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Dive into a Deep Clean!

Few things depreciate your home's outdoor aesthetic than a green, sludge-filled, and algae-infested pool. If your pool is in dire need of a deep clean, this blog will give you the pro tips you need to turn that pool around 180 degrees.

Tip #1: Remove debris first.

All those leaves, sticks, and other gooey gunk is organic matter that consumes chlorine. By scooping out the debris from your pool water first, you'll lower the amount of chlorine you need to sanitize the water later. For example, during one of our standard deep clean services, our pool technicians:

Remember, use your elbow grease! The more algae you can scrape off the walls and scoop from the water now, the easier the next steps will be.

Tip #2: Invest in a pH testing kit.

Maintaining a crystal-clear pool is a science. The second step to deep cleaning your pool water is getting the pH level in the correct, neutral range, that is, between 7.2 and 7.6. You'll also want to check that the water has an appropriate amount of CYA, ideally between 30-60 ppm. At these levels, your chlorine 'shock' treatment will be most effective. By the way, you can find many top-rated brands and types of chorine products, like E-Z Chlor Tabs, at Palm Beach Pool Doctor's online store.

There's so much chemistry behind the process of cleaning a pool that these convenient test strips will become your great friends. Without them, it's like cleaning your pool with a blindfold on-ineffective!

Tip #3: Clean your filter daily.

For very dirty pools, it may take several days to kill off all the algae floating around and clinging to the surfaces in your pool. During that time, we recommend cleaning the filter at least once a day. Algae is sneaky and tends to build up quickly in these hidden areas. Pools stay at their best when the pumps are running 24/7. Many homeowners don't have the budget to keep their filter on all the time, and if that's the case for you, we suggest aiming to allot your filter an 8-hour workday. The more water circulation you give your pool, the cleaner your water will be.

Since you're outside anyway, give those walls another brush down! Again, the more algae you can dislodge manually, the less time the whole shock treatment will take.

Tip #4 Don't neglect the pool deck.

As you walk around your pool day after day, the deck surrounding your pool is bound to accumulate dirt, bacteria, and more of those dreaded algae spores from used equipment and the bottom of your shoes. Keep that surface clean and pristine with regular sweeping (or better yet, pressure washing) to avoid accidentally tracking contaminants into the water.

Cleaning a pool is a labor-intensive affair. If you'd rather spend more time enjoying your pool than cleaning it, consider outsourcing your pool maintenance to the pros. Palm Beach Pool Doctor is at your service for cost-effective, routine pool cleaning services year-round. Drop us a line for a quote!

Hello readers, and welcome to another blog post from the Palm Beach Pool Doctors. Today, we are here to share a little of our expert knowledge on pool acid washing-a popular topic among many pool enthusiasts-and a contentious one, as you will soon learn.

Specifically, we are going to take some time to talk about the frequency at which a pool should be acid-washed. How often should you request pool acid-washing services? How much acid-washing is too much? What are the positives of acid-washing, and what are the negatives?

Over the course of this blog post, we will answer these questions and more. Should you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at (561) 275-0069.

Pool Acid Washing to the Rescue

We chemically clean a pool-also known as acid washing-to eliminate those unsightly stains on porous pool plaster. Those stains come as a result of dirty water, algae, and the accumulation of bacteria. Once the water begins to look unusually murky despite frequent skimming and ongoing filtration, an acid-wash is in order.

While murky water and algae might not seem like a problem to some new pool owners, we are here to tell you otherwise. When algae can burrow itself deep into your pool's very-porous plaster and aggressively bloom, this results in even murkier water. That is why we always recommend acid-washing a pool any time the water begins to turn foggy.

Acid-Washing: How Often?

There are some individuals who believe that swimming pools should be acid washed any time a pool is drained. While we believe that acid-washing is very important, we think that owners should find ways to avoid this type of routine.

