Nope! Obviously he has not.
A woman phoned the other day and explained that her and her family had just purchased a new home that had an inground swimming pool. She went on to tell Pooldad that since they had small children [under the age of 5] she was looking for an estimate to fill the pool in with dirt to keep it from being a safety hazard.
Okay - not so weird - proactive Mom removing the danger from her backyard. Admirable. Pooldad has been asked this question a lot for people who just don't like pools.
Pooldad gives her a price range based on the dimensions of the pool and she seems satisfied.
Then she asked: "So when the kids are old enough to be around a swimming pool in a few years how much would you charge to come out and dig it back out so we could use it?"
Wow. Didn't see that coming nor has he ever been asked that.
If you want to use the pool in the future there are three options that work wonderfully well and cost less than the price of a several truck loads of dirt.
First up: A Loop-lock safety cover.
Pooldad can walk across these things. In fact I have seen a car [accidently] parked on one. They are that strong and safe.
Second choice: Safety lock gate.
Not my first choice because kids are crafty little buggers - but they do come with alarms and if used properly with the locks provided it will keep them out.
Third is so simple it astounds me that people just don't understand the basic concept.
Watch your children.
Every year, it never fails, we have a story or two, in the spring, of a child drowning and inevitably it comes out that the child was unsupervised or the parent was on the phone/computer. They are always tragedies that could have been avoided if they had kept an eye on their kid. It is heartbreaking - but when you have been in the business this long you still don't become immune to it. [Note: In all his time in the biz' it has only occurred at one of Pooldad's pools and it was the fault of the parents, not the company. Most of the stories we see are on our local news.]
Anyhoodle - I have no idea what the woman decided after Pooldad suggested numbers 1 and 2 but I know for certain they won't be digging out a pool in a few years.
Have a good Thursday everyone. Hope you are all well and happy!
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