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Herb's Pool Service, Inc.

(415) 479-4040View Additional Phone Numbers3769 Redwood Hwy, San RafaelCA 94903-3932

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This business offers pool services.

BBB Accreditation

A BBB Accredited Business since 03/01/1969

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised Herb's Pool Service, Inc.'s rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 2 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

2 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 2 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Billing / Collection Issues1
Problems with Product / Service1
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 2

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Herb's Pool Service, Inc.

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience
Neutral Experience
Negative Experience
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by Resolution

Complaint Resolution Log (2)
12/09/2014Billing / Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

Was told $149 a month until November, told my the route service person I have to many leaves so it will be $149 year round. Received a bill for $450 f
Unauthorized charges.... Items cleaned or serviced I did not ask for - then received a bill for them.

Desired Settlement
No communication and service day was changed 3 times leaving my pool green, then they charge me $350 to get it back to blue again.

Business Response
Contact Name and Title: ****** *****
Contact Phone: XXX XXX-XXXX
Contact Email: ******
This is in regard to case XXXXXXXX. Our customer is ****** *******. We were not aware that there was a problem with the account, and in reviewing it did find a billing error which we will correct and will resend the statement to the customer. We can send a copy of our service agreement, which is helpful in understanding how the monthly service is billed. Here is a timeline of our work for *******, *** ***** ***** *********

9/23/13 Performed pool inspection for buyer at time of home purchase $250.00 (pd 9/27/13)
11/14/13 Quoted service for pool, checked pump - no charge
10/10/14 Customer asked us to start service. We advised that monthly service was $149/mo for weekly; $119 for twice monthly; pool had a lot of trees around it and so we did not recommend 2xmo until debris load was reduced. Normally we advise that there is a charge for the initial cleanup. The route secretary is not sure if that was explained.
10/10/14 Service manager *** treated pool and started cleanup
10/11/14 Service manager ***** adjusted chemicals and cleaned filter, billed $137.86 for two trips (10/10 & 10/11) and filter cleaning
10/21/14 Pool was started on regular pool service, billed 2 trips for Oct $74.50
10/24/14 Customer ******* called to report the pool was green, Service manager *** stopped by and replaced pump basket; billed $88.67 in error (should not have charged for chemicals)
10/29/14 Customer was billed for November service $149.00

The customer had a balance of $450.03 at the start of November. We are issuing a credit of $74.62 to apply to the billing of 10/24. That leaves a balance owing of $375.41, for the initial cleanup, 1.5 months of service, and the pump basket. Our service agreement states that there is an initial charge to get the pool in shape before starting service however if the customer did not have an understanding of that, we would be willing to remove that charge ($137.86) as well, and then bill an additional $37.25 for the initial visit.

Please let us know if there are any questions or comments. Thank you.

***** *****
General Manager

10/15/2014Problems with Product / Service

Industry Comparison| Chart

Swimming Pool Service & Repair, Spas & Hot Tubs - Service & Repair, Swimming Pool Equipment & Supplies, Swimming Pool Contractors, Dealers, Design

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 03/01/1969Business started: 01/01/1957
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

These agencies may include:

Contractors State License Board
9821 Business Park Dr
Sacramento, CA 95827-1703
(800) 321-2752

BBB records show a license number of 273969 for this company.

Type: Contractor's License Board

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Type of Entity


Incorporated: April 1971, CA

Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Kathy Thompson (Principle)
Number of Employees


Business Category

Swimming Pool Service & Repair, Spas & Hot Tubs - Service & Repair, Swimming Pool Equipment & Supplies, Swimming Pool Contractors, Dealers, Design

Map & Directions

Map & Directions

Address for Herb's Pool Service, Inc.

3769 Redwood Hwy

San Rafael, CA 94903-3932

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1 Locations

  • 3769 Redwood Hwy 

    San Rafael, CA 94903-3932(707) 795-4372

Industry Comparison ChartX

The information in the table below represents an industry comparison of businesses which are of the same relative size. This is based on BBB's database of businesses located in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Coastal California. Businesses may engage in more than one type of business. The percent of time the business engages in a type of business is not accounted for. There is no known industry standard for the number of complaints a business can expect. The volume of business and number of transactions may have a bearing on the number of complaints received by BBB.

*Herb's Pool Service, Inc. is in this range.


Types of Complaints Handled by BBB

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  • Advertising or Sales
  • Billing or Collection
  • Problems with Products or Services
  • Delivery
  • Guarantee or Warranty

We do not handle workplace disputes, discrimination claims or claims about the quality of health or legal services.


Additional Phone Numbers

  • (707) 795-4372

BBB Complaint Process

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