cart (Episode 124) : 
In this episode, I go over some of the features of the Advantage Manufacturing Portable Fire Pump Cart. This allows you to use your pool water as the first line of defense against a fire. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1241549-portable-fire-pump-cart

Primate Pool Pole -Interview with Joe DiAnna (Episode 84) : 
In this episode, I interview the owner of the Primate Pool Pole which is a Carbon Fiber pole that weighs just 2 lbs! We go over the pole in detail in this Podcast. To learn more about the Primate Pole you can visit their website: primatepooltools.com

Primate 2X Carbon Fiber Pool Pole: Interview with the Creator Joe DiAnna (Episode 192): 
The Primate 2X is a 2-piece 8ft by 16 ft pole made out of Carbon Fiber. I interview the owner of Primate Pool Tools Joe DiAnna who is the creator and manufacturer of the pole. Listen to hear all of the great benefits of the P2X Pole.

Primate 2X BETA 6ft – 11ft Carbon Fiber Pool Pole: Interview with the Creator Joe DiAnna (Episode 193): 
In this podcast, I continue my interview with Joe DiAnna the creator of the Primate Pool Poles. We talk in-depth about their latest skimming pole the 2X BETA which is a small 2-piece 6 ft by 11 ft pool. It is small but very versatile.

Primate X 6 Foot Pole Extension (Episode 102) : 
In this episode, I go over the Primate Pool Pole 6 ft pole extension. This extension is made for the Primate pole but can also be used for your standard current pool pole. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1126307-primate-x-6-foot-pole-extension

Riptide Pool Vacuum Systems, Interview with Matt Lopez VP of Riptide (Episode 7): 
In this episode, I interview Matt Lopez the Vice President of Riptide Pool Vacuum System. He goes over the Riptide Vacuum System and the features of their Commercial Cart and their new SL Cart. I highly recommend a Pool Vacuum System to help you save time and energy on your Pool Route. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/553081-episode-7-riptide-pool-vacuum-system-interview-with-matt-lopez-v-p-of-riptide

Skimlite Brute Pole is Unbreakable! (Episode 132):
In this MiniCast, I go over the Skimlite Brute Professional Grade Pool Pole. It is the strongest pool pole on the market today -period!

Skimlite SnapLite Pool Poles (Episode 133):
In this MiniCast, I go over the Skimlite push-button SnapLite pool poles.

Smart Company Piranha II Leaf Rake (Episode 182):
In this podcast, I talk about the Piranha II Leaf Rake by the Smart Company. This is their newest leaf rake and a real winner in my opinion.

Water Tech - Interview with Guy Erlich, President of Water Tech Corp (Episode 20):
In this episode, I Interview Guy Erlich who is the President of Water Tech Corp. Water Tech manufactures battery-powered vacuums for your pool and spa. These self-contained portable vacuums are ideal for pool and spa owners as well as pool service professionals. Water Tech also makes Robotic Pool Cleaners.

Water Tech Volt FX-8Li is the Best All-Around Battery Vacuum (Episode 142):
Why the Water Tech Volt FX-8Li is the best portable battery vacuum on the market today. 

What Pool Pole is Better? 8-16 ft of 6-18 ft?:
In In this episode, I go over the two most popular pool pole sizes. The 8 ft -16 ft two-piece pole vs the 6 ft to 18 ft three-piece pole. Which one is best for pool service?

Vacuum System Bags - Money Saving Tips (Episode 114) : 
In this episode, I go over the different aftermarket bags for your PowerVac, Hammer-Head, Riptide and Bottom Feeder Vacuum Systems. OEM bags can get very expensive and here are some alternatives.

Vacuum Systems vs Manual Vacuuming (Episode 353):
In this podcast, I go over using a Vacuum System vs using a Manual Vacuum when you clean a pool. If you are on the fence about purchasing a Vacuum System or think you are fine just Manually Vacuuming listen as I compare cleaning a pool with both a Vacuum System and a Manual Vacuum connected to a pool skimmer. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3480643


Vacuum System with or Without a Cart?  (Episode 234): 
Buying a Swimming Pool Vacuum System is a big investment and I am often asked if it is better to purchase it with or without the cart. I think it depends on the usage, your service area terrain and if investing in a full vacuum system is really worth it. I have used them both ways and will go over some of the pros and cons of having a cart and going without one.

DIY Homeowners:

Basic Cleaning Equipment for Cleaning your Own Pool (Episode 23): 
In this podcast I go over the basic pool cleaning equipment that you will need to clean and maintain your own pool. The equipment is actually very basic and I go over everything you will need.

Bidding Process from the Pool Service and the Homeowner Perspective (Episode 190): 
In this podcast, I try to work both sides of the bidding process. On one side are all the things you need to know about bidding for service on the pool company side and then on the other side what to know as the customer.

Pool Parts Online, Interview with Matt Simmons Inyo Pools (Episode 19): 
In this Podcast, I discuss buying Pool Parts online with an interview with Matthew Simmons of Inyo Pools Inc. We discuss the services the Inyo Pools provides and Matthew discusses the benefits of shopping online for your pool care needs.

Common Pool Care Errors Part 3: Equipment Below Sea Level, Automatic Cleaner Fails and More!Pool (Episode 91) : 
In this Podcast, I go over some more common errors you can make while servicing a swimming pool. I go over equipment below the water level of the pool, some common automatic cleaner fails and more

Do Not touch! Common Mistakes by Touching Things Around Your Pool (Episode 83) : 
This episode, I go over things you probably should not touch unless you have a firm grasp on your pool equipment, your pool timer, and your automatic cleaner. Here are some common things that can happen if you touch your pool equipment without knowing what you are doing. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/937312-do-not-touch-common-mistakes-by-touching-things-around-your-pool

Future Proofing your Pool: Buying the Right Stuff the First Time! (Episode 92) : 
In this episode, I go over buying the right stuff for your pool the first time. If your debating getting that $99 cleaner or a new filter, I will go over what I think is the best choice so you won't be replacing it again a couple of years down the road.

Getting Your Pool Ready for the Season (Episode 315): 
Now that the weather is warming up it is time to get ready for another swim season. If you are new to owning a pool, there are a few things to get set up so that you can have a fun-filled and worry-free swim season. It all starts at the beginning of the season when you first open up your pool or get it ready for the season. Listen as I go over some of the basics to start the season. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2910913

Homeowner Rookie Mistakes Part 1: Not Adding Water to the Pool (Episode 281) : 
In this new series, I will cover the most common errors that new pool owners make. A pool can be complicated to take care of, and mistakes can easily be made. The number one mistake that I often see is not adding the correct amount of water. It sounds simple enough and I offer some helpful tips on maintaining the proper water level in your pool.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2498569-homeowner-rookie-mistakes-part-1-not-adding-water-to-the-pool


Homeowner Rookie Mistakes Part 2: Pump Basket Fails (Episode 286) : 
Emptying your swimming pool’s pump basket seems simple enough, but it really is not. There are many things that can go wrong if you empty it improperly and of course there are many thing that can wrong if you fail to empty it when it is full of debris. I go over some of the common mistakes in regards to emptying your pump basket.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2568007-homeowner-rookie-mistakes-part-2-pump-basket-fails

Home Warranties for your Pool Equipment (181):
In this podcast, I go over the Home Warranty Policies. If you have recently purchased a house with a pool the seller may have purchased a 1-year warranty that covers the pool equipment. Here is what you need to know about using your Home Warranty.

Pinch A Penny Pool Stores, Bob Slaughter (Episode 22) : 
In this podcast, I talk to Bob Slaughter, Chief Business Development Officer for Pinch A Penny about the Pinch A Penny Pool stores. We discuss the locations and services that Pinch A Penny provide

Retail Pool Stores (Episode 135):
We hear a lot of negative things about retail pool stores and some of it justified while other complaints are not. Here is my take on the local retail pool store.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1326169-my-take-on-retail-pool-stores

Should You Clean Your Own Pool Or Hire a Pool Service Company? (Episode 27)
In this episode, I give you practical advice to help you decide if servicing and maintaining your own pool is something you really want to do or if hiring a pool service company to do it for you would be a good idea.  

Warranties: Full vs Limited and Other Warranty Issues (Episode 149):
What is the difference between a Full Warranty and A Limited Warranty and other warranty questions you may have?

When to Call in a Pool Pro for Help (Episode 351) : 
I am a big YouTube DIY guy and have put in and repaired many things based on watching a YouTube video. But there comes a time when you are thinking about doing something around your pool & spa by yourself, but you may feel less than fully confident in your ability to actually do the job. At this point, you should seriously consider calling out a pool pro to help you. Learn more about when you should call a pro out. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3480340

Equipment:

Automated System “Service Mode” Tips (Episode 183):
In this podcast, I go over the “Service Mode” that you see on automated systems. Each of the big three have automated panels with a “Service Mode” button on it. What is “Service Mode” and why do I think you should never use it. Listen to find out.

In this podcast I interview Steve Jones who is a Product Manager at Fluidra which is the parent company of Jandy. We discuss how Jandy is helping both the Homeowner and the Pool Installer navigate the new Department of Energy pool pump regulations going into effect July 19th 2021. We talk about how the new DOE regulations affect the pool builder, pool installer, and ultimately the homeowner and how a Jandy VS pump is a great solution in making a pool equipment pad compliant with the new regulations. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3862604

FlowVis Flow Meter: Know Your Flow (Episode 187): 
In this podcast, I go over what I think is the best swimming pool flow meter on the market today. If you have a VS pump a Flow Meter is the only way to set your pump run time to optimize your energy savings.

Heater is Not Turning On?  (Episode 248): 
There are a few things that are very common with most heaters them not to turn on. Usually, there is an ERR code displayed on the panel but not always. It is also common for the heater to go into Service mode with a red light coming on the panel. Here are a few things to look for before calling a service company to come out and fix it.

