Periodic Products, Inc. Announces Sponsorship of a Second PHTA Greg Garrett Scholarship Award

Sarasota, FL, March 20, 2023 – Periodic Products, Inc. announced today that it will sponsor a second Greg Garrett Scholarship Award presented by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). The inaugural award was presented at the 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo. At the 2023 Expo to be held in Las Vegas, NV this November, two $5,000 awards, one sponsored by PHTA and the second by Periodic Products, will be given to two members in the builder and/or service sector(s) of the pool and hot tub industry to further their career through PHTA and/or GENESIS® educational courses or certification fees. 

In announcing the award, Dr. Joseph Laurino, president and CEO of Periodic Products, stated, “Greg Garrett and I served together on one of the technical committees of PHTA, the Recreational Water and Air Quality Committee, for almost a decade. Greg had a passion for educating the industry on some of the more critical technical issues impacting the proper design, construction, and maintenance of swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs.

“Greg was an expert in cementitious surfaces. He and I worked with our scientists at Periodic Products to develop a start-up product for pools, spas, and hot tubs. A portion of the proceeds from this start-up product, Super Start-Up™, will be used to support this second scholarship.”

According to PHTA, the application and selection process for both scholarships will remain the same. For more information about the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award and to submit an application, visit phta.org/garrett-award. Please send any questions to standards@phta.org.   

About the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award

The Greg Garrett Scholarship grants two PHTA members in the builder and/or service sectors $5,000 each for PHTA educational or certification fees to increase professionalism and provide an opportunity for continuing education. This award recognizes individuals employed in the recreational water industry who show extraordinary desire in furthering their career through education.

About the PHTA

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with more than 3,600 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 www.phta.org.

About Periodic Products, Inc.

Periodic Products is a material science technology company committed to advancing a cleaner and safer global environment through the application of responsible science and breakthrough chemical technologies. Periodic Products manufactures a full range of environmentally friendly swimming pool chemicals and water filtration products containing its patented biodegradable polymer compounds and metal-polymer composite materials. The Company’s Chelok® metal chelating technology permanently removes iron (rust), copper, manganese, and other metals from swimming pools and spas; removes and recovers metal contaminants from ground and surface waters; and recovers rare earth metals from industrial and mining waste products. For more information visit www.periodicproducts.com.

Periodic Products, Inc. is a proud supporter of the Pool and Spa industry.

In our committed effort to support the Pool and Spa Industry, Periodic Products, Inc. is proud to announce our continued support of Step into Swim as a Gold Level Sponsor.  Periodic Products takes immense pride in its unwavering support for the Pool and Spa industry. This dedication is manifested through the application of responsible science and cutting-edge chemical technologies. As a staunch advocate for education and progress in the industry, Periodic Products is a member of the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA), the Independent Pool and Spa Service Association (IPSSA), the National Plaster Council (NPC), and Step into Swim.  Periodic Products is also a sponsor of the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award which assists PHTA Members in the Builder or Service sector with the opportunity to continue their education and increase professionalism in the industry.

The company’s involvement in supporting these organizations underscores its commitment to collaboration and shared goals within the industry. By partnering with and/or volunteering for these organizations, Periodic Products actively contributes to the advancement of best practices, standards, and innovations in pool and spa management. This collaborative spirit reflects the company’s dedication to creating a positive impact on the industry.

For more than a decade, Periodic Products has championed the cause of science-based education within the pool and spa sector. Through collaborative efforts with pool owners and professionals, Periodic Products has played a pivotal role in addressing issues related to pool chemistry, metals, and metal staining. 

Additionally, Dr. Joseph Laurino, president and CEO of Periodic Products and the creator of CuLator Metal Eliminator, has served as a volunteer on many technical committees and councils of the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), and currently serves on PHTA’s Recreational Water and Air Quality Committee, is chair of the Technical Advisory Committee and is the current chair of its Board of Directors.

Our Stain Treatment and Removal (STAR) certification program serves as a comprehensive resource, equipping industry professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively address metal stain prevention, water discoloration, and metal stain removal. By offering a science-backed curriculum, Periodic Products ensures that those who earn the STAR certification are well-prepared to tackle many of the challenges associated with pool maintenance and proper water chemistry.

In essence, Periodic Products not only provides cutting-edge chemical solutions but also actively contributes to the intellectual growth and professional development of individuals within the pool and spa industry. Through its educational initiatives and partnerships with industry-leading organizations, Periodic Products is committed to advancing the industry, one pool at a time, with a steadfast focus on education, collaboration, and responsible science.

Periodic Products, Inc. Announces the Launch of its Stain Treatment and Removal (STAR) Certification Program

Sarasota, FL, August 22, 2023 – Periodic Products, Inc. announced today the launch this fall of its metal Stain Treatment and Removal (STAR) Certification Program for pool industry professionals. This comprehensive program will consist of 5 individual modules, complete with case studies, dealing with metal staining, metal elimination, pool start-ups, source and aged water, and metal stain removal. Upon the completion of the requirements for each module, attendees will receive the corresponding STAR Certification designation.

