Hiring a pool service for regular maintenance is a great way to keep your pool and its mechanical components in their best possible shape without having to lift a finger yourself. Specifically, a pool company can come by and add chemicals to your pool as needed, skim debris from your pool, and even perform any necessary repairs for a monthly fee. Before you sign a service contract with a pool company, however, there are a few questions you need to ask.
Are You Licensed and Insured?
First and foremost, never work with a company unless they're both licensed and insured. Any reputable company should be able to provide you with a contractor license number, which you can then check to ensure is valid through your local municipality. Furthermore, ask for proof of liability insurance and follow through by contacting the company's insurance agent directly. This way, in the event that there's an accident on your property, you can rest assured that the pool company will be able to pay for the damage. For instance, if a pool cleaner accidentally spills a bottle of a harsh chemical on your stamped concrete pool deck, the insurance will pay for any damage done to the deck.
Is This a Flat Rate?
Be skeptical of pool service companies that offer extremely low monthly fees; if a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Often times, you may end up taking on additional costs when companies charge very small monthly fees. For instance, they may not include the cost of the pool chemicals in their monthly quote. For added peace of mind, your best bet is to find a company that charges a flat fee for all cleaning and maintenance costs.
Will Used Parts Be Used?
Finally, in the event that you need a repair done on your pool and a replacement part needs to be installed, make sure you know what kinds of parts are going to be used. Some companies may install used pool parts, which could save you money in the short-term, but will probably not last very long. For the best results, make sure you find a pool company that will use only brand new manufacturer's parts when you need a part replaced in your pool. This way, you can enjoy additional confidence in the repair and there's a good chance that the part will come with a warranty.