High Filter PSI: Some Things to Look For (Episode 257) : 
If your pool filter PSI is spiking even after you just cleaned the filter, these are some things to look for. It is not normal for the pool filter PSI to rise rapidly and there are a number of things that can cause this, which I will cover in this podcast for you.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2273654-high-filter-psi-some-things-to-look-for

How Long Should I Run My Pool Pump? (Episode 50): 
In This Episode, I go over how long you should be running your pool pump. I go over the run time for a standard single-speed pump and the Variable Speed Pump (VS Pump) and also offers some helpful tips.https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/731014-how-long-should-i-run-my-pool-pump


Importance of Matching Pool Equipment (Episode 368) : 
If you have a brother or sister you probably were not a fan of when your parents dressed you alike. When it comes to pool equipment, having matching equipment may not seem important, but in the long run, it may be. I go over some reasons why you may want to stick with one brand of equipment on your equipment pad. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3734057


Jandy VS Pump Line-up with Steve Jones of Fluidra (Episode 371): 
In this podcast I interview Steve Jones who is a Product Manager at Fluidra which is the parent company of Jandy. We go over each of the Jandy Variable Speed Pumps specifically and after listening to this podcast you will have a better idea of which VS pump model is right for you or your client. Each VS pump is different and made for different applications, but all of them are backed by Jandy’s 3-year warranty and would be an excellent choice. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3862646

Leaving the Your Pool Heater on All Week on Accident…Oops. (Episode 229)
Almost two or three times each year I get to one of my service accounts and the pool is heated to 95 degrees. Not on purpose, but because the customer forgot to turn the heater off after using the spa. Here are some helpful tips on preventing this.

Navigating the Confusion of Pool Valves (Episode 324):
I can’t tell you how many people email me with photos of their valves and ask me what this valve does or that valve does. Typically you will have Jandy Valves before your pump and in the return line and if you have an attached spa this makes it even more confusing. I go over the ins and out of pool valves in this podcast for you. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2978869

Never Empty Your Pump Baskek Again! (Episode 219)
Tired of emptying your pump basket each week? Or do you have a very hard pump basket to empty that is time-consuming and difficult? Here is a way to run your pool and never empty your pump basket. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1880498-never-empty-your-pump-basket-again


PAL EvenGlow Retrofit Lights for your Pool & Spa (Episode 373) : 
If you have older incandescent pool and spa lights or if your pool service customers are asking to upgrade to LED lights check out the PAL EvenGlow light system. They fit into any existing pool and spa niche and are seriously impressive. PAL lighting has been making aquatic lighting for over 30 years and these retrofit lights will take your pool to the next level. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3847892

Pitfalls of Putting Your Pool into "Spa Mode" (Episode 137):
In this episode, I discuss some common mistakes you can make when you switch your pool over into Spa Mode. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1343206-pitfalls-of-putting-your-pool-into-spa-mode

Pool Equipment Replacement Cost and How to Budget for it - Money Saving Tips (Episode 47): 
In this episode, I go over how much your pool equipment will cost to replace as well as the average lifespan of each piece of equipment. I also offer some budgeting and money-saving tips for you.

Pool Pump Basket Fails: Common Mistakes and Errors (Episode 161):
In this podcast, I go over some things that can happen when you go to empty your pool pump basket without first learning how to do it correctly. This is what I see when my customer’ touch their pump basket.

Pool Pump Sizing  (Episode 118) : 
How do you choose the right size pool pump for your pool? I go over some tips here as well as why just getting a VS Pump may be the best option.

Poor Flow in my Pool? Some Common Issues and Solutions (Episode 61): 
In this podcast, I go over some of the reasons why your pool might have poor flow. I go through a number of issues and offer some solutions for you

Rule of Thumb for Setting Your Pump Run Time (Episode 362)

It can be hard to know how long to run your pool pump so that you are not wasting energy by running it too long or on the flip side running it to little causing water quality issues. The old rule of one hour for every 10 degrees of air temperature to me is very outdated. Instead, I have come up with a more logical formula that I use and after you hear it you may decide to use it as well. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3637900

Should I Replace Just my Pool Motor or the Entire Pump? (Episode 197): 
In this podcast, I go over when I think it is better to replace both the pump and motor vs just the pool motor. There are some rules of thumb as to when to replace just the bad motor or when it is better to replace both the pump and motor known in the industry as replacing the pool pump.


Sizing a Pool Heater: Which Heater BTU is Right for my Pool? (Episode 209)
In this podcast, I go over the different heater sizes for your pool with an attached spa or a stand-alone pool and spa. If you are in the market for a new pool heater or if you are having a pool built, listen to see which heater would be right for your pool.

Tips on Upgrading your Pool Equipment (Episode 195)
In this podcast, I go over some things to consider when you are planning on upgrading your pool equipment. What piece of equipment is the most important to upgrade and why? I will go over this and more in this podcast.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1738630-tips-on-upgrading-your-pool-equipment

Upgrading or Having a Pool Heater or Heat Pump Installed (Episode 356)
Maybe you are thinking about installing a Natural Gas Heater or a Heat pump or just upgrading your existing heater. Here are some things to know about the process and choosing the right BTU heater for your pool or having a heater or heat pump installed. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3554986

Worthy Upgrades for your Pool -a Salt Water System and a Variable Speed Pump (Episode 85): 
In this episode I discuss some great upgrades for your swimming pool. The two that I would highly recommend are a saltwater system (SWG) and a Variable Speed Pump. I go over the pros of both and highlight different systems for you.


Filters:

Adding DE to your DE Pool Filter: Helpful Tips (Episode 130):
In this Podcast, I go into detail about adding DE to your DE Pool Filter. I go over adding after cleaning and also after backwashing plus I also highlight alternate DE Filter Media.

All About D.E. Pool Filters (Episode 18):
In this episode I cover all of the aspects of a D.E. Pool Filter. I go over exactly what a D.E. filter is and cover some of the benefits and drawbacks of a D.E. Filter.

Cleaning a D.E. Filter is Sure Messy! (Episode 243): 
If you haven’t cleaned a D.E. Filter before, prepare yourself for a real mess. There is just no sure-fire way to clean a D.E Filter without making some type of mess. In this podcast, I go over some ways that I clean a D.E. to minimize the mess.

Common Mistakes with your Pool Filter and Pool Maintenance (Episode 51): 
In this episode, I cover common mistakes you can make with your pool filtration and ways to avoid them. I also cover some common errors with maintenance and cleaning your pool. Listen to learn ways to avoid these costly mistakes.

D.E. Filter Cleaning Tips (Episode 377): 
Cleaning a D.E. Filter offers all kinds of challenges. You need to know more or less what you are looking for to prevent D.E. from leaking back into the pool. In this podcast I go over a few cleaning methods as well as some things to look for as you are cleaning the filter.


D.E. Filter Media Dust Hazards (Episode 167):
In this podcast, I go over ways to avoid breathing in the D.E. Filter Media dust. Of course, a mask is your first line of defense but there are alternative media you can use which I will cover for you here.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1540105-d-e-filter-media-dust-hazards

Pentair Quad DE Filter, Why I love This Filter (Episode 128):
In this MiniCast, I go over why I like the Pentair Quad DE filter. If you are thinking of replacing your older DE filter, the Quad DE might be your best choice.

Pool Filter Size Comparisons Between Sand, D.E. and Cartridge (Episode 245)
Since all three filters are different in just about every way, it is hard to get a good gauge of size when you are swapping out a Sand Filter for a D.E. filter. Or a D.E. Filter with a Cartridge Filter. I go over some rules of thumb when you are sizing all three filter types. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2089371-pool-filter-size-comparisons-between-sand-d-e-and-cartridge


Quad D.E. or Cartridge Type D.E. Filters (Episode 287): 
If I had to choose the best D.E. filter for a pool I would put the cartridge type D.E filters like the Pentair Quad D.E. Filter, the Hayward DEP 500 Series Pleated Element D.E. Filter and the Jacuzzi J-DEQ80 right at the top of the list. These filters are so easy to clean and run more like a cartridge filter than a D.E. Filter. Plus they come in larger sizes and use up less space than your standard D.E. filter. Listen to this podcast to learn more about them.


Multi-Tork filter sockets (Episode 16) : 
I talk to Tal the owner/operator of Multi-Tork. Multi-Tork makes filter socket sets and other tools that will speed up your filter cleanings.

Pleatco Filter Cartridges, with Abhi & Rich Pleatco Engineers (Episode 32): 
In this episode I interview Abhi Pillai Director of Research and Development and Richard Medina VP of Engineering and Research at Pleatco, LLC. We discuss the Pleatco Filter Cartridges in detail and go over the benefits of the Pleatco Advanced Cartridges.

Should I Buy Used Swimming Pool Equipment? (Episode 226): 
If you are on a tight budget you may be tempted to purchase some used pool equipment. I go over some reasons why you shouldn’t and give you some exceptions to the rule. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1976224-should-i-buy-used-swimming-pool-equipment

Swimming Pool Filter Types Overview (Episode 26): 
In this podcast, I go over the 3 most common filter types for your swimming pool. I touch on the pros and cons and offer tips on D.E. Filters, Cartridge Filters and Sand Filters.

Pool Filter Cleaning Tips: How to Speed up Your Filter Cleanings on your Pool Route (Episode 185):
In this podcast, I go over some ways to speed up those filter cleanings on your pool route. I offer some helpful tips from what I wear when I clean filters to some great tools like the Multi-Tork Sockets Set that really speed things up.

Tips on Upgrading your Swimming Pool Filter (Episode 250) : 
If your pool filter has reached the end of its lifespan or if you just want to upgrade to a larger filter, here are some practical tips for you. I also go over the sizing from one type of filter to another which can be confusing since they all operate differently. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2224463-tips-on-upgrading-your-swimming-pool-filter

When is it Time to Replace my Pool Filter Elements? (Episode 225): 
If you have a D.E. Filter or a Cartridge Filter it can be tough to know when to replace the grids or cartridges. I spend some time giving you some of the things to look for when you notice poor filtration. I also cover Sand Filters and when to change the sand. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1976068-when-is-it-time-to-replace-my-pool-filter-elements

When to Replace your Cartridge Filter – Cartridge (Episode 332)
I get this question all the time. When should I replace the cartridge inside my pool filter? There is no set rule but there are many signs of when your pool filter cartridge is wearing out. I go over some common guidelines and also point out some of the things that indicate your cartridge needs to be thrown out and replaced. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3113098


When to Replace your D.E. Filter Grids (Episode 333) : 
It can be hard to determine if your D.E. filter grids are worn out and in this podcast, I go over some of the signs to look for. These, of course, include obvious tears and rips but there are some more subtle signs that your D.E. Filter grids may be going bad. Listen to learn about how to tell when to replace your D.E. Filter grids. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3113128

When Should I clean my Pool Filter? (Episode 168):
In this podcast, I go over when you should clean your pool filter. It differs of course by filter size and region but I will give you some standard Rules of Thumb.