In announcing the program, Joseph Laurino, Ph.D., President and CEO of Periodic Products, Inc., stated, “Based on our educational presentations held during various national and regional pool and spa trade shows, we have developed this certification program to help the service and retail pool professionals understand the role metals play in surface staining.  Additionally, this program will give them the tools to proactively address these issues before they arise.”

The program will be delivered using both an in-person and a “hybrid” format with both in-person and virtual components. For more information, please contact Matt Kepple (mkepple@periodicproducts.com) or David McLaren (dmclaren@periodicproducts.com.

About Periodic Products, Inc.

Periodic Products is a material science technology company committed to advancing a cleaner and safer global environment through the application of responsible science and breakthrough chemical technologies. Periodic Products manufactures a full range of environmentally friendly swimming pool chemicals and water filtration products containing its patented biodegradable polymer compounds and metal-polymer composite materials. The Company’s Chelok® metal chelating technology permanently removes iron (rust), copper, manganese, and other metals from swimming pools and spas; removes and recovers metal contaminants from ground and surface waters; and recovers rare earth metals from industrial and mining waste products. For more information visit www.periodicproducts.com.

Top 10 Metal Removers for Swimming Pools and Spas 2023!

Beautiful Children in Swimming Pool

Below are newest top 10 metal removers for the swimming pool industry 2023.

  1. Natural Chemistry Metal Free: Known for its eco-friendly formula, effectively sequesters metals while being gentle on pool surfaces. 
  1. CuLator Metal Eliminator and Stain Preventer by Periodic Products:  CuLator permanently removes and eliminates all stain-causing metals from the pool water, providing lasting protection against staining and discoloration. CuLator is patented and non-toxic. 
  1. Jack’s Magic The Purple Stuff: This powerful sequestering agent is designed to remove stains caused by iron, copper, and manganese, offering long-lasting protection against further metal buildup. 
  1. SeaKlear Metal Klear: Effectively suspends metal, prevents staining, and improves water clarity. 
  1. Leisure Time Metal Gon: Suitable for all pool types, this metal remover is designed to sequester metals, preventing staining and scale formation. 
  1. GLB Sequa-Sol: GLB Sequa-Sol is a cost-effective option for metals, preventing stains, and maintaining balanced water chemistry. 
  1. Pool Mate Metal Out: This fast-acting chemical effectively sequesters iron, copper, and manganese, preventing stains and scale formation, and improving water clarity. 
  1. Bio-Dex Protect All Supreme: Specially formulated to sequester metals and prevent scale.  Super concentrated formula. 
  1. Baquacil Metal Control: Designed for use with Baquacil pool care systems, this sequestering agent prevents metal staining and helps maintain crystal-clear water. 
  1. In The Swim Super Stain Away: Suitable for various pool surfaces, this powerful agent eliminates stains caused by iron, copper, and manganese, enhancing water aesthetics. 

 

In this list, the term “Metal Remover” is a misnomer. Sequestering agents and chelating agents react with metal ions to produce molecules too small to be removed by pool filters. Metal removers sold in the pool industry do not remove metals from pool and spa water but rather suspend the metals in the water temporarily. The only product that REMOVES and ELIMINATES metals is CuLator Metal Remover and Stain Preventer. 

Maintaining a clean and balanced swimming pool is crucial for optimal water quality and enjoyment. One common challenge faced by pool owners is the presence of metals, such as iron, copper, and manganese, which can cause staining and discoloration. Eliminating metals from your pool water ensures stain-free and healthy swimming pool water.  

CuLator Canadian Review

Hi David,

I want to take a few minutes of your time to let you know my appreciation and happiness about your product.

I am a French Canadian living in the country near Montreal. I have an in-ground hot tub since 1 1/2 year. I have been trying different products and different recipes without being able to get expected clear water.

Since I have used your CuLator Pak I have the most crystal clear water you can imagine and within less than 2 days.

You have to be proud to be part of a great company that sells exclusive products that for me are amazing products.

I have found about this product after talking to a Lawrason’s customer service person while I was exposing my problem.

I hope that you will become more well known in Canada to make more happy Customers…

Best regards,

M.G.

Eastman 

P.Q

CuLator SpaPak

CuLator SpaPak Question

CuLator SpaPak Question

Message: Hi,
I have recently purchased from Amazon a few packs of Culator for improving my hot tub water which contains metal from my well.
I would like to know if I can reuse it after 1 treatment. If yes what is the procedure to keep it for the next refill in 3 months.

Thank you
You do miracles!
Mike

Hello Michael,

Thank you for the email. 

Yes, you can reuse the CuLator SpaPak several times.  All you must do is rinse it with fresh water, let it air dry and then place it back in the skimmer (or where you place it) when you refill.  The CuLator polymers will get dry and crunchy.  This is normal.  They will rehydrate when you place them back into the water.

Thank you for the compliments!  Please let me know if you have any other questions.

David

My CuLator Ultra 4.0 swelled up! Is that normal?

