The Pool Guy Podcast Show

David Van Brunt

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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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951 episodes

Practical Ways of Speeding Up Your Day On Your Pool Route

These are tips that will allow you to speed up your day without of course cutting corners on your pool route. What good would it be to get through your day and lose accounts because of poor service? I focused on some practical things you can do to speed up the day.  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

18m
Aug 16
Help! D.E. Is Leaking Into My Pool!

So you have a D.E. filter and D.E. is leaking into your pool after cleaning it or just randomly. Join the club. I go over some common and not-so-common reasons why D.E. will leak into a pool.   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      

22m
Aug 15
Best of the Pool Pro Round Table

The Pool Pro Round Table Episode is one of my most popular episodes even though it runs over 1 hour in length. Here is a short “Best of” from that episode. In it, we discuss advice you would tell your younger self and how to deal with difficult customers.    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  

17m
Aug 12
Best of Rudy Stankowitz – Common Pool Myths

Rudy Stankowitz is a smart guy. He has been a guest on my podcast show a few times and here is some of his best stuff – myth-busting. You can lower pH without lowering Alkalinity and Is a Salt Pool or a Chlorine Pool.   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

16m
Aug 11
Best of Bob Lowry – Free Chlorine Level Mistakes & Borates

Bob Lowry was a Legend in the industry. I am glad that I got to record so many podcasts with him. A Best of Week would not be complete without a Bob Lowry segment. Here we talk about ideal FC levels and Bobs favorite topic, borates.  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

18m
Aug 10
Best Of Pool Plaster Panel – Start-Up Methods and More

This was one of my most popular series. A podcast with a panel consisting of a builder, a member of the National Plaster Council, and another pool pro who specializes in high-end pools. We cover Start-Up Methods, customer errors in getting in too early, and the real expectations of the clients. 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

28m
Aug 09
Why 3 PPM of Free Chlorine is Not the Ideal Level

Is 3ppm the ideal chlorine level? It used to be. But new research may make this industry standard Free Chlorine baseline a thing of the past. In fact there is no ideal Free Chlorine level when you factor in the CYA level of a pool.  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 

22m
Aug 08
Some Common Suction Side Cleaner Issue

There are some common issues you will experience with suction side cleaners. I try to address the more common ones here for you and offer some solutions to this sometimes frustrating issues.  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

17m
Aug 05
Tips for Equipment Below The Pool’s Water Level

When you have the pool equipment below the water level, there are certain things that come into play before you can do something as simple as opening the pump basket. I go over some things to know about servicing a pool where the equipment sits below sea level.   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

16m
Aug 04
Hayward Navigator, Love it or Hate it!

I think you either love or hate the Hayward Navigator/PoolVac. There is really no in between. I unpack this iconic cleaner for you and go over some of the things to know about this beloved and much hated automatic 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

17m
Aug 03
Lawsuits and other Liability Issues on Your Pool Route

No one likes to be threatened with having a lawsuit slapped on them. You may have also thought of suing a customer for non-payment. And do you have General Liability insurance for your pool service? I go over this and more for you. 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

16m
Aug 02
Innovative Pool Products Under $40 That Are Game Changers!

These innovative pool products were created by some clever people. Wish there was a tool for that? There probably is. I go over where to find these unique products and a list of my top innovative pool products.   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

21m
Aug 01
Having Good Boundaries with Your Pool Route

You probably never think of a constant needy customer as a boundary issue. Or by overworking and taking every job you are violating the boundaries of your spouse and family. But boundaries in business are important and I go over some key takeaways on establishing good healthy boundaries.   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  

18m
Jul 29
What Chemicals Can Be Substituted For What?

So your supplier is out of liquid chlorine. What can you use instead? Or they are out of Muriatic Acid. What can you use to lower the pH in a pool in that case? I go over this and more for you. 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 

18m
Jul 28
Sales Tips for VS Pumps

Here is the sales pitch for a VS (Variable Speed) Pump. I go over some things that are good to say and how to overcome certain rebuttals from the customer.    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 

17m
Jul 27
What Chemicals Can You Put Through the Skimmer?