Your Pool Filter Sucks! (Episode 319) : 
If you struggle with your pool each season, the answer could be a very simple one. Your pool filter is too small, not running correctly or a combination of both. Replacing your pool filter with a larger one will be a game-changer for your pool. Yes, it is a major expense, but in reality, you are spending a lot more on chemicals to keep the pool looking passable and you are wasting time and energy on treating algae each week. Listen to learn why replacing your undersized or old pool filter will make your swim season much more enjoyable. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2910934

Orenda Technologies Series:


Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 1 of 6: Virtual Classroom and App (Episode 325): 
I spent some time recording this podcast series with Harold Evens of Orenda Technologies and I think you will find it one of the most comprehensive discussions on water quality issues for your swimming pool. In this first part, I go over what Orenda does and we touch on some of the products that Orenda makes to help both the pool pro and homeowner enhance their pool care. Listen to part one to learn what Orenda Technologies is actively doing to educate both the pool pro and a consumer on water quality issues and solutions. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3040495

Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 2 of 6: Phosphates (Episode 326) : 
Phosphates are a much talked about subject in the industry and in this podcast I continue the series on water quality issues with Harold Evans of Orenda Technologies and we discuss phosphates and phosphate removers in detail in this episode. Listen to learn why phosphates are becoming more and more an issue and how they create water quality issues for your pool: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3040546

Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 3 of 6: Enzyme Treatment (Episode 327): 
I continue the series with Harold Evens of Orenda Technologies and in this podcast, we go over how the use of enzymes can enhance your chlorine and make your filtration system more efficient. If you have never used enzymes in your pool and don’t know much about them, this podcast will give you all the information you need on using Enzymes in a pool. We also touch a little on Clarifiers at the end of the recording. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3040582

Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 4 of 6: High CYA (Episode 328) : 
Cyanuric Acid has been a big issue that has recently been debated in the swimming pool industry and I continue my series on water quality issues with Harold Evans of Orenda Technologies with a discussion on high Cyanuric Acid (CYA) and how it affects your pool water. Learn why high CYA in your pool can make balancing and maintain safe water more difficult. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3040630

Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 5 of 6: Balancing the LSI (Episode 329): 
The LSI Index (Langelier Saturation Index) is a method that was developed to identify if your swimming pool water in scale forming or corrosive. I continue the series on water quality issues with Harold Evans from Orenda Technologies and in this podcast we touch on using the LSI to balance your pool water. Throughout this series of podcast the LSI Index has been a main feature of the Orenda teachings. In this episode Harold discusses how not balancing a pool with the LSI can be damaging to the pool surface. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3040723

Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 6 of 6: Scaling & Etching (Episode 330): 
The scale on your pool surface is a big issue in the pool industry. In this podcast, I conclude the water quality issues series with Harold Evans of Orenda Technologies and we discuss the reasons why your pool surface feels rough to the touch. We also discuss the Orenda Start-Up procedure in detail and explain the difference between scaling and etching of the plaster.. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3040765


Pool Care:

Add Water to your Pool! (Episode 131):
In this MiniCast I go on a polite rant ad encourage customers to add water to their pool each week.

Bad Pool Product or User Error?  (Episode 260) : 
There are bad pool products out there, that is for sure. There are also defective pool products on the market. But user error is also a big part of why an automatic cleaner or Variable Speed Pump doesn’t work effectively. Do you have a bad product or maybe it is installed or set up wrong? Find out more in this podcast.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2301803-bad-pool-product-or-user-error


Best Way to Heat Your Swimming Pool (Episode 357) : 
There are many ways to heat your swimming pool during the season and I have found that the best way is the tried and true method of using your pool heater. You can also try variations of solar heating and solar pool covers. I go over some of these methods in this podcast for you.

Best Way to Clean Your Spa (Episode 138):
In this Episode, I discuss some ways to clean your attached spa and your stand alone fiberglass spa.

Calcium on Your Pool Tile and Pool Surface -Tips on How to Treat and Remove it (Episode 59): 
In this episode I cover calcium build-up on your pool tile and and on your pool surface and offer some helpful tips on treating and removing it.

Common Pool Care Errors: Not Adding Water, Leaving Pool Off, Valve Errors and More! (Episode 49): 
In this Podcast I cover a slew of common errors that I see homeowners and pool service techs make when servicing a pool. This can range from not adding water each week to leaving the pool valves in the wrong position. Listen to learn how to avoid these mistakes. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/726105-common-pool-care-errors-not-adding-water-leaving-pool-off-valve-errors-and-more

Dawn Soap to the Rescue! See the Pool Bottom Clearly (Episode 152):
In this episode, I talk about a little trick you can do with something as simple as Dawn dish soap to take all the glare off of the pool surface and see the pool bottom clearly.

Dogs Swimming, Dogs Attacking, Dog Poop in the Pool and More (Episode 80): 
In this episode I go over everything from dogs swimming in the pool, dogs who attack, dogs and chemicals and dog poop in the pool. Learn all about dogs and pools. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/916691-all-about-dogs-dogs-swimming-dogs-attacking-dog-poop-in-the-pool-and-more

Draining a Swimming Pool (Episode 170):
In this podcast, I share some tips on draining down your swimming pool. Whether you are draining it down for an acid wash or to lower the CYA level you will find these tips helpful.

Ducks in Your Pool & How to Get Rid of Them (Episode 376): 
Ducks can be a real nuisance for swimming pool owners. If you have ever had them visit your pool or a pool or your service route you know that they can be persistent and hard to scare away. I offer you some tried and true tips in this podcast and these are safe and humane ways to get rid of the ducks.


Ducks, Raccoons and Rodents, Oh My! Critters and your Pool (Episode 205): 
In this podcast I go over some of the ways to rid your pool of ducks, raccoons and rodents. One of the problems you will run into as a pool owner is critters using your swimming pool. Listen in for some tips on how do deal with critters in your pool.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1811275-ducks-raccoons-and-rodents-oh-my-critters-and-your-pool


Fires and your Pool: Some Tips to Deal with the Clean Up (Episode 210): 
In this podcast, I go over some steps you can take if there is a fire in your area. Besides the debris from the wind, there is often a lot of ash that gets in the pool and I will offer you some tips on cleaning up the mess after a fire.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1853392-fires-and-your-pool-some-tips-to-deal-with-the-clean-up


Health Hazards and Swimming Pool Chemicals  (Episode 274): 
If you work in the industry long enough or have taken care of your backyard pool for years, you are aware of the health hazards of many of the chemicals we use for pool care. I go over some of the more toxic chemicals and ways to avoid getting hurt, burned and poisoned around your swimming pool. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2388953-health-hazards-and-swimming-pool-chemicals

Hot Tub Care 101 (Episode 215): 
In this podcast, I go over the basic hot tub care including chemistry and when to drain your Hot Tub. If you have a Hot Tub or service Hot tubs as part of your pool route you will find these tips helpful in balancing your Hot Tub.

How to Treat a Pool with Yellow, Green or Black Algae and How to Prevent it (Episode 45): 
In this Episode I talk about how being a cheapskate or Penny Pincher will hurt you in the long run. If price point is your only concern with your pool care or poll service you are setting yourself up for trouble later on.

Just the Basics - Some Things to Know About Pool Care  (Episode 65): 
In this episode I go over some of the basics on pool care. I cover filtration, run time and some basics on green pools and cloudy pools. This is part one in a series of "Just the Basics" https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/820208-just-the-basics-some-things-to-know-about-pool-care

Knowing When to Manually Vacuum a Swimming Pool (Episode 184):
In this podcast, I discuss when you should manually vacuum a pool and when you shouldn’t. Sounds simple enough but you can waste a lot of time trying to vacuum a pool when there is too much debris and all you are doing is constantly unclogging your vacuum head.

Manually Vacuuming your Pool, Use a Canister! (Episode 204)
In this podcast, I go over why I think it is essential to use a canister when you are manually vacuuming a swimming pool. I go over the cons of not using one and highlight the features of the two best leaf canisters for pool service use.

Manually Vacuuming a Swimming Pool: The Do's and Don'ts and Helpful Tips (Episode 74): 
In this Episode I go over how to manually vacuum a pool which sounds simple but there are a lot of things that you need to know to avoid mistakes and to do it right. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/874799-manually-vacuuming-a-swimming-pool-the-do-s-and-don-ts-and-helpful-tips

New Plaster Pool Start Up Issues (Episode 275)
Starting up a plaster pool is loaded with potential problems that could cause staining, discoloration and damage to the new pool surface. There are some things that you should never do and other things that you should do. Knowing what to do can prevent scaling and staining of a new plaster pool. I go over these dos and don’ts in this podcast episode:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2434115-new-plaster-pool-start-up-issues

Pool Stains Part 1 - Rust Stains and Organic Stains & How to Treat (Episode 57): 
In this episode I talk about Rust Stains in your pool and also Organic Stains and give you some tips on how to identify and treat them.

Pool Stains Part 2: Metal Stains & Mottling of the Pool Surface (Episode 58): 
In this episode I discuss metal staining and treatment and also the difference between metal stains and mottling of the pool surface. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/777189-pool-stains-part-2-metal-stains-mottling-of-the-pool-surface

Running Your Pool Pump at Night: Bad Idea! (Episode 217): 
In this podcast, I go over the drawbacks of running your pool pump at night. If you think running your pump from Midnight to 7 am is a good idea and will save you money on your energy cost, think again.

Santa Ana Wind Event Clean-Up Tips (Episode 71): 
In this episode I talk about servicing pools after a major wind event - like the Santa Ana Winds that we get here in Southern California. I offer clean-up tips and share what I think is a reasonable amount of time to spend at each stop.

Scum Line on Pool Tiles? Here are some Tips to Prevent it. (Episode 169):
In this podcast I go over the dreaded scum line that can form in your swimming pool and spa. I go over ways to prevent it and also the best method in cleaning it.

