Let's Be Perfectly Clear The Importance of Pool Maintenance

 When summer rolls around many Chicagoans can be found at any one of the 33  beaches along the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan. There may not be any waves but the vast blue waters can rival any Florida or  California beach. Illinois’s natural water vistas are rivaled only by its swimming pools. The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) based in Alexandria, Virginia noted a total of 131,586  in-ground pools in Illinois, according to 2011 statistics. Those figures have  likely increased over the last year; add in 302,314 hot tubs and you have a  very impressive amount of recreational water requiring maintenance and  monitoring.  

 A Must-Have Amenity

 A swimming pool is considered a must-have amenity for luxury condominium  properties in Chicagoland. Pools create an atmosphere and an ambiance for any  property. They are often a backdrop for social and recreational events and  meetings. Beach lovers frequently favor pools for a refreshing swim—minus sand and harsh salt water—followed by a relaxing soak in the spa. Pool exercise classes, or water  aerobics, are another great source of recreation, and hot tubs offer  therapeutic relief for a host of ailments, as well as an enjoyable relaxation  experience. When family and guests come to visit, an on-site pool offers a  convenient recreational outlet for all ages. Even a non-swimmer can enjoy a  barbecue or cocktail party when the setting includes a lush pool landscape  decorated for the event.  

 Above-ground pools are a possible alternative to a traditional pool for  residential homes, but not an optimal choice for condominium properties or  public facilities, partly because they're not nearly as durable as in-ground  models, and because they may also prove difficult to modify for compliance with  the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

 Indoor pools are seen most often within facilities with health clubs and gyms,  and/or limited outdoor property. Indoor pools should pose no more of a  challenge to modify for ADA requirements than outdoor pools. New construction  will not be awarded a certificate of occupancy without meeting all ADA  requirements, and any non-compliant facilities may face direct legal action by  the state, and civil lawsuits from individuals.  

 Accessibility & Safety Issues

 New ADA guidelines for swimming pools were issued in March of 2011. Requirements  apply to existing and new pools, wading pools, and spas (in-ground and  portable) and deal with accessibility for all people to include ramps and  lifts.  

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