October 7th, 2017|Charisse Bracht
Have a pool, then hire a pool service if you don’t want to hassle with it because of the chemicals and equipment. It’s not uncommon to hire a pool service, lawn service, or maid service these days. Family time is more important and parents are so busy with work and family life they simply need to hire services to help them manage life.
But what should an owner expect of a reputable pool-maintenance service?
Generally, companies provide a month-to-month agreement to keep pools in shape visually and chemically and prevent larger problems from developing.
Typically included in a standard agreement are testing and balancing the water chemistry, vacuuming, skim and net water surface, brushing walls/steps/tiles, emptying skimmer and pump baskets, cleaning the filter as needed and checking to make sure that all the equipment such as the timer and pump are working efficiently.
Usually covered by the agreements are the chemicals needed to maintain the water balance, which is affected by 5 factors: Free available chlorine residual, total chlorine residual, pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness.
Fees for a regular service at larger companies range from about $100 to $120 a month for average-sized, screen-enclosed pools, with another $20 to $30 for unscreened pools. Smaller companies might charge a little less for their services.
Agreements generally provide for weekly cleaning calls, but some pools might require extra visits.
Not covered in most service agreements and are additional, repairing equipment and treating stains in the pool. Expenses not included in the regular monthly rate schedule are as follows:
• Excessive cleanup from storms, vandalism, power washing, and excessive landscape debris
• DE filter rebuild and deep cleaning – (usually once a year)
• Parts for repairs
• Labor for repairs
• Additional service calls
• Specialty chemicals (stain and scale treatments, oil enzymes, conditioner, and phosphate removers)
• Annual conditioner and algaecide treatment.
• Excessive amounts of chlorine and salt due to heavy bather loads, swimming dogs, leaking pools, or excessive debris.
• Repair(s): Authorizations that are essential to the operation of the pool must be made as quickly as possible to avoid deterioration of water quality. Repairs under $50.00 will be do
as a matter of routine maintenance. Such as skimmer baskets, pump baskets, weir gates, pool sweep bags, tab floaters, etc. Any amount over that will be approved by the customer.
Customer Responsibilities: Maintain the proper water level. (To avoid serious damage to pool, spa, pond or fountain equipment)
Keep trees and plants trimmed away from the pool. (Not to hang over deck or pool)
Remove pool covers and solar blankets on service day.
Ensure that all gates are operating properly and screen doors are unlocked on service day.
At Pool Perfection Services we send a digital door hanger every week telling them what they need to do. If the water level is not correct, surface leaves won’t be collected in the skimmer, and if the water is low, there could be insufficient water returning to the pump through the skimmer, which can cause the pump to overheat and burn out.