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"Pros & Cons of owning a Pool cleaning business"

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Pros & Cons of owning a Pool cleaning business, Kathleen Williams, 18:48:02, 5/02/2006
Cleaning Up, Ken Gibbs, 19:33:12, 5/02/2006, (#1)
Insurance , Rob, 22:41:48, 5/02/2006, (#2)
pool cleaning, J.R. Hubbard, 16:11:08, 5/07/2006, (#3)


"Pros & Cons of owning a Pool cleaning business"
Posted by Kathleen Williams on 18:48:02 5/02/2006
I am looking for an honest pro/con list of starting/owning a pool cleaning business. What is the reality of this business, no sugar coating please, the raw truth. How to sort thru all the information presented and find the best products, processes, where to find information on what is involved in cleaning pools, chemistry, everything!!

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


1. "Cleaning Up"
Posted by Ken Gibbs on 19:33:12 5/02/2006
Well, the no nonsense of it.....Do you really want to clean pools? Are your sure you really have what it takes to run a business? Can you be home based? If not sure contact your city's business planning office or check the zoning for your home.

As to the rest of your issues. Chemistry and materials are the easy part. A good web search based on your climate zones and factors like, Humidity, direct sun exposure, wind and local water source will dictate all the rest for you. Touch base with the local pool supply retailer and play like your a new pool owner and let them point you.

Next is equipment, money, money and by the way did I mention money? Do you have a back up plan and a business plan? Since you are posting on this site you have access to a wealth of great information.

If you should need more details, just post or email me.

Good Luck


2. "Insurance "
Posted by Rob on 22:41:48 5/02/2006
One of the very first issues I would resolve is how much is your insurance going to run. If you happen to use the wrong chemicals, too many chemicals, leave the gate open to the pool area and a child wonders in...or you damage a pool while cleaning it (major major major cost involved to fix it). Just the liability issue is scary. Obviously people run pool cleaning businesses, and I am sure they have the insurance they need, but I wonder what the cost is.

If you have to clean 20 pools a month to break even on your insurance, then I would think twice about this one.


3. "pool cleaning"
Posted by J.R. Hubbard on 16:11:08 5/07/2006
First of all, please realize that operating a pool cleaning business is a whole lot more involved than one would think. It's more than simply vaccuming the pool and throwing chemicals in the water. You have to KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING and understand why you are doing it. My best advise is for you to visit the NSPF (National Swimming Pool Foundation) and find a CPO (Certified Pool Operator) course being taught near you and take it. You will be glad you did. In fact, many States now require that a CPO be on staff at ALL public aquatic (pool/spa, etc)facilities and that any pool service company or individual also be certified. I don't mean to scare you out of the business, I just want you to understand that a Pool Service business is a lot harder than most people think and the better prepared you are, the better your chances are for success.

Good luck.


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