A good pool service?

summer2008_otto_swimming.jpgAlex emails:

I always read the ask aoa articles and just bought a home with an in ground pool. I know nothing about pools, could you recommend someone local for service? I'm in Albany if that helps.

Or, if not a pool service, maybe a place where he can get some help learning about the stuff that needs to be taken care of.

Got a suggestion of Alex? Please share!


2 years ago I moved to a home with an in ground pool having never cared for a pool before. I am relatively handy and wanted to handle the regular maintenance myself. I found online resources at Trouble Free Pool Forum to be very helpful and saved a ton over a pool service. http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-school/

Closing the pool is the most critical seasonal maintenance IMO, so you may prefer having a professional take care of that for you. I had Alpin Haus in Clifton Park close my pool the first year and was very happy with their service and prices. i would recommend them for service and maintenance. The service guys were very accommodating when I wanted to take notes and pictures of the process so I could do close the pool myself this past fall.

My husband runs a small pool service company, he does all the work himself, and has over 15 years experience. His family used to run Phoenix Pools in Burnt Hills on Rt 50 until they closed a few years ago, now he is on his own. He prides himself on making sure everything is done by the book, you can get his contact info and see photos of past client work on his facebook page:


Clardon pools in Colonie. They are located on Central Ave, almost to the Nisky town line.(518) 370-0592 They have been nothing but helpful with our pool. My husband has been there many, many times and they never seem to mind instructing us on what to do with our very old in ground pool. I do NOT recommend Carribean pools in Rotterdam...they sure took us for a ride a few years ago!

We live in Clifton Park and have used Park Pools, on Rt 9 near exit 10 of the Northway for the past 4 or 5 years. It's a terrific local business and the prices there are very reasonable. Pauline, who staffs the store and may be the owner, knows my husband by first name and is always willing to offer suggestions to help with any pool problems we have. She has even let him take products home to try. It's worth the trip up the Northway!

We had a tree fall into our pool last spring, and had the liner replaced by Sarim Pool Service from Nassau. The liner was due for replacement anyway, but Sarim did a fantastic job, and handled the closing and installation of a new safety cover as well. Highly recommended for difficult pool tasks requiring expertise. 518-766-6199

For openings,closings and routine service, and because he's a nice guy, we use Dennis Mitchell from Big Splash Pool Service in Troy. 518-961-6060

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