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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!

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.

Proactive Pool Treatments: Stay on Top of Your Pool's Health

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:

1) Phosphate Remover

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.

2) Algaecide

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.

3) Stain Prevention

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.

4) Weekly Maintenance Chemicals

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!

1) Games

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!

2) Floaties and Noodles

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!

3) Beach Balls

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!

4) Goggles and Masks

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.

What Is 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.

What Equipment Does an Acid Wash Require?

Acid washing requires a slew of protective gear, cleaning equipment, and chemical substances, including: 

What Pools Are Safe to Acid Wash?

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.

Can I Acid Wash a Pool Myself?

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.

Interested in Acid Washing? The Pool Doctor Is Here to Help!

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!

Keeping the Pool Water Circulating

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.

Our Recommendation: The Pentair Intelliflo VSF

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.

Cleaning the Pool Water

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:

1.      Pool Skimmer/Rake

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.

Our Recommendation: Pool Style Heavy Duty Leaf Rake

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.

2.      Telescoping Pole

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.

Our Recommendation: Lion Pool 8’–16’ Telescoping Pole

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.

Pro Tip: Tennis Balls Absorb Oils!

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.

Cleaning the Pool Liner

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:

1.      Wall 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.

Maintaining the Pool Water Chemistry

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:

Your Water Testing Kit

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.

Opt for Pool Shock

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.

Looking for Pool Maintenance Products? The Pool Doctor Has You Covered!

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!

If you’re looking for good-quality pool products, visit our online store today!

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.

The 3 Types of Pool Filter Systems

There are three main types of pool filtration units that you need to be familiar with.

These are:

Sand Filters

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

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.

DE Filters

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.  

Choosing and Sizing Your Pool Filter

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.

Take Advantage of the Palm Beach Pool Doctor’s Extensive Filter Inventory

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!

If you’re in the market for a new home and you’re thinking about investing in a beautiful new property with a pool, make sure you’re not jumping into anything without a professional pool inspection. Although a pool generally adds to the market value of a home, one that isn’t in good condition can be a money pit.

Home inspectors rarely have the required expertise to assess a pool system properly, and you shouldn’t rely on them alone. It is highly recommended to hire an expert like the Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc. for the job. A professional pool inspection should always include a full assessment of the following components.

1. The Entire Pool Deck Area and Its Safety Features

Our pool inspector will first and foremost take a walk around the pool area, taking note of the deck, the coping, and the mastic that connects them both. A good initial walk-around of the pool will allow us to quickly determine if the pool is in good condition or not.

Then, we will check that the pool has the appropriate safety features. Our pool inspector will carefully assess whether the pool area is secure with complete fencing and correctly latching gates.

2. Any Damages to the Pool

This is a big one! Our pool inspector will carefully check the pool from top to bottom. It is probably best for us to empty it to get a grasp of the whole pool truly. We’ll then be able to inspect the pool lining and foundation for any cracks or leaks, or any other kind of damage that could end up causing you trouble.

3. The Pool Hardware

The pool’s hardware will be carefully checked. This means all the ladders, the handrails, the drains, the lights, and anything extra that is connected or a part of your pool. For example, your specific pool might have a diving board or a water feature that might need particular attention.

In the case of a diving board, it is essential to test it to ensure it is adequately secured to the ground and isn’t cracking or weakening. Especially if it’s older and has seen better days, inspection is a must to be sure it doesn’t pose a danger.

4. The Pool Equipment

Finally, the pool’s electrical components will be looked at and assessed. This accounts for the pool filters, pumps, plumbing, heaters, timers, and anything else. We will get back to you with a full report of our findings and easily be able to let you know if the pool is in complete working condition or may need repair.

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With a little bit of help and a professional eye, make an informed decision on whether a property is worth your while. You’ll save a lot of time and money in the long run and have a safe and fully functional pool to enjoy. Always better to be safe than sorry!

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