Pool maintenance/repair workers help to keep swimming pools in safe working order and are typically contracted by commercial, public, and private pool owners to provide preventive maintenance and ensure healthy conditions for the facility's users. These workers are also tasked with measuring chemical components within pool water and ensuring that sanitizing chemicals are added at levels which balance human and environmental safety, and they may perform manual repair duties for the pool itself or its filtration systems.
Much of this work involves preventive testing. Commercial pools (like those at resorts and hotels) and community pools usually have a maintenance worker test the water's pH levels at least once per week, if not more often. The worker then adjusts sanitizing chemical usage for the pool based on these tests and reported occupancy and usage levels, and they may also check filtration systems and replace sand/charcoal filters to ensure that the water is safe for swimmers.
Pool maintenance/repair workers also diagnose and perform repairs on pools and related systems. They may be required to troubleshoot problems such as cloudy water, algae, mold growth, or reports of health concerns from pool users, and they may also provide estimates of major repairs to be provided to the pools' owners. Repairs are typically related to filtration problems, but occasionally accidents may require more extensive work on pool surfaces with a general contractor's involvement.
For pool maintenance/repair workers who simply provide readings and adjustments of pool chemicals, on-the-job training may be provided by employers. For those tasked with more extensive repair duties, however, technical education and familiarity with electronics or plumbing may be required. Most pool maintenance workers work during regular business hours, and employment may also be seasonal in colder climates.
Pool Maintenance & Repair Worker Tasks
Complete routine weekly and bi-weekly pool maintenance tasks.
Use heavy machinery such as a power drain cleaner to perform tasks.
Repair HVAC problems, and perform caulking, painting, and other repairs to maintain the pool.