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Why Pool Owners Should Consider Installing Pool Pumps

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Why Pool Owners Should Consider Installing Pool Pumps

Statutory reforms in the pool industry are being formulated, and professionals are getting ready for the shift. Experts report that 80% of pool pumps will no longer be useful by mid next year. This follows a rule formulated by the Department of Energy. In simple terms, non-compliant pumps will no longer be manufactured by then. The regulation restricts the usage of compliant pumps. Nonetheless, responsibilities accompanying these changes will lie on pool contractors. They will have to outline the advantages of using the new pump to maintain steady cash flow.

Why Pool Owners Should Consider Installing Pool Pumps

Unfortunately, homeowners have no other option; the only choice is lies within a hydraulic hp range of 711 to 5.0. Yet, it is up to professionals in the industry to determine how the target market perceives this shift. Variable speed pumps reduce rpm, and flow rates are preferable for end-users and the state as a whole, despite their cost. Thus, pool experts have to convince homeowners of the benefits of these costly pumps. They will have to explain the reason for the high cost. 

Luckily, most professionals in the industry have done this before. Thus, it’s not such a hard task to convince a potential customer to buy one. Additionally, we asked for advice from experienced people in the industry. They provided several strategies and evidence-based ways on how to convince potential buyers. The demand for VSPs relies on a customer’s location and economic situation. All you need to do is to find the perfect advantages that suit the individuals and help him, or overlook the cost.

Value for money

Some think that VSPs do not offer value for money. Variable speed pumps are costly, yet cheap in the long run; you have to focus on the long term benefits. Once you buy a VSP, you might be short of $800. However, consider investing in pool pumps as an investment; you gain even more through a reduction in utility bills. The secret is to prove this argument to customers using online cost calculators. Johnson incorporates in-store displays to enable their consumers to see the bigger picture in using VSPs. He says, “In New England, the swimming season is limited, and it’s more challenging to make a variable speed pump sale.” 

Currently, we insist on informing our customers of the new DOE rule. The in-store display is playing a massive role in initiating the conversation. Moreover, we compare speed pumps to LED lights to emphasize how they facilitate energy saving. 

Pool pumps make less noise

Barefoot Pools in Phoenix has expanded because of customer loyalty and satisfaction. Jose Garcia, the owner of Barefoot pools, says that they ensure their clients know they have their best interests at heart. He says that they began selling speed pumps when regional utilities provided huge discounts to pool owners who installed the pumps. “Even with the end of this offer, we still have a good number of VSPs replacements due to the amazing benefits.” He additionally says that the most popular benefit is that they are quiet. In populated, they do not cause noise pollution. Homeowners acquainted with loud pumps of 3450 rpm have a different encounter with quiet variable speed pumps going for 1725 rpm. Consequently, Jose states that they usually tell their customers to check for water movements to ensure it’s working. Additionally, Erik Johnson, service manager at Underwater Pool Masters, adopts an in-store display to ensure the VSP is functioning. “Most of our clients do not believe the VSP functions when it’s quiet, but once you use an instore display, they will believe you.”

Other than preventing noise pollution, variable speed pumps ensure effective filtration and water chemistry. Filters function more at lower flow rates since mire is not taken far into the media and, hence, eliminated during disinfection. Pool filters function more efficiently with a VSP. Furthermore, installing the speed pump makes the water safer free from harmful microorganisms.

After installing the speed pool pumps, homeowners usually call in after some days to report how the pool is cleaner and clearer.

owner of Barefoot pools, Jose Garcia

Planetary concerns

Michael Berggren says that he informs potential customers about the efficiency of energy. “I don’t have to go any further in the discussion because they want to know their environment will be taken care of.” “Even though our electricity is very affordable, we push variable speed pool pumps; thus, our earnings aren’t as much.” But our target location is more focused on conserving the environment.”

Straight and (not) narrow

The DOE formulated this requirement because the variable speed pump mainly saves energy and long-run costs. Even so, with VSPs, we must discuss issues like variable speed programming skills and plumbing. We can now build our eco-friendly equipment pads. First, we begin by performing a total dynamic head test, to assess the opposition in plumbing and then position the variable speed pump. Once the law is implemented, Berggren’s company will not encounter a massive shift because of their high number of VSPs sales. He says, “We have started informing our customers on this soon to be mandatory change.”

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Latham Pool Products Hires New Chief Information Officer

Kaushal Dhruv joins Latham Pool Products as new CIO.

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Kaushal Dhruv named new CIO of Latham Pool Products
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Fiberglass pool and vinyl liner maker Latham Pool Products has decided to hire a new Chief Information Officer for their corporation.

