Good weekly pool service can save money and extend the life of your pool. Hiring the best pool service company can make the difference between protecting your investment and enjoying your pool, or damage and weeks when you cannot use your pool.
Here is a comprehensive list that will help protect consumers from unscrupulous pool cleaning scams.
Homeowners need to be careful, especially as services vary between companies and needs vary between pools.
All pools have the basic service requirements:
- Balancing the water chemistry
- Emptying the skimmer baskets
- Filter cleaning
- Add water to pool if needed
Fees can vary from $100 – $150. Most homeowners expect they will receive 100% maintenance. They sign a long term contract before realizing that many of the tasks are ‘extras’ or are not offered by some companies.
Other services include:
- Stain cleaning
- Deck cleaning
- Draining the pool
- Checking and testing equipment
- Checking the water level
- Algae prevention
- Servicing a salt chlorine generator
- Yearly filter cleaning
- Deck maintenance
- Skimming floating leaves that won’t be caught in the filter.
- Acid washing of swimming pool or spa
- Cleaning pools that are green, brown, or black
- Re-grouting tile
- Replace pool filter cartridge
- Phosphate treatment
Questions to Ask Your Pool Service Company
Doing business with unlicensed contractors is against the law. Florida federal law makes it illegal to operate a pool cleaning service in Florida. Don’t take someone’s word, make sure you research they are fully and appropriately licensed. Try not to hire anyone ‘under the table’ to avoid further difficulties by hiring someone not qualified. Also, asking the following questions can help you to vet your pool company.
- What education does your pool service company have?
- What certifications do you have?
- What organizations do you belong to?
- What is your contractor’s license number?
- Do you have insurance? With what company? What proof do you have?
- Do you have insurance to cover a pool lifting out of the ground if you empty the pool to clean it?
- What certificate of training (Commercial Pool Operators – CPO) do your workers possess?
Is Your Pool Company Licensed?
A state Service, RPC, or CPC license holder (as verified on the DBPR website) is the only company allowed to legally clean, chemically treat, repair, re-plumb, add and change equipment, and/or remodel a residential and/or commercial pool in Florida. Pool construction is limited to the RPC and CPC license categories respectively. Licenses under DPBR are limited to county or State wide Licenses.
Risks of Dealing With an Unlicensed Pool Company
A company with no state license can ONLY clean and treat a residential pool. They cannot do:
- Equipment work
What Risks Are Associated With Hiring An Unlicensed Company?
The homeowner is responsible for insurance and workman’s compensation.
If the employees are being paid ‘under the table’ the homeowner can be liable for deductibles.
The home owner may be responsible for fines associated with unlicensed work.
No contract is valid under DBPR rules, so the homeowner has no legal recourse.
Manufacturer’s warranties on equipment are void.
Please contact us if you’d like more information regarding our regular maintenance services and how we might customize your service plan to meet the needs of your pool.