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Swimming Pools and the HOA

As the summer heats up, there’s nothing better than having easy access to a swimming pool. And not only does it keep you cool in the summer sun, having one on a condo building’s property can increase property values, attract potential buyers, and bring members of the community together to socialize. But with a pool comes great responsibility -- much of which falls on the HOA’s shoulders. Before your HOA installs a pool or opens an existing pool for the summer, consider a few things.   Maintenance Pools require permits and the HOA or property management company must be sure that those permits are up to date. It’s also the HOA’s responsibility to either perform daily maintenance or contract with a company to clean the pool and adjust chemicals. Lifeguards must also be hired and trained if you choose to have them available.   Setting Rules It’s important to have clear and clearly posted rules for your pool. Some HOAs write their own and others adopt them from town pools. Some rules to consider include requiring sign-in, forbidding glass containers, and requiring adult supervision for kids under a certain age.   Insurance Pools come with risk and must be properly insured. When purchasing a liability policy, your insurance company will ask a lot of questions about your pool -- whether it’s fenced, its posted hours, and whether there’s a lifeguard, among others. Your answers will help the insurance company ensure you’re properly covered. Some HOAs choose to have an umbrella policy for extra peace o......
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Three Property Management Tips for Keeping Your Swimming Pool’s Water Crystal Clear

Apartment Community Pool MaintenanceHere in North Texas, the rainy season is typically during the months of February, March, and April. Yet, this morning I’m staring out the office window and watching rain fall for the third straight day…in June! All this rain has been great for the region, leading officials in many Texas counties to officially declare that multi-year drought conditions have finally ended. But while all this rain is great for the apartment property’s landscape, it can have a negative impact on one of the most important amenities at your apartment community: your swimming pools. The Effects of Rain on Swimming Pools Swimming pools can turn green after a shower because of an infusion of nitrogen-enriched rain that provides the perfect breeding ground for algae. If left unchecked, that crystal clear swimming pool you worked so hard to prepare for residents to enjoy can turn green almost overnight if an algal bloom “blossoms.” At that point, the water is unusable for several days during the clean-up process. We visited with Mark Cukro, an instructor with the National Swimming Pool Foundation and president of Charlotte-based Plus One Consulting, who shared some swimming pool maintenance tips for keeping water clear and algae at bay. Cukro identifies three areas of pool maintenance to pay attention to: disinfectant levels, proper circulation, and optimizing filtration systems. Maintain Proper Disinfectant Levels Usually, a small dose of chlorine and algaecide immediately after the storm is all that is needed to keep algae at bay. But maintaining proper disinfectant levels— ......
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