What does a locksmith know about pools? Not much, but we do know how to help property managers and who doesn’t like a refreshing dip in the pool during a hot day? Pools require a lot of maintenance and are subject to many local and state regulations. Every summer (or if you’re somewhere where the weather is always nice), pool maintenance creates another thing property managers must learn to juggle. Don’t worry, Mr. Rekey knows a thing or two about helping with your property management needs, so here are a few pool maintenance tips for property managers.
Get Your Pool Inspected
Most state and local regulations require a yearly inspection of pools at residential rental properties. It’s a good idea to find yourself a trusted pool maintenance provider to perform this inspection before tenants start using the pool. Most pools fail inspections due to improperly balanced chemical levels, which leads us to our next tip.
Always Maintain Proper Chemical Levels
Pools are a great way to keep your tenants happy. They’re an added amenity that can make your property more valuable, but if they’re not properly maintained they can be harmful to the health and happiness of your tenants. Ensuring your chemical levels are properly maintained helps reduce harmful diseases and reduces the need for constant maintenance. Levels should be checked 2 to 3 times a day for chlorine, P.H., alkalinity, calcium, and phosphorous. It’s important to document your chemical checks and when chemical maintenance has been performed.
Maintain Pool & Spa Equipment
Along with chemical maintenance, regular equipment maintenance and checks will also help ensure your property’s pool is clean and running smoothly. It’s important to regularly clean out your pool filters and ensure proper water flow and suction. As with all maintenance, keeping it regular and making it a part of your day can reduce the big property management headaches down the road.
It’s important to make sure the gates and and fences around your pool are in working order and the proper height. These two things are a huge liability issue for property managers. If a fence gate does not properly latch or is too short, anyone can wander into your property’s pool, and should an accident occur, you may be liable. It’s also important to keep up the proper signage. If you do not have a lifeguard on duty, make sure you have the proper signage to let tenants know that they are swimming at their own risk. “No Diving” signs, pool rules, depth markers, emergency numbers, ring buoys, and reaching poles are all additional safety equipment and signage you will most likely need around your property’s pool.
These tips are important, not only for your pool to pass inspection, but ultimately to reduce your liability as a property manager. At Mr. Rekey, we always recommend property managers use a third-party service provider as the ultimate layer of security in reducing your liability. So find yourself a trusted third-party vendor in your area that can give you the peace of mind of knowing your tenants are safe and having fun at your property’s pool.