The reason we feel this way is that acid washing is an extremely intense method of cleaning. In fact, acid-washing will inevitably remove a thin layer of plaster from the pool itself. Too many treatments will only lead to re-plastering the pool sooner than necessary.

With proper care, your pool should only need an acid-wash treatment every five to seven years. If your pool is consistently murky, there may be more serious underlying issues at fault, and you should get in touch with our professionals.

How to Maintain Your Pool

To avoid re-plastering your pool sooner than necessary, we advise our clients to tend to their pool frequently. If they're unable to, experts such as us are only a phone call away. We offer a variety of services, from regular maintenance to deep cleanings.

Frequent cleaning, skimmers, algae brushes, and an adequate filtration system can keep plaster stains under control. Rest assured, algae will never get a chance to bloom within the pores of pool plaster if you practice proper pool care.

Request Our Pool Acid Wash Services Today

After reading the information above, do you feel that it is time to request our services? If so, contact us at your convenience. Our phone number is (561) 275-0069.

If you would like to stock up on any necessary pool chemicals or pool cleaning equipment in the meantime, feel free to visit our online shop.

Wondering what you need to keep your pool in tip-top condition? Take a look at our four essentials for pool maintenance. You'll learn:

Read on to learn more.

1. Check the Skimmer Box

Your skimmer box will filter out most debris and particles in the water. But you should clean it out regularly to ensure it can do its job effectively.

How often? Check your skimmer box roughly once a week. Remove it and empty any contents a safe distance from the pool.

Item Recommendation: If you need a new skimmer basket, we have you covered. Check out the HAY & STA Skimmer Basket, as well as countless other options, on our online shop.

2. Skim the Top

While the skimmer box does a good job removing most debris, it won't remove it all. You'll need to remove the remnants manually if you want your pool as clean as can be.

How often? If you want to maintain a clean pool, you should skim the water daily. Before jumping in, take a quick peek and skim off any debris you see.

Item Recommendation: You'll need a telescoping pole and a mesh net. The Lion Pool telescoping pole gets our commendation, as does the Pool Style Deluxe Leaf Skimmer. Both are stellar options for those just starting out.

3. Vacuum the Surface

To prevent stains, grime, and sediment buildup, you'll want to vacuum the walls and floors of your inground pool.

How often? You should vacuum your pool at least once a week, and perhaps as much as every other day, depending on how dirty it gets.

Item Recommendation: If you want something more affordable, a manual vacuum like the Pool Style Flexible Vacuum Head will do the trick. To use it, you'll need the same Lion Pool telescoping pole as we used for the skimmer, as well as a vacuum hose.

If you want something a little less labor-intensive, you have a range of options. Suction-side pool cleaners, such as the Pentair-Dorado, offer a hassle-free experience by attaching to your pool skimmer. Alternatively, you can go with a robotic cleaner like the Dolphin Echo. Though the easiest option, robotic cleaners are also the most expensive. But if you have the money, they're well worth it.

4. Brush the Sides

In addition to vacuuming, you'll also need to brush the sides of your pool to scrub off oils, algae, and other residues.

How often? Once or twice a week, you'll want to brush the pool ladders, corners, and walls.

Item Recommendation: Along with a telescoping pole, you'll need a good-quality brush with nylon or steel bristles. The type of brush you need will depend on the type of pool you have:

Looking for More Pool Maintenance Tools? Palm Beach Pool Doctor Has You Covered

With hundreds of items in store, Palm Beach Pool Doctor is your one-stop pool maintenance shop. From children's pool toys to pool testing kits, we have everything you need to make the most of your home's summer haven.

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If you have looked outside the last little while, you’ve noticed that pool season is already well underway. Just in case there were any latecomers, stragglers, or new pool owners just getting their feet wet, we thought we would send out a little dispatch.

Today, we will be discussing the process of firing up the pool. As some of the Pool Doctor’s clients might already know, the pool fire-up is a crucial step. In short, the fire-up process will determine your pool's lifespan and how much maintenance you need to conduct in the coming months and years.

