Friday, November 21, 2014

Diagnosing Pool Pump Air Leaks

Are you dealing with a pool pump that will not stay primed? One common problem with swimming pool pumps is that they can begin to leak over time, even though pumps are supposed to be air tight. If you are working on a pump which has a clear pump lid, you should not see any air inside the pump basket. Small air leaks are common, and rarely do you come across a pump with no air in the pump housing. As the air leak develops and becomes larger, this can cause issues with keeping the pump at full prime, as well as circulation issues with the pool itself.



The most common air leak is typically found where the male adapter meets the front of the pump. Air leaks in this area are typically due to bad thread sealant. A bad valve stem on a three-way valve is also a common area for air leaks. Other sources for air leaks include a loose or old pump lid, a fault in the pump lid O-ring, and even the drain plugs on the pump. Regardless of where the leak is coming from, all air leaks will originate prior to the pump impeller.



Now that we know where the possible air leaks can be found, how do we locate the exact source? One air leak detection method, as odd as it sounds, is to use shaving cream (foam, not gel) to locate the air leaks. Evenly spread shaving cream over the possible leak points on the pump, as well as the plumbing. At the air leak, you will start to see the layer of foam dimple as it gets pulled into the system, revealing the location of the air leak. At this point, you know which parts need to be fixed or replaced. Once the area of the leak is identified, simply rinse off the shaving cream with a water hose.

Once you have identified where the pump may be leaking, we recommend that you consult with your local pool professional as they will be able to provide you with additional insight that may help you determine the next steps to repair the leaks in your swimming pool pump. To find your local ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company professional, visit our Locations page and make the call today!

Friday, October 31, 2014

A Halloween Treat!

As a special Halloween treat, click over to our website and take a look at the new virtual tour of our campus!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Swimming Pool Leak Testing Methods

If you are a swimming pool owner, you have either experienced the frustration of having a leak or it is just a matter of time before you do. Unfortunately, there are many places where a swimming pool could leak. It is important to understand the most common places that a pool may leak, and the process that you need to follow to help you narrow down the location of the leak. You may need to eventually call your local pool professional to repair the leak, but you can save some money on the front end by following the leak detection process below.

There are several common places that a swimming pool may leak. The pool may be leaking at the equipment pad, through the plumbing underground, or somewhere in the shell of the pool (like the pool light, wall returns, skimmer or main drain). However, it is important to first rule out evaporation as a possible water loss culprit. There are three steps to follow when determining where your pool may be losing water.

The Bucket Test

The first step is called the "Bucket Test." The "Bucket Test" will determine if water loss in a pool is due to evaporation or a leak. To run the "Bucket Test" yourself, follow these steps:
  • Bring pool water to normal level.
  • Fill bucket with pool water to about one inch from the top.
  • Place bucket on the first or second step of the pool.
  • Mark water level on the inside of the bucket.
  • Shut off the pump and mark the pool water level on outside of bucket.
  • Turn the pump on for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, compare the two water levels.
If the pool water, which is the outside mark on the bucket, goes down more than the inside water level, there is probably a leak. Document the water level drop in inches. If it rains during the period that you are running this test, then you will need to repeat the "Bucket Test."

The "24 Hours ON" Test

The second step is called the "24 Hours ON" test. Now that you have determined there is a leak by ruling out evaporation, you can properly determine if the leak is in the shell of the pool or if the leak is somewhere in the underground plumbing of the pool. Below are the steps for the "24 Hours ON" test:
  • Fill the swimming pool up so that the water level is mid-tile or mid-skimmer.
  • Mark the water level by placing a mark on the tile line or inside the skimmer shell.
  • Turn the pool pump on, but first make sure any auto fills are off.
  • Leave the pool pump running for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, return to the pool and observe the water level.
If the water level has dropped below the mark you made the previous day, then you may have a leak in the plumbing. Before moving on to the next step, you will need to check the “backwash line” while the pump is running in the filter position to make sure there is not water leaking out of that line. If you are losing water from the backwash line then you need to repair or replace your multiport valve on your filter.

