Unfortunately, swimming pools require a lot of maintenance to keep them clean and free of contaminants. Whether you are performing that work yourself, or you want to hire us to do the dirty work for you, there are a wide variety of accessories that are needed to keep a swimming pool in top shape. In addition to providing pool maintenance services, we also sell everything you need to take care of your pool on your own.
Delray Beach Swimming Pool Cleaning Supplies
Telepoles: Telepoles are long, telescoping rods that accept a variety of different attachments for different types of cleaning tools. This is the most fundamental tool of the pool cleaner.
Pool Vacuum: All pools need to be vacuumed, preferably at least once per week. A vacuum head attaches to a telepole, and a hose running the length of the pole will suck debris up into a filter basket. This allows you to easily clean the sides and bottom of your pool.
Skimmer Net: A skimmer net gives you the ability to quickly remove any debris that is floating on the water's surface. Leaves, dead bugs, litter and other contaminants are better dealt with while they're floating, because they take much more effort to remove if they're allowed to settle to the pool floor.
Pool Brush: The purpose of a pool brush is to remove algae and any other unpleasant materials that may collect on the sides of your pool. Regularly brushing your pool walls will prevent that slimy feeling you may have encountered when climbing in or out of a poorly maintained pool.
Floaters: These are used to safely contain stabilizer and chlorine tablets. They should never be considered a toy as they dispense chemicals that disinfect the pool water.
Zero Point Nozzles: Very inexpensive and necessary to effectively clean filter cartridges. Usually they have no moving parts and send a focused blast of water from the end of the garden hose.
Pump Lid Wrench: Every pool technicians best friend. These are generic and will fit almost all pool pump lid. It is used to unscrew the pump lid in order to dump garbage that accumulates inside the pump basket.
Inline Leaf Canisters: These devices allow you to catch the debris that you are vacuuming off the floor of the pool with your system vacuum or your automatic vacuum. This is important because you can easily see the garbage and get rid of it before it has a chance to accumulate in your pool plumbing or in the pump basket causing strain on the pump.
Delray Beach Swimming Pool Chemicals
Chlorine: The most basic element of any pool maintenance routine, chlorine kills bacteria, algae, and other contaminants that might negatively affect the health of swimmers. Nearly all pools use chlorine in one form or another, because a pool without some way to kill algae will quickly turn into a green pond.
Algaecide: We never use algaecides at Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc.. Algaecides can cause the pool plaster to become stained and fills the pool with high levels of metals that may be harmful.
Shock Treatment Packages: We never shock pools at Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc.. When you shock pools repeatedly and brush with metal brushes to remove algae you damage the pool plaster. The high levels of chlorine and low pH is dangerous not only to people but also to the pool equipment. Repeated shocking can cause corrosion to metal parts of the equipment and also cause the plastic parts to become brittle. Shocking a pool should only be done to clear a pool initially after a long period of neglect, only in extreme situations. It is never the solution to algae in a pool.
Phosphate Remover: This is the real answer as to why algae is living in your pool. Phosphorous comes from many sources. City water, well water, soap residues, decomposing landscape litter, or just from a heavy bather load which brings suntan lotion and body waste into the pool water. Algae is a plant and phosphorous is the fertilizer that allows it to grow even though there is chlorine in the pool and all the other chemicals are in play. A phosphate removal treatment is an inexpensive and non-toxic way to get rid of algae on a long term basis.
Calcium: This is very important for the health of your pool. This strengthens the plaster and keeps the water from deteriorating the plaster quickly. It hardens the plaster and helps resist algae from finding a home inside the plaster.
Acid: This is added to activate the chlorine in the pool. A proper pH will insure that disinfection is taking place.
Alkalinity: This is added to the pool 2 times per year and buffers the pH keeping it from swinging up rapidly in the case of a heavy bather load. It also makes the water feel soft on the swimmers skin.
Stabilizer (cyanuric acid): This chemical is added to all pools to help hold on to the chlorine during exposure to the sun or a heavy bather load. The amount needed depends on the size of the pool. It comes in various forms , most common is the tablet that is put in a floating dispenser. Salt pools require the addition of powdered stabilizer 2 times per year because floaters and tablets are not used in these types of pools. This is done every 6 months usually in the spring and the fall. Normally companies bill extra for this chemical, 1 time per year for chlorine pools and 2 times per year for salt pools.
Salt: This is added to pools that are equipped with salt systems. When the proper level of salt and other chemicals is maintained and the equipment is functioning correctly, salt is broken down into chlorine disinfectant molecules. These systems require routine maintenance, like acid washing, and can be expensive to install and repair. The benefit is that you get a constant level of chlorine. This is different from liquid chlorine pools that are spiked with a high level of chlorine at the time of service, high enough to make it 7 days until the next service date. Remember both ways utilize chlorine as the disinfection tool.
Sequestering Agents: These chemicals are used to remove organic and inorganic stains from pool interiors. If stains are very old or they have penetrated the plaster they may not be effective and acid washing or scraping a layer of the plaster may be necessary. These chemicals range in prices and are sometimes hit or miss in effectiveness. Metal removers are commonly used by Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc. as we sometimes come behind homeowners and pool companies that overuse algaecides and contaminate pool water with copper and other metals.