37 Things new pool owners must know!


1. If you drain your pool, it can "pop" out of the ground by floating on the ground water. If it pops, it must be cut up and removed. Very expensive!

2. Pool water must be tested weekly in order to insure the water is safe to swim in. Pool water can spread disease. Nobody can just look at the water and know what the situation is.

3. Adding chlorine tabs each week without testing the water will result in a pool that is too acidic and has too much stabilizer. If the Department of Health were testing this pool, they would close it.

4. There really is no alternative to using some kind of chlorine in pools. There are other systems such as ultraviolet, ozone and ionization which can assist in pool maintenance, but only chlorine creates the necessary sanitizer residual in the pool.

5.  Heavy use of the pool will use up the chlorine, and the water will not have adequate sanitizer to be safe for swimmers.

6.  Biguanides work pretty well up north as a sanitizer. Unfortunately, they don't work well with our more extreme weather conditions. Adding chlorine to a pool with biguanides will turn it to jelly!

7.  Sunlight destroys chlorine. Stabilizer is added to pools to help protect the chlorine from the sun.

8.  Algae will form in a pool that has low chlorine, heavy use, or high levels of nitrates and phosphates. While algae is slippery, is not inherently dangerous. However, it does signify some kind of water problem.

9.  Consistent problems with algae usually indicate high levels of nitrates and phosphates, which promotes algae growth. Fertilizer used near the pool, chemicals used to clean pool decks, reclaimed water used to fill the pool, bird droppings on the screen cage, urine, decaying plants, and dogs are common sources of nitrates and

10. You can test for nitrates and phosphates. There are commercial products which remove phosphates, but you have to drain and refill the pool if the level of nitrates is too high.

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Pollen in your pool?

February in Cape Coral is pollen month!  The oaks and pines release their pollen.  If your have a dark colored car, you know all about this!  If oaks and pines are upwind from your pool you will see a yellow/green film on the surface of your pool and tiles.  The pool filter will catch the pollen.  But any pollen on the tiles will have to be brushed off.  The bad news is that the tiles will soon have more pollen on them.  The good news is that the pollen season doesn't last very long.  If your have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (239) 574-1133.

Is your pool heater ready for fall?

Will your heater start this fall?  Let us perform an $89 pool heater tune-up:

  • Clean coil
  • Check capacitor
  • Check contactor
  • Check amp draw
  • Check all electrical connections
  • Chech refridgerant operating pressure

Call (239) 574-1133 and you'll enjoy your pool this fall and winter.

Don't have a heater?  We can fix that!




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The Pool Doctor is a family owned business that has been serving the needs of Southwest Florida pool owners and operators since 1979.


2104 Del Prado Boulevard S, Cape Coral FL


(239) 574-1133





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