The "24 Hours OFF" Test

The third step is called the "24 Hours OFF" test. Now that you have identified that you are losing water when the pump is running you must complete this final leak detection step. Below are the steps for the "24 Hours OFF" test:
  • Fill the swimming pool up so that the water level is mid tile or mid skimmer.
  • Mark the water level by placing a mark on the tile line or inside the skimmer shell.
  • Turn the pool pump off, but first make sure any auto fills are off.
  • Leave the pool pump turned off for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, return to the pool and observe the water level.
If the water level dropped below the mark the same amount as it did during the "24 Hours ON" test, then you now know that the leak is in the shell of the pool. If the water level did not drop, or only dropped a fraction of the amount it did during the "24 Hours ON" test, then you know that the pool is most likely leaking somewhere in the plumbing, not the shell.

Once you have identified where the pool may be leaking, it may be best to contact a leak detection expert and share with them your findings. We do recommend that you consult with your local pool professional as they will be able to provide you with additional insight that may help you determine the next steps to repair the leaks in your swimming pool. To find your local ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company professional, visit our Locations page and make the call today!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thinking about closing your pool this winter?

  

Consider the Consequences.



Visual Effects: Your pool is the centerpiece of your backyard! Allow it to shine!


Cost Benefit : By keeping your pool open this winter, you will not incur a pool closing or pool opening expense.  Additionally, the pool water chemistry will be properly maintained, keeping it algae free this spring and not requiring the cost associated with a pool recovery.   Finally, your pool equipment will be better off.  Closing your pool runs the risk of having costly repairs to the pool equipment due to the equipment being shut down over several months.

Protect Your Investment: Studies show that when pools turn green it deteriorates the walls and bottom of your pool.  Studies also show that a closed pool can cut the life of your plaster in half or damage your vinyl liner, due to improper water chemistry.


Safety: Floating pool covers are considered dangerous.  They are typically opaque and make it very difficult to see what is beneath them.  They often appear as if they can be walked on but will collapse under the smallest amounts of weight, even when being held down by sand bags or other weights placed around the deck.

Questions about what to do next?
Contact one of our trained swimming pool professionals for a free consultation.  Click here to find your nearest ASP location.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mesh vs. Solid Safety Covers

When purchasing a swimming pool safety cover, a choice must be made between a mesh cover and a solid cover. Before making a decision, it helps to know the pros and cons of each one.

Mesh Safety Cover
A mesh safety cover is the less expensive of the two types. Mesh covers are lighter, allowing for easier installation and removal. Mesh covers also allow water to drain through while keeping large debris out of the pool. Once dry, any debris on top of the cover can be removed easily with a leaf blower. However, mesh covers do allow a small amount of light and UV rays to reach the pool. This can accelerate algae growth if the water gets low on sanitizer.

Solid Safety Cover
A solid cover is a more expensive option than mesh. Solid covers block 100% of sunlight and UV rays, while also keeping rain water and debris from entering the pool. Solid covers must be ordered with either a mesh drain panel or a cover pump. These will prevent water from collecting on top and causing a safety issue. You have a much better chance of opening your pool with clear water in the spring if you use a solid cover.

The choice between a mesh or a solid cover comes down to personal preference and budget. Either one can give years of service and keep the pool free of debris during the winter months. For more help deciding which cover is right for you, click over to our Locations page and call the ASP nearest you!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lighting Options for Your Swimming Pool

Over the years, lighting options for swimming pools have evolved and improved greatly. The three most common types are incandescent, fiber optic, and LED lights. Which one is best for you? This will depend on your budget and needs.

Incandescent lighting is the most common type for swimming pools. The bulb looks like one for a standard flood light. Incandescent lights are the least expensive of the three options here, and do a decent job illuminating the pool. These lights can be fitted with colored lenses to change the mood of the pool if necessary. Since incandescent lights are available up to 500W, they consume the most energy of the three.

Fiber optic lighting allows for an option to illuminate the pool with a variety of colors. The lighting source and electrical controls for this type of light are both above the water. Only the fiber and lens are in the pool. The brightness of fiber optic lighting is generally inferior to the other two options. Since this is the case, multiple lenses are needed to adequately light most pools.

