Whether you're using your pool for fitness, to tan or keep the kids entertained during isolation, we recommend consulting a pool professional to sufficiently sanitise your water to ensure the virus that activates COVID-19 does not spread while swimming.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there's no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through pools when they are properly operated, maintained and disinfected. So, keeping pool water safe to swim in is more important than ever, and there's no better person to adjust your pool water than your local pool man.
If you already rely on a pool professional to keep your pool in tip-top shape, the good news is that the vast majority of pool professionals are continuing to service pools to ensure they stay sanitary and clean during this time. If, however, you're in search of a local pool expert, you can use our Dealer Locator to connect with one nearest you.
If you've never worked with pool services, there are several questions you should ask to make sure you find a good fit for your needs and lifestyle.
Is the company licensed and insured?
Skimmer baskets, ladders, automatic cleaners, and any other detachable pool equipment are removed from the pool for the winter and stored in a safe, dry place. Wiring and connections used for bonding and grounding should be handled with care.
How often does the company service the pool?
Most pool care companies have a weekly or bi-weekly service schedule. It's important to know how often they come by — especially now. While pool pros are still working, in light of COVID-19 many may have modified their schedules.
What services are included?
Pool care can include a wide range of services, from simply adding and balancing chemicals to more labour-intensive tasks like vacuuming and installing equipment. Know what pool services your pool professional includes and be sure to ask what they recommend. Filter cleaning, cartridge cleaning, and salt cell cleaning are all routine services that you may need to keep your pool water algae and bacteria-free.
And counting on a trained pool pro to monitor and replace ageing equipment, which should only be done by a licensed and experienced pool professional, is key to avoid damaging your pool system.
How much does it cost?
Once you understand what's included in your routine pool service, you'll be able to weigh the cost better. A company that adds chemicals and checks the skimmer should cost less than a company that also sweeps the pool and services or replaces equipment. Remember, you're paying a professional to ensure your investment is protected and your pool is safe for swimming.
What other pool services or products does the company recommend?
After the first inspection, ask your pool professional what other services or upgrades they recommend for your pool. Do they advise getting a new filter, pump, or automatic pool cleaner? Perhaps they suggest upgrading your system to cut down your energy costs over time or adding a heater so you can extend your swim season given current circumstances. All of their recommendations are worth considering to make sure your pool system continues to meet your needs.
We hope you stay safe during these unprecedented times. If you'd like to get in touch with a local pool pro, try our Dealer Locator.