Pool Filter FAQ’s

Pool Filter FAQsHow often should I actually replace my pool and/or spa filter cartridge?

PoolDr: When a pool or spa is being used, particles from lotions, sweat, dirt, etc., get trapped in the filter media; over time, the media becomes (fully loaded) with particles. At that point, simply cleaning the filter will not remove these particles, so it’s time to replace it. Replacement times differ between a pool and spa:

Pools Only: If your pool season is longer than four months or you have a year-round pool, you should replace it at the minimum of once per year.

Hot tubs, in-ground spas and spa spillovers into pools: Since hot tubs and in-ground spas may have a much higher bather load than pools, have higher water temperatures, and are typically used year-round, contaminants build up in the filter much more quickly. Spa cartridges (in-ground spa equipment that is typically combined with the pool filter) should generally be replaced every three-six months. If your water is unbalanced, however, you may need to replace it more often.

What are the benefits of using a cartridge filter?

PoolDr: A cartridge filtration system is simple to maintain and the most cost effective because it requires no backwashing.

What is a cartridge filter, and how does it work?

PoolDr: A cartridge filter uses pleated filtration fabric, called media, to trap debris, lotions, body oils, and other unwanted particles as water flows through it. Traditional filter cartridges capture particles as small as 20 microns, which are smaller than the human eye can see. The cartridges are shaped like cylinders and inserted into a specific area of the filter that houses the cartridge.

How much do filter cartridges cost?

PoolDr: The price of a filter cartridge varies based on its size. Pool and/or Spa cartridges cost $80 – $160. A Pool Doctor technician can recommend the proper type and deliver and install at no extra charge for our existing customers. Call today to discuss at 561.586.2815



Florida Pool Energy Law – What You Need to Know

Florida Pool Energy LawIf you are one of the many in Florida who own a pool or spa either at home or anywhere else, then you must have heard about the new Florida Pool Energy Law; a law mandating pool owners to junk their old energy-wasting pool pumps and replace it with an high efficient and energy-saving pump. The aim of the law is to minimize the overwhelming monthly energy demand brought by inefficient and low profile pool and spa energy pumps.

The Florida Pool Energy Law

Following the State of California with their pool energy law, Florida has also launched a law banning the sale, use, and installation of the old single-speed pool pumps. The state requires all owners to replace their old version of single-speed pumps (1hp or higher) to a new variable speed pump which will save a lot more energy (approximately 90% savings each month) and will extend the life of the pump greatly.

This law started as House Bill 7135 last 2008 and has faced final editing as House Bill 849 in 2010. During this final edit, codes effective date is now extended from December 31, 2011 to March 15, 2012 to ensure a well-established enforcement.

The Codes Requirements

As to requirements, the state mandates every pool owner to meet the requirements set at the Florida Pool Energy Code. Here is how the requirement is read:

  • those filtration pool pump motors in residential homes cannot be types that are split phased, capacitor start-induction run, or split-phased;
  • the pumps should be with at least two speeds, it could not be with just one horsepower;
  • pool filter pump controls used for multi-speed pumps should also be at least with 2 speeds;
  • portable spas should meet a specific standby power;
  • the heating systems of spas and pools that are manufactured or used since 2007 and before have no bearing in this laws requirements;
  • default pool filtration speed should be at a certain speed rate that will not turnover the pool in a time that is less than six hours and as to high speed override, the default filtration speed should be less than 24 hours.

Believe it or not there are actual true benefits of this upcoming law for consumers.

Did you know that your pool pump is the #1 energy consumption appliance in the home?

Did you know that your existing 1hp pool pump is wasting $807 per year in electric costs?

Florida legislators should be thanked for passing this law. The initial expense is higher, but your return on investment for this new pump will be less than 24 months.

If you are interested in the dramatic energy and maintenance cost savings using a new variable speed pump please contact us today for a free energy evaluation and on-site consultation at 561.586.2815 or email customerservice@pooldoctorpb.com.


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Customer Service in the Pool Industry – Does It Exist?

Owning a pool or spa is wonderful asset to have in your home, providing hours of entertainment for one and all. But having a pool or spa is also a major commitment in terms of the care it requires. Paying for chemicals, cleaning supplies and then providing the physical labor to maintain and clean your pool is no easy task. Often, it can be far easier and even cheaper to hire a professional pool or spa service to keep your pool or spa sparkling and inviting. But you need to be able to trust that the people you hire will do a good quality job and keep your pool or spa up to your standards.

So what kind of customer service can you expect? Will your pool company be efficient, fast and friendly in maintaining your pool or spa?

What do pool and spa services offer?

Most pool and spa professionals will customize their services to your budget and your needs. Usually, this involves coming to your house once a week to maintain your facility. Prices vary according to size of the feature and frequency of service. You therefore need to compare prices of different service providers so that you do not pay too much for your pool maintenance.

What can pool maintenance services do?

  • Remove unwanted debris from the surface of the water.
  • Clean your filters.
  • If necessary, fill up the pool and spa.
  • Adjust and test the chemical levels of the pool and keep the water in balance to protect your pool or spa equipment.
  • Brush and clean the pool or spa tiles and interior walls and vacuum the bottom of the pool
  • Empty the pump baskets and skimmer
  • Perform a full check of the pool or spas equipment and inform the owner of any problems or issues that need taking care of.

When choosing a pool or spa service, be sure to choose a licensed and insured company. This will help ensure that you and your facility will be treated with professional care. You can also look for testimonials and reviews by other customers so that you can be sure that your pool will be maintained according to your specific needs and requirements. When you take these things into account, it makes good saving sense to leave the care and maintenance of your pool or spa to professionals. In addition to that you can also save time.

