AVON LAKE, Ohio― Avon Lake resident Tommie Houston is lucky to have a pool these days because if you are trying purchase an in-ground or above-ground pool or buy a hot tub, you may be out of luck.
“I’m super excited to have a pool because most of the municipal pools are closed― not that I would go to a municipal pool at my age, but I’m thrilled to have a pool, thrilled to be home and have more fun," Houston said.
What You Need To Know
- Since public pools remain closed, pool businesses are seeing a spike in sales
- Pools and spas are sold out
- There's a long waiting list for installs
- Crews filling the pools are busy 'round the clock
Pools and hot tubs are in high demand this summer, as people are trying to beat the heat and stay COVID-19- free.
“Everything― pools, spas are pretty much sold out,” said Shane Webb, of The Great Escape.
Pools and spas aren't coming in until like August, and September for installs. Even the hot tubs are not due in until September.
Josh Leyden owns Pool Boss in Berea. He says some of his clients are vacationing at home this summer and want their pools tuned up, so his crew hasn't been getting much sleep.
“They're working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, night through day, from the time I wake up till the time I go to sleep,” said Leyden.
Even the guys filling the pools are busy during this health crisis.
"We are swamped 7 days a week, 3 trucks running like 10-12 hours at least," said Gary Spahr, of Spahr's Trucking.
If stores don't have the above ground pools or hot tubs that you're looking for, you could try the internet, but that might cost you.
"Well, all the pools are closed, so we had to buy one and we had to three tomes the amount it was worth and all the stores were sold out, so we had to buy it on Ebay," said shopper Emily Phillips.