Pools are a heavy investment, and in the interest of preventative maintenance you may look at the services of pool-cleaning professionals. These companies will send its employees to your house about once a week to clean and maintain your pool and its various parts. These services can get a little pricey, but they might be worth it if you don't have the time to maintain your pool yourself or if you want to hand the maintenance work over to professionals. Before you hire anyone, however, make sure you know what you're getting.
What Are The Costs?
Pricing varies between companies, but for quality maintenance you might be looking at around $100 per month. Many companies offer different tiers or plans; the more you pay, the more services they provide. These are usually flat fees, meaning that you don't pay based on how much you use your pool. So if you only use your pool a few times a month for a quick swim, a flat fee might be a little too much.
However, pools are a big investment, and repairs can get expensive fast when mechanisms start to fail, so if you don't use your pool much but still keep it open, a pool service might be useful for peace of mind.
It's also important to note that repair costs come separate from the flat fees; part of your service fee may include equipment checks, but not actual repairs.
What Should I Look For In A Company?
There's a lot of research to be done in prospective companies, but you can narrow it down to a few major points:
- Make sure the company you're looking at has business and contracting licenses
- Make sure they have insurance
- Make sure they have enough employees to meet demand
The first two are easy enough, and this information can often be found on their websites or by contacting customer support. If any company does not have the appropriate licenses or insurance, move on no matter what prices they give you.
Figuring out if they can meet demand is also important because occasionally pool service employees will skip houses to make up for lost time. If that happens to you, you're paying for a service you are not reliably getting. You can look up company ratings online, but you can also decide to look for larger, established names rather than startups, as startups often gain new clients faster than they gain employees.
What Should I Ask For?
Along with asking for information about licenses and insurance, you can also ask for information about what your maintenance agreement will include, how much experience this company has, and what level of training and education is required of employees. Sometimes underqualified individuals may be hired in order to keep costs low. You can also even ask to speak to other clients as references.
Basically, if you have a question, ask before agreeing to anything. You have the right to understand how everything works, and also to be satisfied. If you don't like what you hear, a pool service may not be for you.
Is A Cheaper Service Better?
Odds are you'll have many companies in your area competing with each other, so some companies will outdo others here and there. But if you see a company that offers drastically lower prices, it's time to get skeptical. A valid question to ask is how this company can afford to charge so much less than others, and the answer is usually that they make up this deficit by charging extra for chemicals on top of your flat fee, by using used parts during repairs, or avoiding certain maintenance steps to ensure you'll need repairs later.
So if you do decide that you want to hire a pool service, don't go cheap. Going with a reputable company can actually save you money down the line.
Talk to a company like Collier Pool Service LLC. to learn more.