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Swimming Pool Remodeling Will Allow For Easy Maintenance



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Swimming pools are great add-ons to your property. I mean, they provide hours of fun, entertainment, and relaxation. Not to mention, pools add a whole new charm to your backyard. Even so, maintaining a pool can be challenging, especially if you have a busy schedule. No one enjoys pool cleaning; it consumes time, effort, and money. Unfortunately, you cannot afford to neglect your pool. Otherwise, you would experience serious pool problems like stagnant water and algae. Regardless of the maintenance procedures, swimming pools wear out after years of use. Consequently, you will need swimming pool remodeling services.

Swimming Pool Remodeling Will Allow For Easy Maintenance

Swimming pool remodeling is a good idea. It not only boosts the aesthetics of your outdoor space but also increases the value of your property. But it is important to get a reliable pool professional to upgrade your outdoor living area.

It’s the little things that count: Most common ways of swimming pool remodeling

One way to make your pool more functional is to install therapy jets. Consider upgrading your inground spa with high-quality therapy jets. Therapy jets incorporate a massage system that provides maximum relaxation in your pool. Furthermore, jets make your pool area more appealing.

All pool fittings and equipment should complement your pool type and design. Using color-matched fittings can significantly boost your pool’s aesthetics. Remember, you don’t want to have a conspicuous contrast between your drain covers and the pool. Also, the water features you plan to install in your outdoor living area should match the pool.

Another swimming pool remodeling idea is installing heavy-duty baskets. These baskets are strong and provide maximum longevity. If you have a commercial pool, your customers are likely to fall in love with this feature.

Choosing saltwater systems over liquid chlorine

For many years, pool owners have used liquid chlorine and tablets to disinfect their pools. However, health experts report that chlorine does not provide a safe swimming environment. In some cases, this chemical can cause eye and skin irritation. Also, sunlight tends to degrade chlorine, making it expensive for you to maintain your pool. Consider using salt-chlorine generators. These systems keep your pool clean and reduce the quantity of chlorine in the pool. A saltwater pool system is pretty simple to install and maintain. Besides, it makes the water feel softer. Customers find it more comfortable to swim in saltwater pools.

Next-generation advanced sanitizers are safer

Pools contain harmful bacteria and microorganisms. Sanitizing pools is therefore important in maintaining crystal clear water. Pool service technicians should consider using next-generation advanced sanitizers. These sanitizers help you reduce chlorine usage and get rid of cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium is common in most pools and can cause severe stomach upset.

Ultraviolet pool disinfection systems

UV pool systems use light to destroy all pathogens and microorganisms in the pool. As water passes through them, the light destroys the internal structure of the cell. Consequently, this destroys the genetic components of microorganism cells and prevents them from reproducing. The best thing about using UV pool systems is that they do not affect the water chemistry in your pool.

Ozone pool systems

Ozone systems can also help pool owners have an easy time maintaining their pools. Using Ozone pool systems destroys all microorganisms in the pool through oxidation. Naturally, ozone is an oxidizer; thus, it kills all harmful bacteria and microorganisms.

Advanced oxidation process

Another way to maintain crystal clear pool water is using an advanced oxidation process. Typically, AOP is a unique integration of UV and ozone. This technique helps you reduce the use of chlorine the most. Consequently, it provides the safest swimming environment.

Swimming pool remodeling

The global pandemic led to an increase in demand for swimming pool remodeling services. Thus, offering backyard renovations during this time can help you grow your business. However, being creative is essential. It would be best to provide a wide range of water features and systems that pool owners can use to enliven their backyards. This way, you’ll be able to expand your customer base. Providing quality swimming pool remodeling services can help you gain lifetime customers.

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Pool News coverage brought to you by Pool Magazine's own Marcus Packer. Marcus Packer is a 20 year pool industry veteran pool builder and pool service technician. In addition to being a swimming pool professional, Marcus has been a writer and long time contributor for Newsweek Magazine's home improvement section and more recently for Florida Travel + Life. Have a story idea or tip you'd like to share with Pool Magazine? Email your story idea.

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Claffey Pools Acquired by Riverbend Sandler Pools



Claffey Pools Acquired by Riverbend Sandler Pools

The pool industry has seen a spate of recent acquisition announcements. The latest, being the recent acquisition of Claffey pools by Riverbend Sandler Pools. Backed by Chicago-based Concentric Equity Partners, they are continuing efforts to consolidate the swimming pool construction and maintenance industry in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

The acquisition agreement was signed on December 31, 2021 but only made public on Thursday. Full details about the exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This marks the third major pool builder purchased by the holding company, after acquiring Pulliam Pools back in November. The acquisition of the Fort Worth-based firm made it one of the nation’s largest pool construction companies.

This recent acquisition of Claffey Pools which is ranked within the nations top pool construction companies with about $32 million in reported residential construction revenue in 2020. A builder of high-end inground swimming pools, Claffey’s average pool project costs around $142,000.

Riverbend Sandler intends to make considerable advancements by acquiring existing service and maintenance companies, in addition to focusing on construction. Consequently, they hope to become a key service provider in the state’s pool service and maintenance sector.

