Offering amenities is a great way to attract great clients to your property, and amenities don’t get any better than having a pool on your property. However, having a pool can be a real challenge for property owners because pool maintenance is absolutely essential to the health and well-being of everyone who uses it.
Here’s what you need to know about keeping that pool safe and clean.
Invest in pool safety training
Bacteria in pools and hot tubs is a big deal. Your tenants can fall ill, or worse, if you don’t properly filter and clean the water on a regular basis. The problem is, even if you use chlorine to disinfect, you don’t let pets in the pool, and you require toddlers to wear swimming diapers, bacteria can still collect in the water and filters.
Hiring an outside vendor for cleaning and maintenance can ensure the pool is clean, but you should also invest in pool safety training for at least one member of your staff. They will be able to test the water and spot trouble before maintenance is scheduled to come back.
Establish a pool committee
Establishing a pool committee can be very helpful too, especially if you allow tenants to get involved. It forces you to make time for pool safety, and a wide variety of topics can be discussed including:
- Learning local laws and regulations in regards to the areas in and around the pool
- Arranging for periodic inspections and testing of the pool water
- Monitoring chemical storage and pool furniture
- Ensuring any restrooms, lockers, or showers are clean
- Fielding pool complaints and issues
- Discussing what to do about fecal matter or animal carcasses in the filter
Make sure rules are posted and updated regularly
Because safety is such an important consideration in regards to pools and hot tubs, it is absolutely vital that you post clear, easy-to-read rules that are updated regularly. Make sure they are posted in a visible location, and consider posting the rules in multiple areas around the pool. You may also want to post the rules at the beginning of the season on every tenant’s door.
Some common rules include:
- Proper swim attire required, and all toddlers and infants should wear swim diapers
- Only tenants and up to 4 guests are allowed at the pool
- Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult
- Only service animals are allowed in the pool area
- No running
- Glass containers are not allowed in the pool area
You will want to customize the list for your unique situation. Some of these items may or may not make it on your list. For example, if your tenants aren’t allowed to have pets, you may not need to post a rule concerning dogs unless it becomes a problem.
Consider hiring a lifeguard
Most residential pools don’t have lifeguards, but if your pool is a busy place during the summer months, you may want to consider hiring one. You may even be able to find a couple of students on your property who can help, as long as they have the right training, of course.
If you don’t want to hire a lifeguard to watch the pool all the time, hire one to watch the pool during the busiest hours on the weekends.
Having a pool can be a lot of fun for you and your tenants. Just make sure you follow these pool maintenance tips to make swimming safe for everyone.