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Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer

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Photos courtesy of NeJame Pool Specialists, Inc./John Howard Designs of Atlanta, GA

As we were going to press with the June print issue, summer seemed a long way off, as does the end of COVID-19 and its effect on individuals and businesses. But you’ve got a pool and that hasn’t changed. What can be done to make it summer-ready?

For answers, we went to Chris NeJame, president of NeJame Pool Specialists, which recently took home five Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA) award ceremony.

If the COVID-19 restrictions remain as they are now (in early May), is there anything a homeowner can do to get their pool ready or to at least prevent any major problems?

The pool should be tended to on one level or another. Something as little as popping up the corners of your winter cover and pouring some liquid chlorine in, to help address the bacteria that will surely be growing, could go a long way in better preparing the pool for the upcoming season.

Having said that, it’s still by far much better and safer to have the pool opened in its entirety and operational. A stagnant body of water, in the warmer climate, will only lead to an unsafe environment. Presently, the laws do not allow for a pool to be summerized, regardless of whether the industry considers it to be an unsafe environment.

What about if and when restrictions are lifted?

Assuming the laws have been relaxed, we can summerize the pool and perform all the much-needed pool maintenance and service required. 

What are the top things a pool owner should look for in a pool service or pool service technician?

Our staff has been educated and certified with all the industry has to offer. Certifications in plaster care, building, and service are no longer an option for our industry; they are considered to be a must for the true pool professional. With that in mind, ours is a family operated business that has successfully passed onto the 3rd generation with a fourth in the batting cage. That means there’s a thread of determination and professionalism that comes with every visit to your property.