The global spread of the coronavirus known as "COVID-19" has some pool owners wondering about the effect it will have on their backyard pool leisure over the course of the next 12-18 months. Since it has become recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11th, 2020, the Canadian government has imposed a travel ban as well as advised all Canadians to stay at home and self-isolate. In addition to this, the government has demanded the closure of all non-essential services until April 14th 2020. So pool owners are wondering: is pool maintenance / construction / renovation an essential service? Do we have to make changes to our pool plans this year? What can we do to help keep our pool safe during the pandemic? Well, here are the answers for you!
1. Is pool maintenance/ construction / renovation an essential service?
As members of the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance and keeping closely in touch with the Pool and Hot Tub Council of Canada, we have received verification that pool maintenance, repair, and construction is, in fact, an essential service in Canada. The Canadian government has stipulated that pool maintenance businesses fall under "Institutional, residential, commercial and industrial maintenance":
- Businesses that provide support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings, including, property management services, plumbers, electricians, custodial/janitorial workers, cleaning services, security services, fire safety and sprinkler systems, building systems maintenance and repair technicians and engineers, mechanics, (e.g. HVAC, escalator and elevator technicians), and other service providers who provide similar services. (Government of Canada - List of Essential Workplaces).
In addition to pool maintenance companies, businesses that operate in the field of pool construction are in fact designated by the government as essential services as well. Check the facts for yourself here.
So, if you thought you'd have to take care of your pool all by yourself this year you don't have to worry any longer. Pool businesses will remain open-- although the coronavirus will probably have an impact on things like opening hours and communication/contact with customers. One thing you should look into as a pool owner is finding a company that does take this thing seriously and has some sort of precautions in place to minimize the spread of this virus. Regardless of whether or not a business is an essential service or not, we all have to be making sure to wash and sanitize our hands regularly, sanitize surfaces, and minimize contact with others i.e practice social distancing measures.
The best way we have decided to move forward with things as a company is to ask customers to stay inside when we service their pool, just to completely remove the risk of having the virus contracted through our services or contact with a customer that may have caught the virus. By acting as though we are each a carrier of the virus, it will make us each more cognizant of the need to practice social distancing in all that we do. Having these safety precautions ensures that we can remain in business without having technicians or other staff members that are sick, and helps us make sure our customers stay healthy too-- just in case!
The next several months will no doubt be hard for us all. Everyone in Canada, everyone in the world, has had to change their lifestyle due to the pandemic that has spread throughout our planet. Families will be staying home more often than usual, and will probably have more free time than usual too. Schools across the country have been cancelled, leaving children with a more than 2-month extension on their summer holidays. Families can take this time as an opportunity to ensure they get the most out of their backyards this summer, as it is one of the safest places a family can be aside from being inside their own homes.
If you've got a pool and you're still looking to get it serviced, your local company should still be able to take care of you. This year I would recommend all homeowners to get their pools cleaned and chemically tested / balanced throughout the summer. Being able to have a clean and properly sanitized pool is one of the most important things in practicing proper sanitary measures over the summer while enjoying the sunshine and the outdoors. If you've got a pool, make sure you are getting it maintained so that bacteria and algae don't develop in your backyard aquatic playground. If you haven't booked any pool maintenance or chemical testing services, take a look around with your local companies and see what they include in a weekly or biweekly service.
At Dundas Valley Pools, we offer a weekly service package at $75 per week. This includes a full vacuum clean and chemical test of the pool with the most advanced electronic test kit on the market. Once we calculate your water chemistry results, we can balance your pool water chemistry using the chemicals you have on-site or chemicals we provide you with. If you are really keen on keeping your pool sparkly clean this season, we'd recommend a weekly service with us, but even a biweekly service would do your pool and pool equipment system wonders, by allowing trained professionals to clean, balance, maintain and check your pool and its electronic/mechanical equipment. Get your pool serviced by the pros and we'll make sure you have the pool experience you deserve this summer!