Occasionally we get a call from a client wanting to cancel their pool service because they decided to care for their pool on their own. Whenever this happens we give them all the instruction they need to care for their pool, wish them luck, then wait for their call asking us to restore their service. Typically, it takes about two to four weeks.
Caring for a pool is hard. It takes a lot of time, attention, and experience to do it right. So when people who aren’t accustomed to taking care of a swimming pool suddenly decide to take on the responsibility, it’s usually only a matter of time before they give up and leave it to the professionals.
There’s an adage in the pool care industry: When you have professionals caring for your pool, you are a pool owner. But when you try to do it on your own, you are owned by your pool.
That’s not to say you aren’t qualified to care for your own pool. It’s actually not that complicated. It doesn’t require a lot of skill. You don’t need to get a degree in pool cleaning to be a pool tech.
What it does take is a lot of time, a willingness to pay close attention to the intricacies of pool chemical balance, water clarity, and filter and pump efficiency. And a lot of patience.
Professional Pool Care
Here’s the difference between amateur pool care and professionals: When a pool owner takes care of their own pool, they see one pool and one pool only. So their learning curve is based exclusively on that single pool. But professionals see dozens of pools per week. So their learning curve is a lot steeper. By the end of their first month on the job, the typical pool tech has already seen and corrected practically everything that can go wrong with a pool.