LED lights are somewhat new to the swimming pool industry. Much like fiber optic lights, LED lights give a wide array of color options and are similarly priced as well. LEDs are the brightest of all three options, last the longest, and also use the least amount of energy.



For more help deciding which light is right for you, click over to our Locations page and call the ASP nearest you!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Problems with metal in your pool water?

Most people do not realize that they have metals in their water until an unsightly stain appears. Metal stains will commonly appear shortly after chlorine is added or after the swimming pool is shocked with granular chlorine. The two most common types of metal stains are from iron and copper, and are two of the most common metals that are tested when checking swimming pool water. Iron can cause rust-colored stains to develop on the finish of the swimming pool, while copper can cause the swimming pool finish or water to appear green. Copper can be found in many mineral systems, ionizers, as well as algaecides.

Typically, metals exist in every body of water. However, the source of the metal can be different from one body of water to the next. Some of the most common sources of metals in swimming pool water are likely sitting in your own back yard. Do you have a heater on your pool? The copper heat exchanger can break down due to a poor chemical balance, causing metal to enter the swimming pool water. Have you recently added an algaecide to the swimming pool? Many algaecides contain copper to help kill the algae that may be present in the water. The best way to prevent metals from entering the swimming pool water and causing stains is to keep your chemicals balanced within the recommended ranges at all times.


If you do have metals in your swimming pool water, you will need to use a small mount of sequestrant to prevent stains from forming. A sequestrant will bind to the metals in the water and prevent them from depositing, preventing unsightly stains. Sequestrants slowly break down in the pool, which means that adding a weekly or monthly dose of sequestrant will need to become part of your routine maintenance to help control the metal buildup and prevent issues in the swimming pool. If you’d rather not worry about having to check and maintain the chemical and sequestrant levels of your pool yourself, click over to our Locations page and call the ASP nearest you!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Should you paint your pool?

At some point, every gunite pool will need to be resurfaced. This poses the question of which product to use to make the pool look new again. Painting a swimming pool is a quick, affordable way to make the interior surface look clean and fresh, but is this always the best idea?

Before committing to this option, it is best to look at all of the pros and cons involved to make sure you are making an informed decision. Listed below are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing between pool paint and plaster:
  • Painting a pool generally costs about half the price of a re-plaster with white marcite.
  • Generally, you will get no warranty on pool paint.
  • Once painted, the pool will have to be re-painted every 2-4 years.
  • Over time, paint can chalk and leave a cloudy residue in the water.
  • If you should decide to re-plaster after the pool is painted, the paint will need to be completely removed before new plaster is applied.
Although budget constraints can be a key deciding factor in deciding between paint and plaster when resurfacing a pool, take a moment and make sure you are making the correct decision long-term. Weigh all of the pros and cons before committing to paint. If your pool needs resurfacing, call your local ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company professional for more information about all of the available options for your pool. If you are unsure if there is an ASP professional in your area, visit our Locations page and make the call today.

Friday, August 8, 2014

What are the most common reasons that swimming pool water may cause your eyes to burn?

There is confusion about what exactly causes someone’s eyes to burn when swimming in a pool. Most people believe that if their eyes are burning while swimming in a pool, then it is due to the chlorine in the pool. In reality, there are two more common reasons that can cause eye irritation when swimming in a pool.

The first reason for eye discomfort is due to the pH of the water in the swimming pool. The acceptable ranges for pH, as regulated by each states Department of Health, falls within 7.2 to 7.8 range. These ranges are important for several reasons. When the water is within this pH range, then the water is in balance and it has a less detrimental impact on the pool and the pool equipment. Most importantly, when the pH is within this range and balanced it is more comfortable for the swimmer’s eyes. The reason for this is because the pH of the human eye is 7.4. Therefore whenever the pH range is either low (more acidic water) or high (more basic water) then this typically causes discomfort to the human eye. This principle is similar to balancing the pH in baby shampoos to protect the baby’s eyes during bathing.

