Having a pool in your community is great for residents, but it can pose unique challenges for community associations and property managers. Residents love to use the pool, but they don't always take care of it the way they would their own pool. You've probably had people break in and it's likely very common for you to visit the pool only to find vandalized furniture, broken bottles and extensive damage to the filtration system. If you're having pool problems, check out the solutions below:
Having fence problems?
You should be using steel that can't be stretched apart or torn down. Try to find an iron fence that is made with galvanized steel post rails and pickets, and panels that are welded with stainless steel welding wire which prevents rust. These fences can usually then be acid washed and powder coated to the color of your choosing and often come in several different styles.
Having gate problems?
Your gate isone of the most important parts of your community pool because the gate is often the most used part of the pool area. Especially during the summer months, the gate can be opened hundreds of times a day, and this much usage can have a toll on hinges, latches and door alignment.
Make sure your gate is self-closing and self-latching with locks and latches installed above 54 inches in height so that you are in accordance with the South Florida Building Code. Not being in compliance with the code could lead to stiff fines and lawsuits in the event of an accident.
Here are some tips on solving all possible gate problems before they occur:
- Install welded hinges so they don't come loose.
- Weld the gate inside a steel frame to prevent gate posts from shifting and coming loose.
- Install a standard lock box that is welded into the gate frame. It should accept keyed dead bolt lock cylinders or standard door knob type locks.
- Place a piston-type, self closing mechanism to ensure your gate will always close by itself and conform to building codes.
- Weld the pickets on the gate close enough together to prevent someone from sticking their hand in between and opening the latch from the inside.
- Install a self-contained unit so that it can be used regardless of the type of fence already around your pool.
Use these tips for property managers and community associations to solve all your pool problems so you can be just as happy about having a swimming pool as your residents are!
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