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Consumer Traps & Tips # 71 - Swimming Pool Maintenance and Repair

For immediate release: April 5, 2010
Contact: Dennis Moore, PBC Consumer Affairs Division, (561) 712-6600

A weekly service of the Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Division

Trap

Joe’s kids have been waiting for the warm weather to jump into the backyard pool. Because of lack of use during the cooler months, the pool looked green and in need of attention. Joe heard his neighbors talk about the high cost of pool service contracts and problems with unnecessary repairs. Should he do the job himself or is he better off hiring a professional?

Tips
Before you hire a pool maintenance company, consider these tips:

  • Pools require routine maintenance. The water should be tested regularly, chemicals added, pool vacuumed, filters cleaned, fittings inspected for leaks and the pump operation checked.
  • Pool maintenance and repair contractors are certified to maintain and treat the water in your swimming pool, spa or hot tub. They can also make minor repairs to existing pool masonry and perform preventive maintenance on equipment such as filters and chlorinators. To confirm a contractor is certified, call the Palm Beach County Contractors Certification Division at 561-233-5530 or visit http://www.pbcgov.com/pzb/Contractors.
  • If you decide to have a certified pool maintenance company provide the service, get at least three quotes for the work (one time or on a regularly scheduled basis) and ask for the quote in writing.
  • Retail stores specializing in pool supplies have the products necessary to keep your pool in top notch swimming condition are often willing to guide you through the steps. Many will test your pool water for free!

For more information, contact Consumer Affairs at 561-712-6600 (Boca/Delray 888-852-7362 toll free) or check consumer complaints against pool contractors by visiting http://www.pbcgov.com/consumer

 

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