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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is much easier to take proactive steps in protecting your pool than trying to repair it after it is damaged. Palm Beach Pool Doctor has a wide range of products and services that will help your pool stay clean and clear. Our proactive pool treatments will keep your pool fit for swimming, making sure you can always take a dip when you want to. We only supply high-quality and eco-friendly products, so you can guarantee we will provide you with superior materials and services.
There is a daunting amount of preventative pool treatment methods on the market. At Palm Beach Pool Doctor, however, we only use the most effective and efficient techniques. Our experienced and highly trained staff have the education and knowledge required to give you the accurate advice you need to keep your pool healthy.
Some of the products and methods we recommend using are:
In the past decade or so, many areas across the country began treating their drinking water with phosphates. While this helps protect the hydro infrastructure, it also means that there is much more phosphate present in our water supplies. Removing phosphates from your pool can help increase your water quality and make it more sanitary. Removing the phosphates from your pool helps you control the growth of algae and helps keep your water fit for swimming.
Palm Beach Pool Doctor is happy to offer multiple phosphate removal products that are safe and effective.
Don't let the name fool you-algaecide is much more effective when used as a preventative tool than for removing large amounts of built-up algae. For example, on a particularly sunny day (when algae love to grow), you may wish to put a bit of algaecide in your pool in the morning to reduce any growth. Another essential time to treat your pool would be before you close it up for the season. If your pool is not going to be used for a long time, adding algaecide helps prevent algae from blooming during the offseason.
We are proud to offer high-quality algaecide products that can be delivered locally.
Keeping your pool looking great can be hard. All sorts of grime and organic materials can build up on your tiles throughout the season. Stay on top of this with one of our effective and safe stain prevention treatments and keep your pool looking spotless all year round. Our protective chemicals will shield your tiles from unsightly stains and help them last longer.
Keeping the chemical levels in your pool balanced and safe isn't easy. Maintaining proper levels of pH and Alkalinity, as well as calcium hardness, is essential for keeping your pool safe, clean, and enjoyable. We offer maintenance chemicals to help with any problem your pool might have, such as raising or lowering your pH levels.
We can't stress enough how important it is to stay on top of your pool's chemical balances and get the levels tested regularly. Palm Beach Pool Doctor is here to help by providing the safe and effective chemicals you need to keep your pool healthy, along with local delivery and top-notch customer service.
Visit our online store to learn more about our extensive list of products.
As the weather gets warmer, everyone gravitates towards the water. If you’re a sucker for life by the pool, you aren’t alone. Thousands of us enjoy lounging in and around our backyard and community pools. While diving, swimming laps, and floating lazily are enjoyable in themselves, some swimmers like to turn the excitement up a notch.
Here at Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc., pool toys are our specialty. Whether you’re keeping your kids occupied or livening up a pool party, our selection of pool toys has something for everyone.
With so many options for pool toys, we’ve narrowed it down to some of our favorites. Give them a try and discover yours! From lounging and lazing to diving and dashing, we’ve got everything you and your pool need.
Read on, stock up, and make a splash with the latest pool toys!
No need to leave pool activities and games up to your imagination. We’ve got a selection of the latest toys and games perfectly suited to kids (and grownups) of all ages!
Test your aim with this awesome giant ring toss set, made by SwimLine, featuring a 5-foot-tall base and five individual floating rings! For those preferring something a little smaller, we also carry a miniature 3-ring toss game made by Jet Creations.
Practice your speed and breathing with this awesome SwimLine dive sticks game. Race to the bottom of the pool and retrieve yours first. The set of five lets everyone have a turn.
We have dive rings, too.
For a guaranteed action-packed pool activity, check out the Super Hoops Basketball set by SwimLine. Everyone can join in on this fun, easy-to-assemble set.
Our pool glider planes or torpedoes are perfect for playing catch, or for testing out that perfect landing. We’ve got all your game supplies—the rest is up to you!
Whether you’re racing around in a flotilla or floating aimlessly for hours on end, revel in the fun and relaxation of a good old fashioned floatie. Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc. has lots to choose from!
These specially built inflatable floaties will offer years of fun in the sun. To suit everyone, we offer floaties in the following fun shapes:
We’ve got a full range of awesome pool noodles, as well. Newer swimmers will love our water wings with new 3D graphics!
Every aquatically inclined person knows the familiar slap of a beach ball hitting the water. Toss one of our beach balls into the pool, and we can bet you’ll be jumping in right after it.
Have a look at our amazing illuminated beach ball by PoolCandy, perfect for day and night swimming alike. Embrace your patriotic side with this American flag beach ball, or think globally with the inflatable earth!
Don’t let a splash keep you from seeing the action in our pool! We are your source for the latest swim masks, goggles, and snorkels. We’ve got ear and nose plugs, too.
These are just a few examples of our many quality, affordable pool toys and products. If you have a question about an item you don’t see, give us a call!
