Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I’m on your chemical service and love the Free use of the Salt chlorine Generator but I’m not sure how to properly clean my cartridge filter, can you show me? 
  2. Your premium service offers “Free Use of a Salt Chlorine Generator,” is this for real, are there hidden costs?
  3. What is included in your premium chemical service?
  4. What is included in your Full Service Cleaning?
  5. Is there a less expensive option to your Full Service Cleaning?
  6. What’s your most popular cleaning service?
  7. My electric bill for my pool is very high.  Can you do anything to help me lower my bill?
  8. What does this new Florida Energy Efficiency law mean for my pool?
  9. The weather is beautiful but my pool is too cold.  What’s the best way to heat my pool and/or spa?
  10. Using my spa is great but I never remember which valves to turn.  Is there an APP for that? 
  11. I need my pool repaired.  Does Bay Area do that? 
  12. Your Customer Service team mentioned a "Start Up" fee, what does that cover?
  13. Will my swimming pool & spa be cleaned & serviced on the same day of the week?
  14. May I change the day of the week my swimming pool is cleaned or change the technician if I wish?

 

 

1. I’m on your chemical service and love the Free use of the Salt chlorine Generator but I’m not sure how to properly clean my cartridge filter, can you show me? 

Yes we can provide instruction to you on how to clean your filter or better still we can provide that service for you. 

Cartridge Filters are pressure vessels made to handle water pressure but become dangerous if they are under air pressure (Air compresses- more pressure, water doesn't compress-normal pressure).  So, the first and most important thing is to follow your Filter's Manufacturer's guidelines for properly cleaning your filter with special attention to opening and closing your filter, with the system off and depressurized.  Doing these steps improperly can lead to injury or worse.  Then after cleaning and reassembly, you must properly bleed off the air pressure when you restart the system to fill the vessel with water again according to your manufacturer's guidelines.  Many things can go wrong at this point, and this is where accidents usually occur. 

In our opinion its best to have a professional do this service.  Call our Customer Service Team to set up an instruct or to sign up for our FIlter Cleaning Service.

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2. Your premium service offers “Free Use of a Salt Chlorine Generator,” is this for real, are there hidden costs?

This is for real!

We own thousands of these units and we put them on clients' pools, giving them all the benefits of the Salt Chlorine Generator, without any of the negatives of ownership, for the same price as our conventional chemical service. 

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3. What is included in your premium chemical service?

You get the FREE use of a Salt Chlorine Generator, a professional technician to add all the necessary chemicals to maintain your pool in a swim safe condition with beautiful water and a luxurious soft water feel.  The technician will also do a visual equipment check. 

 

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4. What is included in your Full Service Cleaning?

Bay Area Pool Service's Full Service Cleaning includes Checking the Chemistry, Netting the pool, Cleaning the Tile, Brushing the entire wall surface of the pool, Vacuuming the pool, Cleaning the Skimmer and Pump Baskets, Cleaning the FIlter, and doing a visual equipment check. 

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5. Is there a less expensive option to your Full Service Cleaning?

 

Our clients have many options including the value choice of our Brush, Basket, and Filter Service.  This service takes care of the three mandatory cleaning issues to keep your pool swim safe, and is a great choice when combined with our Premium Chemical Service.  Clients looking to reduce bills and those who already own an Automatic Pool Cleaner choose our BBF service combined with Premium Chemical Service to get the best service at the best value. 

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6. What’s your most popular cleaning service?

 

Every Other Week Full Cleaning is our most popular cleaning service for clients with a screen enclosed pool.  Weekly Full Cleaning is the most popular with clients who have unscreened pools.  Brush Basket and Filter Service is our fastest growing Cleaning Service. 

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7. My electric bill for my pool is very high.  Can you do anything to help me lower my bill?

Absolutely, old technology inertia drive pool motors are usually the second biggest energy users at your home.  We offer energy efficient variable speed replacement motors that meet Florida's new Pool Energy Law, and more importantly save you money. 

