5/26/2016 - Before hiring pool service, know very well what you're getting
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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 in the skimmer.


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That is why many owners consider companies to help them maintain their pools and maximize their enjoyment within the water.
"People hire a pool service for the similar reasons as they caused by hire a lawn service; they don't have time to do it themselves, or they do not want to mess with it because of the chemicals and equipment," says Steve Bludsworth, person who owns All-Pool Service & Supply in Orlando.

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

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

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

Usually taught in agreements are the chemicals required 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 from 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 give weekly cleaning calls, however some pools might require extra visits.

"Some pools avoid getting much use, but other medication is used daily, have a lot of kids in them, they're heated or there is a lot of leaves," Bludsworth says. "Those want it more often."

Not covered in many service agreements are additional tasks, for example 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 your water at the right height. We leave a door hanger every week telling them what they need to accomplish," 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 won't be collected in the skimmer, of course, if the water is low, there could be insufficient water going back to the pump with the skimmer, which can cause the pump to overheat and burn out.

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