The second reason for eye discomfort is due to the lack of chlorine. Combined chlorine is what happens when chlorine is being locked up by organic waste and is rendered useless in the swimming pool. When this happens, chloramines are produced, which has a distinct odor similar to the smell of chlorine. These chloramines also cause eye irritation. The next step to eliminate this problem is by simply adding more chlorine to the water. The goal is to reach breakpoint chlorination by adding the necessary dosage of chlorine to eliminate the combined chlorine in the water, so that the free chlorine can effectively do its job and sanitize the water properly.


Of course, when the chlorine levels are too high, this can cause “bleaching” of swimsuits and skin, as well as eye irritation. To assure proper water chemistry with you swimming pool, it is recommended that you contact your local ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company professional for further information on properly maintaining your swimming pool. If you don’t know which ASP location is closest to you, click over to our Locations page, where we have each of our locations listed.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Grounding and Bonding: What's the Difference?

Most people have no clue what the difference is between grounding and bonding in a swimming pool.  This has become a more popular topic due to the recent incident where children were shocked in a swimming pool in Florida due to faulty wiring.  Improper grounding or bonding of a pool can result in bodily harm or even death, and should not be taken lightly.

Equipotential Bonding Box
The proper name for bonding a pool is Equipotential Bonding.  The concept is pretty simple: you want the pool water and everything in and around the pool to be at the same potential, or voltage.  If there is a difference of less than 4 volts, you will feel a tingle.  If the difference is more than 4 volts, you can feel a greater shock.  Proper bonding of the equipment ensures the same potential (voltage) anywhere in the pool area.  Bonding is achieved by connecting anything metal in and around the pool together with a #8 wire which then leads back to a common ground.  The National Electric Code requires any fixed equipment made of metal that is within 5 feet of the pool to be bonded.

Grounding is a process meant to protect people against a possible fault in the electrical system.  Grounding equipment is achieved by connecting a ground wire from the pool motor or other equipment back to the home breaker panel.  If there is a short of any kind, the grounding conductor allows the short to go back to the source of power and trip the breaker.

To check for proper grounding and bonding be sure to contact your local ASP location for a thorough diagnostic!

Friday, June 20, 2014

What is the best filter for my pool?

This is a common question that a lot of our customers ask us this time of year. Our answer is always the same. We simply reply to the customer with a “Well, it depends.” You first need to know what type of filters are available for you to use. We have listed out a description of the three most common swimming pool filters.
  • Sand Filter: The most common type of swimming pool filter. The sand filter is typically round in shape, and is either a plastic or fiberglass shell. The sand is what actually filters the water as the pump pushes the water through the system. A sand filter can capture a micron (particle) the size of .30 when filtering the water. To clean the sand filter it must be backwashed once per week, and typically the sand needs to be replaced with new sand every 3 years.  Also, the sand filter’s up-front cost is the least expensive form of filtration for swimming pools.

  • Cartridge filter: The cartridge filter is typically oblong in shape, and is either a plastic or fiberglass shell. The cartridge is what actually filters the water as the pump pushes the water through the system. The cartridge does a better job of filtering the water than a sand filter does. In fact, the cartridge filter can capture a micron (particle) the size of .10 when filtering the water. To clean the cartridge filter, you must remove the cartridges from inside the filter and rinse them off. It is recommended that the cartridges be cleaned at least every 3 months; however, depending on the season and overall use of the pool the cleanings may be needed more often than that. Also, the cartridge filter is more expensive in cost than a sand filter.

  • DE Filter
    D.E. filter: The D.E. filter looks similar to the cartridge as it too is either a plastic or fiberglass shell, and has an oblong shape. The D.E., which stands for diatomaceous earth, is a powder that coats the grids that are inside the filter, and the D.E. powder is actually what is being used to filter the water. The D.E. filter is the best form of filtration for a swimming pool, as it can capture a micron (particle) the size of .03 when filtering the water. To clean the D.E. filter, you typically backwash every 3 weeks; however you must “re-charge” the filter after backwashing by adding more D.E. powder to the skimmers. It is also recommended to remove and clean the grids inside the filter every 3 months. The D.E. filter is the most expensive filtration used for swimming pools.
So, which is the best filter for your swimming pool? Again, it all depends. If you are on a budget then you may decide to go with the more economical sand filter. Or, you may decide the extra money may be better spent on the best filtration available with the D.E. filter. Or, you may decide to simply meet in the middle and go with the cartridge filter. At the end of the day, you will be happy with whatever choice you make because all three filters do their jobs very well. We do recommend that you consult with your local pool professional to inspect your pool equipment system before changing your filtration. The pool professional will be able to provide you with additional insight that may help you make your decision. Visit our Locations page to find the ASP closest to you!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Safety Tips For Handling Swimming Pool Chemicals