Should you have any questions throughout this blog post, do not hesitate to contact Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc. at %PHONE1%. We are always eager to hear from curious pool owners.

Pool Fire-Ups: Everything You Need to Know

Getting a pool ready for use requires more than a lot of water and some poolside beverages. Before you even think of getting into the pool, there are a few things that need to be done to protect it from unwanted grime, abrasion, and other issues.

The fire-up is a way of sealing the plaster surface of the pool to make sure none of the necessary chemicals cause unnecessary damage. After all that time spent plastering the pool, you wouldn’t want to see anything damage it, would you? We didn’t think so!

To fire up a pool is to carefully clean and inspect the pool’s new plaster frequently for several weeks before use. Whether it is your first time plastering the pool or applying a fresh coat of plaster to an old pool, this stage is essential.

What Happens During the Fire-up Process?

During this stage of pool maintenance, loose pieces of plaster may rise to the water's surface from time to time. Don’t panic—this is normal. You or your pool doctor will need to remove this plaster from the surface and brush other loose plaster from the walls and floor. We clean these surfaces to prevent ‘scaling’ and ‘staining’.

For that sort of work, we recommend using brushes like these.

How Often Should We Brush the Pool Surface?

Surfaces should be brushed daily at a minimum. Any time you notice the loose plaster, we suggest you get to work quickly. Doing so will ensure your pool is ready to go after the curing period ends. You’ll save yourself untold hours and lots of money in the future.

When is a New Pool Ready for Use?

The fire-up process typically takes around 28 days. During this time, the plaster is curing (hydrating) underwater.

Check Out Pool Treatment Products Today

If you would like to browse our many pool products, please look at our web store. Don’t forget, we deliver our products to all local residents, as well.

If you have any more questions or require assistance with your pool treatments, feel free to call us at %PHONE1%. We look forward to hearing from you.

5 Reasons You Need Proactive Pool Treatments This Summer

There’s nothing better than relaxing poolside, drink in hand, in the summertime. But if your pool isn’t properly maintained, you could end up staring into a swamp rather than a crystal-clear oasis. Pool treatments are meant to remove minerals, chemicals, and algae and keep your pool healthy the whole season long.

Here at the Palm Beach Pool Doctor, we offer a complete range of Proactive Pool Treatments designed to make pool maintenance easy for homeowners. Read on to find out how we can help you and your pool this year!

1. Algae love the sun as much as you do.

If you wanted to swim in murky, green, or brown water, you’d swim in one of the area’s famous lakes. Your pool though, should be crystal clear. To ensure that the algae don’t get out of control, our specialists will use a commercial-grade algaecide to get rid of it. This treatment should be done on a regular basis to ensure that you have the best quality water.

Want to do it yourself? Take a look at the high-quality algaecides that we sell and deliver locally!

2. Your pool is a leaf, grass, and grime magnet.

Unfortunately, it’s not just your kids, guests, and pets that love your pool. Organic detritus and debris do too. Moreover, these unwelcome guests have a bad habit of leaving nasty stains behind. Regular cleaning is the only solution.

Try one of our many pool vacuums and keep your pool clean and stain-free!

3. Too much or too little chlorine?

The pH balance in your pool should be around 7.4—the same pH as your own eyeballs and mucus membranes. To make sure your pool is properly chlorinated, try one of the many water testing kits in our online shop. Not only are these the kits we use for our proactive pool treatment services, but they are also affordably priced.

Keep the algae out and the good times going!

4. Get rid of those phosphates!

During the last ten to fifteen years, many municipalities began putting phosphates into the water supply. And while this is not a problem for drinking, it can cause issues for your pool. By using one of our phosphate removal kits, you’ll get better quality water and less algae. Hire our team to do it for you or buy the phosphate removers directly from us!

