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May 26 2016

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Before hiring pool service, understand what you're getting


Pool maintenance
Pool owners obviously would prefer to spend time splashing around their backyard oasis than scraping calcium from the pool tiles and unclogging leaves from the skimmer.

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That is why many owners use companies to help them maintain their pools and maximize their enjoyment in the water.
"People hire a pool service for the same reasons as they do in order to hire a lawn service; they do not have time to do it themselves, or they don't really want to mess with it due to the chemicals and equipment," says Steve Bludsworth, owner of All-Pool Service & Supply in Orlando.

What should an owner expect of your reputable pool-maintenance company?

Generally, companies supply a month-to-month agreement intended to keep pools in form visually and chemically, preventing larger problems from developing.

Services differ from company to company and from pool to pool, but typically included in a standard agreement are testing and balancing the lake chemistry, vacuuming, brushing the perimeters of the pool, emptying skimmer baskets, washing the filter as needed and checking to ensure that all the equipment - like the timer and pump - will work efficiently.

Usually taught in agreements are the chemicals needed to maintain the water balance, which is affected by six factors: pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, dissolved solids, cyanuric acid and temperature.

Fees to get a regular service at larger companies range between about $100 to $120 per month for average-sized, screen-enclosed pools, with another $20 to $30 for unscreened pools. Smaller companies might charge rather less for their services.

Agreements generally provide for weekly cleaning calls, but some pools might require extra visits.

"Some pools do not get much use, but others are used daily, possess a lot of kids inside them, they're heated or they have a lot of leaves," Bludsworth says. "Those want it more often."

Not covered in most service agreements are additional tasks, such as adding or removing water in the pool, cleaning the deck, repairing equipment and treating stains in the pool.

"One thing we leave for the owner to do is keep the water at the right height. We leave a door hanger weekly telling them what they need to do," says Brandy Striano, owner with husband Paul of Paul's Pool Service in Lake Mary.

In the event the water level is not correct, surface leaves defintely won't be collected in the skimmer, of course, if the water is low, there may be insufficient water going back to the pump from the skimmer, which can cause the pump to overheat and burn out.

Don't be the product, buy the product!

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