by Jimmie Meece

A recent NBC News online article covered a topic of growing concern in regards to swimming pool safety. The article stated that last year there were almost 5,000 emergency room visits from people that had been injured in some way by swimming pool chemicals. Also, the article mentioned that the statistic does not include those injured that either did not seek immediate treatment or went directly to their primary doctor. So, the number of those injured was actually higher.
Typically, these chemical injuries are caused by the improper handling of chlorine. Because chlorine is so commonly used by people, it is sometimes overlooked as a dangerous chemical. When water is added improperly to chlorine it creates a chlorine gas that can cause you to become sick, or in more extreme cases, can cause death. Many times people are simply not educated on the dangers of handling swimming pool chemicals. Below, we are offering up some safety tips when handling pool chemicals:
  1. When handling all swimming pool chemicals be sure to read the directions on how to use and add the chemicals to the pool. This is the most common reason people get hurt from handling chemicals. Educate yourself on the chemicals that are being used in your swimming pool.
  2.  The most common injuries from chlorine are burns to the lungs, hands, eyes and face. So, before handling chlorine or any other pool chemical be sure to use Personal Protective Equipment. Wearing goggles, chemical resistant gloves and fresh air masks may help protect you from chemical burns and/or inhaling these gases. When opening any pool chemical container be sure to do so out in the open air, and not inside an enclosed space. The open, fresh air helps to provide better ventilation for the chemical container you may be opening. Also, open it away from you, so that any harmful gasses are released away from you, to help prevent injury.
  3. Be sure that when you add any approved chemicals to your pool that you measure the appropriate amount of the chemical before adding to your pool. When you add more chemicals to the pool than you need to, you run the risk of potential chemical injuries while swimming in the pool.
  4. When adding chlorine to your swimming pool, always remember to add the chlorine to the water, and do not add water to the chlorine. When you add water to the chlorine it will begin to “heat up” and can create chlorine gas that is very dangerous.
  5.  It is always recommended that you dilute granular chlorine (shock) before adding to the swimming pool. For example, you can use an empty bucket to dilute chlorine in but first be sure that you have cleaned the bucket. The best way to clean a bucket is to rinse out the bucket with water to remove any remaining residue, then leave the bucket out in the sun for a few hours. Once the bucket is clean add water to the bucket, filling it over half way. Then, add your pre-measured granular chlorine (shock) to the bucket of water. Stirring the water in the bucket will help to dilute the chlorine faster. Slowly pour the diluted chlorine from the bucket into the swimming pool, preferably over a wall return in the deep end.
  6. Never add chemicals to your swimming pool skimmers, unless the directions on the chemical containers instruct you to do so.
Following these safety tips when handling swimming pool chemicals can help you to safely treat your pool water. However, we do recommend that you contact your local pool professional in regards to safely maintaining your swimming pool for you. Hiring an experienced pool professional tomaintain/service your pool will provide you with the benefit of no longer having to handle those dangerous chemicals. Plus, you can simply enjoy your backyard oasis without having to spend that extra time caring for your pool.

Friday, May 23, 2014

5 Tips to Remember When Opening Your Swimming Pool

by Jimmie Meece

This weekend marks the beginning of the summer season! Memorial Day weekend is known as the time of year we remember and give thanks to those soldiers who have given it all to protect our freedom. As a part of the celebration of this holiday we will typically plan “cook outs” and spend this time with family and friends. In some cases, these cook outs are spent pool side. With the weather warming up every day, and the refreshing thought of jumping into a pool to cool off, the backyard swimming pool becomes a family focal point.