Kaushal Dhruv the new CIO will provide support and leadership to both the IT (Information Technology) team as well as the project management staff. Latham President/CEO Scott Rajeski is Kaushal’s direct report.

“We are on an exciting growth journey, complete with changes that will continue to propel Latham’s position …”

Kaushal Dhruv new CIO for Latham Pool Products

Kaushal comes from a diverse background in technology where he had 16 years of experience consulting with CIO and CTOs of Fortune 500 Companies. Kaushal was also Director of Technology for KPMG. Kaushal is extremely well educated. He has a Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the University at Mumbai, a Masters in Information Management from Syracuse University as well as a Masters in Engineering Management from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, and a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the Pune Institute of Computer Technology.

Said Latham Pool Products CEO, Scott Rajeski:

“[Kaushal’s] extensive experience and knowledge provide Latham with the proper leadership to continue driving our progress in North America and abroad.”

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Pools Installation: Growth of Pool and Spa Business despite the Pandemic

Pool and spa business is prospering amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Summer is approaching, and consumers want to enjoy an exquisite backyard pool installation

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Pools Installation: Growth of Pool and Spa Business despite the Pandemic

Reports indicate that the pool and spa business is prospering amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Summer is approaching, and consumers want to enjoy an exquisite backyard pool installation experience in their staycation. Consumers demand on pool maintenance products and services, renovations, new structures is on the rise. Social distancing rules affected so many businesses in their sales, but not all industries felt the wrath. The pool and spa industry survived the heat due to the following factors;

Pools Installation: Growth of Pool and Spa Business despite the Pandemic

1.  New pool installation

The demand is high because it is the only option to enjoy summer. Most clients are contacting contractors to have pools installed in their backyard.

2.  Existing pools

Homeowners want to bring the summer experience closer by improving their backyard experience. This is because they have to stay indoors and have no other option. Maintaining their pool throughout summer created a niche that the professionals in this industry took advantage of.

High loan application demands

Sarah Bess, the marketing director of Lyon Financial, specializing in loans for outdoor improvements, focusing on the pool, admits to the increase in business sales during this time. She adds that they expected a 20% increase in their sales this year. Then in March, the outbreak happened to create a lot of uncertainties and confusion. The sales went down for a short period, and it was discouraging. In April, there was a sudden and unbelievable rise in sales. The customer demand was too high, and the company was making good proceeds. This situation required that they add 10–15 employees to meet the customers’ demand.

If the sales happen to decrease in June or July, it still won’t take them back to where they were. The increase came about by the idea that clients have an exceptional backyard. It is not all about the pools, but the outdoor experience. Other industries that deal with the construction of the outdoor kitchen, covered porches, gazebos, etc., recorded a great increase in sales. Customers want to invest in their backyard pool installation for summer as well as for future security.

Safety precautions and retail businesses

The health crisis affected retail businesses. This is because of the social distancing rule, and clients find it hard to go to the stores to buy goods. Some retail stores adjusted to the situation to ensure they maximize their sales. They adopted methods such as delivery & curbside pick up. Companies such as Aqua Tech in Winnipeg, Manitoba, dismiss claims of the effects on retails stalls. For them, they adopted the use of contactless water testing. It is advantageous because they can still stay indoors, manage time, and it’s effective for clients. They hope to continue with these services even after the pandemic. Aqua tech, now offers services like chemical only pool maintenance & water sample pick up for those unable to go to the stores. They are dealing with the situation in ways that are appealing to the customer. The crisis was a concern, but they have managed to keep up with the sales. Previously, they only received 2-3 calls a day, now they receive 5-10 calls in an hour. Additionally, the employees have had to organize themselves effectively.

Economic achievements

Richard’s Total Backyard in Houston, Texas, set a new financial record in April. It is now a trend in all these outdoor products industries. Cristina Nikolov, a social media marketing manager, recalls a company meeting held at the beginning of March. They had lost hope there would be anyone willing to contract with them at this time. She even told the staff members that they should prepare for bad times.

Then came the Easter Weekend, and the flow of work was unexpected. It was a hectic month for the company, and she would now ask designers to be fast so that they can meet all the clients. Julie Richard, the Vice President, said that the surge was a result of the client’s mindset. No one is certain about the future or when the lockdown will come to an end. This uncertainty has had clients opt to improve their backyards so that whatever happens, they can still enjoy their time from the luxuries of their own home. Employees and designers have had to work overtime to manage all the clients. The month of April is the best financial year in the Companies history. It is not only pools that are marketable, but also hot tubs. For Richard, he just put up a message to reach out to clients that they can have their hot tubs installed and enjoy their stay at home. That opened up a big business opportunity for the company. Crews are sent daily to install hot tubs or renovate them for their clients on weekends to reduce the workload.

