The Pool Boys 2019 Year in Review

2019 was an exciting year for The Pool Boys. At the end of each year we like to take a moment to reflect on everything that went on. It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day grind and lose sight of all of the accomplishments and changes that happened throughout the year. Let’s take a moment to look back at some of the highlights of 2019.

 

Total Care Weekly Pool Maintenance Service Takes Center Stage

The Pool Boys maintenance technician Drew testing a customer's pool water

The Pool Boys started as a pool equipment repair & install company in 2011. 2 Chucks in a Truck we used to say. It wasn’t until Spring of last year (2018) that we added Weekly Pool Maintenance as a service for our customers. The decision came to start weekly pool maintenance due to the overwhelming demand of customer requests we received for this service.

In the beginning of 2019 we improved our standard weekly service and created Total Care Weekly Pool Maintenance Service, which includes the addition of Borates as well as 2 Filter Cleaning Services per year.

Our Total Care Weekly Pool Maintenance Service was a hit and we successfully doubled the size of our maintenance route in 12 months time. With the addition of Max and Nathan in 2019, our Pool Maintenance team now has 3 solid routes in and around League City, Friendswood and Clear Lake. We’re currently training a new team member for a 4th truck this month!

A HUGE Thanks to our customers for helping us grow!

Expansion of Weekly Service to Friendswood and Clear Lake

Justin and Leah going over route changes in The Pool Boys office

In 2018 our Weekly Maintenance Service area was limited to League City. With the addition of 2 more maintenance technicians this year, we were able to open this service up to both Friendswood and Clear Lake in 2019. If you live in Friendswood, League City or the Clear Lake area give us a call for Weekly Pool Service!

The On-Point Checkup Pool Equipment Inspection

The Pool Boys Equipment Service Van

Most of you understand that when you call out a reputable service company there is a “Service Call” fee for them to visit your home. This fee is in place to help companies cover the cost of sending a properly licensed, insured, and trained technician out to a customer’s home in a company branded vehicle, diagnose the customers issue and offer them an estimate for repair.

In years past our Service Call was $90.00, and at the beginning of 2019 we decided to lower our Service Call to $75.00, to be more cost effective for our customers. But at the same time, we wanted to provide more value to our customers by including a complete and thorough inspection of their pool equipment with the Service Call.

Justin performing an On Point Checkup Pool Equipment Inspection

The result is our On Point Checkup Pool Equipment Inspection. A complete and thorough pool equipment inspection on every Service Call. This inspection currently consists of 34 possible points to check, to make sure your pool equipment is operating correctly. Our Service Technicians complete the inspection in our Mobile Service App along with any relevant photos and notes that are emailed to the customer along with the estimate for approval before any repairs are started.

After less than a year in the field with the On Point Checkup Pool Equipment Inspection, we believe we’ve found the right balance to deliver value to our customers with each Service Call.

Don’t forget, Total Care Weekly customers receive free Service Calls!

The Pool Boys Daily, Weekly and Monthly Training Sessions

The Pool Boys training stations with technicians in progress 

Here at The Pool Boys we believe that frequent training is essential to being able to provide top notch service. Every year there are tons of changes in the pool industry with the addition of new products from manufacturers, new maintenance techniques, and new repair techniques. As well as issues that arise everyday in the field that require our team to figure out solutions and better methods of caring for customer pools in the Gulf Coast region.

With this we have added two computer training stations in our shop where our Service and Maintenance Technicians are able to take online courses to further their knowledge as well as obtain certifications to help them with their career. We’ve set up a guided training path that allows each technician to advance at their own pace, no matter when they start with The Pool Boys.

Another fun thing that was started this year is our Vendor Training Sessions. These are sessions where we invite manufacturer representatives to our shop to provide training to all our staff in 1-2 hour sessions. With these sessions we like to get our entire team involved which allows everyone, including our office staff, to have a well rounded knowledge of swimming pool maintenance and equipment.

Upgrading The Pool Boys Image

The Pool Boys in uniform on-site at a customer's pool

We always strive to put our best foot forward when dealing with our customers. The way our technicians present themselves in our customer’s backyard is very important to us. This year we took the next step in our presentation and acquired a professional uniform service to go along with our professionally wrapped vehicles. This has created a standardized, professional look for all of our team members and allows them to be easily identified when they are in your backyard.

Featured on Legendary Pools & Spas

The Pool Boys featured on Legendary Pools & Spas Video Podcast

We were fortunate enough to get the opportunity to be featured in a video with Legendary Pools and Spas. Featured on their Youtube channel, the video highlights the start of The Pool Boys and gives a look into our growing business. Our team had a blast hanging with the Legend and shooting the video! You can view it here on our website:

The Legend Visits The Pool Boys in League City

Maytronics Gold Elite Dealer

The Pool Boys Maytronics Gold Elite Dealer store display

As many of you know we are huge advocates of Robotic Pool Cleaners, especially Maytronics. We have been a sales, repair, and warranty center for Maytronics cleaners for the last several years, and in 2019 we become a Maytronics Gold Elite Dealer and expanded our line of Maytronics to include commercial robotics.

Maytronics recently released the C7 commercial pool cleaner and we had our first sale of this amazing unit! If you manage apartments or a health club with a public pool, you need to check out the Maytronics Commercial Robotic line of Pool Cleaners at The Pool Boys in League City.

If you need any Maytronics Dolphin Cleaner Sales, Service or Repair, Residential or Commercial, give us a call at 832-473-5715 and ask for Zac.

Closing of Retail Pool Supply and Free Water Testing

No more Free Water Tests at The Pool Boys

Perhaps the biggest change this year for us was the decision to close our retail store. This was an extremely tough decision to make after 4 years of building awesome relationships with local customers. But we needed to do it.

With the steady decline of retail pool supply sales year over year, coupled with the amazing growth of our Total Care Weekly Pool Maintenance Service as well as steady growth of our equipment repair and installation services, it was time to bite the bullet on the retail store.

As of January 1st 2020 we will no longer offer in-store water testing or retail sales of chemicals and pool supplies. However, our new office at 404 Newport Blvd in League City is still open Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm if you need to stop by and see us for a Maytronics Dolphin.

The Pool Boys will continue to be a Maytronics Dolphin Gold Elite Dealer and Repair & Warranty Center. Stop by and ask about the Maytronics Dolphin Demo Program!

Continuous Improvement in 2020

The Pool Boys maintenance trucks lined up for service in the morning

It has always been and remains a high priority to be the best service provider we can be. This mentality keeps us on our toes, always making improvements and changes where necessary. Most of these improvements and changes come from the constant interaction and feedback from our customers, and we care what you think!

As I just mentioned, customer feedback is the most important thing for us. This feedback allows us to see where we are excelling and where we need improvement. This year we received over 70+ 5-Star reviews on the web. I am so proud of the Team we have built and their continuous hard work and dedication to The Pool Boys and its customers.

We want to say thank you to all of you who have provided feedback and to everyone that chose The Pool Boys for their swimming pool needs! Thank you for your Support, and we look forward to a healthy and prosperous 2020!

Zac Nicklas
The Pool Boys
832-473-5715