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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983 episodes

HOA Pool Bidding Tips and Tricks

The HOA complex pool is probably the best commercial service account you can land. You get paid on time, the residents care about the pool and once you are in you can gwt more HOA accounts. I go over some things to do to successfully bid HOA accounts. 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
Sep 29
Backwashing a Filter Overview of the Process

* Backwashing a filter should and can be part of the regular maintenance of a DE or sand filter. I give you a general overview of backwashing a pool filter. * 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=spl

19m
Sep 28
Compact or Full Size Truck for Pool Service: Spotlight on the Honda Ridgeline

I’ve had experience with compact as well as full-size service trucks and go over some of the good and bad of each vehicle for you. I highlight the Honda Ridgeline here for you as it is my current service truck.   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
Sep 27
Why Pool Service is the Best Profession to Enter

Whether you purchase a pool route, start a route from scratch or work for a pool service company, there are some great benefits of working in this industry. I go over the pros and a couple of cons about pool service as a career choice or business choice for you 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

19m
Sep 26
Polaris 360 vs Suction Side Cleaner

In some cases, the Polaris 360 might be a better choice over a suction side cleaner for your pool. I go over some reasons why the Polaris 360 might be the best choice for your 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  

20m
Sep 23
Pool Pro Ask Yourself, "Is it Worth it?”

Ask yourself the question, “Is it Worth it?” before you take on that account, green pool clean-up or another service. With the high cost of everything out there, time is money and of course, you want to maximize your time out there to make the most money you can. 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
Sep 22
Small Pool Care Tips

Small pools may seem easy but there are a few things to note and some real cautions when servicing these smaller bodies of water. I go over some chemistry tips as well as some other things to watch out for on these smaller pools.  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
Sep 21
Riptide Vacuum System Tips, Tricks and Accessories

The Riptide Vacuum system is one of the premier vacuum systems on the market today. I go over some of the finer points and offer some tips and tricks for you as well as what accessories to choose.  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
Sep 20
Major Wind Event Pool Pro Tips

We get the Santa Ana winds in my area every October through February and you may also have some wind events in your area during different parts of the year. As a pool pro, you have a lot of pools to clean and some if not all may look completely trashed. Here are some tips on making it through the aftermath of a wind storm 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
Sep 19
How HASA is Continuing Bob Lowry’s Legacy with Terry Arko of HASA

Many may know or not know that HASA had acquired the management of bob Lowry’s training material and his Certified Residential Course. Terry Arko the Technical Training Manager over at HASA takes us through the history of how HASA is continuing the legacy of Bob Lowry with his training material. Other Episodes in this series: Episode 970 The Drought, High TDS and Your Pool with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250409 Episode 971 Managing Pools with High CYA with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250482 Episode 972 How HASA Got Involved with the Netflix Movie “Day Shift” with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250512 Episode 973 Benefits of Using Liquid Chlorine on Your Pool Route with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250522 Learn more about the courses: https://poolchemistrytraininginstitute.com/ 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

15m
Sep 16
Benefits of Using Liquid Chlorine on Your Pool Route with Terry Arko of HASA

There are still a lot of pool pros who haven’t used liquid chlorine on their pool route and in this podcast Terry Arko the Technical Training Manager over at HASA goes over some of the benefits of using liquid chlorine to sanitize a pool. Other Episodes in this series: Episode 970 The Drought, High TDS and Your Pool with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250409 Episode 971 Managing Pools with High CYA with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250482 Episode 972 How HASA Got Involved with the Netflix Movie “Day Shift” with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250512 Episode 974 How HASA is Continuing Bob Lowry’s Legacy with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250565 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

11m
Sep 15
How HASA Got Involved with the Netflix Movie “Day Shift” with Terry Arko of HASA

There is a new Netflix movie out called “Day Shift” and it features a character played by Jamie Foxx as a pool guy in the SFV of California who cleans pools by day and fights vampires by day. Terry Arko the Technical Training Manger over at HASA explains how HASA got involved in the production of the movie. Other Episodes in this series: Episode 970 The Drought, High TDS and Your Pool with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250409 Episode 971 Managing Pools with High CYA with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250482 Episode 973 Benefits of Using Liquid Chlorine on Your Pool Route with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250522 Episode 974 How HASA is Continuing Bob Lowry’s Legacy with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250565 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

10m
Sep 14
Managing Pools with High CYA with Terry Arko of HASA

High CYA levels have many effects on your pool including the ability to achieve a balanced pool. Terry Arko the Technical Training Manager over at HASA goes over some of the side effects of having high CYA in your pool. Other Episodes in this series: Episode 970 The Drought, High TDS and Your Pool with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250409 Episode 972 How HASA Got Involved with the Netflix Movie “Day Shift” with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250512 Episode 973 Benefits of Using Liquid Chlorine on Your Pool Route with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250522 Episode 974 How HASA is Continuing Bob Lowry’s Legacy with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250565  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    

