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The Pool Guy Podcast Show

The Pool Guy Podcast Show

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In this podcast I cover everything swimming pool care-related from chemistry to automatic cleaners and equipment. I focus on the pool service side of things and also offer tips to homeowners. There are also some great interviews with guests from inside the industry.
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So how do you sell a customer on forking over an additional $1,000 for what would have been a simple $500 motor swap out? I go over some ways to smooth the ruffled feathers of customers who are not forced to upgrade their pool equipment under the new DOE regulations.Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
Certain noises that your pool pump and motor make can be an indicator of a problem. I go over some of the more common sounds you will hear and what each one indicates. From screeching to humming and other common noises.Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
Hayward is a  leading manufacturer of pool pumps and they have a wide variety of pumps and vs pumps available today. In this podcast, we go over some of the pumps in the Hayward family of pool pumps. Scott Petty  has over 17 years of experience with Hayward  in their pump department and is known as “The Pump Guy.” To learn more about the new DOE regulations: https://www.hayward-pool.com/shop/en/pools/regulationsTo learn more about Hayward VS pumps: https://www.hayward-pool.com/shop/en/pools/VSDOE Pump Regulations Explained with Scott Petty of Hayward "The Pump Guy": https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8475521 Common Misconceptions on the New DEO Regulations and VS Pumps with Scott Petty of Hayward:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8475549 Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll 
There are many misconceptions about the new DOE pool pump regulations and about Variable Speed Pumps in general. We unpack some of the most common ones for you in today’s podcast. Scott Petty  has over 17 years of experience with Hayward  in their pump department and is known as “The Pump Guy.” To learn more about the new DOE regulations: https://www.hayward-pool.com/shop/en/pools/regulationsTo learn more about Hayward VS pumps: https://www.hayward-pool.com/shop/en/pools/VSDOE Pump Regulations Explained with Scott Petty of Hayward "The Pump Guy":https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8475521 Hayward VS Pump Line-Up and How to Choose the Right VS Pump with Scott Petty of Hayward: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8475570 Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
Starting July 19th, 2021 the DOE will begin to regulate which pool pumps can be manufactured. Basically, any pump deemed to be not energy efficient will no longer be allowed. Some of the only pumps that will be sold legally will be Variable Speed Pumps. It can be a little confusing and I invited Scott Petty of Hayward to talk about the new regulations. He has over 17 years of experience with Hayward  in their pump department and is known as “The Pump Guy.” Listen to learn all about the new DOE regulations.To learn more about the new DOE regulations: https://www.hayward-pool.com/shop/en/pools/regulationsTo learn more about Hayward VS pumps: https://www.hayward-pool.com/shop/en/pools/VSOther parts in this series:Common Misconceptions on the New DEO Regulations and VS Pumps with Scott Petty of Hayward: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8475549 Hayward VS Pump Line-Up and How to Choose the Right VS Pump with Scott Petty of Hayward: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8475570 Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll 
Have you ever had a pool where the water color looked a bit off but it wasn’t for lack of chlorine nor are there metals in the water? It could be Color Bodies. These are colors introduced into the pool from pollen and flowers around your pool. Bob Lowry touches on Color Bodies in this episode and more. Other Podcasts in this series:All About Swimming Pool Algaecides and Ways to Prevent Algae with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417575Are Adding Borates an End All Cure-All? With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry=https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417625Signs a Swimming Pool Has a Leak with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry:https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417637What is TDS (Total Dissolved Solids)  with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowryhttps://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417666Bob Lowry is the author of over 23 books but this has to be one of his most relevant and shortest books coming in at just 19 pages thick. But it is packed with so many essentials on residential pool chemistry that you will want a copy to carry in your service truck. Bob Lowry has been in the industry for over 47 years and is the Lead Consultant at Lowry Consulting Group, leads the Pool Chemistry Training Institute, and has created the Certified Residential Pool & Spa Certification Program. Learn more at  https://pcti.online/Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
