Most homeowners in Clearwater and the Tampa Bay area take care of their pools themselves, while some pay for a special pool-cleaning service that keeps the algae growth, dirt and build ups in check. Keeping your pool in good condition requires maintenance and constant supervision. A task, not everyone enjoys doing and thus gladly delegates to someone else. ;-)
While everyone agrees, that a pool needs to be clean and the water should be clear, the screen or pool cage/enclosure often is neglected. You might occasionally blow off those fallen leaves but this doesn’t remove the dirt from the screen or eliminates the algae growth on the aluminum frame.
What is the best and safest way to clean your pool screen? You can tackle this task yourself and learn how by watching a series of videos we included on this website from ehow.com. While these step-by-step videos are very educational for you as a homeowner, they also clearly show how much labor it really is.
Pressure washing your pool screen enclosure
Instead of washing down your pool screen and frame by hand, using strong chemicals, a brush and garden hose, get it done by a pressure washing technician with far better results. We at DPI Pressure Washing Clearwater don’t use harsh bleach products (or pool chlorine!) to clean enclosures. Instead we use a highly diluted bleach-solution or an environmentally-friendly product called Oxygen Bleach to loosen the dirt, kill the algae spores and mildew on screen and frame before we use our pressure washer to remove it all. This leaves your screen enclosure fresh and clean for another season to enjoy. (Also see our article on Oxygen Bleach, a recommendation by Tim Carter of Askthebuilder.com)
How do we go about pressure cleaning your pool screen enclosure:
Pressure technician arrives on the job (usually one person is sufficient)
Unloads and hooks up necessary equipment.
If pool equipment is on, our technician shuts it off.
Cleans out the gutter with the pressure washer.
Depending of the amount of debris on top of the screen enclosure: Either only uses a leaf-blower to remove all excess debris from the pool enclosure roof that can be reached from the house roof - or -
If there is a lot of debris: Carefully rakes off all loose debris from the screen by using the pool-brush (while standing on the roof or a ladder outside the enclosure).
Blows all excess debris off of the deck before cleaning the pool enclosure in order to minimize debris getting knocked into the pool.
Carefully wets adjoining bushes and shrubbery with the pressure washer to create a "water shield" to protect the plants, even though we use environmentally safe products.
In order to kill algae and spores, applies a highly diluted bleach solution or Oxygen Bleach to entire pool enclosure and deck with pressure washing chemical injector and lets it “soak” for a short while.
Pressure washes all visible framework, removing dirt, algae and mildew.
Pressure washes the pool deck leaving it sparkling clean.
Skims any debris off the pool surface caused by this process.
Turns the existing pool equipment back on.
Does one final check of the job.
Packs up equipment.
Pressure technician leaves the job.
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FAQ about Pools and Screens cleaning services:
Q. What is the best way to clean my pool enclosure screens?
A. Use a mild soap and water mixture, such as dish soap. Using a soft bristle brush, scrub from side to side, up and down, front and back, and then rinse the screen soap free with a garden hose. After rinsing, snap-dry the screens to shake off most of the water then allow them to air dry. Depending on how dirty your screens are, you may have to repeat this process.
Q. I have some mold on the aluminum pool screen fixtures and casings. I've heard I can clean it safely with bleach water, is that correct?
A. This is a bit more than a "yes or no" question. Have you ever cleaned an aluminum pot with bleach -- depending upon the amount of pure bleach you could compromise the integrity of the aluminum or discolor the pot. The same principle can apply here. You need to be careful how much bleach you mix with the water. It doesn't take much to kill mold but some home owners believe "more is better" and when it comes to using chemicals and cleaning agents that is not necessarily a correct principle. It would be better to use a very light mixture of bleach and water to kill the mold and then follow up with the basic cleaning above. Another consideration is the color of the aluminum -- if your pool enclosure aluminum is white then the mold shows up quicker as opposed to a dark or bronzed aluminum frame. Cleaning as outlined in the above question on a regular basis usually impedes the formation of mold... BUT if you are in an area where it just keeps growing quickly then consider the use of a very light bleach mixture occasionally. If the problem is too persistent then first call your pool enclosure company for more direct referrals or a referral to a specialized cleaning service - but this is rarely needed even in areas such as central florida.
Q. How can I scare off ducks when they want to sleep and crap on my screen pool cage when I sleep at night?
A. Here are some suggestions about this from other pool enclosure owners:
Keep a dog on site.
If you can't keep a dog on site, you could try a tape recording of barking - intermittent so you don't anger your neighbors but just enough to unsettle the ducks through the night.
You might try getting a big rubber snake.
A dog would be best. An aggressive outdoor cat would be second best. A motion-sensor activated sprayer on the hose works. As a last resort, electrify the pool cage. :) Hey, you can have fried duck for breakfast...
I used to work at a place that played the sound of a hawk screeching once in a while to scare off geese. Not sure how much your neighbors would like that though.
Buy pigeon guards (little installable spikes).
I had a similar situation and purchased a fake life-size horned owl. I had no more bird problems.
There's a great sprinkler that's activated with a motion sensor...that worked for me.
Also watch our video page to check out these tutorials:
Customer Request and Pressure Cleaning Results around the Pool
Our customer Dana Corson sent us a request: Can you clean the pavers around the pool and tiles on the inside of the pool? There is black mold growing on all of it. You guys are the best!!! That is why we continue to use you. I'd like the work completed by end of business Monday, July 20th. Please let me know if this is a problem. Thank you, Dana Corson
Our response: We came at the desired time and cleaned everything she needed. So, Dana, no problem at all! Here is the result:
Pool patio pavers - before the cleaning
Pool patio pavers - after the cleaning
As a recommendation:
Getting the help of an experienced pressure cleaning company will save you the time and headache of possibly damaging your roof or deck by doing it yourself.
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