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Pollen Season is around the corner!

Is Pollen in Your Pool?

Pollen can be identified as such:

  1. Pollen tends to stick to the pool tile at the waterline
  2. Pollen will also stick to the inside of your skimmer
  3. Pollen on the surface is easily wind blown into a corner

What’s Wrong With Pollen?

Besides the allergy issues, pollen in the pool can upset your pool water chemistry and clog up filtration systems.

  • Accumulates inside of skimmer walls and along tile line
  • Oily pollen particles clog tiny pores in pool filter media
  • Can mix with dirt to form ugly water line scum and stains
  • Pollen contains phosphates, bacteria and other organics

Removing Pollen from Your Pool

Eventually the pollen will filter out on its own, but if you want to speed the process along, there are ways to remove pollen from a pool very quickly.

7-ways to Remove Pollen from Pools

  1. Natural Chemistry First Aid; a blend of classifiers and enzymes
  2. The Slime Bag; heavy fabric filter bag attaches to pool wall return
  3. The Skim Bag; heavy fabric filter bag drops into skimmer basket
  4. Filter Savers; fine mesh socks stretch over skimmer or pump baskets
  5. Jack’s Magic Fiber Filter Stuff as a filter aid to improve performance

 

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What homeowners can learn at our pool care School Day

Our school day service teaches you the ins and outs of pool maintenance

 

A hobby for some, and a chore for others, keeping your pool clean can be an intimidating task if you try to learn it all on your own.

 

Luckily, Fratelli Pool Service is here to teach you everything you need to know about maintaining a crystal clear pool! 

 

Keep reading to learn more about our educational pool care School Day.

 

What will I learn?

When you book our School Day service, one of our trained, licensed pool technicians will visit your home and give you an in-person lesson taking you through the right pool cleaning process step by step. 

 

You’ll learn important skills including how to: 

  • Correctly use your pool equipment (motor, pump, valves, heater, etc.)
  • Properly brush and skim your pool
  • Replenish your chlorine safely
  • Balance the pool chemicals 
  • Administer shock and algaecide 
  • Check, clean and change your pool filter.

 

Why should I sign up?

During your School Day session, our knowledgeable pool tech will answer any questions you may have and let you know how often you need to clean your pool in order to maintain a healthy swimming environment for your family. 

 

Consistently taking care of your pool stops bacteria and algae from growing and prevents damage from debris. You’ll not only learn how to complete these tasks, but you will also learn why these tasks are so important to keep your pool functioning perfectly. 

 

If you would like more information regarding our weekly pool service and what you will be learning during your school day, visit our services page here

 

Ready to book your School Day?

You can get in touch via our contact form or call us at (407) 267-0342.

 

If you’d rather leave the pool care to the pros, you can schedule a service consultation here.

 

We’re social! You can find us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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From green to great: How to clean a green swimming pool

Learn why your pool might go green, how to clean it, and how to stop it happening again

 

It’s the start of summer, which means it’s the perfect weather to get outdoors and enjoy your swimming pool!

 

But what do you do if your pool is looking a little green around the gills? Keep reading to learn what causes a swimming pool to go green, how to clean it, and how to prevent it from happening again in the future.

 

Why does a swimming pool turn green?

Swimming pools can turn green for a number of reasons.

 

  • Chemical imbalance

An imbalanced pool is the most common cause of a green swimming pool. If your pool doesn’t have enough chlorine, algae can quickly begin to grow. It’s the rapid growth of this algae which causes the pool water to look green.

 

  • A dirty deck

When dirt enters your pool from the surrounding area, it can make your water look green. Grime and slime can build up on your deck’s surface as a result of rain or heavy foot traffic, and this gets transferred to the water when people jump in for a swim.

 

  • Lots of pool use

Pool parties are fun, but they can take their toll on your pool! When lots of people use your pool in a short space of time, the effect of your pool chemicals can wear off quicker. This gives algae the chance to start growing.