Swimming Pool Skimmer Help (Episode 15): 
In this Episode I go over products that will enhance your pool skimming. Some of the products I cover are the PoolSkim, Solar-Breeze NX, Skim Devil, SolaSkimmer, Skim Doctor 2.0, Skimmer Motion and the Gator

Skimming Help for your Pool Surface (Episode 109) : 
In this episode, I go over somethings that will aid your pool surface skimming ability. I go over the SkimDoctor 2.0, the PoolSkim, SolaSkimmer and the Solar-Breeze. Any of these would be a great way to reduce surface debris in your pool.

Spring Time and your Pool Part Two of the Four Seasons and Your Pool
(Episode 86): 
In this Episode I go over the things to do to get your pool ready for the Spring Season. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/948407-spring-time-and-your-pool-part-two-of-the-four-seasons-and-your-pool

Some Tips for Those Heavy Debris Pools (Episode 175):
In this podcast, I offer you some helpful tips to deal with a heavy debris pool. These are pools that get a lot of leaves in them each week and there are some things you can do to help make it manageable.

Step by Step Guide to Cleaning a Pool: A Detail Look at What I do at Each Service Account (Episode 94) : 
In this episode, I go over the steps I take when I service a pool on my route. I will walk you through the steps I take at each account so that you can leave a pool or your own pool sparkling blue each week.

Summertime and your Swimming Pool: Some Tips for a Great Season (Episode 100) : 
In this episode, I go over some helpful tips to get through the Summer months. These tips are for both the pool service professional and the homeowner. Tune in to learn how to have the best Summer yet with your pool!

Tips on Preventing Errors While Servicing a Pool, Avoiding Common Mistakes (Episode 55): 
In this Episode I go over some ways to avoid making mistakes while servicing a pool. I explain why a routine is important as well as touch on the improper use of some chemicals

Tips on Cleaning your Pool After a Wind Storm (Episode 17): 
In this Episode I touch on some things to do if your area gets hit by a major wind storm. Wind gusts of 50 mph or higher will create a real mess in your pool. I go over the steps to take before the storm and offer some clean up tips for you.

To Vacuum or not to Vacuum That is the Question (Episode 259): 
This may sound simple on the surface but when should you manually vacuum a swimming pool and when is it futile to do so? Another word when will vacuum a pool with the system vacuum be more time than it is worth. Listen to this podcast to hear my answer.

What to Expect with Your Pool After A Big Rainstorm (Episode 254): 
After a heavy rain event, your pool may be negatively affected in many ways. The water level may be coming over the pool coping and flooding your yard. The water may appear to be cloudy or green and lots of critters may end up drowning in your pool. I go over these things and more in this podcast.


Winter Time and your Pool Part One of the Four Seasons and Your Pool (Episode 81) : 
In this podcast I go over everything you need to know about your pool in the Winter. This is part one of the Four Seasons and Your Pool Series and I cover the weather, chemistry and other things to note in the Winter months with your pool.

Winter Time Common Pool Care Errors and Mistakes (Episode 246): 
It is easy to overlook your pool care in the Winter months in those regions where we leave our pools open all season long. Here are some common mistakes that you can make with your pool care in the Winter months from chemistry to running the pool too long. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2191073-winter-time-common-pool-care-errors-and-mistakes


Pool Chasers Podcast Interview:

How I Got Started in the Pool Industry - Interview with the Pool Chasers Podcast Part 1 of 4 (Episode 66): 
In this episode I discuss how I got started in the Pool Service Industry. This is part 1 of a 4 part series from an interview that I did with the Pool Chaser Podcast Show. I go over how I got my start, how the Industry has changed and I talk a bit about the different manufacturers. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/828329-how-i-got-started-in-the-pool-industry-interview-with-the-pool-chasers-podcast-part-1-of-4

The Pool Industry as Whole and How to Start a Pool Business – Interview with the Pool Chasers Podcast Part 2 of 4 (Episode 67): 
In this Episode I go over how to manually vacuum a pool which sounds simple but there are a lot of things that you need to know to avoid mistakes and to do it right. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/874799-manually-vacuuming-a-swimming-pool-the-do-s-and-don-ts-and-helpful-tips

All About my YouTube Channel - Interview with the Pool Chasers Podcast Part 3 of 4 (Episode 68): 
In this Episode I continue my interview from the Pool Chaser Podcast Show where we talk in depth about my YouTube Channel.

Interview with the Pool Chaser Podcast Wrap up - Automatic Cleaners, Coaching and Living Debt Free! (Episode 69): 
In This episode I wrap up my interview with the Pool chaser Podcast. We discuss everything from automatic cleaners, my coaching site and living debt free! I hope you have enjoyed this 4 part podcast.


Pool Products:

FlowVis Flow Meter: Know Your Flow (Episode 187):
In this podcast, I go over what I think is the best swimming pool flow meter on the market today. If you have a VS pump a Flow Meter is the only way to set your pump run time to optimize your energy savings.

Hole In One Basket - Connect a Cleaner at the Skimmer without Clogging the Pump Basket! (Episode 70): 
The Hole in One Basket is my first pool product! I designed it, manufactured it and will be distributing it. The concept is simple, it is a heavy duty skimmer basket with a hole in the bottom to fit a standard cleaner hose through. No debris from the surface will now enter the pump basket and clog it.

Hole In One Basket is Revolutionary! (Episode 159):
The Hole In One Skimmer Basket is my first pool product and is quite revolutionary. You can connect a suction side cleaner to your skimmer without a Vac-Mate and trap debris from going into the pump basket. Listen to learn more.

Remington Solar Chlorine Free Sun Shock and the SolaSkimmer, Interview with Murray Smith, President (Episode 36): 
In this Episode I go over two products made by Remington solar for your pool. Remington Solar is an industry leading solar company and they make the Chlorine Free Sun Shock and the SolaSkimmer Solar Powered Pool Skimmer. . To order the Sun Shock at an 11% discount price use promo code: SPL2018 on their website at https://remingtonsolar.com/
I go into detail on both products with Murray Smith, the owner and President of Remington Solar

Same Pool Product Under a Different Name? Yup, They do That (Episode 151):
Why would a company sell two of the same exact products under a different label? It happens all the time in the Pool Industry. Listen and see two such products.

Skim Doctor 2.0 (Episode 268): 
I like any product that will enhance your pool skimming ability. But does the Skim doctor 2.0 really work? I think it does what it is supposed to do and is well worth the $40.00 investment. I also answer the negative reviews in this podcast and go over the benefits of the Skim Doctor 2.0 https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2318630-my-review-of-the-skim-doctor-2-0


SkimDoctor 2.0, Interview with the Inventor Ron Smith (Episode 30):
In this Podcast I interview Ron Smith who is the creator of the SkimDoctor 2.0. The SkimDoctor is a device that attaches to your pool skimmer basket and will increase the velocity of the pool surface allowing more debris to be trapped in the skimmer. It is a great product that really works.


SweepEase Pool Brush is now the StingRay Brush (Episode 272): 
I really like the SweepEase pool brush and use it as my go to pool brush.  It is specially designed to create more force as you brush the pool walls and force. Recently SweepEase has undergone a color change and a complete name change to the StrinRay Brush by SweepEase. I will go over some of the great features of this brush in this podcast. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2388920-sweepease-pool-brush-is-now-the-stingray-brush

Pool Guy & Gal Rookie Mistakes Series:

Pool Guy and Gal Rookie Mistakes (Episode 54): 
In this episode, I go over some common mistakes you can make when first starting out. I go over some bidding mistakes and some common mistakes while building your pool route. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/796559-why-do-i-have-poor-flow-in-my-pool-some-common-issues-and-solutions

More Pool Guy & Gal Rookie Mistakes (Episode 62): 
In this episode I cover more Pool Guy & Gal Rookie Mistakes including not getting prompt payment for a big job like a Green Pool Clean Up, not charging for everything correctly, not having service agreements and much more.
Rookie Mistakes Series - Part 1: Under Bidding Service Accounts (Episode 264): 
It is tough to know how much to bid for pool service even when you have some experience. Imagine how tough it is when you are just starting out and know little about the bidding process. I go over some tips to avoid underbidding potential service accounts. This is part 1 on a series on Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes

Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Series - Part 2: Not Having a Routine (Episode 273) : 
Like any job after awhile you put things on cruise control and are often not aware of if you did something or forgot to do something. A pool route can be very complex in that it becomes hard to remember if you actually did something week in and week out since you see the same pools every week all year round.  Having a set routine is critical to prevent oversites and error. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2388944-rookie-pool-guy-gal-mistakes-series-part-2-not-having-a-routine


Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Series - Part 3: Not Going the Extra Mile (Episode 304): 
The last thing anyone wants is to be sued for any type of liability. When you are learning the business and starting out, you may not know what to look for as far as things you could be liable for. Even if you have been doing pool service for quite some time you should always be focused on liability. I cover some of the more common things around a pool that could lead to liability on your part. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2434304-rookie-pool-guy-gal-mistakes-series-part-3-not-going-the-extra-mile

Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Series - Part 4: Underbidding (Episode 308): 
The last thing anyone wants is to be sued for any type of liability. When you are learning the business and starting out, you may not know what to look for as far as things you could be liable for. Even if you have been doing pool service for quite some time you should always be focused on liability. I cover some of the more common things around a pool that could lead to liability on your part. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2434304-rookie-pool-guy-gal-mistakes-series-part-3-not-going-the-extra-mile. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2434304-rookie-pool-guy-gal-mistakes-series-part-3-not-going-the-extra-mile

Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Series - Part 5: Not Thinking Liability (Episode 284): 
There are many common things that you can do as a new service provider for your clients that will make your efforts stand out. I am not talking about discounts or free services but little things that will make the client think you are really on the ball. These simple little added things that I talk about in this podcast can make your client a lifelong service account.. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2791942

Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Part 6: Troubleshooting Problems (Episode 322)
One the thing that can eat up a lot of time when you are new is when you run into a problem at an account. This will lead to much frustration and consume your time and energy. But it doesn’t have to be this way and I give you some tips on how to deal with a problem on your pool route. Learn how to avoid this typical rookie mistake in this podcast. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2978857

Rookie Pool Guy and Gal Mistakes Part 7: Running Out Of Chemicals (Episode 334)
This is something that should never happen but it does happen more than you think, running out of chlorine. When you are new to the business and maybe haven’t experienced a full Summer Season you may not know how much chlorine to stock or carry on your truck. I give you a basic rule of thumb in this podcast so that you never run out of chlorine on your pool route. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3113158

Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Part 8: Signing in at Your Accounts (Episode 339): 
One thing that is often overlooked when you are starting out or if you have been doing this for awhile is letting your customers know when you have serviced their pool. You can use many methods including sign in sheets, pool routing apps and so forth. I also touch on letting the customer know when you have installed a part or replaced an item at their pool. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3203170

Rookie Pool Guy & Gal Mistakes Part 9: Not Treating Algae Aggressively (Episode 374): 

One of the hardest lessons to learn when you are first starting out is that treating algae is a serious business. It is easy to think a small amount of algae is not a big deal, but not aggressively treating algae in a service account can lead to a huge algae bloom the following week. Learn some tips on treating algae on your pool route. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3847931



Pool Route: Buying a Pool Route Series

Buying a Swimming Pool Route Part 1: A Brief Overview (Episode 231): 
There are many aspects to purchasing a swimming pool route. In this podcast, I give you a general overview of what buying a pool route is. This is the first episode in a long series of podcasts on the benefits and pitfalls of purchasing a pool route.