Best of all, we deliver our products locally!

5. Schedule your proactive pool treatments with the Doctor.

Is it time for an annual check-up? A weekly maintenance visit? A monthly service call? The Palm Beach Pool Doctor is at your service! We are the region’s leading pool service team, offering reliable and affordable pool treatments for all residents.

If you want to do all the maintenance yourself, we offer a complete range of pool cleaning tools, chemicals, and kits. We are your one-stop-shop for the DIY pool guy or girl. Choose from our many products right here on the site and select the delivery option for the ultimate convenience!

Thorough and Reliable Pool Inspections Available Now from the Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc

Whether you're in the process of buying a home with a pool or you've just bought a home that comes with a pool, it's crucial to get a pool inspection. Many people don't realize that a home inspector is not necessarily qualified to evaluate the condition of a pool. They may be able to catch surface-level problems, but it takes a professional pool inspector to get at the nitty-gritty.

In this blog, we're going to tell you everything you need to know about pool inspections so that you can have peace of mind knowing your investment is secure.

The Basics: Why You Need a Pool Inspector

Failing to hire a trustworthy inspector can be financially devastating. The last thing you want is to buy a house with a pool, only to find out that, for safety reasons, it should be filled with concrete instead of water!

Regular home inspectors may not have the specialized training required to assess your pool thoroughly. That's where the pool inspector comes in. And that's where we, at The Palm Beach Pool Doctor shine! We often find liability, security, safety, and structural issues that the home inspector has missed. We are certified to provide pool inspections that can be used for insurance purposes and to guarantee the functionality of your pool.

What Is Included in a Pool Inspection?

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your current or future home. Your pool inspector will do a detailed evaluation of every aspect of your pool, including:

Once we have carefully inspected every aspect of your pool, we will provide you with a comprehensive report that outlines our findings. We will make a note of necessary repairs or modifications that need to be made so that you are aware of defective, damaged, or malfunctioning parts.

A Residential Pool Inspector Will Save You Money

While it may cost you upfront, a professional pool inspection will help you save money down the road. It's a great way to catch minor issues before they turn into major ones. For example, a quick crack repair or filter replacement may turn into an overhaul job if left unaddressed.

For homebuyers, the pool inspection report is a valuable negotiation tool. You may be able to have the original owner repair certain things before you buy. Or, you may be able to lower the overall sale price to make the changes yourself.

Because a large part of the inspection focusses on safety, pool inspections will allow you to get the insurance you need to protect yourself from liability issues. Not only is this important for your financial security, but it's also essential for keeping everyone who uses your pool safe from harm.

Palm Beach Pool Doctor Offers Certified Pool Inspections

If you need a pool inspection, you're in the right place. We have a team of certified pool inspectors that will do all of the above, with an easy, friendly, customer experience approach. Call us now to get a full pool inspection from the region's most trustworthy team of pool experts!

How to Deep Clean Your Pool

Cleaning your own pool is a fantastic way to save money and keep swimmers happy and healthy. It's easy to do, too-all you need is the right know-how and the proper tools.

If you're not sure where to begin, our expert pool contractors are here to help. Read on as we break down the basics of how to give your pool a much-needed deep clean.

1. Come Equipped with the Right Pool Supplies

Half the battle in pool cleaning is having the proper equipment in your arsenal. While you don't need a storage shed full of specialized accessories or shelves stocked with countless chemicals, you will need a few key items to do the job well.

By the way, we sell and deliver a broad array of essential pool cleaning equipment in our shop. Follow the links to explore the products we have in stock.

