To Hire a Pool Cleaning Service or Not Hire a Pool Cleaning Service, that is the question.
One question that comes up with people purchasing a pool from Temecula Valley Custom Pools is, “Should I hire a pool cleaning company or do it myself?” I always say it’s easier to hire a pool cleaning company to do it so you don’t feel the pressure to stay on top of the cleaning and maintenance. However, there can be some disadvantages to hiring a company since they range from the small mom and pop providers to the multimillion dollar pinch-a-penny companies.
Some things to be aware of that can take place with hiring a servicing company are:
- Potential Skipped Pool Cleaning
Because many pool technicians have a route each day and a servicing schedule, there is a slight possibility they can skip cleaning your pool due to just sheer volume and a poor scheduling system. (Don’t worry, I’ll put you in touch with a reputable company so that should never happen)
I always like to give the pool technician the benefit of the doubt (at least the first time) and just assume it was overlooked. Typically, the companies I will put you in touch with are upstanding and reliable, and if they’re not, I will no longer recommend them.
The advantage of doing it yourself is the buck stops with you and the chances of forgetting, while it might happen, are less likely if you get yourself on a regular schedule.
- The Cost
Most pool servicing companies will charge you a flat rate to clean and maintain your pool. There should NOT be an additional cost for chemicals as this is part of their regular maintenance. Occasionally charges might increase due to seasons, gas prices and/or use of an additional chemical, however those occurrences are typically quite rare.
Before you hire any pool servicing company ensure you know the specifics beforehand (i.e. the cost, what services will be performed on each visit, how often will they be there, what days will they be there, etc.) Knowing this ahead of time saves you a huge headache later.
Purchasing the correct pool chemicals and doing maintenance yourself is not super challenging. In fact, once you get a system going it’s really quite easy to maintain a pool. The only time I see this as a potential problem is the transporting of the chemicals from the store and the ability to perform the duties due to physical limitations.
My theory is, if you can afford a pool, you can afford the upkeep by hiring a professional.