Used CuLator Ultra 4.0 with Iron Trapped Inside

My CuLator Ultra 4.0 swelled up and filled the GatorEgg.  It looks like it is going to explode!  We hear this question all the time.  This is  normal.  Some CuLator Ultras do not swell up.  This is also normal.  Sometimes the bag may even have some polymers on the outside of the bag.  This is normal.  What isn’t normal is if the seams are torn or there is a hole in the bag.  If this happens, contact Periodic products at 954-764-7654.  Don’t worry, the CuLator is non-toxic and any polymers which ooze out of the bag will be caught by the filter.  The polymers will continue to work until you rinse off the filters.

Also notice that the colors of the polymers change depending on the metals trapped inside.  This is a great way to see if the CuLator is pulling out the metals from your swimming pool.

CuLator prevents stains by removing and eliminating stain-causing metals like iron, copper, cobalt, and manganese from pool water.

Used CuLator with Cobalt Trapped Inside
Used CuLator Ultra 4.0 with Copper Trapped Inside

Filtering Rust, Iron and Metals with FillFast Filters

No problems!!  We love your product so much. Originally purchased (FillFast) to fill our pool but the guy on the phone said we could potentially install in our home to filter out the metals. So we did. We live in a rural area in Nebraska and have SO MUCH IRON it’s awful. Your filters are amazing. It looks like dirt but it’s METAL that your product kept out of my pipes. We are customers for life.

Used CuLator Filters used in FillFast Pre-Filter Removes Iron from Well Water.

We love emails like this one. In this case the customer used our 2 sump FillFast as a pre-filter for whole home to remove high levels of rust and iron. As you can see, the patented CuLator filter combo removes tons of metals. Call 954-764-7654 to discuss how we can help you filter out metals before they enter your home. FillFast is easy to configure to your needs as a pre-filter system to remove iron, rust, copper, manganese, and many other metals. The patented CuLator filters are easy to change out.

Well water contains many metals. FillFast is designed to remove high levels of stain-causing and corrosive metals like rust, iron, copper, and manganese.

CuLator Removed Copper From My Swimming Pool!

Thank you kindly for the information!  Historically, for the pool, I’ve simply used the CuLator 1.0 packet in my skimmer basket with good results.  I did try the CuLator 4.0 inside the GatorCage as an upgrade/replacement, but it did not seem to perform much differently.  Not complaining, but if the 1.0 is working, it would be simpler for me to just continue that routine.

As far as actual movement and lifespan, continuously using on of the CuLator packets has kept my copper levels fairly steady at 0.1 ppm.  Sometimes 0.0 and sometimes 0.2, but very flat.  I was north of 1.0 and going higher when I started using them just under 2 years ago when we bought the pool.  Previous owner did not unfortunately manage the water chemicals very well – pH way out of spec, ridiculously high chlorine and CYA, plus he added algaecide doses every week…

Everything is now in much better shape, but I think there is some damage to either the heater and/or copper pool pipes (underground) allowing them to leech copper still.  However, I do think it is getting better (reduced)!   Actually planning running for several weeks later this summer when I have a bit more free time without the CuLator to see how fast the levels are rising, but assume there will still be a need long term for the CuLator.

Thank you again!

CuLator with Copper Removed from Swimming Pool Water

Phoenix Arizona has Copper in Water

CuLator removes copper from Phoenix water
The colors inside the CuLator show metals removed
CuLator turns colors depending on metals removed from swimming pool
Blue shows copper, yellow shows iron, and the green is a combo of metals removed

Phoenix Arizona has Copper in Water

Phoenix, Arizona is dealing with a major copper issue in the municipal water.  When Phoenix residents fill their pools with city water, they are adding high levels of stain-causing copper, which can stain swimming pool surfaces or cause water discoloration.  

If you shock a swimming pool with copper in it, the pool water can turn bright green, or grayish or blueish stains can appear on the surfaces.

If the copper level is below .2 ppm, you should be safe from staining.  However, the goal is to have a swimming pool with 0 copper.  If your copper level goes up to .3, then you are at risk of staining all the pool surfaces.  

So, what can you do about a pool with copper in the water?

If you have copper in your swimming pool water, then you should use some Mega Maintain Sequestering Agent to suspend the copper in the pool water.  Next (at the same time) add a CuLator 1.0 to the skimmer basket or a CuLator Ultra 4.0 to your bump basket and let it remove and eliminate the metals from your water.  

What’s great about CuLator is that it is non-toxic and removes high levels of metals including copper, iron and manganese.  Those are the three metals which stain pools the most.  The other great thing about CuLator is the contents of our PowerPak bag change colors.  

What can you do if your pool is stained with copper?

We recommend using the Metal Stain Eliminator Kit.  It is a no-drain kit which removes metal stains, sequesters the metals (suspends the metals in the water), and removes or eliminates the metals from the swimming pool with CuLator Metal Eliminator and Stain Preventer.

How do I know my CuLator is working?

We get asked this question all the time.  The answer is to look UP at the CuLator with a light or sun behind it.  This will show the color of the metals removed.  You will notice that iron turns the CuLator a yellow color and copper turns it a blue color.  Sometimes you will see both.

Is My CuLator Working?