P.O. Box 1989
West Palm Beach, FL 33402-1989
FAX: (561) 355-3819
Palm Beach County
Board of County
Mary Lou Berger
Hal R. Valeche
Steven L. Abrams
Priscilla A. Taylor
"An equal opportunity
Affirmative Action Employer"
Electronic Press Release
Keeping Your Cool with the Pool
With the hot summer weather here, the backyard swimming pool is a favorite hangout. Regular cleaning and maintenance are important in order to keep it clean and healthy. But taking care of a pool can be a lot of work and requires a fair amount of knowledge. If you are considering hiring a professional pool maintenance company, consider the following:
- The water needs to be tested regularly, chemicals added, the surface, floor and walls 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 find out whether a contractor is certified, call the Palm Beach County Contractors Certification Division at 561-233-5530 or visit http://www.pbcgov.com/pzb/contractors/.
- Get at least three quotes from reputable contractors for the work you want done, whether it’s a one-time servicing or on a regularly scheduled basis. Be sure the quote spells out all procedures to be performed during the visit and get the quote in writing.
- Retail stores specializing in pool supplies have the products necessary to keep your pool water in good condition and are often willing to guide you through the steps. Many will test your pool water for free if you bring them a sample.
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/publicsafety/consumeraffairs/.
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