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Everyone enjoys a swim in the backyard pool or spa
to relax after a hard day or to cool off on a hot one. But, not
everyone who owns a pool or spa likes to do all the things necessary
to keep it clean and healthy - tasks like cleaning the filter,
scrubbing the tile and walls, vacuuming and raking out leaves and
debris, testing and chemically treating the water for safe and
comfortable swimming and making certain that all the equipment
is in good working order.
However, there are professionals such as members
of the Independent Pool & Spa Service Association (IPSSA) who
will take care of all these things for you, and more. They are
specially trained pool service technicians who provide you freedom
from caring for your pool or spa while they do all the work. How
much service is needed and how often depends on several factors,
such as how much your pool is used, and the nearby environmental
conditions (trees and other plant debris that end up in the pool,
winds, storms and seasonal temperatures).
To draw a sharp distinction between the knowledge
and skill required of these professionals versus a neighborhood
kid you hire to throw in some chemicals now and then, IPSSA
members must be licensed and certified (as required in
their particular state or county).
In addition, IPSSA members maintain liability
insurance and cover each other’s routes when a member is
ill. They also receive continuous education through
their monthly meetings where guest speakers discuss various aspects
of the pool service business Each year, IPSSA sponsors the Western
Pool & Spa Show (Los Angeles) and Pool Industry Expo (San
Jose) where attendees learn the latest in pool technology through
the dozens of hours of technical and educational seminars offered.
When you hire an IPSSA member,
you will receive regular chemical water treatment, pool and spa
vacuuming and equipment maintenance. Some specialize in repair
work and can fix pumps, motors, filters and heaters. Others do
tile and plaster repairs, acid washes and painting.
IPSSA currently has over 3,000 members throughout California and in ,
Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Florida.