DON’T TURN YOUR SWIMMING POOL INTO A HOT TUB – LESSONS FROM A LUXURY PROPERTY MANAGER
Part of our exceptional and unique service, is that we work alongside our sister company, Somerset Consult, a firm of Chartered Surveyors and M&E Experts. This gives us extensive knowledge of the construction industry.
On one occasion we were called to a client’s property, after they’d had a new 20- metre residential indoor swimming installed at their home.
The swimming pool was full of green algae which was growing and collecting in the pool, making it unusable and very unwelcoming to the client and their young family.
After an investigative survey, we quickly determined that the pool was originally designed and installed as a standard indoor swimming pool, but was being used by the client as a hot tub. It turned out that following installation, our client had been advised by a third party that the temperature could be adjusted as they wished.
The problem arose due to the increase in water temperature to 30c, exposure to sunlight and a lack of ventilation to control the humidity. Without remedial action, dangerous levels of water bacteria may well have developed.
If designed correctly the pool could indeed serve as a hot tub. This problem was not attributed to a design failure however, but a lack of sound and professional advice from the appointed adviser.
How we reacted
Our approach is to always deliver a fully transparent and comprehensive service and give clients realistic expectations.
We advised the client that they could change the design and function of the pool area, but it would be an extremely costly exercise. We suggested converting a smaller and separate space to be used as a hot tub and spa area if they wished.
This situation was relatively straightforward to resolve. We reset the operating temperatures, thoroughly cleaned the pool and carried out various water and hygiene tests to ensure it was safe and fit for use.
We advised the client of the necessity of continual cleaning to prevent algae and bacteria breeding which could result in health issues. Regular specialist maintenance is also required to test and top up water chemicals and check the equipment is operating correctly. Maintenance can save expensive repairs and replacements and keep pools and water in a good condition.
Pools can be expensive to run, but regular routine maintenance keeps costs down. We regularly conduct reviews across all household and property utility bills – replacing equipment such as pumps with environmentally friendly versions can also further reduce energy costs.
Part of our service is establishing and managing maintenance, so our clients have complete peace of mind that their property is in the safest of hands with a stress free facilitation service.
Whether it’s a main residency or a second home, we ensure that each aspect is taken care of by professionals so that everything is looked after to the highest standards. We specialise in providing a complete management service for our clients from day-to-day tasks, maintenance requirements, emergency call outs and weekly operational inspections.