The temperature is rising, and that can only mean one thing: pool season is almost here. For community associations, this time of year often brings an influx of members looking to take a dip in the pool.
If your association is not prepared for pool season, you could be facing some disgruntled residents and guests.
Here is a list of items that should be addressed so that your pool season has the best chance for success.
Inventory/Order Fobs, Keycards, Etc.
Every year before pool season, it's important for condo or homeowners associations to inventory their keys and fobs. This will ensure that all residents who need access to the pool have the proper credentials. It will also allow the community association to keep track of who has access to the pool and when.
In addition, by having a system in place for ordering keys and fobs, you can avoid last-minute scrambling and potential delays in opening the pool.
By taking a few simple steps now, the association can ensure a smooth and enjoyable pool season for all.
Execute Pool Monitoring Contracts
Being prepared for the pool opening is a major component of the lifestyle and well-being of the community.
Make sure you are prepared with the contracts, and if bidding out, do it sufficiently early to have time for the board to make sound decisions on vendors. These contracts ensure that any issues with the pool or its equipment are quickly identified and resolved, reducing the risk of complications down the road.
Having regular monitoring in place also allows for maintenance tasks to be scheduled according to the appropriate timelines, ensuring optimal functioning of the entire system.
Ensure Main Drain Covers Are Still Compliant
One important aspect of pool preparation that often gets overlooked is ensuring that your main drain covers are compliant with safety standards.
Pool drains are essential for regulating water flow and propelling the water around the pool, but they can also pose a significant hazard if they are not properly designed or installed.
Cracks and damage to drain covers can easily lead to hazardous situations where swimmers become trapped against the surface of the pool with no escape route. For that reason, drain covers typically require replacement every 5-7 years. However, they should be checked annually.
Schedule an Initial Inspection With Your Pool Vendor
Try to get your inspection done as early as possible to ensure the facility will pass city inspection if required.
Cities get busy the closer we get to pool season, and you want to make sure you are not delayed because of being in a queue for inspection. It’s important to know what inspectors are looking for so you can have any necessary repairs done.
Below are some things you can do prior to your inspection:
- Test emergency phone lines
- Test all gates with fobs, keycards, etc.
- Update pool rules and post them in the pool area
- Update pool open/close times and outside of the pool
- Schedule de-winterization of the facility (bathrooms, showers, water fountains, etc.)
- Have pool furniture inspected, power washed (if necessary), and set out for use
- Announce the pool opening date to your community
- Ensure pool safety equipment is in place and operational
It’s Almost Time to Enjoy Pool Season!
Properly preparing your community association pool for the summer is important to ensure that residents have a fun and safe season.
By following these tips, you can help make sure that your community pool is ready. Want to learn more about how to keep your pool operating smoothly all summer long? Read our blog post on pool maintenance tips.