It is so easy to fall in love with the idea of having a custom-built pool that people often overlook the considerable time and resources they will have to invest in pool service if they intend to enjoy their backyard oasis for the foreseeable future. Indeed, pool owners have a non-negotiable responsibility to protect their guests and the pool structure itself through regular cleanings and maintenance. Therefore, we have addressed some critical questions about pool service you should consider before breaking ground on your fantasy swimming hole:
Simply put, servicing your pool is a public health matter. A pool that has not been properly treated quickly becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that harms both the pool itself and anyone using it. The bigger the pool, the greater the health risk. Therefore, Priority One is keeping your pool properly skimmed and sanitized, thus prolonging the pool’s lifetime and, most importantly, protecting the wellbeing of your guests.
That means asking your pool builder questions about what specific tools are required, what chemicals are used, and how often those items will need to be replaced. And they will need to be replaced! Too often, owners are too caught up in the splish-splash fun that they only remember to check their filtration system when it breaks and the inside looks like the refuse of a sunken ship. And do not be that unfortunate soul who only makes a call about a chlorine refill when you are scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Whatever your circumstances, you want to act as if your pool will, at any time, get a surprise visit from the health department because no one wants to swim in a giant Petri dish.
No, you can maintain your pool, and you would certainly save some money by doing so. However, be honest with yourself about the size and complexity of your pool as well as your level of expertise. For many pool owners, the process of cleaning, skimming, and balancing the chemicals in a pool is a labor-intensive process that can take hours to complete, especially if they are new to it or have limited equipment.
Approach it knowing that other priorities like travel, health issues, and other home improvement projects will compete for your time. If you doubt you will be able to clean the pool at least once a week, better to play it safe and enlist the professionals. Otherwise, any money you would have saved by doing the job yourself will flow toward more costly repairs and doctor bills down the road.
“Remember that time the pool guy didn’t show up when he was supposed to? And the time after that?” This is a fairly common horror story with pool owners. Labor and revenue dynamics can make the pool service industry a mercurial landscape, leaving many customers in the lurch. So how do you make sure you are not left holding the skimmer when you pay for pool service? Ask your neighbors with pools who they recommend. They may have some survival stories you can use to your advantage.
Then, ask your pool builders. For the sake of their business, they should have already identified the most thorough, diligent people to maximize the lifetime of the pools they worked so hard to build.
You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that for every Bellareed Luxury Pool project, we include one month of maintenance service with a variety of service options available thereafter. Our service team members are experts in pool care and maintenance. Once we build your pool, we will help you take care of it!
For more information on our Tennessee custom-built pools, contact us for a free consultation today! We complete most of our projects in 12 weeks, and are with you every step of the way in pool ownership.
Bellareed Luxury Pools is a custom luxury pool, outdoor living design and construction company based in Atlanta, Georgia and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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