No one in the industry talks much about TDS. But TDS or Total Dissolved Solids should not be a reading that you totally ignore. There is only one way to test for it and that is with a digital meter and Bob Lowry goes over the acceptable TDS level for your swimming pool. Other Podcasts in this series:All About Swimming Pool Algaecides and Ways to Prevent Algae with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417575Are Adding Borates an End All Cure-All? With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry=https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417625Signs a Swimming Pool Has a Leak with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry:https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417637Color Bodies: Why Your Water Has That Odd Color to It with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowryhttps://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417687Bob Lowry is the author of over 23 books but this has to be one of his most relevant and shortest books coming in at just 19 pages thick. But it is packed with so many essentials on residential pool chemistry that you will want a copy to carry in your service truck. Bob Lowry has been in the industry for over 47 years and is the Lead Consultant at Lowry Consulting Group, leads the Pool Chemistry Training Institute, and has created the Certified Residential Pool & Spa Certification Program. Learn more at  https://pcti.online/Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
A pool with a leak can be a lot of work. Bob Lowry goes over some tell tail signs that your pool may have a leak. Listen to learn what to look for chemistry wise to determine if your pool has a leak.Bob Lowry is the author of over 23 books but this has to be one of his most relevant and shortest books coming in at just 19 pages thick. But it is packed with so many essentials on residential pool chemistry that you will want a copy to carry in your service truck. Bob Lowry  has been in the Industry for over 47 years and is the Lead Consultant at Lowry Consulting Group, leads the Pool Chemistry Training Institute and has created the Certified Residential Pool & Spa Certification Program. Learn more at  https://pcti.online/Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
I think many are under the impression that once you add borates to your pool you are done with your pool care. Borates do make things much easier but you still need to maintain your pool. We also go over the different ways to add borates to your pool.Other Podcasts in this series:All About Swimming Pool Algaecides and Ways to Prevent Algae with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417575Signs a Swimming Pool Has a Leak with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry:https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417637What is TDS (Total Dissolved Solids)  with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowryhttps://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417666Color Bodies: Why Your Water Has That Odd Color to It with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowryhttps://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417687Bob Lowry is the author of over 23 books but this has to be one of his most relevant and shortest books coming in at just 19 pages thick. But it is packed with so many essentials on residential pool chemistry that you will want a copy to carry in your service truck. Bob Lowry has been in the industry for over 47 years and is the Lead Consultant at Lowry Consulting Group, leads the Pool Chemistry Training Institute, and has created the Certified Residential Pool & Spa Certification Program. Learn more at  https://pcti.online/Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
So what is an algaecide and do you even need one to treat algae in your pool? What are some ways to prevent algae in the first place? Chemistry expert Bob Lowry goes over this and more in today’s podcast.Other Podcasts in this series:Are Adding Borates an End All Cure-All? With Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry=https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417625Signs a Swimming Pool Has a Leak with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowry:https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417637What is TDS (Total Dissolved Solids)  with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowryhttps://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417666Color Bodies: Why Your Water Has That Odd Color to It with Chemistry Expert Bob Lowryhttps://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8417687Bob Lowry is the author of over 23 books but this has to be one of his most relevant and shortest books coming in at just 19 pages thick. But it is packed with so many essentials on residential pool chemistry that you will want a copy to carry in your service truck. Bob Lowry has been in the industry for over 47 years and is the Lead Consultant at Lowry Consulting Group, leads the Pool Chemistry Training Institute, and has created the Certified Residential Pool & Spa Certification Program. Learn more at  https://pcti.online/Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
Polaris has always been the leader in the Robotic Pool Cleaner category since they broke into the market several years ago. They now have 12 different models to choose from and their latest  Epic cleaner is sure to be a winner in the mid-price range category. Skye Svenningsen goes over the Polaris models for you in today's podcast. Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