Buying A Pool Route Part 2: Gross Sales and Profits. (Episode 236)
When you purchase a pool route there is potential to make instant income but does that mean you are actually making a profit. In this podcast, I explain the difference and go over some numbers so that you can see if it is logical to purchase a route or not. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2089137-buying-a-pool-route-part-2-gross-sales-and-profits

Buying a Pool Route Part 3: What to do About Those Bad Pools (Episode 247): 
If you are purchasing a pool route there may be some pools included in the purchase that are suspect. In other words, the pools themselves may have really old and poorly running equipment, the client may not be the best personality-wise or they may be late payers. What do you do with these pools and how do you spot them? https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2191079-buying-a-pool-route-part-3-what-to-do-about-those-bad-pools

Buying a Pool Route Part 4: Making Changes to Your New Route (Episode 251):
Many pool brokers will place a limit on the time period where you can make changes to your newly purchased pool route. Typically the probation period is anywhere from 3 to 6 months. This is to prevent the customer from canceling service. But how do you make needed changes after the probation period? https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2224478-buying-a-pool-route-part-4-making-changes-to-your-new-route

Buying a Pool Route Part 5: Now You Are on Your Own (Episode 256)
After the training period is over you are now the proud owner and operator of your own pool route. Congratulations and good luck. If it were that easy. Here are some things to note as you start out on your own and some ways to make the transition without losing your newly purchased accounts. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2273624-buying-a-pool-route-part-5-now-you-are-on-your-own

Buying a Pool Route Part 6: Buying a Partial Route (Episode 269)
Does it make sense to purchase 10 to 15 pools to quickly expand your current pool route? It may or may not depending on your market and if you are able to grow organically through advertising and word of mouth. But in some cases buying a small pool route may the answer you need to expand quickly. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2318633-buying-a-pool-route-part-6-buying-a-partial-route


Buying a Pool Route Part 7: Inheriting Existing Issues (Episode 349): 
Purchasing a pool route is one way to get into the industry in a quick fashion. But there are some pitfalls to be aware of and one of those is that the company that sold you the route may not have been doing things 100% correctly. As with any business, you may have different ideas and standards and making these adjustments after purchasing the route can be challenging. I cover a few common issues that you may inherit along with some ways to approach your new customers about them. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3389536

Pool Service Pros:

Acid Wash Tips (Episode 165):
In this podcast, I go over some Acid Wash Tips that I didn’t cover in my recent updated Acid Wash Video on YouTube. These tips will help you have the best outcome in your Acid Wash.

Advanced Cleaning Tools for Your pool Route to Speed Up Your Day! (Episode 46): 
In this Episode I cover some Advanced Cleaning Tools that will speed up your pool cleaning. I cover the Water Tech Precision 2.0, The Riptide and Power Vac Vacuum Systems and the Advantage PORTAVAC Portable filtration System. All of these tools are designed to save you tie on your pool route.

AquaSuite Pool Route Management Software - with Cameron Craig (Episode 31): 
In this Episode I interview Cameron Craig who is the creator if the AquaSuite which is a powerful Management software for your pool service business. AquaSuite will allow you to manage, track, record and invoice your service accounts. AquaSuite does everything to make your pool service company successful and easy to run. To learn more: www.useaquasuite.com

Are You Out There Just "Spinning Your Wheels" or are you Making a Profit in your Business? (Episode 56): 
In this Episode I discuss the topic of making a profit in your business. You may have a lot of money coming in each month but are you actually making money? I offer tips on how to make a profit and ways to tell if you are or not.

Being a Cheapskate with Your Pool and Tips for Pool Guys on How to Deal with Stingy Customers (Episode 52): 
In this Episode I talk about how being a cheapskate or Penny Pincher will hurt you in the long run. If price point is your only concern with your pool care or poll service you are setting yourself up for trouble later on.

Best Time to Take a Vacation on your Pool Service Route? (Episode 186)
In this podcast, I go over the best time to take a vacation or a break if you have a pool service route. I go over what I think is the optimal time and also the time of year which is the worst to go on a break.

Best Way to Charge for Chemicals and Repairs: Pool Business Talk 101 (Part 3 of 4) (Episode 241): 
Here is part 3 of the series the Swimming Pool Service business with Michael Setterington of The Blue Pools, LLC (thebluepools.net). We talk about which chemicals the customer should be paying for and also how to set your pricing for repairs and installations.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2130299-best-way-to-charge-for-chemicals-and-repairs-pool-business-talk-101-part-3-of-4

Bidding Process from the Pool Service and the Homeowner Perspective (Episode 190): 
In this podcast, I try to work both sides of the bidding process. On one side are all the things you need to know about bidding for service on the pool company side and then on the other side what to know as the customer.

Bi-Monthly Pool Service the Cons and Cons (Episode 177):
In this podcast, I go over the cons of taking on a service account when the client wants you to service their pool every other week. I go over the cons of such an arrangement. Notice there are no pros.

Bringing Balance to Your Pool Service Route (Episode 352): 
When you are starting out and building your route you are running around and doing anything you can to make money and make ends meet. When you start to build up your pool route there comes a point where you can get out of balance. You may struggle to balance repairs, weekly service, and other services in a typical week. Learn how to bring balance back to your pool route and not get burned out. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3480571


Bug Bro: Those Pool Service Customers that Bug You (Episode 359): 

My 12-year old son coined this phrase whenever he comes to my office to interrupt me. “Hey, Bug Bro is here.” I thought it was an apt term and you may have customers on your pool route that are constantly bugging you over every little thing. Text messages for things that are insignificant, or phone calls on a Sunday night over silly little matters. I go over some tips in this podcast on how to handle the “Bug Bro” customers on your route. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3555469

Business Etiquette - The Do's and Don'ts plus some Bidding Tips (Episode 64): 
In this episode I discuss some of the things you should do as a business professional. I talk on etiquette and ways to land the bid you are on. I also go over some basic pool side bidding formulas.

Chemical Only Service for Your Pool Route (Episode 344)
Offering Chemical Only Service on your pool route can be very lucrative if it is done correctly. There are some things you need to be aware of if you are planning to offer this service and I go over some of the pros and cons of Chem Only service in this podcast. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3314473

Changing the Billing for Customers and Vacation Time: Pool Business Talk 101 (Part 4 of 4) (
Episode 242): 
Here is part 4 of the series the Swimming Pool Service business with Michael Setterington of The Blue Pools, LLC (thebluepools.net). We wrap things up and I go over how to pass new charges onto the customers and how to set up your vacation time.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2130314-changing-the-billing-for-customers-and-vacation-time-pool-business-talk-101-part-4-of-4


Christmas Time Tips for your Pool Route (Episode 249): 
Christmas and the Holidays are a great time of the year to connect with your customers and also to thank them for allowing you to service their pool and spa over the year. I offer some tips on how you can handle the Holidays including time off and gifts for your clients

Cleaning Tips for Pool Service Co. After a Santa Ana Wind Event (Episode 24): 
In this episode I go over some things to do if you service pools in the Southern California area and your service accounts get hit by a Santa Ana Winds and Ash from the fires that often are produced by these winds.

Customer Buys Equipment for you to Install, What do you do? (Episode 203): 
This is a very common thing with the wide variety of equipment now for sale on the internet. What do you do when a customer purchases a pump online or other equipment and asks you to install it for them.https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1773106-customer-buys-equipment-for-you-to-install-what-do-you-do


Going out on a bid for a new service account is exciting and often there are perils we cannot see at the time. Maybe a pool has an existing stain but the customer never saw it until you took over service? Or you noticed the motor was very loud and after you take over the pump is dead. The new customer may think you are the cause of these things, but if you document things on your bid you can avoid the pitfalls of being the fall guy. I go over some commonsense practices in this podcast for your next pool bid.


Don't Get Sued: Things you Should Not Do in Your Pool Service Business (Episode 110) : 
In this episode, I go over some things you should not be doing on your pool route to avoid liability and costly lawsuits.

Don't Overdue It in the Heat! (Episode 126):
In this MiniCast, I talk about pacing yourself out there when the Summer Temperature gets over 100 degrees. Don't overdo it and set things up so that you can take it easy.

Drumming up Business in the Off-Season: Pool Business Talk 101 (Part 1 of 4) (Episode 237): 
I sat down and recorded a series of Podcast focused on the Swimming Pool Service business with Michael Setterington of The Blue Pools, LLC (thebluepools.net). In this first recording, we go over some ways to land service accounts in the Off-Season, typically November through early March in Southern California. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2130239-drumming-up-business-in-the-off-season-pool-business-talk-101-part-1-of-4

Economic Slow Down Affects Your Pool Service Business (Episode316) : 
Having gone through one of the most serious Recessions in 2008 and making it through it intact, I can shed some light on how the current economic client will affect your pool service business. In this podcast, I go over some of the things that happened in 2008 and how to prepare for them today. If the economy does turn south it will have some impact on your service business. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2908099

Effective Strategies for Selling Automatic Pool Cleaners (Episode 263) : 
I am a big fan of automatic pool cleaners. Here are some of the tactics I use to sell automatic pool cleaners to my customers. Whether you are a pool service company or a pool store employee these methods are proven and effective in closing the sale on an automatic pool cleaner.


