Your pool cleaner is part of an interesting crew. Many start out as young entrepreneurs, able to work part-time, in the great outdoors. The work doesn’t seem to need high level skill. I mean, what is there to collecting leaves, brushing down pool walls and adding some chlorine?
And yet pools in southern California are a formidable industry. Virtually every homeowners association provides a pool to the neighborhood. A simple scan of any suburban neighborhood on Google Earth via satellite shows the huge numbers of local pools behind homes. And due to these number of pools, the need for reliable quality pool maintenance service continues to grow. With it, the skill level of pool cleaners has escalated over the years.
Local pool services are generally more attentive to your pool than a large corporate enterprise. Corporate pool cleaning services may charge a few dollars less. But they also pay their workers less and don’t expect much skill from them.
But a local pool service that works your part of town has a reputation to keep and most business is developed through word-of-mouth. So it’s important for a local pool cleaning service to know their stuff. In addition, showing up every scheduled cleaning and doing a thorough job is just as important.
What Services Should Your Pool Cleaner Provide?
Your pool cleaner should, at minimum, be willing and able to provide the following service each visit:
- Checking and adjusting chemical levels
- Brush and vacuum the pool
- Clean skimmer baskets and waterline tiles
- Backwash the pool filtration system
- Fill the water to its proper level
- Inspect the filtration equipment
- Monitor, test and adjust water to health department standards
- Maintain pumps, skimmers, filters and other equipment
Your pool cleaner should be have certification such as IPSSA’s Water Chemistry Certification Exam. In addition, they know the local “rules and regs” for the state and county you live in. The National Pool & Spa Alliance offers further education and certification.
Ultimately you want a pool cleaning service whose staff can take on any needed repairs and renovations. They should know pools inside out.