 

  • Use of pool heater

High water temperatures can cause your chlorine to be used up faster than normal. Again, this gives algae the opportunity to start growing in your pool.

 

  • Excessive rain

All those heavy Florida downpours add a lot of extra water to your pool! This excess untreated water can cause the carefully balanced chemicals in your pool to become unbalanced, fast.

 

  • Oxidized metals

The presence of certain metals, like copper, in your pool water can cause big problems. They can be introduced when the source water is acidic, through cheap algaecides or from metal components in your pool equipment.

When you shock your pool, the process can oxidize the metals in the water. If they are present in high enough quantities, they will turn your pool water green. If left untreated, these metals may stain your pool’s surface—and they can even turn your hair green if you swim in it!

 

  • Airborne pollen

Did you know that excessive amounts of pollen in the air can have a big impact on your pool? Airborne pollen particles can often be too small for your pool filter to remove, so they settle on the surface of the water instead. This can give your pool a green or yellow look.

 

Is it safe to swim in a green swimming pool?

A green swimming pool is not always unsafe, but it’s definitely a red flag that something isn’t quite right.

While most algae is not harmful to humans, be warned: if algae can grow in your pool, then other things—like bacteria—can grow there too!

Nasty bacteria that can make you sick can enter your body through even a small cut, or through your eyes, ears, nose and throat. Algae can also be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects.

Our advice is to get that green swimming pool cleaned right away!

 

How do I clean a green swimming pool?

The first step in restoring your pool is to use a chemical test kit to determine the extent of the problem. Once you know what your levels are, you must add more chemicals to rebalance the water.

Then, check the pool filter is working correctly, remove any debris, thoroughly scrub the sides and bottom of your pool, and add pool shock to kill the remaining algae.

Once it’s safe to do so, use a pool vacuum to remove all of the dead algae and re-check the chemical levels. If your pool is still looking a little green, you may have to repeat the process.

 

How can I stop my swimming pool turning green?

No one wants a green swimming pool! The secret to avoiding it is to keep your pool properly maintained.

You can prevent algae from growing in the first place by:

  • Making sure your pool’s chlorine and pH levels remain steady
  • Keeping your pool filter clean and in full working condition
  • Keeping the pool surface clean and free from debris.

 

How our Green Pool Treatment works

If your swimming pool is green, don’t despair. Give us a call and we’ll transform your pool from green to great in as little as two days!

We use commercial-grade treatments that act quickly and safely to destroy algae, kill bacteria, and restore your pool’s chemical balance.

With our Green Pool Treatment, your pool will be back to a sparkling clear blue in no time—all you need to do is dive in and enjoy a swim!

Here are the before and after photos of green pool treatments we recently did for two residential customers in the Orlando area.

 

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green swimming pool

 

green swimming pool

green swimming pool

green swimming pool

 

Ready to book your Green Pool Treatment?

You can get in touch via our contact form or call us at (407) 267-0342.

 

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what to look for in a pool cleaning company

What should you look for in a pool cleaning company?

Learn how to choose a pool cleaning company that ticks all the boxes

 

Do you find yourself spending more time taking care of your pool than you do enjoying it? If your answer is yes, it may be time to think about hiring a professional pool cleaning company.

 

In Orlando, the weather is always perfect for a swim—so it’s important to keep your pool pristine all year round! To help you decide who’s up to the job, we’ve put together a list of the 5 most important things to look for when hiring a pool cleaning company.

 

 

  • Choose a company that’s licensed and insured

When you’re researching a pool cleaning company, make sure you ask for their credentials. A licensed, insured pool cleaning company will uphold higher service standards than an unlicensed pool cleaner—plus, you’re protected if anything goes wrong when they’re servicing your pool.

 

Ask how many years they’ve been in business and how many pools they take care of. If they don’t have a website or social media presence, ask them to share customer testimonials and photos of the pools they’ve serviced.

