Why a Global Pandemic Shouldn’t Cancel Your Pool Service

Not going anywhere for a while? Neither are we. 

Here’s the good news: We’re here to keep your pool clean and maintained — safely and professionally — no matter what.

The bad news is that COVID-19 probably isn’t going anywhere, either. There have been over a half million cases to date in Florida, and nearly 150,000 of those cases are here in Miami-Dade County. Many municipalities require masks in public places, even community swimming pools. We can’t begin to tell you how many people are cutting pool costs to save money right now, but what we can tell you is that this is the exact time not to save on pool expenses.

Yes, these are trying times. But these are also times to cherish what we have. For example, could you imagine how much more stressful they could be if you were unable to maintain one of your most precious assets?

Your pool should be no exception. And we’re not just saying that because we service pools (OK, maybe a bit). But if you’re hesitant to service your pool this summer, keep in mind that the consequences could cost more than you think you’re saving — much more.

Think of our comprehensive pool service like an oil change for your car. Sure, you can do it yourself if you’re handy … But our experts do more than drop in a couple of chlorine tablets, sweep the pool walls, then call it a day. Whether it’s your backyard or an even bigger operation, servicing your pool DIY-style (or not at all) likely won’t reveal the bigger picture, which could spell out even bigger money troubles down the road.

Think About Your Health

We don’t know a whole lot about the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, but we do know a few things:

  • Coronaviruses have a fragile outer membrane, which is quickly oxidized and destroyed when exposed to free chlorine. 
  • Scientists say this particular coronavirus is not waterborne, or one that you can get swimming in the water.
  • A well-maintained pool is relatively safe from coronavirus. A poorly maintained pool probably isn’t safe.

Again, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll catch COVID from a socially distanced swim session. But here are a few other water-related illnesses that you could contract if you don’t treat your pool:

  • Legionnaires’ Disease
  • E. coli
  • Norovirus
  • Cryptosporidium (“crypto”)

Trust us, you don’t want to know what any of those are like, either. That’s why we’ve stayed open during the pandemic as an essential service. COVID-19 is teaching us all the very hard way that you can’t put a price on your loved ones’ health. DIY pool maintenance may save a few dollars in the short term, but could cost much more if you’re not careful.

Think About Your Investment

Pools aren’t cheap to build, but they can increase your South Florida home’s value by up to 11%. So, do you really want to spend even more cash renovating it? That can happen if you don’t keep it clean. 

Let’s assume you stop maintenance altogether for an entire season to save costs. We mean it when we say that your pool will lose that crystal-clear cleanliness in about a week, tops. Probably even a day or two when you factor in the humid Florida weather and all the afternoon thunderstorms, which dump dirty runoff water into your pool while increasing its acidity. Add in a “surprise” overnight algae bloom, and you could set yourself back a pretty penny just to clean up a mess that never needed to happen. 

A deep clean and repair/remodel job could cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars — possibly more than you already pay per year on maintenance! All this doesn’t even account for the wear and tear the elements have on your equipment pad or pool deck. 

The short answer: You’ve got to spend money to earn money. Even if you were to do this all yourself, it can be a tedious routine that eats up a good chunk of your day that you could spend, say, actually swimming in your pool.

Think About Your Options

Since halting pool maintenance can lead to disaster, and tossing it over your neighbor’s fence isn’t a choice, what else can you do? 

We get that money may be tight for some right now. We also understand that a lot of people might not be too keen on the idea of a stranger spreading germs around the house. But as an essential service, here’s everything we’re doing to keep your home and/or community safe, while also freeing up your wallet. 

  • Our repair and maintenance departments continue to work, socially distanced and at full force
  • Backyard-safe consultations, cleanings, and scheduled repairs
  • Virtual presentations for anyone who requests one
  • Two weeks of free service to new customers (You also get two weeks of free service if you refer a friend!)
  • We’ve also tailored these pool cleaning service packages to get you more value from our visit

Times may be uncertain, but we still know that you should never have to decide whether to keep your pool maintained. Keep calm. We’ll clean on.