I sat down with Terry Arko who is the Product Training and Content Manager for HASA. HASA makes a number of products but they are best known for their returnable liquid chlorine and liquid acid cases. In this episode, we go over the liquid returnable cases in detail and cover safe transport and storage and all of the other aspects of the iconic yellow and orange cases.  Switching From Tri-Chlor to Liquid Chlorine and Using a Liquid Chlorine Feeder with Terry Arko of HASA: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352279What is a Pool Sanitizer Anyway? With Terry Arko of HASA: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352299Best Methods from Going From Tri-Chlor Tablets to Liquid Chlorine with Terry Arko of HASA: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352319 HASA Transporting & Handling Guide:https://3uz0f72pr2x57x1ob1iqrzyo-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/English-Version-Transport-Guidelines-Two-Page.pdfHASA Transporting & Handling Guide (Spanish):https://3uz0f72pr2x57x1ob1iqrzyo-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Spanish-Version-Transport-Guidelines-Two-Page-.pdf 
I sat down with Terry Arko who is the Product Training and Content Manager for HASA. HASA makes a number of products but they are best known for their returnable liquid chlorine and liquid acid cases.In this episode, we go over the best method to use when you are going from Tri-Chlor tablets to liquid chlorine as your primary sanitizer. We also touch on Cal Hypo and Dichlor and why they are not a great alternative to Tri-Chlor. Switching From Tri-Chlor to Liquid Chlorine and Using a Liquid Chlorine Feeder with Terry Arko of HASA: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352279What is a Pool Sanitizer Anyway? With Terry Arko of HASA: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352299HASA Liquid Chlorine and Acid Returnable Cases 101 with Terry Arko of HASA:https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352329Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
I sat down with Terry Arko who is the Product Training and Content Manager for HASA. HASA makes a number of products but they are best known for their returnable liquid chlorine and liquid acid cases. In this podcast, Terry puts on his CPO Instructor hat and goes over what exactly is a primary sanitizer for your pool? He also touches on why liquid chlorine is the best sanitizer choice for your pool.Switching From Tri-Chlor to Liquid Chlorine and Using a Liquid Chlorine Feeder with Terry Arko of HASA: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352279Best Methods from Going From Tri-Chlor Tablets to Liquid Chlorine with Terry Arko of HASA:https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352319HASA Liquid Chlorine and Acid Returnable Cases 101 with Terry Arko of HASA:https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352329Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
I sat down with Terry Arko who is the Product Training and Content Manager for HASA. HASA makes a number of products but they are best known for their returnable liquid chlorine and liquid acid cases. With the price of Tri-Chlor tablets on the rise and also with them being in short supply, now is a great time to switch to an alternate Sanitizer. We talk about moving from Tri-Chlor tablets to a liquid chlorine feeder in today’s episode and much more. What is a Pool Sanitizer Anyway? With Terry Arko of HASA:https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352299Best Methods from Going From Tri-Chlor Tablets to Liquid Chlorine with Terry Arko of HASA:https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352319HASA Liquid Chlorine and Acid Returnable Cases 101 with Terry Arko of HASA:https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/8352329Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
Here are some things that the pool store salesman probably won’t tell you when you switch from another type of cleaner to a robotic cleaner. There are several differences between the cleaner types and I will go over some of the ins and outs of owning a robotic pool cleaner.Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
One of my pet peeves is when I call or email and get zero response. Well, that company or person is off the list. One simple thing that can really take your pool service to the next level is being responsive.  It is a must-have skill to be successful as a pool service company. Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
When you do any type of bid for equipment install or for service, chances are you are not thinking that you will lose money on either at the end of the day. But if you make one of these mistakes you more than likely can lose money on a job. I offer some tips on preventing losing money when you do a bid.Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
The last thing you want is to get sued on your pool route. There are two very common errors or oversights that can get you in trouble out there. If you get a handle on these two common errors you will have next to zero chance of ever getting a general liability claim against you or your company. Listen to find out what they are in today’s podcast.Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
In this episode, I sat down with Brian Agnew and Chad Christensen who heads up the Wholesale Department over at Leslie’s Pool Supplies. You may not know but Leslie’s has a Wholesale department and if you are a pool pro you can get wholesale pricing as well as referrals to customers wanting weekly pool service through their Leslie’s Pro program. Listen to learn more and see how you can partner with Leslie’s Pool Supplies.Leslie’s Pro: Pool Service Pro, open a Wholesale account today! Customer referrals, free cleaner repairs, free water testing, open 7-days a week. It is fast and easy to become a Leslie’s Preferred Pool Care Provider. https://lesliespool.com/commercial-services.html/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll
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