As the weather starts to get warmer, it may be time to look at a rental property pool safety guide and what you need to know as this week’s maintenance checkup from Keepe.
And, a pool can be a great feature to keep your rental units in demand and current tenants happy. But pool and hot-tub maintenance is crucial to keep up, not just for convenience, but for safety as well. So you need to learn what types of maintenance can keep you from having a pool-related accident on your property.
Liability and fencing
Landlords are required to maintain pools and pool fencing located on rental properties.
A landlord or property manager can be held liable for tenant and non-tenant injuries. Also, if a person drowns in the pool or slips nearby, you could be responsible for the accident.
Dirty water can affect pool usability, and result in sick children or pets if access to the pool is not monitored.
Also, residential swimming pools must also be surrounded by a suitable barrier. It can be a fence or pool cover to ensure safety in the pool area, especially for children. If there is no preventative barrier, you can be held responsible for an accident, such as an unsupervised child falling into the pool.
State- and county-specific laws may vary on the specifics of the guideline, so refer to your local code to ensure you are not violating any pool fence laws that apply to your property.
Rental Property Pool Safety Guide And Maintenance
Also, poorly maintained pools can make a property less desirable and lead to numerous types of accidents.
So, keep the pool clean and safe with these tips.
- Remove debris, both from the surface of the water and the bottom of the pool
- Maintain chlorine levels or salt levels
- Check the water level and adjust as needed
- Check the filter pressure and backwash as needed
- Test for water hardness (calcium content), pH, and dissolved solids and add chemicals as needed
- Clean the pool filter
- Check the operation of the pump and motor
Additional tasks, as needed:
- Update pool rules and safety changes
- Learn local laws and regulations surrounding pool areas
- Schedule tasks and making sure maintenance services are carried out
- Monitor access, chemical storage and pool furniture storage
- Access the need for lifeguards and manage that staff if needed
- Monitor restroom, locker and shower facilities and ensure they are clean
- Monitor rule enforcement and field any complaints and issues
You can do all these chores yourself, or you can hire a handyperson to do it for you. Regardless, landlords and property managers should have a regular check-in with the pool system to ensure daily operations aren’t neglected.
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