Myths and Facts:

When I get red eyes while swimming, it means there is too much chlorine in the water and does it matter if i have a salt water pool?

If you have a salt water pool instead of a chlorinated pool you can still have the burning sensation on your eyes and throat because contrary to popular belief it’s not the chlorine that burns you. Red eyes and itchy skin are usually caused by improper pH or high chloramine levels. Surprisingly, the pool may actually need additional chlorine treatment to get rid of chloramines and sanitize the water.


If I do my pool myself it will be cost effective and save me money.

Pools may look easy to take care of but they actually are not. It might be cost effective in the short term but in the long term you can get into trouble with costly repairs. It’s best to let a professional handle the upkeep of your pool.
As long as a child is wearing a diaper in the pool, there’s no chance for a contamination of the water.

Accidents from diapered children pose a risk of contamination. To minimize this risk, parents must wash children thoroughly, front and back, with soap and water, and make sure a clean, form-fitting swim diaper is worn by the child at all times. Just remember that swim diapers are not leak proof.

When I smell the strong odor of pool chemicals, it means the swimming pool water is very clean.

The heavy chemical odor is not from chlorine. It means that unhealthy chloramines have formed in the water, created from the mix of chlorine and contaminants. Chloramines are not as effective in disinfecting swimming pool water. A well-maintained pool has little odor.

I can�t get sick from swimming in a pool.

Swimming is a fun and healthy activity. However, swallowing, breathing, or having contact with contaminated water from swimming pools can spread illnesses. In fact, the number of outbreaks associated with swimming has increased over the past decade. Be very careful when choosing a pool company that is giving a steal of a price, chemicals are expensive and when not used properly can cause these problems.


pool service and repairAny unlicensed or uninsured contractor that gets hurt at your home you are 100% liable!
(Always ask to see license and insurance before job starts, not a driver’s license and vehicle insurance)

All work to be done needs to have a permit
(Ask to see the permit before the job starts)

Any contractor using unlicensed and uninsured sub-contractors you are 100% liable
(Make sure a license and insurance has been issued to contractor’s)

Any people who work on or provide material for your job and do not get paid you are 100 % liable
(Get lien release at each payment)

Any damage done to city or county property you are 100% liable
(Broken sidewalks, waterlines, pavement, etc)

Any environmental damage done you are 100% liable
(Dumping trash, draining water, killing protected plants)



  • Low, too good to be true price
  • Ready to start right away, do most work on weekend
  • Vehicles with NO Signs
  • No job signs

Employees with no company shirts

No license number on proposal, card, or vehicle


Pool and Inground Spa Drain Cover Recall

The following manufacturers, in cooperation with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), have announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer pool and spa drain covers. Read the CPSC press release here and click here to read the Notice to Associations.     There are approximately 6.2 million residential and public inground pools and inground spas. This recall will affect less than 5 percent of these installations. For more facts about the recall, click here.

Consumers with one of these drain covers in their pool or spa, and builders, installers or service companies who have installed any of these drain covers should refer to the manufacturer websites below for recall information. The Drain Cover Recall Hotline, at (866) 478-3521, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Company Model Information (Websites)
Dates Sold
A&A www.aamfg.com Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
AquaStar www.aquastarpoolproducts.com/draincoverrecall Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
Color Match www.poolfittings.com/drain_cover_recall.htm Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
Custom Molded Products www.c-m-p.com/DrainCoverRecall.htm Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
Hayward www.hayward-pool.com/draincoverrecall Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement
Pentair www.pentairpool.com/draincoverrecall June 2009- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
Rising Dragon www.risingdragonplastics.com/en/draincoverrecall.html Dec. 2008- Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit

Several other manufacturers have recalled drain covers as well. For a complete list of the manufacturers, go to cpsc.gov.


Pool Doctors Guide to a Happy Pool!

Signs to look for when maintaining your pool

If your water is turning a different color call your pool professional immediately as this might have been caused by rain or too few chemicals when your pool was serviced.

It’s important that your pool maintain a perfect balance at all times so it will be ready when you are!

The water is too low! Especially in the dryer parts of the country the water seems to evaporate quickly. Always call your pool professional before adding water to the pool. If you add water on Tuesday and the service day was Monday they wont be back until that next Monday and thats too many days without the perfect balance! They will also be able to tell you know how much or how long to run the hose. If they are excellent at customer service and are in the area they might be able to do it for you!


Safety � Kids out of school

With the kids out of school and the moms and dads busy we sometimes forget how fast those little ones can get to the pool. Try to set up your work station at the pool if need be and never leave a child unattended, whether it be the phone ringing, doorbell or dog barking.


Snowbirds- We all have em!

For those Snowbirds it’s anyone’s guess if their pool company has even shown up! Some wait until the day before you return to clean the pool. Make sure your company makes you aware of their being there by having the tech sign and date the card. This should be a standard practice especially for those that are out of town for months at a time! Have a neighbor check your pool on your pool cleaning days to see if it was touched. If not, you know what to do, call Pool Doctor!! If so, just bring your kind neighbor a little something from your travels. Before you head out of town let the company know the date and when you expect to return so they can make arrangements with the guard, front gate person or neighbor if the tech needs special entry onto the grounds.


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  • Test and adjust the water chemistry for Chlorine, pH, and Total Alkalinity.
  • Empty traps and skimmers.
  • Vacuum the pool.
  • Brush tile, walls, steps, and floors as needed (calcium removal from tile is additional)
  • Skim pool surface.
  • Clean filters or backwash filter as needed
  • Add water to pool while on site only & keep equipment area clean
  • Inform customer of any problems noted and /or all necessary repairs


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