So what chemicals can you put in the skimmer? What chemicals can’t you add? I go over a list of some that are fine and others that never should be added to the skimmer.  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

17m
Jul 26
VS Pool Pump Myths

There are a lot of Myths being circulated about VS pumps and I think most of it is just ignorance since the optics of a VS pump are so hard to translate. I unpack and clear up some of these common myths for you here today.  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

22m
Jul 25
Green Pool Fail! How To Do It Right the First Time

A green pool cleanup can be done successfully the first time. But you need to be aware of a few fail points so that you are not doing this twice on the same pool within a week.  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  

18m
Jul 22
A Hot Tub is Just a Tiny Pool, Right?

There aren’t a whole lot of differences between a spa and a pool, right? There is quite a bit of difference as you will soon hear. 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

17m
Jul 21
Pool Pro Real Estate Investing Guide Part 1 of 2

I was asked to continue some of my investing talks and here it is for you. An informal introduction to Real-estate Investing. Part 1 of 2. 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

21m
Jul 19
Robots and Automation Are Taking Over the Pool Industry!

Probably not to the level of Terminator but automation and robots are taking over the pool service industry. From automatic chemical feeders to robotic pool cleaners the wave of the future of pool care is here.  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

22m
Jul 18
Business Question: Getting Started & Non-Profit Ideas

I started a new series where I answer questions emailed to me. I go over matching service rates and something unique here – how to add a non-profit or foundation to your business.  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

18m
Jul 15
New Swimming Pool Product – You Are the Beta Tester!

Very few products can be tested in real-world environments and with thousands of testers. So you are essentially the tester of new pool products when you purchase them. But thankfully most new products are just revamped of current products on the market already.  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  

18m
Jul 14
Water Tech Battery Operated Cleaners -My Top Picks for You

Water Tech has a lot of different battery-operated cleaners. Maybe an overwhelming amount. I go ver my top choices as well as unpack the best cleaners for different situations.  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

20m
Jul 13
Pal Light Dual Zone Upgrade & Why I like the Pal EvenGlow System

I am a big fan of the PAL Evenglow light system. I cover their new dual-zone system as well as go over the Evenglow light system for a pool & Spa. You can order wholesale here: www.horizonparts.com http://www.horizonparts.com/ by Pal light wholesale for your pool route EvenGlow Pool Light Kit, RGB, Dual, 80ft, with Driver Horizon # 56-330-2205 (Kit includes one zone set up with remote, 1 spa light, and one pool light) PAL EvenGlow Large Niche Light, RGB, 12vdc 80ft (Light Fixture size 10 5/8  for an 8 ¼” nitche) PAL EvenGlow Small Niche Light, RGB, 12v 150ft  (Light Fixture size 6 ½” for a  5” nitche) Build a Dual Zone Pool & Spa System for Your Client: PAL Lighting PCR-2Z 65W Multi Color Dual Zone 4 Wire Transformer and Controller, 24VDC 64-PCR-2Z-65 -PAL 65W Multi Color Dual Zone Rem Ctrl Transf, Wi-Fi 24VDC Horizon # 57-330-1360 PAL EvenGlow Large Niche Light, RGB, 12vdc 80ft Horizon # 56-330-2122 80 ft 1(Light Fixture size 10 5/8  for a 8 ¼” nitche) PAL EvenGlow Small Niche Light, RGB, 12v 150ft  Horizon # 56-330-2132  (Light Fixture size 6 ½” for a  5” nitche) 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 

19m
Jul 12
Vinyl Pool Care Tips and Tricks

Vinyl in-ground pools are becoming more and more popular and above-ground vinyl pools have always been a popular choice. I offer some tips on vinyl pool care for you and go over some cautions for you here as well 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

25m
Jul 11
Swimming Pool Vacuum System Limitations

Vacuum Systems are great! They are game-changer. But they have limitations. I touch on a few of these here for you so you can make an informed decision when deciding to purchase one. 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

18m
Jul 08
Why Is My Pool Not Holding Chlorine? Featuring the Best of Bob Lowry

It can be frustrating dealing with a pool that wont hold chlorine. What  better person to answer this for you than the late Bob Lowry. Although he has passed on to a better place, his voice and knowledge remains here as I recorded a great number of podcast with Bob Lowry before he died. Here is one in the "Best of Bob" series for you/   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  

16m
Jul 07
Pool Pro -What to Invest in During a Recession

I am not going to tell you to pile up your money in cash to get through this upcoming recession. Yes, you need an emergency fund but there are a lot of things you can still do with your money during a recession.  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

16m
Jul 06