Jacob Rhodes, Owner, ASP Saratoga Springs, UT
servicing a sand filter
If you maintain your swimming pool you know that it can be quite the chore getting it “swim ready”. Assuming the pool was closed during the winter or simply neglected since last fall, there could be a lot of work for you to do before jumping in! Below is a checklist of items that may help you get your swimming pool ready for your Memorial Day party:
  1. Remove the cover: If your pool has been covered all winter then removing the cover will be your first step. In most cases, it may take an extra set of hands to remove the cover. Also, to help protect the cover it is always a good idea to rinse off any debris before folding and storing the cover for the summer season.
  2. What color is the pool water? The answer to this question can help you determine if you will be swimming that day or in a couple of weeks. When the pool is properly closed/winterized in the fall, and is then reopened before the temperature is consistently in the 70’s each day, then you should expect the pool water to be relatively clear. If you uncover the pool and see green or black water then it may be a couple of weeks before your pool is swim ready.
  3. What type of chemicals should you use in your pool? The most important chemical readings to check in your pool are chlorine, pH, total alkalinity, cynauric acid, calcium hardness, and if you have a salt water pool then you must check the salt ppm levels as well. Then, to properly maintain the pool you must adjust the chemical readings to fall within the appropriate ranges. This will help ensure that you are swimming in water that is clear and safe.
  4. Is your pump and filter working properly? Of course you know that chemicals are important to adequately maintain a swimming pool, but it takes your pump and filter working together to circulate those chemicals for ultimate effectiveness. If your pump was been off for several months you may find that it may not start when you turn it on. Believe it or not, a pool pump is built to run constantly, and when it has been shut down for weeks or months at a time it could actually damage the pump. Also, it is important to clean your filter media whether it is cleaning your cartridges, d.e. grids or if you have a sand filter it is recommended that you replace the existing sand with new sand every 3 years.
  5. The pool is clear, clean and chemically balanced, so what is next? Put on your safety patrol hat and begin to inspect the pool equipment for any issues. Look over the pump, filter and plumbing for any visible leaks, and be sure that the ground wire is securely attached to the pool pumps. Also, be sure that there are no insect nests, ant hills, etc… under the pool pump. These little pests can build nests inside the motor of your pool pump and cause it to malfunction. If you have a diving board and/or a slide it is important to confirm that they are secured properly to the decking before using them. Of course if you have handrails and/or ladders be sure to properly install them before officially opening the pool for the season.
We know that this is a lot of information to take in, and opening up a swimming pool for the swim season is not for the faint of heart! As you can see there are a lot of variables that can make this task quite difficult. So, we recommend contacting your local pool professional to help you open your pool for the season. The pool professional will help ensure that your pool is opened efficiently and safely!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Safety Tips and Questions for National Water Safety Month!



May is National Water Safety Month, and for pool or spa owners, it is essential to adopt critical water safety steps to assure the safety of children in and around the water. By installing safety devices and observing proper water safety behaviors, parents can secure their pools and spas for use by their families, friends and neighbors.


Some safety suggestions from the International Swimming Hall of Fame include:
  • Teaching children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
  • Appointing a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings in or around pools.
  • Keeping rescue equipment and a first-aid kit poolside.
  • Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first.
  • Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult.
  • Don’t leave objects such as toys that might attract a child in the pool and pool area.
  • Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area.
  • Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble.
When combined, these safety strategies help ensure that both adults and children are amply protected in and around the water.

Also, take a look at the questions below. By asking and answering these critical questions, you can gauge the effectiveness of your water safety measures, and determine what steps need to be taken to protect children from drowning and submersion injuries:
  • Is there a fence around the perimeter of your pool or spa?
  • Are there self-closing and self-latching gates?
  • Are there door, gate or pool alarms in use?
  • Do your pool and spa have an anti-entrapment drain cover that is compliant with the Pool & Spa Safety Act?
  • Is your spa cover in working order?
If you’ve answered no to any of these questions, please don’t hesitate to call ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company. Our qualified pool professionals can help you ensure that your pool or spa is operating safely. By properly installing safety devices or accurately measuring the water flow rate through a spa or hot tub, our professionals will help maintain the security of your pool or spa. If you don't know your nearest location, visit our Locations page and call your local franchise owner today!