This in itself appears to be a key decision point for the Claffeys who are looking to expand their pool service and maintenance divisions. Last year’s Texas Pool freeze caused unprecedented amounts of damage across the Lone Star state and saw Claffey perform over 1,000 repairs as a result.

In regards to any restructuring of the organization, the Claffeys, along with their 95 employees, will remain with the company. Riverbend Sandler has announced its intentions to continue its expansion. It will continue to concentrate on Texas, for the time being, looking seriously to expand into the Austin, Houston, and San Antonio markets after having established the predominant marketshare in the Dallas area.

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GENESIS Announces Newest Platinum Sponsor: Pool Magazine




GENESIS Platinum Sponsor - Pool Magazine

(Alexandria, Va.) – GENESIS is pleased to announce its newest Platinum Sponsor, Pool Magazine. The GENESIS sponsorship program showcases companies that are dedicated to the highest standards of best practices, quality, and ethics in the pool and spa industry.

“We look forward to collaborating with PHTA and expanding our relationship as a Platinum Sponsor,” says Joe Trusty, CEO & Editor-in-Chief. “We are excited for this next chapter and look forward to making a positive impact on the industry.”

As a Platinum Sponsor, Pool Magazine will have the opportunity to maximize its brand visibility, connect with thousands of engaged industry professionals, and unlock valuable opportunities.

“We are delighted to add Pool Magazine to our distinguished list of Platinum Sponsors,” says Janay Rickwalder, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations of PHTA. “Pool Magazine has everything we look for in a partner: quality services that can benefit our members, an understanding of the importance of continuing education, and a finger on the pulse of industry trends. I am excited for this collaboration and to working together in 2022.”

For more information, please contact Janay Rickwalder, PHTA’s Vice President of Communications and Public Relations, at or 703.357.3918.


About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance 

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit

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Pool Contractors Gift New Pool To Grandma After Disaster



Pool Contractors Gift New Pool to 80 Year Old Grandmother in Indianapolis

A group of pool contractors are the answer to one homeowners prayers. For years, Kitty Smitth, an 80-year old resident of Indianapolis, had dreamed of having an inground swimming pool for her 29 grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy. Smith had just recently used her life savings to purchase a home and property in South Indianapolis that she was hoping would allow her to finally realize those dreams.

Smith acknowledges that the home she purchased needed a lot of work inside, but held out hope of enjoying the backyard with her family. For Smith and her grandchildren, the backyard pool meant a safe haven from the dangers of the pandemic that was sweeping across the country last summer.

“They were here, swimming and playing. I can’t tell you how great that was. This has just been my dream my whole life,” she told reporters.

Smith’s pool collapsed after a snowstorm this February. Photo Credit: WTHR

Future summer dreams would be put to an end this February when a winter storm caused her pool to collapse into a heap of disintegrating concrete and collapsed fiberglass walls. Smith was horrified to find that her backyard pool had collapsed in on itself in the night. “My whole body just started going numb and shaking. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” she told reporters.

An engineering report was conducted to determine the cause of the failure. Analysis determined that a leak may have contributed to its collapse. A new pool cover, which had just been installed, combined with the inadequate water level in the pool may have contributed to adding stress on the walls of the pool.

To add insult to injury, Smith quickly found out that her homeowners insurance would not cover the damage. Despite being a customer of the same company for over 40 years and having a policy that includes the replacement cost of an inground pool, her insurance company refused to pay a cent. They claimed her policy excluded any leak in the structure of the pool.

Smith was faced with an impossible problem. The cost of installing a new inground pool would be at least $60,000 plus an additional $20,000 for hauling away the debris from the old pool that had collapsed. “I just put everything into my house”, Smith told reporters, indicating that she didn’t have the financial resources to rebuild the pool. She stated that she felt like her insurance company had left her high and dry.

Smith contacted investigative reporters and discussed her problem with them. The reporters shared her story with some folks they knew in the pool industry that could help lend a hand. Ultimately, eight separate Indiana companies came together headed up under Automatic Pool Covers owner, Michael Shebek. Shebek pooled his resources and network to help put together a team that will help rebuild Smith’s backyard.

What is truly incredible about this story is that although some of the companies on this list are competitors, they are all united in the single goal to help one local resident recover the usage of her pool.

Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, Smith was greeted with the surprise of a lifetime. The contractors who have agreed to rebuild her pool at zero cost, showed up at her house along with the 13news team to break the good news. Overwhelmed with emotion, Smith hugged them all and said “I don’t know your names but I know your hearts,” telling the contractors, “I love you.”

A team of local pool contractors has vowed to help Smith rebuild her pool. Photo Credit: WTHR

Smith will hopefully have a new pool to enjoy with her grandchildren this summer. The contractors have all assured her that the unsightly mess in her backyard will be removed and a new pool installed. The entire cost of the project is estimated to cost approximately $90,000.

“Just no words. There aren’t words big enough to thank everyone,” Smith said. “I’m just so thankful.”

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