13m
Sep 13
The Drought, High TDS and Your Pool with Terry Arko of HASA

As we enter the 3rd year of the drought on the West Coast there are some things to consider when completely draining a pool can’t be done. Terry Arko the Technical Training Manager over at HASA goes over some steps you can take when dealing with high TDS in your pool. Other Episodes in this series: Episode 971 Managing Pools with High CYA with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250482 Episode 972 How HASA Got Involved with the Netflix Movie “Day Shift” with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250512 Episode 973 Benefits of Using Liquid Chlorine on Your Pool Route with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250522 Episode 974 How HASA is Continuing Bob Lowry’s Legacy with Terry Arko of HASA https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/11250565   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
Sep 12
How the Leslie's Pro Partner Program Can Grow Your Business & Special Savings on Hayward Equipment

In this episode, I am joined by Chad Christensen of Leslies Wholesale and he goes over some of the great benefits of becoming a Leslies Pro Member and a Leslies Pro Partner. He also discusses the exciting discount pricing offered by Hayward at all of Leslies locations. 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
Sep 09
How Not to Get In Over Your Head With A Pool Problem

When you are starting it is easy to get in over your head. Even seasoned service pro can take on more than they can handle. Here are some practical tips on avoiding getting in over your head out there. 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
Sep 08
Try Tiered Pool Service Accounts

If you only off full-service pool service you may be leaving some money and easy service accounts on the table. There are several different service tiers you can test out and some of these may be very lucrative in expanding your route. 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
Sep 07
Avoid Doing These Things on Your Pool Route

It all starts with poor boundaries and maybe poor communication on your part but you can set some unhealthy precedents on your pool route if you are not careful. Here are some to avoid. 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
Sep 06
Recession Talk, Pool Pro No Need To Panic!

So much talk in the media about a coming recession and so many pool pros are needlessly worrying about it. I wouldn’t say a recession is no big deal but it is also just a normal cycle of the economy and pool service is pretty insulated from the fallout. 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

23m
Sep 05
Basic Cleaning Equipment to Get You Started on Cleaning a Pool

You really don’t need a lot of cleaning equipment to get started cleaning your own pool or to start a pool route business. I go over the basic equipment you will need. 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
Sep 02
Big Pools Can Be a Big Pain

Some pool pros are just stuck with big pools in their service area. Any pool 30,000 gallons or bigger falls into this category. I go over some of the headaches of servicing big pools and some easy fixes to make them serviceable. 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
Sep 01
First Look at the AquaStar Pipeline VS Pump with Todd Pieri

AquaStar has a new VS pump hitting the market in late 2022 and the Pipeline VS Pump is sure to be one of the best-built pumps out there. Todd Pieri goes over the new pump as well as the quality control that is put into all AquaStar 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

15m
Aug 31
Why the Pool Pro Will Love the AquaStar Pipeline Filters with Todd Pieri

Todd Pieri of AquaStar goes over why the pool pro will over the new AquaStar Pipeline Filter. Not only is the compact size attractive but there are many more reasons why you will want to populate your pool route with this filter.   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 30
AquaStar Pipeline Filters Overview with Todd Pieri COO of AquaStar

Not only is the compact size of the AquaStar filter something unique in the industry, but having the flow of a filter twice the size makes this a revolutionary filter. Todd Pieri of AquaStar breaks down all of these great features for you and more! 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

27m
Aug 29
Vacuum System or a Portable Filtration System?

So which one should you get, a Vacuum System or a Portable Filtration System? Both are vastly different and I go over the pros and cons of each system for you 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

18m
Aug 26
SmarterSpa a Plug & Play SWG for Hot Tubs!

Thinking about converting a customer’s spa to salt? Have a hot tub that you are struggling to keep chlorinated? The Smarter Spa system might be just what you are looking for. Convert a spa to a salt spa in just minutes.   Watch the video: https://youtu.be/NRdnDCuWEXA 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 25
Should You Offer Discounts to Land New Customers?

Offering discounts like the 1st month free can sound enticing and might get you some accounts. But there are other smarter discounts you can offer and I go over some of these as well as the 1st-month free offer. 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 24
Pool Guy Math Wizard! Adding Income to Your Pool Route is Easy!

Adding value to your pool route is as easy as adding one account. Or 5 accounts. I go over another way of looking at your pool route and some simple ways to scale your business with simple math.  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 23
The Ideal Run Time for Your Pool Pump

Is there an ideal run time for your pool pump to get all of the water through your filter and back out into the pool again? The answer may surprise you.  Here is a study that was done on pool flow and getting one cycle of water through the filter https://iwaponline.com/jwh/article/16/3/449/39100/A-quantitative-analysis-of-swimming-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

24m
Aug 22
Every Other Week Service, Should I Do It?

A customer approaches you to move their account to every other week service. Should you do it? Here are the reasons this is a bad idea and I glean this from personal experience.  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

15m
Aug 19