Your New Pool – Service After the Sale
When it comes to purchasing and having a new swimming pool installed, new buyers always know how much they’re paying for getting the pool in the ground. They usually also think about the poolside furniture and fence. They often don’t think about pool services.
The truth is swimming pools need maintenance that most homeowners aren’t equipped to do themselves. You’ll be fine doing the routine maintenance and cleaning, things like shocking the pool with chlorine, cleaning the filters, and skimming the surface of the water. However, that’s not all there is to having a functioning, clean, and safe swimming pool.
That’s why, before you break ground on your new pool, you need to think about what kind of services it will need once you’ve had it installed and whether the company you’ve chosen can supply the parts and services to maintain and repair it when you need them.
Let’s talk, first, about some of the basic services you’ll need for your pool on a fairly regular basis.
Regular Maintenance to Avoid Costly Repairs
During the summer, you’re going to need to clean and shock your pool about once a week. This will include skimming the surface with a pool net, setting the pool cleaner to vacuum dirt and debris out, and cleaning out cartridge filters and soaking them in cleaner for 12 hours.
You’ll also want to test your chlorine and pH levels once a week to make sure that your pool has the right chemical levels to remain clean without any adverse effects on you, your family, and/or your friends when you go swimming. By doing these simple things, you’ll be going a long way to avoiding repairs, but life does happen. Parts wear out and eventually need to be replaced.
Choose the Right Pool Maintenance Company
Most of the problems associated with pools that can’t be fixed by homeowners come from the pump. Water has to be constantly pumped through the filtration system and around the pool to ensure that all of the chemicals are distributed properly and that dirt and debris are scrubbed out of the water. When the pump goes down, it’s a big problem.
While everyone loves to support local companies, a lot of smaller pool supply and service companies have trouble getting the right parts in and performing the maintenance and repairs you’ll need. Even when they can get the parts in, they have to charge a lot more than larger companies do simply because the parts cost them more due to shipping, scarcity, etc.
When you’re looking for companies to install your pool, check out their service packages. Do they include yearly pool opening inspections? What’s included in a checkup on your pool? What brands do they carry, and can they easily get parts?
You may still decide to go with a smaller local company, but you should know that you’ll probably have to get your services, repairs, and maintenance performed by a better equipped, larger company.
Don’t Forget to Ask Questions
When you’re choosing a pool builder, ask every question that you think of. Ask about their service plans and warranties. Ask about pool control systems. Ask about their contractor’s license and insurance. You’ll want to make sure that they are completely prepared to take on any and all of your service needs after they sell you your pool.
You want to enjoy this swimming pool for years to come. To do that, you just have to do a little bit of homework and ask the right questions. With the right pool builder and service plan, you’ll have nothing to worry about at all with your new pool, and there’ll be no chance of buyer’s remorse later on.