New Regulations Tighten Licensing for Residential Pool Building
Home swimming pools are a great way to cool off in the summer of our southern states like Louisiana, where the heat and humidity can be almost unbearable. However, when choosing a contractor to build a pool, we’ve seen too many Louisiana residents fall victim to inexperienced builders which resulted in poor quality pools.
Regulations have finally been recently changed to address this problem by making pool-building requirements stricter for contractors. We’ve been contacted for repair service by many unhappy owners of other companies’ pools, so to help put Louisiana residents at ease over this big decision we’ve put together an overview of the changes as well as an explanation of how it will affect building pools in our area in the future.
Changes in Requirements for Residential Pool Builders
The recent change in pool building in Louisiana affects who can legally build and maintain pools in the state. Since around 2003, any company with a home improvement registration could build or maintain any pool or spa.
This was kind of a loophole that meant that companies without proper licensing or experience could build and maintain pools; most without charging for things like testing or adhering to standard conventions of construction. This meant many customers were lured with cheap quotes, and consequently, a lot of shoddily constructed pools were built.
As of this year, all contractors building pools must hold all the appropriate licenses and observe the official guidelines and standards of building a pool or spa, with a very steep fine if these regulations are not followed.
Time For Change
Understandably, the contractors who build pools under legitimate licenses were upset about the loophole. There was also the very real concern that the people who build under the home improvement registration will build a pool or spa that isn’t safe or built to last.
The previous law opened the door for unscrupulous builders to obtain the correct license to sell a product they couldn’t ensure the safety or longevity of. From the customer’s viewpoint, just about any contractor appeared to be a legitimate pool builder; as is the case with most other home improvements, if the builders didn’t follow industry standards there would be only legal recourse against them after the fact.
As of July 1st, all pool builders were given a 60-day grace period to register their new licenses and permits. With the steepness of the fines, this will most likely result in quite a bit of re-shuffling as companies scramble to either go straight with their pool building practices or tailspin as they lose their business to new companies who actually have the proper paperwork filed.
Fortunately, for anyone in Louisiana who is interested in having a pool built, there are many quality options out there. As a result of this change in the law, any licensed pool company available to be hired will be more dependable. Qualified, experienced pool companies like Pleasure Pools are here to be contracted reliably and in accordance with all the new laws, and we’re very happy to see the public a bit better protected from unsafe practices.
If you are looking for a professional, licensed pool company, remember that Pleasure Pools has been serving the greater New Orleans area for over 20 years and we’d be happy to help you create the custom pool and spa oasis you’ve been dreaming of!