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Pool Maintenance in St. Augustine

Pool Scouts of the First Coast offers pool maintenance to our neighbors in the St. Augustine community to preserve a healthy swimming pool and to help avoid any issues from building over time. Our team of Scouts is fully trained to not only give your pool a premium service but to identify any areas that are or could become troublesome if left unattended, saving you time and resources in the long run.

If you’re interested in having Pool Scouts maintain your pool to keep it clean and healthy or to learn more about one of our maintenance-specific services, give us a call at 904-671-0440.

Pool Repairs

Does your pool filter have a leak, or is your pump making loud noises? Even if it’s just that you’re having issues keeping a clear pool, it could be that a piece of pool equipment needs to be updated and we can help with that! We are equipped to handle a wide variety of pool equipment issues to ensure your pool is operating correctly. Even if it’s a service we don’t offer, we’ll provide you with a recommendation of a professional who can get the job done. Choose Pool Scouts of of the First Coast as your all-inclusive pool service partner for pool service, maintenance and repairs.

Pool Scouts repair services* include but are not limited to: 

  • Motor and seal replacement
  • Complete pump replacement
  • Filter repair or replacement
  • Plumbing and above ground leak repair
  • Heater repair 
  • Automation control system repair and replacement
  • Salt cell replacement or chlorine tab feeder repair replacement
  • Pool light repair replacement

*Available repair services may vary by location.  

Once your repair is complete, let Pool Scouts handle your ongoing maintenance to ensure your pool remains in the best condition throughout the year. The benefit of choosing Pool Scouts for both your pool repair and recurring service is that we’ll have an in-depth background of what’s going on and has happened with your pool, allowing us to provide the best service possible and treat it with care. 

Pool Maintenance Services 

When you choose Pool Scouts of the First Coast to maintain your pool, you’re not only getting excellent pool care, but ongoing maintenance that will keep your pool at its healthiest at all times.

Pool Inspections

We offer a comprehensive visual pool inspection completed by a Certified Pool Operator. All inspections include a detailed report with pictures and recommendations. The CPO completing the inspection will:

  • Inspect equipment for proper operation
  • Identify any needed repairs/improvements to pumps, heaters, liners and plumbing
  • Alert you of any safety concerns including faulty wiring, poorly attached ladders, failing steps, loose railings, dangerous diving boards and unsafe deck surfaces

Filter Cleanings

Keeping up with proper maintenance of your pool filter is important, and while maintaining its cleanliness is a key element of pool maintenance, the cartridge will eventually need to be replaced. Here’s how to tell if your pool filter needs to be cleaned, or if it’s time to toss it and get a new one. 


  • The pool filter cartridge needs to be cleaned whenever the filter pressure gauge increases by around 8 PSI, or pounds per square inch, above the normal operating pressure.
  • Another rule of thumb is at the very least to clean the cartridge every six months. Keeping a schedule is an easy way to make sure the cartridge cleaning gets taken care of.
  • Outside of these two factors, if there’s a change in the water quality you’ll want to inspect the filter cartridge. It may just be in need of a good cleaning. 


The time frame for how long a cartridge lasts can range, typically about 3 – 5 years. There are other determining factors though to keep an eye on to know if it’s time to replace your pool filter cartridge. Here are a few of the tell-tale signs it’s time for a new cartridge. 

  • Changing Water Quality: If the pool water remains cloudy or green even after balancing chemicals, it’s time to check the filter cartridge. Each time a filter cartridge is cleaned, the cartridge’s fibers wear down and separate a bit more, allowing finer dirt and debris to pass through. 
  • Increased Cleaning Frequency: Once you notice the pressure gauge rising above 8 PSI more often, it’s most likely time for the cartridge to be replaced. Make sure to keep note of when you last cleaned your cartridge so that you can monitor the frequency of when it’s cleaned. A good rule of thumb is when it needs to be cleaned in about half the time it used to be, it’s time to replace it.
  • Damaged Filter: Each time you clean your filter, you should inspect it for any tears or damage in the fabric. If damaged, the filter can’t properly filter debris out, leaving you with a dirty pool.
  • Check Filter Bands: Cartridge filters have horizontal bands around them to keep the pleats spaced correctly. If the bands are loose, falling off or missing, the filter should be replaced. 

Salt Cell Replacements

Salt cells are an excellent and efficient way to sanitize your pool, and remember, a healthy pool is a happy pool! Most salt cells should be cleaned AT LEAST every three months. At Pool Scouts, we don’t cut corners. We don’t simply rinse off your salt cells, as this is not an effective way to remove the organic and chemical buildup in your system. We use the proper solvents and techniques to remove as much of that “stuff” as possible from your system.


Here are a few indications that your salt cell likely needs cleaned, repaired or replaced: 

  • The power center displays a Check Salt message. However, a water sample shows normal salt levels.
  • The Cell Warning light displays consistently, shutting off for only a short while after cleaning.
  • The voltage is higher than normal.
  • Amperage is irregular (it should normally be zero or just slightly above)
  • The SCG isn’t producing chlorine (which could potentially indicate a cell issue)

Winter Pool Services 

There are many benefits to maintaining your pool throughout the winter months, including avoiding potential complications, having the view of a beautifully clean pool during the dreary cold months, and getting your pool swim-ready much more quickly at the start of swim season. You can learn the full list of benefits for winter pool service here.

If you’re not sure whether to close your pool or maintain it through the winter months, call Pool Scouts. We have the background knowledge to know whether your pool will be better off getting closed or regularly maintained so that either way, when warmer weather arrives, your pool will be swim ready.