  1. A telescopic pole: Without this trusty extendable pole, you won't be able to reach the nooks and crannies that are prone to algae growth. This tool is a must-have. Your back will thank you for it.
  2. A leaf net: While it may be possible to collect leaves and debris from your pool water manually, you'll save hours of hard labor with this handy accessory.
  3. A pool brush: This removable gadget attaches to the end of your telescopic pole to make light work of washing the walls, steps, and other flat surfaces in and around your pool.
  4. A pool vacuum: Unless you want to practice scuba diving, you're going to want to invest in a quality pool vacuum to clean the bottom floor of your pool.
  5. A chemical test kit and pool chemicals: A test kit is an easy-to-use way to analyze and rebalance your pool's chemistry. No science degree necessary.

2. Skimming the Pool

To get started, remove as much floating debris as you can with your leaf skimmer. Organic materials eat up chlorine, so the more you can remove, the better.

3. Clean the Pool Filter

This part you can do manually, yet it's essential to the basic sanitation of your pool. Remove and dispose of any debris that your filter has collected. If it's really dirty, you may want to consider backwashing the filter to flush away anything potentially clogging the system.

4. Vacuuming the Pool

Vacuuming a pool is just like vacuuming a carpet. Use your pool vacuum to suck up dust, dirt, small rocks, and debris from the bottom floor. We recommend using a steady hand for this process, as moving the vacuum too quickly can cause sediment to disperse and re-enter the water.

5. Brushing the Pool

This step requires elbow grease. You'll need to apply some force to dislodge stubborn algae build-up from the walls of your pool. Typically, we find that areas with stagnant water, such as corners tend to accumulate the most gunk.

6. Rebalance pH and Chlorine Levels

Lastly, you get to play at-home chemist and break out your test kit to evaluate the pH and chlorine levels of your pool. Thankfully, you don't have to be a real scientist to do this, as test kits come with easy-to-use instructions and color-coded indicators that tell you how much or how little product you need to add.

Need some help turning that pool from green to blue? Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc. proudly serves and delivers our products to Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and beyond. Don't hesitate to drop us a line at (561) 275-0069 for some professional assistance!

The Beginner's Guide to Pool Acid Washing

There's nothing better than taking a deep dive into crystal clear water. For a lot of pool owners, it's the whole point. But it's inevitable that, over time, algae and debris may settle on your pool's surface, causing the water to appear murky and... unappealing. So, what do you do when the sides of your pool start to become discolored, dirty, or stained?

You get your pool acid washed.

In this blog post, we're going to tell you everything you need to know about acid washing for pools. Read on to learn more!

What Is Pool Acid Washing?

Acid washing is a process in which a mix of muriatic acid, acid washing soap, and water is sprayed onto the walls of a pool to clean stains caused by algae and other debris. The problem with algae is that the spores can get deep into the plaster walls. Scrubbing with regular soap and water won't get the algae stains out. Acid washing penetrates the plaster and will give your pool the deep cleaning it needs.

Because muriatic acid is dangerous, it should be performed by a professional.

When Should You Acid Wash a Pool?

The question is: do you want to swim in a pool or pond? Keep your pool clean and healthy by getting it acid-washed at regular intervals.

We generally recommend acid washing your pool at least once a year. However, if the water in your pool is starting to get cloudy, and it becomes hard to see the bottom, it's likely time to acid wash your pool.

How Do You Acid Wash a Pool?

Step 1: The first step is to drain it. Local laws are stipulating exactly how to drain your pool so that heavily chlorinated water doesn't get into the water system. The Palm Beach Pool Doctor follows all the legal requirements necessary for draining and cleaning pools.

Step 2. Once we have drained the pool, we'll begin by pressure washing the surfaces. The important thing is to make sure the surfaces are completely free of algae, mold, and other debris that may have settled there. To ensure that the pool walls are completely cleaned, we often use a scrubber brush. If the pool is in particularly bad condition, we may combine this with a chlorine wash that will ensure the effectiveness of the acid washing.

Step 3: Then, we'll mix a solution of muriatic acid and other cleaning supplies. We create the perfect acid washing mix based on the severity of the stains. Getting the solution right is a delicate balancing act that requires professional attention. Too much acid, and you could damage the plaster walls. Too little, and you won't see the results you want.