Construction

The government has been supportive of this course of a backyard experience. Many companies have earned a good sum during this time because the government has allowed them to maintain their operations.The owner of Berggren’s Backyard Oasis Pool Construction in Wenatchee, Micheal Berggren, also experienced the same surge in his business.

The governor of his state realizes the importance of pools in summer and can carry out their business with support from the state. They were able to do four times what they do in a year in equipment sets and cover replacement. He, however, still hopes that things will return to normal because of a few strains caused by the changes. They have to get frequent permission from the state authorities and following up with all the safety measures. He does appreciate this time as well, that was a boost to his business. He notes that the most important thing is that people get paid their salaries to feed their families.

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Pool Services Assessment for Maximum Profit

It is the start of the pool season and a suitable time for companies to reevaluate their costs. Focusing on the main work is important, but at the end

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Pool Services Assessment for Maximum Profit

It is the start of the pool season and a suitable time for companies to reevaluate their costs. Focusing on the main work is important, but at the end of the day, the work should yield some good proceeds. The ideas below are useful in profit maximization when it comes to offering pool services.

Pool Services Assessment for Maximum Profit

Online ordering

There is a considerable amount of time wasted in a wholesale store, as the contractors wait to order, have the orders packaged and check it out. Online ordering is a better alternative. The pool contractors can order earlier via the distributors before they leave for the worksite. Visiting the distributor is advantageous because it allows the contractor to tag along with other technicians for professional advice. Sometimes this conversation can extend to a non-productive chat, limiting productive work time.

Reduce drive time

Technicians should minimize their time on the road. This time isn’t accounted for, and in business, every minute counts. When going for a project, it is important to study the service routes before leaving. Things such as school schedules, traffic patterns, and other disruptions are factors to consider beforehand. This is to avoid time wastage on the roads.

It is also important that you look at the jobs and check if it’s reasonable to take up the job. The drive to device costs may cost more than the job itself. In this case, it is not worth it to take up the job. You ought to look at the farthest job and the distance to your next stop. It is wise to start with the jobs closer unless you plan on offering your services permanently in those remote areas.

If you are heading to a pool service project and you make a stop on your way, you should check the farthest project and consider if you still want to keep it. The loss of one far project can earn you two close jobs saving on time and energy and boosting cost. If you consider taking up the far projects, it may be reasonable if you charge more than close projects to cater for the drive time.

Smart buying

Purchasing goods in bulk is a smart option for those who have a warehouse space. Buying in bulk earlier puts you in a better bargaining position. This increases profits and is a great way of budgeting. It also saves the technicians stress when certain goods are in shortage due to their high demand. For this reason, they will be able to offer the best pool services to clients. The contractors can come up with an estimate of the products required during a certain season. You can base this on the sales of the previous year and speculations of the sales in the current year. For the storage of the goods, you can create space in your home. If you have no space completely, you can negotiate with the distributor to allow you to take the products in small portions, as long as you commit the purchase. Purchasing in bulk is advantageous to the distributors, so; it’s unlikely they disagree with the idea. You can also combine orders with other companies to save on the cost of securing a personal warehouse.

Check on product costs

Most technicians ignore the pricing of goods they use or sell in their course of work. You should check invoices to see the cost of goods they are charging their customers and ensure you make some profit. This also helps confirm if there were any mistakes made to correct them earlier.

Special offers 

Manufacturers have special offers once in a while to promote their brands. Their offer can entail buying goods in bulk at a huge discount. Contractors can take advantage of this, whereby they purchase one good at a significantly low price, and sell it at a higher price to their consumers and make some profit.

Review expenditure

You should review the expenses regularly. Services such as phones, vehicle insurance, and the internet need to be checked continuously. If there are cheaper alternatives to these services, explore them. Contact the service providers on a regular for any new discounts. Such inquiries can result in such considerations executed.

Make effective use of trucks

The truck inventory should have goods that are accessible on the service route. It is time-wasting to go to the distribution warehouse to pick up goods needed for replacement. Loss of profit is also incurred. It is important to find out what you need to stock in the truck for the job. To do this, technicians need to familiarize themselves with pools, the equipment available, and products that may be useful for the job. Balancing between the space in the truck & the required equipment is key to manage costs. All companies should invest in cheaper alternatives that are effective to maximize on their annual profits.

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