Seahorse Pools & Spas pool contractors explain what’s involved in swimming pool maintenance
Anyone who owns a swimming pool knows that the water doesn’t stay pristine, crystal clear and bacteria-free without maintenance and upkeep. The swimming pool contractors from Seahorse Pools & Spas work with customers to help them keep their pool water clean and always swimmable because owning a pool means you need to take on the responsibility of keeping the pool water clear — or hiring a contractor to do it for you!
Some pool owners — the do-it-yourselfers — find pool service and maintenance a breeze. Others, however, simply want to swim without the hassle and time it takes to clean and maintain the pool. Also, getting the chemicals in balance and keeping them there can sometimes be a very delicate balancing act, especially if you have a big rainfall or if your pool gets used more often than usual it is easy for the chemicals to quickly get out of line. No matter which type of pool owner you are — do it yourself or hire a pro — you need to know if you’re going to clean and maintain it yourself, you will need to be diligent about it or you run the risk of algae taking hold.
Look for, and interview more than one potential swimming pool service contractor until you find one whose price you like and with whom you feel you can trust your swimming pool. What will a pool service contractor for your pool? Here are some items:
- Test the water chemical levels
- Add chemicals when needed
- Perform pool opening, pool closing and backwashing
- Scrub the pool walls and sides and behind the ladder
- Vacuum the pool
- Inspect pool equipment and plumbing to make certain it’s operating efficiently
- Inspect pool accessories
The cost for cleaning and servicing a swimming pool will vary based on many items — from the pool size, to the frequency of cleaning, to the pool’s configuration to the amount of use it sees, but you can plan to spend about $125+ per month.
Here are questions to ask a potential swimming pool service provider before you sign a contract:
- What is included in the price
- How often he will visit for the price quoted
- Is he licensed and insured
- If signing a contract for the summer offers a price break
- Ask for names and contact information for his current and former clients that you can connect with
- Does he offer emergency service repairs and at what cost?
You may opt to perform routine maintenance on your swimming pool but remember you can call in a professional if you simply can’t get the chemicals back in line or if you are seeing an issue that you can’t resolve.