Step 4: We will treat the top of the plaster walls first, distributing it evenly across the surface. It will sit there for about thirty seconds, and then we'll spray it off with water. We will repeat this process for the rest of the pool until the entire surface has been treated.

In cases with extreme staining, it may be necessary to treat it multiple times. We are careful not to damage the plaster surface of the wall by over-treating. The result will be a pool that looks as good as it did on the day it was built!

What Are the Benefits of Acid Washing for Swimming Pools?

Acid washing is the only way to clean the stains on your pool's surface completely. Here are five benefits of acid washing:

1. Extends the Lifespan of Your Pool

Frequent cleaning keeps mold, algae, and other organic material from penetrating the walls of your pool, causing it to age prematurely. If you want to enjoy your pool for many summers to come, it's important to get your pool acid washed every year.

2. Removes Unsightly Stains Caused by Algae

As a pool owner, you are constantly fighting against the growth of algae. While the chlorine in your pool will do a good job of that, algae spores can still penetrate your pool walls and cause the water to appear green, brown, and murky.

3. Reduces the Build-Up of Calcium and other Minerals

In addition to removing organic material like algae and mold, acid wash also prevents the build-up of minerals like calcium. These minerals are already in the water, and you'll find them building up just as much in your kettle as you will in your pool. Acid wash is a great way to stop them from collecting on your pool walls.

4. Lower the Amount of Chemicals Used

Although the process makes use of muriatic acid, acid washing once a year does reduce the amount of chemicals required to keep the pool clean in the long term.

5. No One Wants to Swim in a Dirty Pool

Most important of all - if you want to enjoy your pool in the company of friends and family, you better keep your pool clean! Every pool owner knows that pool parties are fun for everyone. But if your pool looks like a pond, no one will want to go near it. Except maybe some local frogs, fish, and ducks.

Take our advice: if your only barbecue guests are frogs, fish, and ducks, it's probably time to consider having your pool acid washed.

Need Your Palm Beach Pool Acid Washed? Call the Doctor!

The Palm Beach Pool Doctor is at your service!

Our team of pool professionals will carefully and meticulously drain, clean, and acid wash your pool. By the end, you won't even recognize it. Good as new.

The results of a proper acid wash are incredible. Enjoy the feeling of diving into cool crystal-clear water on a steamy summer day by hiring the region's leading pool team. You'll love our quick turnaround times and affordable pool services.

Call us today to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!

We hate to admit it, but we all know that owning a swimming pool isn't always fun and games. In fact, owning a pool is bound to take a lot of hard work and dedication.

It's always best to invest in top-quality pool installation and maintenance to avoid as many problems as possible. Not only does a pool need a good filtration system or high-performing pump, but it requires precise care and attention for it to function optimally. That's where pool equipment and pool chemicals come in.

The Palm Beach Pool Doctor proudly provides comprehensive pool maintenance services that take the stress off your shoulders. And, if you're set on handling certain aspects of the upkeep yourself, we will equip you with all the necessary tools and products.

Our online shop is chock-full of everything you need to maintain a pool correctly. Feel free to look through our catalog after reading this article. If you happen to have any questions or concerns about where to start, get in touch with us and speak with an expert.

Here is a quick breakdown of the basics of pool maintenance.

Pool Chemicals for Balanced Water Chemistry

No one wants to swim in a pool that has too much chlorine in it or isn't the right color. Plus, this can even be hazardous for your health.

Since it's extremely inconvenient to drain and refill your pool every time something is off, you need to have the right pool chemicals handy to purify the water. And you should have some knowledge of how to use these specific products. It's essential to master your pool chemistry or hire a qualified professional-like us-instead.

Step 1: Test the Water

With a trusted test kit, start by assessing the water balance of your pool. Dip a test strip into the water and compare the resulting color to the chart that comes with your kit. Typically, your swimming pool should have a pH balance between 7.2 and 7.6. Add a pH decreasing or pH increasing agent as needed.