 

 

  • Clear communication

You can learn a lot about a pool cleaning company just from the first interactions you have with them. Do they respond promptly and professionally to phone calls and messages? Do they take the time to listen to what you need? Do they provide a comprehensive quote that lists all of the charges upfront?

 

These first communications with a prospective pool cleaning company can tell you a lot about how things are likely to go once you hire them. If they respond in a timely manner, answer all of your questions and act professionally throughout, there’s a big chance they’ll do a great job taking care of your pool, too.

 

 

  • Comprehensive pool cleaning

Don’t hire a pool cleaning company that only does half the job! There’s not much point paying a professional to take care of your pool if you’ll still have to do some of the dirty work yourself.

 

Look for a pool cleaning company that offers more than just chemical analysis and water balancing. Comprehensive pool cleaning should always include:

  • Cleaning the pool walls, tiles and water line
  • Skimming the pool surface
  • Cleaning the skimmer and pump baskets
  • Cleaning the pool filter
  • Inspecting all pool equipment.

 

Regular inspection of your pool equipment can actually help you save money in the long run. Keeping everything well-maintained will help to extend the life of your equipment and may mean fewer costly repair bills in the future.

 

 

  • Read the reviews

Before hiring a pool cleaning company, check out their reviews on Google and Facebook. Pay close attention to what customers say about the quality of the work as well as the promptness, reliability and professionalism of the pool cleaning team.

 

 

  • Don’t forget the finishing touches

To help you keep the area around your pool beautifully maintained, an experienced pool cleaning company may also offer some great extra services in addition to weekly pool cleaning. These extra services may include:

  • Deep cleaning of pool tiles
  • Pressure washing the pool deck and screen
  • School day (educational sessions for homeowners to help them learn how to take care of their pool).

 

If you’re looking for a certified, insured and licensed pool cleaning company in Orlando, we’re here to help!

 

Fratelli Pool Service has been serving the Greater Orlando area since 2016. We take great pride in our work, helping both residential customers and property management companies keep their pools beautifully clean and perfectly maintained.

 

Our goal is to always exceed our customers’ expectations. We are CPO certified, licensed and insured for your protection.

 

Ready to request a quote?

You can get in touch via our contact form or call us at (407) 267-0342.

 

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Make A Skimming and Scrubbing A Part Of Life

Skimming the leaves and debris off of the surface of the water is a no-brainer, but it bears repeating. For a truly pristine pool, skimming should be done daily.

If you have a bit of money to spend, consider buying a robot vacuum that will clean the bottom of the pool for you.

In addition to skimming, you need to scrub the sides of the pool to prevent algae build-up. Thankfully, that doesn’t need to be done quite as often. You can get away with scrubbing once every other week. Just look for any growths and go at them with a scrub brush to keep your siding looking fresh and clean.

For those particularly stubborn spots that won’t go away with any amount of elbow grease? Repurpose an old sock. Fill it with chlorine and let it sit on top of the spot for a few hours before scrubbing once more. The chlorine will eat away at the algae and you’ll finally have a use for those socks without pairs. It’s a win-win.

Think about the pool’s filter as your pool’s kidneys

Just as your kidneys are constantly working to remove impurities from your body, your pool’s filter is responsible for removing impurities from the water – think dirt, leaves, and even small toys.

Most of the time, the pool can be cleaned by turning off the filter, removing the filter cap located on the pool deck, lifting out the filter basket, and removing any debris before replacing everything. It’s best to clean out your filter basket at least once a week.

Once a month you’ll also want to clean out the pipes utilized by your filter system, which you can do by backwashing. To do so, simply set your filter to “backwash,” remove the leaf basket and clean it out. Then turn on your pump and let it run until the waste pipe ejects clear water.

A final note on turning the filter on and off: Doing so too often can cause the filter’s mechanics to crack. Set your filter on a timer and allow it to run for at least six hours a day.