Do I Need A New Pool Service Company?

by Mary

We use a weekly pool service. Pool is in FL. In the last year, we have had green/black algae blooms at least 3 times that I know of (we are not there often).

Is this normal or is our service company not cleaning the pool properly?

Thanks for the question Mary

Green and black algae occur when proper pool chemistry is not happening with a pool. A well balanced pool will be crystal clear and enjoyable to swim in. You know that, because you have a pool. Black algae is different. It can occur even when the pool is balanced.

I would really need to know the chemical readings for the pool.

Chlorine, CYA (cyanuric acid/stabilizer), pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, and Metals (iron and copper).

This way I can really get into detail on what your pool company is or is not doing. I think I know what your situation is. You live in Wisconsin, but have a home with a pool in Florida. You're only there in the Winter, and maybe go there sometimes in the Summer to see family or friends.

I had a pool route in Arizona and took care of many pools for Winter visitors from WI, MI, WA, and even here in Oregon.

Green pool water and black algae is normal when you don't know what you're doing. Is your pool company charging you for the chemicals to clear up the pool? If they are, I would seriously consider making some
changes, and quickly.

Not only is your pool taking a hit from all of the extra chemicals and super-chlorinating, but you're taking a hit as well. Clearing up a green pool can get expensive, and even more expensive if you don't know how to do it.

And it shouldn't be like this because your pool company should be taking care of the pool in the first place.

Think of it this way: I'll go to your pool when I feel like it, but still charge you the same monthly rate, and for the chemicals that I may or may not be using.

Then it turns green. I'll charge you to clear it up, both for labor and chemicals. You'll never know if I'm there or not because you're 1000 miles away. I get your money and only do 1/2 the work. You'll never know... Yes, I've seen this hundreds of times.

Do you have someone that you know, a friend, that's close to your house in FL? You can ask them to keep a pool log for you. When the pool service shows up, they first need to go to your friend and sign the log proving they were there.

Any pool service needs to be monitored each week to be sure they're doing the job, and doing it right, regardless if anyone is living in the house or not. It's your pool and your money.

Hope this helps and have a great (rest of the) Summer.


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Busted Drain/Basket Cover...What's The Replacement & Cost?

by Sabrina

Was exercising in a friends pool the other day.
As I was exiting poolside I accidently ran over (using my jazzy chair) the cover to the drain/basket that catches bugs.

Where can I find a replacement for the cover that I broke and what are the cost of these covers?

Thanks for the question Sabrina

They're called skimmer covers and can be purchased at most pool supply stores. The most popular are from Pentair/Sta-Rite or Hayward and come in a few colors, but the most common are white and off white.

Most of them cost anywhere from $8 - $15, so they're pretty inexpensive and with good care can last many years. You can go through Amazon at this link:

Pool Supplies

I give 10% to the Shriners Hospital For Children for everything that is purchased through Amazon when you go through any Amazon link on my site.

Have a great and safe swimming season.


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Best Type Of Pool Brush

by Henry Milton
(Coral Springs, FL)

Live in south Florida. Have a standard in ground 15 X 30 pool. Maintain it myself. New Diamond Brite was applied in June of this year. Am looking for your advice regarding:

1) best type of brush meant for regular bushing.

2) Except for low ph, water is currently balanced. But . . . have dark/black blotches on bottom. Thought it was algae, but have been told it's caused my mineral deposits, which are quite common in these parts. Have lowered ph, and am currently bushing it daily. Any other suggestions?

Thanks very much,

Henry Milton

Thanks for the question Henry. The two kinds of brushes are nylon and steel. The nylon kind of great for weekly maintenance while the metal is use for stubborn stains and algae, especially black algae. Obviously you'd never use a steel brush on a vinyl pool. You can pick these up at your local pool store.

You may have metal staining in which case you'd need to do an ascorbic acid treatment. If you do have metals in the water you need to use a metal sequestrant. Jack's Magic has a good line. Pink or Purple Stuff can be found on Amazon.

If you feel your situation is more complex than an email, I do phone and/or SKYPE consultations. It makes things go much faster and many people have found it extremely beneficial, saving them time and money in the long run. All your questions will be answered. I have no chemicals to sell you so you know I'm not bias. If you purchase a personal phone consult you'll get all 3 eBooks for free.

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