If you’ve owned a pool for a few years or so, you may notice it doesn’t have the same gleaning shine that it once had. Maybe you’ve even tried to give it a good thorough cleaning but to no avail.
In such instances, an acid wash may be the ticket you’ve been looking for.
Acid washing is no small undertaking. It’s an extreme measure that shouldn’t only be performed as a last resort to get rid of those tough algaecide stains. If you’ve tried every other trick of the trade and your pool still looks drab, then you may want to consult an expert on acid washing.
Acid washing is a deep cleaning process in which an acid mixture is applied to a pool’s surface. It is an incredibly potent form of washing because the acid does more than merely clean the surface. Rather, it strips away a layer of the pool’s plaster. In the process, it reveals a fresh layer that’s never before seen the light of the day: A brand-new layer for a brand-new-looking pool.
Many people are understandably concerned about the risks when they hear that acid washing will remove a layer of their pool’s plaster. Don’t let it worry you too much, though: When performed professionally, acid washing is a safe and effective cleaning method. The amount of plaster removed is microscopic, so an acid wash won’t weaken your pool or damage it. That said, it shouldn’t be performed regularly: once every five or so years is plenty.
Acid washing requires a slew of protective gear, cleaning equipment, and chemical substances, including:
In-ground pools made of gunite or concrete are the only ones you should consider acid washing. Do not acid wash vinyl, fiberglass, or above-ground pools. The acid will eat through the lining material, and you’ll most likely have to replace it.
Acid washing is not for the faint of heart. It involves highly corrosive, potential lethal chemicals, as well as toxic fumes. It’s also easy to mess up. If you don’t wash the acid off in time, or apply enough soda ash to neutralize it, it may damage your pool’s surface.
Acid washing can also pose significant environmental concerns, as it can create hazardous runoff waste. Ultimately, it’s best to leave acid washing to the professionals. An expert like ourselves can ensure that the job is done safely and correctly.
As Palm Beach County’s premier pool care expert, the Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc. is here to help customers with all their poor-related needs, including acid washing! Clients near and far come to us because of our timely service, affordable prices, and customer-first approach.
If your pool requires an acid wash, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to book an appointment. And if you’re in the market for some new pool accessories, be sure to visit our online store today!
Pool maintenance is an essential part of pool ownership. Every swimming pool will require regular maintenance to ensure that its water stays clean and at a healthy pH level. While developing a solid maintenance regimen can be intimidating, it’s not as daunting as it might at first seem.
Overall, pool maintenance consists of three key points:
We’ll walk you through what you need for each of these. Let’s get started!
Still water is dirty water. With a pool, the water needs to have consistent circulation. You don’t want it sitting around stagnant because that can lead to a host of health and safety issues, from cloudy water to algae infestations. Plus, it’s a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests.
To maintain good circulation, you’ll need a good pool pump. If you don’t already have one, you need one. It’s worth it.
With its variable speed feature, the Intelliflo provides precise control of flow, allowing for greater energy efficiency and optimal circulation. Talk about smart!
In addition to getting a good pump, you’ll also need to clean the pool filter regularly. How to clean it will depend on what type of filter you have: Cartridge, sand, or diatomaceous earth (D.E.). But in general, you should consider cleaning your filter every 1 to 3 months.
To find out more about different brands and types of pool filters, feel free to browse our online shop.
It’s no surprise that you need to clean your pool water regularly. Dust, dirt, and debris will inevitably find their way into the pool, as will leaves and insects. Oils from sunscreen, tanning lotion, and other cosmetics can also pose a contamination risk.
To keep your water clear from such contaminants, we recommend skimming the surface of your pool at least once a week. You’ll need a couple of items:
We’re lumping skimmers and rakes together since they serve the same purpose: They’re both netted tools that skim the surface to remove dirt and debris. The only difference? Skimmers consist of a single piece of fabric stretched over the frame, whereas rakes have a much deeper net that traps the debris in a pocket. For us, the choice is obvious: The pool rake makes cleaning the pool considerably easier. While rakes may cost a few bucks more, that extra investment will save you a whole lot of time in the future.
A solid middle-of-the-road option, the Pool Style Heavy Duty Leaf Rake is the goldilocks of leaf rakes: not too pricey, yet still heavy-duty enough for larger-sized pools. Its high-gauge aluminum frame provides durability, while its tapered nylon pocket ensures more efficient debris collection. A great choice for any pool owner.
Telescoping poles attach to leaf rakes, skimmers, and pool brushes, allowing you to extend your reach so that you can clean distant sections of the pool. Ultimately, this is a must-have accessory.
Lion Pool Products—one of the most trusted names in the pool product industry—combines quality craftsmanship with affordability. This bang-for-buck item comes in three sizes: 8-feet, 12-feet, and 16-feet, which makes it a suitable choice for virtually any size of pool.
Your new-fangled leaf rake will do just fine removing solid dirt and debris, but liquid oils are a different story. Fortunately, you can throw in a couple of clean tennis balls, which will absorb oily patches left over from sunscreen and other lotions.