Step 2: Check the Sanitizer Levels

Whether it's chlorine, salt, or bromine, assess the sanitizer levels. If they're too high, don't worry-the sun will take care of it. If they're too low, add in some sanitizer. It's as simple as that.

Step 3: Shock the Water and Add Algaecide

To destroy contaminants and remove residue from your pool, you must shock your water regularly. Invest in a top-quality algaecide like AlgaeTech - Easy Care Algae Remover. Use it weekly to ensure that your water quality is always at its best.

Pool Chemical Safety Tips

Pool chemicals come in handy to solve all kinds of water problems, but they can also be dangerous to both humans and animals alike. It's crucial to handle them with caution and always pay attention to what you're doing. Certain chemicals can cause rashes and skin irritations while others are especially hazardous if ingested.

Before you attempt to balance your pool's water chemistry, be sure to read product labels and warnings. What's more, you should always adhere to the following standard safety precautions:

Pool Equipment for Clean Water

Be honest. Are you prepared to keep your pool the cleanest it can be? If the answer is yes, then you should expect to tend to it on a regular basis, and you'll need all the following pool equipment to get the job done right.

Step 1: Skim the Water

Using a pool skimmer, you'll first need to skim the surface of the pool to collect any leaves and debris. Make sure to cover the pool's entire surface from top to bottom as best as you can. To do so, you can look through the different nets and poles available in our shop. We have a wide variety of pole lengths, allowing you to reach near and far. We also have a broad selection of nets in all shapes and sizes.

Step 2: Brush the Walls

This step is often overlooked, as it's probably the most challenging part of the pool cleaning process. We want to make brushing the walls of your basin as simple as possible, and that's why we offer various high-quality brushes to choose from.

The bristles on the A&B Algae Brush are perfect for removing tough algae, while others like the A&B - 3ft Nylon Wall Brush allow you to cover more ground at once. Again, we offer many different poles to attach to your brushes so that you can be comfortable working in both the shallow end and the deep end.

Step 3: Vacuum All Surfaces

Finally, the final step involves picking up what's left at the bottom of your pool. Thanks to our cutting-edge vacuum technology, you can now pick up all the nitty and gritty pieces.

Not sure which system is best for your needs? Give us a call, and we'll be glad to give you our professional recommendations.

Contact The Palm Beach Pool Doctor for More Pool Maintenance Tips

Browse our web store for all your pool maintenance needs. If you're still not clear on what chemicals and equipment you need to maintain pool health, contact The Palm Beach Pool Doctor today. We'll be sure to guide you in the right direction. Plus, if you're hoping to outsource pool upkeep entirely, we're happy to take over at any time. Reach to us to request a service quote!

Fire It Up! Getting Your Pool Ready for Swimming Season

With pool season just around the corner, the Palm Beach Pool Doctor is here to take you through the necessary steps to get your pool clean, clear, and cannonball ready.

Before you change into your swimsuit, though, there are a few housekeeping items to take care of first.

To open up your pool for the first time, you'll need:

If you're missing any of these tools or products, we invite you to browse the Pool Doctor's online store, where we carry a wide range of brand-name, best-value pool equipment. We use these products ourselves, so we can vouch for their quality. If you have any questions, our experienced pool technicians will be more than happy to share our industry knowledge and advice with you.

By the way, we deliver our products locally. If you order from our website, we'll bring the product directly to your doorstep.

Remove Your Pool Cover

First things first, you can't cannonball into your pool with the cover still on, so you'll need to remove it. This step is simple in theory but can be more labor-intensive than most pool owners realize. If your pool has been out of use for some time, the tarp will likely have accumulated some dirty standing water.

This is where your pump comes in. Hook up the pump and place it on top of your pool cover, preferably in the area that has the largest pools of water. A long push broom will come in handy for this job. You can use it to brush the water in the direction of the pump.