Effective Ways to Sell Products to Your Customers (Episode 271) : 
Whether you are a pool service professional or a DIY homeowner 2020 is probably the best time ever to own and service pools. There is just so much great information out there on pool care plus manufacturer seminars and training on pool equipment making this the Golden Age of pool ownership and pool service https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2388899-effective-ways-to-sell-products-to-your-customers


Equipment You Need to Start a Pool Service or Clean Your Own Pool (Episode 384)
I think you will be surprised by the basic equipment list I go over to start a pool service business. This is also good for the homeowner taking care of their own pool. I go over just the basic equipment to get you started on pool care. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/4022987


Gardeners, Need I say More (Episode 134):
In this MiniCast, I talk about how to get the Gardeners from treating the pool as a giant trash can. I am nice about it, don't worry.

General Liability Insurance: What is Not Covered & Common Exclusions (Episode 381): 

Having a General Liability Policy is a must for the pool service pro. This will protect you from any errors or omissions, basically, those oops out there that can cost you a lot of money. In a perfect world, everything would be covered but then the premium would be crazy high. Listen to learn about the common things not covered by your policy, known as exclusions. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/4022633

General Liability Insurance- Get Insured to Protect your Business & Personal Assets (Episode 60): 
In this episode, I go over how to manually vacuum a pool which sounds simple but there are a lot of things that you need to know to avoid mistakes and to do it right. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/790932-general-liability-insurance-get-insured-to-protect-your-business-personal-assets

Getting Paid Right on the Spot (Episode 208): 
In this podcast, I go over some methods you can use to get paid right at the service account for work performed or to collect a deposit. This comes in handy when you are doing work where the part is high priced or a clean up where you need the payment or deposit before beginning the work.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1811326-getting-paid-right-on-the-spot

Going the Extra Mile on Your Pool Route (Episode 176):
 In this podcast, I go overdoing the little things that are not expected but go a long way to helping you retain your clients and get more referrals. It’s these extra little things that pay off and they can take your pool service from average to exceptional.

Hey Buddy You Owe me Money!: Dealing with Non-Payments (Episode 213): 
If you have been in business long enough you will have to deal with non-paying clients. It is all part of running a pool route and I offer some tips on collecting from non-paying customers.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1853419-hey-buddy-you-owe-me-money-dealing-with-non-payments


How Much Time Should I Be Spending at Each Pool? (Episode 252): 
This is, of course, a regional question and you will be spending less time at a screened-in pool in Florida than in a Texas-size 40,000 service account. But there are some general guidelines so that you are actually making money on your pool route versus spinning your wheels.

How to Effectively Refer a Pool Job Out (Episode 261)
You can’t do it all in your pool service business. What is the best way to refer work out on your pool route? Do you hire someone and pay them directly or do you refer them to the customer? Listen to find out what I think is the most effective way to do this.. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2304872-how-to-effectively-refer-a-pool-job-out

How to Sell A Cleaner to Your Customers (Episode 227): 
Automatic cleaners are a great way to save time on your pool route. But how do you convince customers to purchase one? Here is the method I use and it is highly effective is selling cleaners to my customers.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1977643-how-to-sell-a-cleaner-to-your-customers

How to Start a Pool Service Business From Licensing, Certifications, Supplies and More (Episode 77): 
In this episode, I go over all the things you will need to start your own pool service business. I cover licensing, certification, where to buy your supplies and more

Leslie’s Sells Wholesale? (Episode 314) : 
Leslie’s Pool Supply has a growing Wholesale Division and if you have a pool service company you can easily open a Wholesale Account at any of their retail locations. They are making a real push into the Wholesale market this year and their pricing is pretty competitive. They don’t stock as many products as PoolCorp but they are open later every day and they are of course open on Saturday & Sunday. Plus, if you have $1 million of Liability Insurance they will refer you to customers who are looking for weekly pool service. Listen to learn more about Leslie’s Wholesale. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2862535


Losing Money is Part of Owning a Business (Episode 336) : 
The manufacturers make some specific suction side and robotic cleaners for the above ground pool market. These are usually very similar to their in-ground cleaners and if you have a small in-ground pool you can use some of these above-ground models in your pool. I go over some of these above ground cleaners and also point out the models that I use in my in-ground pools.. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3202981

Mr. Red Alert: Everything is an Emergency! (Episode 206): 
In this podcast, I touch on one customer personality type. The one where every little thing is an emergency with their pool. If you do pool service long enough you will land one of these types and I give you some tips on dealing with them in this podcast.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1811287-mr-red-alert-everything-is-an-emergency

Multi-Tork filter sockets (Episode 16) : 
I talk to Tal the owner/operator of Multi-Tork. Multi-Tork makes filter socket sets and other tools that will speed up your filter cleanings.

Must Have Equipment for your Pool Route (Episode 87) : 
In this podcast, I talk about some of the pool equipment that will speed up your day and make your life that much easier out on your pool route. These are some must-have pool equipment.

Ms. Perfect, “There is a Leaf in My Pool!” (Episode 221): 
Everyone who has been servicing pools long enough has come across a perfectionist customer. The common, “I found a leaf in my pool after you left,” can be annoying at best. Constant complaints of crystal clear pool can get on your nerves. Here are some helpful tips on dealing with perfectionist on your route.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1880420-ms-perfect-there-is-a-leaf-in-my-pool

My Hands are Freezing! Atlas WG772 Gloves Will Save You! (Episode 228): 
Dealing with the elements is all part of the job. One thing that is really tough is sticking your hands in freezing cold water in the fall and winter months. When the cold air hits your wet hands it feels like they are going to fall off. Not to worry, these Atlas Gloves will save you.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1977670-my-hands-are-freezing-atlas-wg772-gloves-will-save-you

New or Used Service Truck: Which is Better for Business? (Episode 162)
In this Podcast, I go over why I think a used vehicle and a paid-off one at that is a much better business decision than leasing a new vehicle. Listen to learn why.

No more 1099-Pool Service Employees in California (Episode 276) : 
With the passage of AB 5, the 1099-employee will be completely eliminated in California. If it proofs successful, this year other states will soon be adopting these strict restrictions in Independent Contractors. Just about every current 1099 pool service worker will fail to meet the state's new strict requirements and will need to be classified as an employee going forward. But there is one workaround that I discuss in this episode.

Paythepoolman.com - Interview with the Creator Jeff Posth (Episode 95) : 
In this episode, I interview Jeff Posth who is the creator of the popular Pool Routing Software Paythepoolman. Listen to learn the features and the benefits of the software and how it can enhance your business!

Pool Pool Guy and Gal Coaching Program: An Overview of the Benefits for as little as .33 Cents a day! (Episode 76): 
In this episode I go over my Pool Guy and Gal Coaching Program and give you an overview of the benefits of joining. For as little as .33 cents a day you can get a ton of great benefits. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/937312-do-not-touch-common-mistakes-by-touching-things-around-your-pool

Pool Pro Magazine: Pool Service Business 101 (Episode 335) : 
In this podcast I interview Megan Kendrick the Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of Pool Pro Magazine and we discuss some of the fundamentals of the industry. We also touch on the COVID-19 crisis and some of the things to look out for in your pool service business. Pool Pro Magazine’s main focus is on the business end of your pool service and we discuss some of those key aspects in this podcast. To learn more about Pool Pro Magazine you can go to their website https://poolpromag.com/
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3132595

Pool Service Rainy Day Schedule (Episode 188):
In this podcast, I go over what I do on rainy days. I cover the times I will go out and the times I stay home. These are of course guidelines, but you may find them helpful for your pool service business.

Pool Trader App: The Easy Way to Buy and Sell Pools on Your Route Part 1 of 3 (Episode 391): 
In this podcast I interview Joe Wilmot who is the creator of the Pool Trader App. This app is a revolutionary way of putting pool pros in contact with each other much like the Auto Trader site where you can buy and sell pools as a private party. Tune in to part one as we discuss how the app originated and how it can really help you. Learn more at Pooltrader.net


Pool Trader: Some Tips on Buying a Pool Route with the Pool Trader App Part 2 of 3 (Episode 392) : 
In this podcast, I continue my discussion with Joe Wilmot the creator of the Pool Trader app. This app allows you to buy and sell your pools as a private party, much like the corkboard at the local distributor where you see pools for sale listed. We continue in this part and touch on some of the things you need to be aware of when you purchase a pool route. Learn more at Pooltrader.net

Pool Trader: Benefits of Having a Tight Pool Route: Pool Trader App Part 3 of 3 (Episode 393): 
I conclude my interview with Joe Wilmot who is the creator of the Pool Trader app and we discuss how using the APP can save you time and money. We also touch on how Joe can offer this app for free of charge to you. I hope you enjoyed the series with Joe Wilmot and encourage you to install the app today. Learn more at Pooltrader.net https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/4217870

Pool Guy Coaching Benefits (Episode 98) : 
In this MiniCast, I go over my all the benefits of my Pool Guy and Gal Coaching Site. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1103942-pool-guy-coaching-benefits-minicast

Purchasing a Pool Route, Interview with Charles Baird CEO of NPRS (Episode 8): 
In this episode I interview Charles Baird the Founder of National Pool Routes Sales about starting a pool route by purchasing an existing established pool route through National Pool Route Sales. bit.ly/nationalpoolroutesales - National Pool Route Sales bit.ly/CBconsulting - Charles Baird consulting If your thinking about starting a pool business, this is one option available to get into the business and Charles will explain all of the aspects of buying a pool route.

Recession: Tips for Pool Service Companies (Episode 331) : 
A Recession can be a tough time for any business and a Pool Service is not immune to the effects of an economic slowdown. When money is tight it gets harder to get new clients and to retain current customers. The key is not to panic and to make sure you are operating your business in the best possible way to reduce costs and debt. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3102490

Robotic Pool Cleaner for Commercial Service Accounts (Episode 266) : 
The robotic pool cleaner is huge for the residential sector of the market. But when it comes to Commercial pools that market is flat. Part of it is the Health Department regulation prohibiting cleaners in a pool when it is open and in use. Another part is the high cost of the units themselves. But with these drawbacks a Robotic Cleaner for your Commercial Service Accounts may still be a great time saving idea. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2318582-using-a-robotic-pool-cleaner-for-commercial-service-accounts

Rainy Day Schedule (Episode 188): 
In this podcast, I go over what I do on rainy days. I cover the times I will go out and the times I stay home. These are of course guidelines, but you may find them helpful for your pool service business.

