Swimming Pools Are Like People

Swimming Pools Are Like People

Being in the swimming pool industry, we deal with a lot of pools and a lot of people.

The interesting thing about this is we’ve come to realize that the two aren’t so different in a sense. It seems that the complications a swimming pool can bring with it are a little easier understood if we put them in terms people can relate to.

So we have a saying: “pools are like people, you have to get to know them.”

Structurally every swimming pool is relatively the same. They are all bodies of water “floating” in the ground, encased in a frame. They also all require a “circulatory system” because without one, they’re essentially lifeless.

That being said, believe it or not, like people, every swimming pool is different. They too are a product of their surrounding environment. Swimming pools are all affected in some way by sun exposure, rain or fresh water, dirt & debris, swim load and pool chemicals. As a result, swimming pools develop certain “habits” or tendencies depending on how directly each factor affects their existing body of water. Recognizing these parameters and becoming familiar with them, creates a better relationship and understanding of how a particular pools chemistry will react on a consistent basis.

So not only do pools differ in their exposure to the elements, shape, size and volume but they each have a different “circulatory system” or operating system consisting of a pump & motor, filter, heater, and chlorinating system. This also makes it hard to compare one swimming pool to another, regardless of size. A perfect example is a community of about 80 pools or so that we service. After some 15 inches of rain in Miami not too long ago, I had one customer ask me why her pool was starting to become a little cloudy and lose its color when her neighbors pool was still nice and blue. Although I immediately knew the answer, it was still a fair question. I think anyone in her position would have asked the same thing. So all other things constant, the answer to her question was simple: “because they have a salt system.”

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While the chlorine in her pool was depleting more and more with every inch of rain that fell, her neighbors pool was still consistently producing chlorine.

So even two swimming pools, side by side, serviced on the same day, the same size, receive the same amount of rain except one reacts differently than the other because it has a different operating system. This could be the same for the pump & motor or filter as well. This is why no two pools or two people are exactly the same. There are simply too many variables to consider. Each pool has its own tendencies, operating system and requires its own, individual attention; even if they happen to be right next to each other.

For these reasons, swimming pools and people take some “getting to know.” Just like with people, first impressions are important and can leave a lasting impression especially if you are not going to be back until the following week for service. So it takes a couple of weeks and visits to start getting familiar with how a particular swimming pool reacts to everything. After a while you start becoming more and more familiar with the pool water and system and eventually become very comfortable because you begin to know what to expect and get into a rhythm of how you are going to maintain this pool.


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