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Pools in Lauren Canyon
Photos from The MLS. Seller represented by Coldwell Banker and Sotheby’s Int’l Rlty.
Expert Insight: Pools
We recently talked to Bob Culver, Pool Inspector extraordinaire, and asked him all about what he does…
Photo from Culver Pools.
H & L: How did you get into the pool business?
BC: My brother had apool cleaning route that I started working on when I was 14 years old. He didn’t know anything about the mechanical part of the pool, he doesn’t know what a wrench is, so I was out there fixing stuff that was broken. When I graduated from high school I bought the business from him. I was only 17 years old so my parents had to co-sign the loan. I sold the company about a year later and went to work for a company that only did pool repairs. At 24 years old I went out on my own and have been doing it ever since.
H & L: How often do pools need to be inspected.
BC: Never if they are well maintained by competent & qualified pool servicers who are really paying attention to the pool.
H & L: Don’t put yourself out of business!
BC: Well, rephrase it, say, what type of pools need to be inspected? The answer is older pools. 1950s & 1960s pools will have safety issues because the standards weren’t the same then. And if a pool hasn’t been serviced correctly then it will need repairs.
H & L: How do you find a good pool servicer/cleaner?
BC: Word of mouth. You want someone who is licensed with insurance. For $500 a person can buy cleaning tools & call themselves a professional. They do a good job, gain the trust of the owner & then the owner starts having them doing repairs they’re not qualified to do. Don’t do that or then you’ll need an inspector.
H & L: What’s the difference between Saltwater & Chlorine pools?
BC: It’s the same thing. The vast majority of people think that they’re getting a chemical free pool with saltwater. They’re not. The saltwater generates the chlorine. The salt converts to chlorine & then back again to salt. With saltwater it generates a lower level of chlorine on a daily basis.
H & L: What kind of pool do you have & what do you think is the perfect pool temperature?
BC: Ha! I have a saltwater pool & I keep it in the mid-80s with solar heating. But, I like a warm pool. I don’t want to be refreshed or invigorated when I jump in. Some people do. The right pool temperature is whatever you want it to be. That’s the perfect temperature.
H & L: how often do you use your pool?
BC: Well I only go in it a couple of times a week, but I use it everyday because it’s an aesthetic issue. Think of infinity pools. People like to look at them. Pools are completely different than a generation ago. You don’t have to swim in it to enjoy it!
Photo from Culver Pools.
For more information, contact Bob Culver at 661-285-2251 | www.culverpools.com
Summer is officially in full swing and it’s time to enjoy the sun! Check out this list of these pools around Los Angeles!
Photos from FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
For details on each swimming facility, visit the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks here.