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How do I Choose the Best Pool Cleaning Service?

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A swimming pool can increase the value of your home and provide endless hours of enjoyment. A pool can also require many hours of cleaning and maintenance. If you are looking to hire a pool cleaning service, the best way to find someone reliable is by asking a friend for recommendations. Look for companies that have the proper licensing and equipment to get the job done. You should seek a pool cleaner who not only has a business license but also liability insurance in case the pool or yard is accidentally damaged. Also look for a company that is bonded.

Anyone can purchase some pool cleaning supplies and a business license and call himself a pool cleaning company. That makes it easier for unqualified people to pass themselves off as pool cleaning service providers. Ask the company in question how long it has been in business because there is a high turnover rate in the pool cleaning business. Companies that have been around for two years or longer are generally more likely to be in the business long-term.

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The best way to find a good pool cleaning service is through recommendations. Ask your family, friends, and neighbors if they are satisfied with their pool service. This can help you find someone who is reliable and does a great job as well as steer you away from less desirable pool cleaners. You might also want to plan a visit while the cleaners are there so you can observe how they work yourself.

If you are selecting a pool cleaning service without any recommendations, you should ask the owner of the company in question to provide you with the names of a few customers you can call as references. Be sure to call at least three or four names on the list. Ask if the pool cleaning service shows up on time, does a thorough job, and acts professionally. It’s also important to ask all references how long they have used the service and if they are affiliated with the company in any way.

Ask the pool service company you are considering if it provides free estimates. You should not pay anyone to tell you how much they would charge to clean your pool. Find out what is included in the service before you make your selection. A good pool service will offer a contract that lays out exactly what it will do to avoid discrepancies. Don’t sign a long-term contract for monthly service. Commit to a few months at a time so the company will have to earn your business by performing well on a consistent basis.

Take a good look at the contract before making your decision. Choose a pool cleaning service that owns the necessary equipment and chemicals to complete the job. Some services don’t include chemicals, so be sure to clarify this point beforehand. Also take into consideration how often the company comes to service your pool. Most pools need to be cleaned and checked at least once per week.

You might also want to consider other services the company offers. Basic maintenance and regular cleaning are weekly tasks, but other problems might occasionally arise with your pool. Does the company have anybody on call for emergencies? Can they conduct tile cleaning and replacement or pump repair for an extra cost? This can help narrow your selection when choosing between more than one pool cleaning service.

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