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FAQ’s From Your Lakeland Pool Care Experts

How can I tell if my pool is leaking?

Pool water evaporates naturally at a rate of approximately 1” to 1 ½” per week. If you think your pool may have a leak, you can perform the following simple bucket test to find out for sure, and it only works when there is no rain:

  • Add water to your pool until it is at the normal level.
  • Add water to a bucket at the same level as the pool, after placing the bucket on the first or second step of the pool.
  • Mark the water level inside the bucket.
  • Shut the pool pump off.
  • Mark the water level of the pool on the outside of the bucket.
  • Resume the usual pump operations.
  • Compare the two water levels after 24 to 48 hours, after which the test is invalid.
  • If the water level in the pool is lower than the water level in the bucket, your
    pool probably has a leak.

Why is there a ring of scum around my pool on the tile?

Tile around the pool at surface level of the water has a purpose. Tile is easy to clean. All that’s needed is a brush or pad and some vigorous scrubbing. The scum line is caused by floating dirt, oils, and waste.

What is the hard, white material on my pool tile?

Efflorescence is unsightly buildup on tile that’s caused by the grout. The pool chemistry is not the problem. The white staining can be removed with special products designed for that purpose.

Is it necessary to brush a pool regularly?

Yes, pools need to be brushed routinely. Algae, pollen, and dirt naturally collect in pool crevices. A pool brush can be used to remove the buildup. Because of churning from brushing or swimming, the filter is able to remove the debris before it settles back onto the walls or pool floor.

Can I get significant cost savings from adding new, more efficient pool equipment?

If your pool equipment has been around for years, it may still use old technology that is notorious for significantly driving up energy costs. Replacing outdated pool equipment with efficient variable speed replacement motors will save you money and bring your pool up to new Florida standards found in the Pool Energy Law.

How does a salt water pool system work?

A salt water pool system creates chlorine from salt, which is also known as a salt chlorinator. This process leaves the water feeling more comfortable for swimming, since it provides a continuous stream of chlorine. A salt water pool system doesn’t eliminate chlorine but rather delivers it in a different way.

Should I add a spa to my pool?

Many people in Lakeland Florida, and throughout Polk County have a spa installed for added dimension and greater enjoyment of their pool. The warm water and massaging jets in a spa provide benefits and comfort for children as well as adults. A spa is a great addition when making pool renovations, providing an ideal way to add fiber optics, waterfalls, and other water features.

Why should I use a professional pool service for maintenance?

A pool is a high-maintenance luxury. It provides the ability to relax and enjoy the water and get needed physical exercise. By trusting ongoing maintenance to professionals, there is no need to worry about chemical balance, removing debris from the pool, monitoring the condition of pool equipment, or any of the many other tasks performed routinely by experts. Most importantly, when you leave maintenance to professional pool technicians, your pool won’t be a source of stress.

Why should I choose Pool Works?

Pool Works provides exceptional professional pool care, pool repair, pool remodeling, and all needs related to pool maintenance. Our company is family-owned and got started in business in 1984. We are the pool company most trusted by residents in Lakeland FL and throughout Polk County FL. All of our technicians are drug-tested, background-tested, licensed, certified, and trained; and customer service is second to none.