Selling Automatic Cleaners to your Customers (Episode 101) : 
In this MiniCast, I go over selling automatic cleaners to your customers. I touch on using Demo cleaners as a way to get your foot in the door.

Setting Goals in 2019 for your Pool Service Business (Episode 79) : 
In this podcast, go over some ways to improve your pool service business by setting achievable goals. Setting goals is a way to inspire yourself as well as see your progress as you move forward in your business.

Service Call Feed: When to Charge Them (Episode 218):
Every pool service needs to have a set hourly service call fee. Depending on your area the fee can range from $65 to $95 or more. When should you charge a service call fee and when should you waive it? I cover this and more in the podcast for you.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1880462-service-call-fees-when-to-charge-them

Service Industry News, Interview with Carrie Dibrell Owner & Publisher (Episode 35): 
In this podcast, I go over in detail the trade newspaper for the pool industry - the Service Industry News. Every Pool Service Professional should be subscribed to this publication. To subscribe go to: http://www.serviceindustrynews.net/

For $15 per year or $40 for 4 years you will get up to date educational schedules, breaking news that affects the industry and first looks at new pool products

Should I Take on a Heavy Debris Pool? (Episode 258) : 
Everyone who does pool service has run into a heavy debris pool at one time or another. Or several of them as in my case. Should you even take the time to bid one of these for service? There are some good reasons why you should take on a heavy debris pool but of course, there are a lot of negatives to heavy debris pool
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2273663-should-i-take-on-a-heavy-debris-pool

Should I get my Service Truck Wrapped? (Episode 178)
In this podcast, I go over getting your service vehicle wrapped. Does a full ad wrap really pay off? It really depends. Listen to learn more.

Should I Hire an Employee?: Pool Business Talk 101 (Part 2 of 4)  (Episode 238): 
Here is part 2 of a series focused on the Swimming Pool Service business with Michael Setterington of The Blue Pools, LLC (thebluepools.net). We cover when it makes sense to hire an employee versus doing everything yourself. There is a point where you could make a larger profit with an employee and a point when you are actually losing money.

Sick Days for a Pool Service Company, Do They Even Exist? (Episode 148):
How do you handle your pool route if you are actually to sick to work that day or week? In this podcast, I go over sick days and what to do.

Skimmer: Interview with Ron Hash the founder of Skimmer Pool Service Software (Episode 82) : 
In this Podcast I interview Ron Hash the founder of Skimmer Pool Service Software.
www.getskimmer.com This is a route management software that is affordable and will take your service to the next level of organization. The app is designed to streamline your business and make everything easier for you.  

SPPA General Liability Insurance for your Pool Route: 
I cover General Liability Insurance for your swimming pool route in this episode. I interview Danielle Bahr, President of SPPA. We discuss Liability Insurance in Detail and the policies SPPA offers.

Starting a Pool Service - Interview with Erik Taylor of Chlorine King (Episode 2)
In this Podcast I touch on what it takes to start a pool service business. What better way to talk about this than to interview a pool guy who has one year under his belt. In this episode I interview Erik Taylor of Chlorine King Pool Service in Seminole Florida. Tune in to see if you have the right stuff to start your own pool service business.

Stop Aggressive Dogs Safely! Dog Dazer II (Episode 144):
Do you have aggressive or constantly barking dogs on your pool route? The Dog Dazer II will keep you safe and stop aggressive dogs right in their tracks.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1370788-stop-aggressive-dogs-safely-dog-dazer-ii

Swimming Pool Industry Facebook Groups (Episode 346) : 
One of the trending ways to get solid insight and information on pool care and on your pool business is through Industry Facebook Groups. There are a number of them now including my group Swimming Pool Learning Group. I go over the Facebook Groups I am a part of and run down the list of the Industry Groups on Facebook.. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3378145

Tips to Make Your Body Last Out In the Field (Episode 194): 
In this podcast, I go over some tips on protecting yourself while you are working out in the field doing Swimming Pool Service. I am a bit older than when I first started and there are some things you can do to prevent injury and strains. I will cover some of them here for you. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1699978-tips-to-make-your-body-last-out-in-the-field

Using Your Own Automatic Cleaners on Your Route (Episode 117) : 
In this MiniCast I go over the benefits of leaving a demo cleaner or company cleaner at a clients pool. It's an investment for sure but one that can pay off in time savings. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1234067-using-your-own-automatic-cleaners-on-your-route

Website: Making an Effective Website (Episode 75): 
In this Podcast I go over some simple tips on how to make an effective business website. I cover the two largest do-it-yourself website building companies Wix.com and GoDaddy.com as well as a site the specializes in Pool Company website: http://clearpoolproducts.com/

Western Pool Show, Interview with Glen Knecht President WPSS (Episode 33)
In this Episode I interview Glen Knecht the President of the Western Pool Show and we discuss every aspect of the Western Pool & Spa Show that will be held this March 15-17th at the Long Beach Convention Center. We go over the Seminars offered, the Exhibit Hall and all the great prizes given away at the show including a new truck!

What is on my Pool Service Truck 2019 Updated (180):
In this podcast, I go over some of the equipment I am currently using on my pool service truck. I cover the vacuum systems, poles, nets and more!

What is on my Pool Service Truck: My Current Tools and Equipment (Episode 78): 
In this Podcast, I go over what I am currently carrying on my Pool Service Truck. From my cleaning equipment to my tools and supplies.

Why You Need a Pool Vacuum System Now! (Episode 288) : 
I don’t sell any products directly so I can speak to you from an unbiased position. The one cleaning tool that you need for service is a Pool Vacuum system. There are four to choose from, the Riptide, The Power Vac the Bottom Feeder and the Hammer-Head Vacuum. I will be the first to tell you they are expensive, but at the same time they will pay for themselves over the course of the year. Listen to how it pays off to buy one of these now rather than later.


Windy Day Schedule: How to Deal with Trashed Pools (Episode 216): 
In this podcast, I go over my set windy day schedule and policy. Here in California, we have massive Santa Ana Wind events and many pools are completely trashed. How do you finish your pool route and leave the pools clean after a major wind storm? Listen to learn how.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1893950-windy-day-schedule-how-to-deal-with-trashed-pools

Your Pool Really Sucks Man! (Episode 233): 
Everyone has taken on a pool that is just flat out terrible. Either you didn’t bid it carefully and now notice the equipment is terrible or the debris level is just crazy bad. Or the customer is totally cheap and won’t even approve a new skimmer basket. How to you drop an account like this without getting the dreaded 1-star review.  https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2016852-hey-your-pool-really-sucks-man

Resources:

Get Educated or Get Left Behind – Resources for 2020 (Episode 267) : 
Whether you are a pool service professional or a DIY homeowner 2020 is probably the best time ever to own and service pools. There is just so much great information out there on pool care plus manufacturer seminars and training on pool equipment making this the Golden Age of pool ownership and pool service https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2318618-get-educated-or-get-left-behind-resources-for-2020

Having a Pool Built, Surface Types & Equipment (Part 2 of 3) - Interview with Mike Willard of "Your Pool Builder" (Episode 39): 
Having a new pool built is no small project. For the amount of money that the project will cost you and the fact that it will be a permanent part of your yard for years to come - you don't want to make any mistakes along the way. To guide you along the right path I talked at length with Mike Willard, the owner of Your Pool Builder in Montgomery Texas. In Part Two we talk about pool surface types and equipment choices

Having a Pool Built, The Bidding Process and Construction (Part 1 of 3) - Interview with Mike Willard of "Your Pool Builder" (Episode 38): 
Having a new pool built is no small project. For the amount of money that the project will cost you and the fact that it will be a permanent part of your yard for years to come - you don't want to make any mistakes along the way. To guide you along the right path I talked at length with Mike Willard, the owner of Your Pool Builder in Montgomery Texas

Pool Help & Resources for Homeowners & the Pool Service Professional (Episode 9): 
In this episode I go over the various resources that I have created to help the homeowner and pool service professional with all of their pool care needs. I discuss my YouTube Channel, Website, eBook and Patreon Site in detail for you.

Pool Guy & Gal Coaching Program - Interview with Mike Waters and How He Has Benefited from my Coaching Program (Episode 41): 
In this Podcast I interview Mike Waters of Waters and Sons Pool Service in Rancho Cucamonga on how he has benefited from my Patreon Pool Guy & Gal Coaching Program. We discuss his transition into the pool service business and some examples of the help he has received out in the field.

Pool Guy Coaching Benefits (Episode 98) : 
In this MiniCast I go over my all the benefits of my Pool Guy and Gal Coaching Site. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1103942-pool-guy-coaching-benefits-minicast

Pool Industry Confusion: Who Makes That and Who Owns Whom? (Episode 389): 
The Pool & Spa industry is rife with confusion and nothing is more perplexing than which company owns or makes which product. There is a lot of industry cross-over and if you ever wondered why when you call Jandy tech support you get a welcome from Fluidra, this podcast will clear it up for you. Maybe.


Pool School – The Four Pillars of Orenda Technologies (Episode 342): 
Getting educated is the key to a well balanced and safe pool. Whether you are a homeowner or a pool service tech caring for their own pool, you will find the free Orenda Four Pillars online course very educational and eye-opening. This course will help you learn more than just the basic chemistry of a pool and you will be able to apply these principles easily to your pool or pool route. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3314386

SPL (Swimming Pool Learning) App - Download it for Free! (Episode 73): 
In this Episode I talk at length about my new free SPL app available for your Apple and Android devices. Download it it for free today!

SPL App for your Smart Phone (Episode 123) : 
In this episode, I go over the features on my free App the SPL or Swimming Pool Learning App. It is totally free and includes buttons to all of my resources!

Swimming Pool Care The Essential Guide - eBook Overview (Episode 44): 
In this Podcast, I give you an overview of my eBook and the information that it contains. The eBook brings all of my resources together in one spot.

Salt Water Systems:

All About Salt Water Pools & Salt Water Generators (Episode 3)
In this podcast, I go over everything related to Salt Water Pools and Salt Water Generators. I talk about various saltwater systems and go over all the details related to saltwater pools. And I answer the question, is it worth upgrading to salt?

Choosing the Right Size Salt Cell & Total Chlorine Output (Episode 140):
In this episode, I go over choosing the correct size saltwater system and how much chlorine a typical salt system actually will produce each day.