You’ll want to clean not only the surface of your water, but also the surfaces of your pool. By giving the pool liner a good scrub every so often, you’ll stop algae from forming so that you can keep that crystal-clear water you want.
We suggest cleaning your pool liner at the same time as you skim the surface of your water. Do both at least once a week, or more frequently if necessary.
When cleaning, start by scrubbing the walls of your pool before cleaning the floor.
In addition to a telescoping pole (see above), you’ll need a brush:
A good wall brush will get that algae gone for good. But it’s also important to make sure you buy the right brush for your type of pool. You want a brush with bristles that are soft enough that they won’t damage the pool liner, but not too soft that they don’t clean it thoroughly.
If your pool is lined with vinyl or fiberglass, choose a softer brush with soft nylon bristles, such as the A&B 3ft. Nylon Wall Brush.
If your pool is concrete, consider using a poly- or synthetic-bristle brush with medium hardness. The Pool Style 18’’ Polypropylene Bristle Wall Brush is a good, all-around choice.
If your pool is made of gunite, choose a harder brush with stainless steel bristles. Our pick? The A&B Algae Brush, comes in three different sizes from 6 to 18 inches.
If you’re serious about pool maintenance, you may also want to invest in a pool vacuum, which will make cleaning significantly easier.
The last part of pool maintenance? Science! Don’t worry though: This isn’t like science class in high school. You don’t need to be a chemist to understand how to maintain a good chemical balance for your water. All you need is a few essential items, the first being:
When it comes to water chemistry, your testing kit will be the number one tool in your arsenal. You’ll be able to check your water’s pH balance, alkalinity, and level of free chlorine, bromine, and other sanitizers. For a comprehensive test kit, we recommend the AquaChek Pro Pool & Spa Test Kit, which comes with 100 test strips.
Once you’ve tested your water, you can start adjusting the pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer bit by bit until you reach the desired levels. For a simple, year-round pool chemical product, we recommend PoolTec Easy Care, which ensures your water maintains a consistent chemical balance for every month of the year.
Heavy rain, incline weather, and other external factors can completely disrupt your pool’s chemical balance. That’s where pool shock products come in. They provide a shock to the pool’s system, evening out the chemical composition while strengthening its sanitization levels. Pool shocks are a must-have item, as they work rapidly to prevent the onset of algae infestations.
Our recommendation? Shockwave is a fast-acting and affordable solution that keeps your water looking its best.
Palm Beach Pool Doctor Inc. is the premier pool maintenance specialist in the local area. Through our online store, we offer a vast selection of pool products which have all been carefully chosen based on their excellent performance. Plus, we deliver all orders straight to your door!
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A pool without a pool filter is not a sight you want to see. Filters rid your swimming pool of bacteria, dirt, and debris, which in turn keeps your water nice and clear. Not to mention, they protect swimmers from getting sick too.
It’s a crucial element of the swimming pool experience. Without one, we guarantee your local, public swimming pool would not be a popular spot in your community. Read on to discover the ABCs of pool filters and how to go about choosing one for your backyard pool.
There are three main types of pool filtration units that you need to be familiar with.
In a nutshell, sand filters are the most commonly used filters in residential pools. The reason for this being that they’re inexpensive and easy to maintain. They may be an ideal choice for the budget-conscious homeowner. The downside is, sand filters are not as effective at catching dirt. What’s more, homeowners get stuck with the tedious task of backwashing.
Cartridge filters, on the other hand, are fast becoming the most popular choice for new pool installations among homeowners, and they’re the units we typically recommend. These bad boys will keep your water looking cleaner—catching particles 2x smaller than sand filters. They’re also extremely compact and easy to clean.
Forget about the dreaded backwashing job. Cartridge filter systems eliminate the need for the task altogether. What’s more, cartridge filters are known to extend the time between cleaning and replacing filter parts. With some models, you’ll only have to clean them once every season.
Finally, DE filters are the Rolls-Royce of pool filtration systems. They’re capable of trapping outrageously tiny particles, using advanced diatomaceous earth technology. Usually, they’re not the go-to option for the average homeowner.
So, now that you know the kinds of filters out there, you can make an informed decision on the one that’s right for you. But your job’s not done yet! Next, you need to size your filter correctly.
Typically, we recommend oversizing your filter system, and we’ll tell you why! Although buying a bigger filter might seem like a waste of money, it’s actually a great trick to save money in the long run. Oversizing your filter will reduce the stress load on your filter and pump, effectively extending its lifespan. You’ll also cut down on the frequency it needs to be cleaned, which is good news for your to-do list.
If you’re unsure about the kind or size of filter you need, don’t hesitate to drop us a line! The team at Palm Beach Pool Doctor is always happy to help. By the way, our online store stocks a wide range of filter systems for every size and type of pool. Some of the reputable brands we carry are:
We hope this short guide gives you all the need-to-know information on pool filters. If you still want to know more, feel free to drop by our shop for a visit!
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