On our pool service route today I noticed 4 homes in an upscale neighborhood that were clearly Foreclosed and/or Vacated. The telltale sign for most foreclosed homes is the grass and landscaping is burned out or missing all together.
I decided to walk these properties and noticed all 4 properties had pools BUT only 2 of 4 still had the pool equipment in tact. It appears there are enterprising people out there stealing the equipment and likely liquidating the assets on popular classified websites like CraigsList.org or Ebay.com to unsuspecting pool owners. The thugs that removed the equipment in the two houses clearly were from the pool industry as they had snaked the parts that are most likely to break or require replacement.
I realize we are in a recession, or post recession…I guess the definition really is subject to personal opinion based upon which side of the fence you’re sitting on with your personal finances, job situation, debt, etc. Nonetheless, homeowners with pools need to be very careful these days where they consider buying USED equipment. If you looking to save a buck due to limitations in your finances you may want to consider that front-end savings could cost you more in the long run.
Things to consider:
- Used FILTRATION systems can crack and while they may look like they are in good condition, you’ll never know until it is pressurized.
- Used PUMPS will likely require new gaskets, bearings and seals; they may have cracks if they ran dry for any extended period of time.
- Used HEATERS are the worst as heat exchangers literally can be rusted out from the inside due to poor water chemistry. At this point there’s no reason to salvage any parts as replacement parts can run you nearly as much as a brand new heater.
Here’s What I Tell My Customers:
- How long do you plan on living in your house? If you think you’ll be enjoying your pool for more than 2 years, consider replacing with NEW equipment. Often the efficiency of new technology provides enough savings due to electricity savings and ongoing operating costs.
- There are NO WARRANTIES with used equipment. New equipment comes with manufacturer warranties ranging from 1-3 years…in many cases that includes parts AND labor.
- Filter systems are under tremendous pressure and if not in sound condition have been known to explode. In some rare cases, people have become decapitated from compression bands that literally snapped while an unsuspecting homeowner was near their equipment. Lids to filter systems have been known to explode sending the top lid literally 100 feet into the air. Warranties not only protect your investment…they protect you. Manufacture defects or abuse are not covered in USED equipment.
- Used pool pumps are normally 1, 1.5 or 2 horsepower. These single speed pool pumps, over the course of time, become terribly inefficient and can cost the homeowner $100’s in electricity per month. New variable speed motors are so efficient that a conservative ROI is 15-18 months. These new pumps are saving people $50-$90/per month on their electric bill. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.
If you have any questions or comments just drop us an email: email@example.com. For all those pool NON-professionals that think stealing equipment is a profitable business…Good Luck! Karma sucks and your clients are likely already calling me because of your lack of professionalism and shady practices.Vaughn Berger (Owner) Red Square Pools Las Vegas, NV (702) 530-7331