Converting you Pool to a Saltwater Pool (Episode 358) : 
In this episode I go over how to add salt to your pool to convert it over to a saltwater pool once you have your saltwater generator installed. It is an easy process but there are a few things to note and I touch on these in this podcast. Before you convert your pool over to a salt pool listen to this podcast. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3637252

False Low Salt Level Reading in your Saltwater Pool (Episode 354):
There are a few things that can give your saltwater pool a false low salt reading. Before you add more salt to your pool you may want to check a few things first to verify the low salt reading. You can’t rely solely on the Saltwater System when it alerts you that the salt level is low. Find out the steps to take to make sure the salt level is low or just reading a falsely low. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3480841

How to Adjust Your Salt System Output (Episode 365): 
Now that you have a new Saltwater System known also as a Saltwater Generator (SWG) I will go over how to set the proper chlorine output. If you do pool service this is important because many times a client will have either too much chlorine or too little chlorine and it is up to you to adjust it. So I go over some common guidelines and some troubleshooting for you.. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3733400

Pentair Ichlor 30 Salt Cell vs IntelliChlor Salt Cell (Episode 214)
In this podcast, I go over the reasons why you should upgrade your Intellichlor salt system to the iChlor salt system. It is a very easy plugin and play upgrade and one I think you should make when your Intellichlor cell needs to be replaced.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1817236-sizing-a-pool-heater-which-heater-btu-is-right-for-my-pool

Pentair iChlor VS Jandy TruClear Salt System: Which is the Best (Episode 145):
In this Episode I compare and contrast the two newest saltwater systems on the market, the Pentair iChlor, and the Jandy TruClear. Which is best for your pool?


So your saltwater generator appears to not be working. You have cleaned the cell, and all of the lights indicate that it should be producing chlorine but it is not. What is the best way to check to see if the salt cell is actually good or bad? I’ve come up with a 24-hour test that has proven to be very effective. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/4122407

Salt System Not Working - Don't Add More Salt! (Episode 141):
In this episode, I go over a common misconception, if the salt system is no producing chlorine that means it needs more salt. No, don't do this!

Salt Water Pool Fails (Episode 200): 
In this podcast, I go over some reasons why your saltwater generator is not making chlorine. There are a number of reasons for this and I will list them here for you in the order that I check when I run into this issue.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1767886-salt-water-pool-fails


Salt Water Pool Pros and Cons (Episode 360) : 
If your thinking about putting in a Saltwater Generator (SWG) to convert your pool to a saltwater system I give you an honest look at some of the pros and cons in this episode. I also touch on a few salt systems that are affordable if you decide to have a saltwater system installed. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3481054


Warning! Some Pool Salts Will Stain Your Pool like Clorox Pool Salt (Episode 157):
Not all pool salts are the same. I recently used the Clorox Brand of pool salt that a customer ordered, and it left a stain in their pool. First time ever so be careful of what brand you use.

When to Add Salt to my New Saltwater Pool? (Episode 277) : 
If you have just had a pool built or remodeled and there is a Salt Water Generator, when do you add the salt? This is a common question and I think my answer will surprise you. It is important to wait the appropriate time before adding salt to prevent problems with your new pool. Listen to the time table that I suggest in this episode.

White Flakes in my Pool From my Salt System (Episode 366)
If you have a saltwater pool or service some saltwater pools you may notice some white skin like blowback in your pool or piles of white flakes everywhere? What are they and how do you get rid of them? In this podcast, I go over what causes the white flakes and some way of getting rid of them in your saltwater pool. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3733457

Why is my Salt System Not Producing Chlorine? Some Problems & Solutions (Episode 53): 
In this episode, I discuss why your Salt Water System may not be producing chlorine for your pool. I go over some of the common problems you will run into and some solutions to get your system generating chlorine again,


Test Kits:

Are Pool & Spa Test Strips Any Good? (Episode 166):
In this podcast, I go over the good and bad of pool water test strips. Are they effective? Should you even use them? Find out in this episode what I think about them.

Choosing the Best Test Kit for your Pool & Spa (Episode 89) : 
In this episode, I go over all the possible test kits for your pool & spa. I cover test strips, reagent test strips, and photometer testers. Find out which method is best for your needs.

ColorQ 2x Pro7 the NEW! ColorQ Version! (Episode 387): 

The new ColorQ 2x Pro7 is LaMotte’s latest update to the ColorQ Pro7 photometer and it is a significant upgrade. Now the ColorQ 2x is Bluetooth compatible and you can send the test results to the Waterlink Solutions app and then directly to yourself or a client on your route. It is also more accurate and still very simple to use. Learn more in this podcast. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/4122443

ColorQ Pro 7 Photometer Pool and Spa Test Kit (Episode 173):
In this podcast, I go over the features of the ColorQ Pro 7 photometer tester for your pool and spa.  Learn why I think this is a great entry-level photometer that is great for both the homeowner and pool service tech.

ITS Digital Water Test Kits: Interview with George Bailey of ITS (Episode 390) : 

Industrial Test Systems (ITS) makes some of the best photometer test kits and digital water testers on the market today. With their innovative eXact® Strip Micro test strips you can get all of your pool and spa water test factors and rest assured that they are spot on and accurate. NSF certified and perfect for both the Pool Po and DIY homeowners alike. Listen as George Bailey the VP of Sales and Marketing at ITS goes over these great testers in detail.. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/4183712

LaMotte Pool & Spa Testers (ColorQ Pro 7) -Interview with Rich DeMoss (Episode 28):
In this Podcast I discuss in detail the Lamotte ColorQ Pro 7 and the other pool and spa water testing products manufactured by LaMotte. I interview Rich DeMoss who is the Global Pool Business Director at LaMotte Company. 

LaMotte Spin Touch, Interview with Rich DeMoss (Episode 29): 
In this episode I interview Rich DeMoss of LaMotte and we discuss the Mobile WaterLink Spin Touch in detail. This is a digital water tester for your pool and spa that does 10 test factors in one minute: Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine, Bromine, pH, Calcium Hardness, Total alkalinity, Cyanuric Acid, Copper, Iron, Salt, and Phosphates. 

PoolLab 1.0 Overview (Episode 107) : 
In this episode, I go over the features of the new PoolLab 1.0 Photometer. It is made in Germany and they have sold over 15,000 units in Europe. It is new to the US market this year.

Pool Lab 1.0 Photometer Pool and Spa Water Tester (174):
In this podcast, I go over the features of the PoolLab 1.0 photometer tester for your pool and spa. I think PoolLab 1.0 is a great entry-level photometer and it comes loaded with some great features. Listen to learn more about it.

Q&A about the Taylor Test Kits with Wayne Ivusich of Taylor Technologies Interview Part 3 of 3 (Episode 312)
This is a fun podcast where I go over some of the questions submitted by my group members regarding some of the odd issues that can come about while using the Taylor test kits and the reagents. We cover somethings that you may encounter out in the field yourself and Wayne shows his deep knowledge of the Taylor test kits and offers some great troubleshooting tips. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/2856133

Reagent Tester vs Photometer Tester vs Test Strips (171):
In this podcast, I go over the differences between a Reagent Tester a Photometer Tester and Pool & spa Test Strips. What are the pros and cons of each? Tune in to find out.

Taylor Test Kits, Interview with Wayne Ivusich (Episode 21):
In this episode I discuss the line up of Taylor Test Kits with Wayne Ivusich who is the Director of Education at Taylor Technologies. We touch on the pool test kits available for both the homeowner and the pool service professional. We also discuss the training courses offered by Taylor Technologies.

Taylor K-2005 vs K-2006 Test Kit (Episode 111) : 
In this episode, I go over which test kit is best for service use. The Taylor K-2005 or Taylor K-2006.

Test Strip Only Guy (Episode 343): 

While there is nothing inherently wrong with using test strips to get the chemistry reading  in your pool or spa, using test strips only could prove to be problematic over time. Test strips give you more or less a ball park of a pools chemistry levels and will not give you exact levels. While this may be fine in the short term you will at some point need more exact reading to keep your pool well balanced. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/3314437

True Cost of Photometer Testing (Episode 201): 
Photometers are a great way to get your test factors in your pool or spa. The actual photometer testing unit is more expensive than a reagent test kit, but what is the real cost of using a photometer for your water testing. You may be surprised.

What Testing Method is Best for my Needs? (Episode 172):
In this podcast, I go over choosing the right testing method for your needs. Whether you are a Homeowner or a pool service pro, there are different levels of test kits for different needs.


Variable Speed Pumps (VS PUMPS)

Hayward OMNI VS and Smart Pool Control - Interview with Bryan Chrissan Hayward Product Specialist (Episode 90) : 
In this episode, we go over the OMNI VS with Smart Pool Control in detail. I interview Bryan Chrissan from Hayward who specializes in the VS OMNI and Smart Pool Control. We cover everything you need to know about adding a VS pump and automation to your backyard. 

Jandy VS Pump Not Turning On? (Episode 158):
This has happened to me at my own house as well as at a customer’s house. But take aa deep breath and relax, the pump is perfectly fine and not burned out. Listen to how to fix this common issue with the Jandy VS pumps.

VS Pump Off All Week, Oh Man! (Episode 156):
This happens frequently. A stand-alone Variable Speed Pump (VS Pump) being left off all week. This recently happened to me and I made a Rookie mistake by not realizing it sooner. Listen and find out how this could happen.

VS Pump Parts are Expensive and Replacing the Entire VS Pump is Sometimes the Way to Go (Episode 198): 
In this podcast, I explain why it might be logical to just install a new VS Pump when a part on an older one breaks down. In some cases, if you add up the cost of the replacement part it is wiser to just install a new pump instead. Strange but true. https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/1739383-vs-pump-parts-are-expensive-and-replacing-the-entire-vs-pump-is-sometimes-the-way-to-go

VS Pump SCE Rebate Only Available at Leslie's Pool Supplies, What!?! (Episode 147):
This is weird. You can only get the SCE Variable Speed Pump Rebate if you purchase your Vs pump from Leslie's Pool Supplies. This seems very Unamerican and cuts out 99 percent of the pool service companies.

Who Makes the Best Variable Speed Pump? (Episode 115) : 
In this episode, I answer the question of who makes the best variable speed pump. I also cover some generic options for you.


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