Once the excess water is drained, you can physically remove the tarp safely. Pool covers can be large and heavy, removing yours might be more than a one-person job.

Don't worry if a small amount of dirty water falls into the pool. It's virtually impossible to clean your tarp perfectly before removing it. You'll be shocking and vacuuming the pool later anyway, so a minor amount of debris isn't worth fretting over.

We recommend thoroughly cleaning and drying your pool cover before you fold it up and store it away for the season. Wet pool covers tend to develop mold and mildew, so don't let your excitement to start swimming cause you to forget this important step.

Conveniently, while you're cleaning your tarp, you can simultaneously check for any rips and tears. If there are many, you may want to consider replacing it. When the cover is clean and dry, store it in a cool, dry place until you need it again.

Reinstall Pool Accessories and Hook Up Pumps and Hoses

Now it's time to put together the puzzle pieces that you removed during the off-season. Reattach your pump, filter, and heater, and reconnect all hoses and electrical connections, taking care to follow the manufacturer's instructions to do so safely. You'll also want to reattach all your pool's accessories too, such as ladders, safety rails, and diving boards.

If your pool was winterized, you'll want to switch out the winterizing plugs with the regular ones. It's also a good idea to lubricate any black, rubber O-rings that are found on pipes and plugs. For the best protection, use a special water-, silicone-, or Teflon-based lubricant on the O-rings, like this one.

Fill Your Pool with Water

When everything's hooked up and ready to go, we're getting closer to your first pool party of the year.

It's not much of a pool without new water. The next step to firing up your pool is to refill it with fresh water. Inevitably, you'll have lost some water to evaporation, so you'll probably need a hose. Ideally, raise the water level until it reaches about midway up the skimmer.

Turn on the Pump

When you've added fresh water to your pool, then you can turn on your pump and get the water circulating. Leave the pump on for at least 12-24 hours. The longer you let it run, the more accurate your chemical testing results will be later.

This is also a good opportunity to inspect your pool for damage. Check vinyl liner for tears and assess plaster and tiles for breaks or cracks.

If you find a leak, mark it, turn the pump off, and call a professional pool technician to complete the repair before you continue any further.

Vacuuming the Pool

You may be waiting for the pump to do its job, but that doesn't mean you can sit back and relax just yet. If your pool water is clear enough, you can clean your pool while the pump is running.

We recommend giving the walls of your pool a good scrub with a scrubbing brush and using a leaf net to collect any leaves and debris that are floating around. If you have a pool vacuum, you can also remove anything that might be lurking on the bottom floor of your pool.

Shock the Pool

You're almost there! To kill any remaining algae and contaminants in the water, you need to shock your pool with a chlorine product.

If possible, we recommend adding an algaecide product as well. Algaecides break down the natural resistance of algae, which in turn makes it easier for the chlorine to do its job.

Testing the Waters

Last on your to-do list is testing the water-and no, we don't mean dipping your toes in! We need to verify that the pool's calcium hardness, pH, and alkalinity levels are safe for swimming.

Don't worry, you don't have to dust off your high school chemistry textbook to complete this task. Testing your pool water is actually a very simple and straightforward process, especially if you have a testing kit. At our shop, we offer several essential testing kits for pool owners. Simply submerge these easy-to-use strips in the water for an immediate measurement reading.

You want your pool's pH level to fall in an acceptable range, which is anywhere between 7.2 and 7.8. To be extremely precise, aim for a measure between 7.4 and 7.6, which is generally less irritating to swimmers&' skin and eyes.

Dive In!

Congratulations! Your pool is officially open for business! Invite the neighbors, call the kids, or just grab your favorite float and hop in.

Remember, if you need any assistance with starting up, repairing, or maintaining your pool, the Pool Doctor makes house calls-don't hesitate to drop us a line.

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