Some argue that one of the primary dfferences between commercial and residential pool service is the level of care the technicians provide. This is not the case if both types of pools are maintained by a reputable company that prioritizes excellent customer service. However, aside from the end outcome, which should be the same in both circumstances, there are some factors that will influence the frequency and complexity of commercial and residential pool care.
Pool owners, both residential and commercial, can select from a variety of maintenance services including as chemical treatments, pool cleaning, winterization, and de-winterization. To ensure the safety of all people who use your pool, it is best to rely on professional technicians who have experience and provide excellent customer care.
Large pool cleaning firms (the type used by most community and gym pools) make money by cleaning a large volume of pools for a large number of clients in a short period of time. Aside from the businesses paid to maintain hotel pools, “quickly” does not often imply “efficiently.”
In fact, a dirty secret that most commercial pool facilities would not reveal is how frequently the pools are cleaned. (Hint: it happens far less often than you may expect.) A domestic pool that you own will almost certainly be cleaner because you are more likely to clean it before using it (even if you only take a dip once a month). The same cannot be said for commercial pools, particularly outdoor pools such as community pools.
You know how the chlorinated odor always seems to be heavier in commercial pools than in domestic pools? What you’re smelling isn’t chlorine; it’s the chloramines produced by chlorine performing its job (i.e., killing organic materials). To put it another way, the greater the “chlorine” odor, the dirtier the pool.
To neutralize the odor and restore the pool’s chlorine level, you must “shock” it by adding 3 to 5 times the regular level of chlorine, causing the pool to become “hyper chlorinated” and readjust to normal chlorine levels without all of the chloramines.
Commercial pools aren’t hyper chlorinated on a daily basis, which explains why the “chlorine” scent is so strong. (You now know what you’re actually smelling.)
99% percent of all residential pools are located outside (unless you are among the 1%), your pool will be strewn with outdoor toxins every time you use it. This means you’ll have to skim impurities (including ones you can’t see, like pollen) from a home pool more frequently than from a commercial pool, which is one of the only maintenance disadvantages of owning a residential pool.
When it comes down to it, residential swimming pools are still far easier to maintain. They are smaller, contain less water, have smaller bather loads, and are far less expensive to maintain than residential pools. Furthermore, residential pool service is typically much less expensive to pay for than commercial pool service.
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