Find more safety tips for pool & spa owners at poolsafely.gov.

Monday, March 31, 2014

ASP welcomes Brad & Wendi Wilder!

Brad Wilder was born in Utah, but grew up in Arizona. Before joining ASP, Brad Wilder worked in the restaurant industry, as well as therapeutic nutrition and the landscaping industry. Wendi Wilder was born and raised in Arizona, and currently works as a Registered Nurse. Brad and Wendi are active in their community and are looking forward to providing a “one-of-a-kind” business service for residential as well as the commercial industry in the Gilbert area.

How did you learn about the brand?
I was having problems with my own pool, so I called some company to and requested that they come out and take a look, but they never showed up when they were supposed to. My wife Wendi went to go look up another company, and she wound up calling Clint Rowley (owner/operator, ASP Mesa). Clint came out in five minutes, diagnosed the problem, sold us the equipment we needed, and started a weekly maintenance contract. After some research, we found out that ASP was a franchised company. I had been searching off & on for an opportunity for a few years, and this was the perfect fit, especially since I prefer to be outside and active.

Why did you choose an opportunity with America’s Swimming Pool Company?
The backing, for sure. If I need any kind of tutelage or direction, there's always somebody there to guide you in the right direction. Also, I can start small and just continually expand my business as I grow.

What makes your business different?
The fact that we're a more professional organization than a lot of the guys out here. We've got logos on our trucks, we're well presented, we dress better, and we've got a set of standards that we're expected to uphold.

What are your expansion or development plans?
I've been toying with opening a franchise in my hometown in Utah so that we could provide service in the summer up there as well as continuing service in Gilbert.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies or passions?
Hunting and fishing are my main passions, and I've recently gotten into archery as well. Also, I'm really looking forward to spending time with my wife and our new baby, once she comes into the world.



For more information about ASP of East Valley, visit their website at http://www.eastvalleyazpoolcompany.com/, email them at eastvalleyaz@asppoolco.com, or call them at (480) 467-3345.

Friday, March 7, 2014

ASP Grows Facility, Changes Training Model

    
The fastest-growing pool service company in the nation has just expanded.
Photo Credit: AMERICA’S SWIMMING POOL CO. / RACHAEL HAMMET


America’s Swimming Pool Co. employees and franchise owners now will train in one location at the recently remodeled company headquarters in Macon, Ga.

The 4,000-square-foot addition includes four training pools (two indoors and two outdoors), a lecture-style classroom and indoor training facilities.

“[With this facility], a new franchise owner does not have to leave our property to get fully integrated into the swimming pool business,” said Steward Vernon, founder/CEO of ASP.

Prior to the expansion, ASP offered training to its franchise owners, but it wasn’t all under one roof.
“It was really piecemealed together from several options,” Vernon said. “We had some training facilities on site. We used existing franchise owners’ businesses as they would have jobs — we would piggyback off our relationship with them. It was really an orchestrated effort for training before, whereas now we’re all on one property.”

Photo Credit: AMERICA’S SWIMMING POOL CO. / RACHAEL HAMMET


ASP’s facility means that not only will new franchise owners have the ability to attend the company’s two-week Pool School, but they also can send employees to Macon for a week or two of training, regardless of weather.

“It was really a first-class operation and very well done,” said John Garcia, director of chemicals, retail and national accounts for Covington, La.-based PoolCorp. Garcia toured the facility in February because ASP falls under his national accounts role.

Plus, the recent expansion also included adding 4 acres to the property footprint, clearing the way for future developments.

“We specifically built this building on the property so that we could add the same type building again in our next phase of expansion,” Vernon said. That phase is projected to commence in the next three to four years.

ASP was founded in 2001 and started franchising in 2005. Currently, the company has franchises in 200 cities and 16 states.

Article originally featured in Pool & Spa News

 
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