Homeowner Association Commercial Pool Service Management
The first sign of the shortage most pool pros saw was a jump in price, says Lori Ann Cline, CEO/RMO of Cline Commercial Pool Service in California. “In recent years, we paid $70 to $75 for a 50-lb buck of 3-inch unwrapped tablets. In 2019 through most of 2020, we were paying $85, but around August of last year, the price increased to $125 per bucket. That’s a 50% mark-up overnight,” she says.
Cline was recently notified that chemical pricing will increase another 15-20% this summer. As a business that has to make a profit in order to exist, the company has little choice but to raise its own prices. “It’s difficult to continue to pass along chemical increases to our clients, but we must,” she says.
That doesn’t really solve the problem, she adds, due to the scarcity of supply at any price. “Suppliers are now limiting our purchases to only 1-2 buckets of trichlor per week. Last summer, that was even further limited, depending on their availability,” says Cline. “In past years, we would order delivery of multiple buckets or even a pallet to our warehouse, but those days seem to be over.”
If you’ve had trouble getting your hands on Chlorine tablets lately, you’re not alone. There is an industry wide shortage partially due to a large fire at the BioLab facility in2020 as well as to the ongoing impact Covid-19 has had on production.
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Many suction outlet covers that were installed to comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act soon will be in need of replacement. Last December, marked the five year deadline for ensuring that all commercial pools and spas in the United States were outfitted with covers that meet the code. Manufacturers were required to state a life span for each cover and, while some are as short as three years, the majority fall between five and seven. Thus, many covers that were installed before the deadline soon will be due for replacement. [POOL AND SPA NEWS]
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