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Why I only hire Certified Pool Operators.

Why I only hire Certified Pool Operators.

Is there really a difference? Yes there is.
 I remember the first time I was put in charge of taking care of the pool and thinking to myself “How hard can it possibly be”? Was I in for a surprise! A swimming pool is not only complex but when it is not taken care of correctly it results in wasting chemicals, unnecessary expenses and it significantly shortens the life of the pool surface and equipment. All of which cost your company money.
Whenever I teach a Certified Pool Operator class, each student is asked to bring a water sample from the swimming pool on their property and a test kit for analysis by a certified professional pool instructor that does not sell chemicals. Of the samples brought to class, well over 95% of the samples are not within the acceptable chemical ranges in all categories. Some are closer than others but the numbers consistently hover around or above 90%.

Why is a Certified Pool Operator preferred?
When a technician goes to a CPO class taught by a certified instructor, they first learn how to make all of the calculations necessary to add only the amount of chemical actually needed and avoid just habitually adding chemicals without a true understanding of how they impact the chemistry of a swimming pool.
A CPO knows how to figure out down to the ounce exactly what chemical should be added and which ones aren’t necessary or do more harm than good. They know how exactly how many gallons are in the pool, how many gallons per minutes are circulating, how to clean and take care of the filtration system, when to back wash, when to close the pool, and how to make sure it is as safe as it can be by meeting all of the requirements.
They know by the best training available that correctly taking care of a pool on a daily basis minimizes expenses and prevents capital expenses due to improper care. They know what chemicals to buy by name, what equipment is required and recommended, and why in almost every case shocking a pool is unnecessary.
Yes, I said shocking a pool is almost always not necessary. As an instructor with the National Swimming Pool Foundation I can honestly say in my experience I have never actually shocked a pool after I knew how to take care of it. Have I added chlorine? Yes. Did I add pounds of it? Nope, not even once. Shocking a pool is like killing a fly with a sledge hammer when a simple fly swatter will do. And, a CPO knows that and can prove it. Why do they sell shock? The same reason sham-wows are sold; people buy it and as long as someone is willing to buy it a supplier will continue to sell it.
In addition to knowing how to take care of the pool, avoid algae, and reduce expenses when a pool is taken care of correctly the surface should last between 10-20 years and the repairs are minimal compared to a marginally cared-for pool.
 When someone attends CPO training, it tells me by a technician’s action that they have the desire and discipline to learn as much as they can about how to do their job to the best of their ability. They have taken the time out of their busy schedule to make sure their property is taken care of with high standards and I know they can help save you time and money, avoid wasting thousands of dollars, and keep it operating within budget. On average, Just to get a pool resurfaced on a property can range from $10,000.00 – $15,000.00.
 So, if you want to save thousands of dollars spend a few hundred and send your technicians to CPO training. You’ll be glad you did and so will they.

Mark Cukro
Plus One Consulting, Inc.