To learn more about this motor and other energy efficient pool products please click here.  

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8. What does this new Florida Energy Efficiency law mean for my pool?

The simple explanation for this code is: All residential pool pump motors on the circulatory system (attached to your filter) that are greater than 3/4 HP will need to be changed to variable or 2-speed motors when they need to be replaced. 

There are exceptions for motors still under manufacturers warranty, but all other motors on the circulatory system of the pool need to be upgraded when replaced. 

These new variable speed motors are a huge technological improvement over old inertia drive motors. They will save you money and we guarantee it.  If you replace your 1 HP or greater inertia drive motor with a new variable speed motor Bay Area Pool Service Guarantees you will save at least $1000 in energy over a three year period, and we back it up by warranting the motor for the third year ourselves- you can't lose!  Learn More.

There are also new rules for pool heaters, heat pumps and plumbing. You can read more on our Blog.

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9. The weather is beautiful but my pool is too cold.  What’s the best way to heat my pool and/or spa?

Great question!  Short answer- Heat Pumps for Pools and Gas Heat for Spas, and yes get both if you have both. 

Long answer.  We live in Florida and there are many times we wish the swim season was extended into the Winter or began early in the Spring.  The best way to heat a pool is with a source that can take advantage of that warmer air and turn it into warm pool water.  

A Heat Pump is designed specifically to takes advantage of the warm air of Florida giving us an extended and early swim season.  Heat pumps are more dependable and efficient than ever.  They can even cool your pool in the summer!  Learn More!

If you need to swim daily for therapy or state of mind a heat pump with a gas heater as backup is the way to go. 

We get asked about gas all the time.  Gas Heat is a great option to heat a spa.  It is the fastest performing heater and for the small body of water in your spa it is the best way to go.  But it is usually too expensive to use to heat a pool except in an emergency instance.

Solar heat  for your pool depending upon your house's roof position may also meet your needs but has less dependability due to roof positioning, trees and cloud cover than does a heat pump.

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10. Using my spa is great but I never remember which valves to turn.  Is there an app for that? 

The answer is Automation, and yes there is an APP for that, but most people find that they do not need that sophisticated an automation system to accomplish their needs.  Most users are happy with an Automation system that uses buttons and operates all the functions of their pool and spa, making using your spa one touch simplicity....but if you need all the bells and whistles, we do have an APP for that! You can run your whole house from any internet capable device with top of the line Automation systems.

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11. I need my pool repaired.  Does Bay Area do that?

YES!  Our Mechanics are the best in the Industry, and our two lead Mechanics have both been with us for over 25 years!  You get all that experience, a professional pool mechanic, and a well stocked truck-  providing an over 80% first trip repair rate.  To learn more about our repair department please click here.

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12. Your Customer Service team mentioned a "Start Up" fee, what does that cover?

A start up fee of $75.00 if necessary covers our trips, the chemicals and parts we use to get your pool cleaned, circulating, filtering and chemcially balanced before it is put onto a route.  If you are going on our Premium Chemical Service, we also add the Salt to your pool and put our Salt Chlorine Generator on your pool during this process. 

Blue clear pools that are properly balanced and already have a spot for our Salt Generator usually experience no start up fees.  If the pool is having issues and our fees are going to be over $75.00 we will always quote the start up fee range before we do the work.  If you know your pool is "swampy" green, let our customer service team know so we can properly quote the job for you. 

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13. Will my swimming pool & spa be cleaned & serviced on the same day each week?

Yes, we schedule our technicians on a consistent basis to maintain your swimming pool. Exceptions during holiday weeks or severe weather may arise, but we will always communicate schedule changes whenever possible. 

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14. May I change the day of the week my swimming pool is cleaned or change the technician if I wish?

Bay Area Pool service does our very best to accommodate different scheduling issues that may arise. We service neighborhoods based on geographical zones per day. If an issue arises please call our customer service. 

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