Frequently Asked Questions
Curious about our services and how we can assist you in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Ruskin, and Tarpon Springs, Florida? Explore our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section to find answers to common queries. At BEACH TO BAY Divers and Pools, we believe in keeping our customers informed. Whether you have questions about pool maintenance, boat hull cleaning, or any other service we offer, our FAQ section is designed to provide you with the clarity you need.
In the high growth Tampa Bay waters, we clean our recurring clients on a 4-6 week cycle
in the winter and 2-4 weeks in the summer. The growth can be affected by water
salinity and current in your specific location along with bottom paint condition. We
provide a BEFORE & AFTER video with each cleaning so boat owners are able to monitor
the amount of growth on the boat when we arrive along with the condition immediately
Sacrificial anodes (zincs), lifespans vary depending on electrolysis in the water where
your boat is being kept, however, we typically see lifespans of 4-6 months. The anodes
act as a protection for your running gear (props, shafts, trims tabs) by oxidizing more
quickly than the metal it is protecting. That is why it is crucial to always have proper
anodes installed on your vessel! With our before & after videos provided with each of
our hull cleanings, we can properly monitor the current conditions of your anodes. As a
rule of thumb, once we see the anode has 50% left, we will schedule to change that
specific anode on your next cleaning.
Properly installed piling wraps (into the mudline, 2” or less nail spacing), should last 8-10
years. A lot can depend on the wave/currents in your area. Piling wraps are affected by
barnacle/oyster growth within the nail line, heavy wave action/currents, too much
space between nails allowing for the oyster/barnacle growth to pull apart the wrap.
Yes, our piling wraps will be a minimum 6” into the mudline and typically closer to 12”.
Different conditions allow for a different amount of wrap to be inserted within the
mudline. Areas with a mud & soft sand can expect their piling wrap to go between 12”-
18” into the mud. Most areas we can sink the wrap 12” into the mudline. In areas
where extreme rocks and harder bottoms, we will be able to at least sink the mud 6”
into the mudline.
No, Piling wraps do not prevent marine growth from growing but we have seen less
growth on wrapped pilings versus unwrapped pilings.
For floating docks, we provide quarterly, biannually or annual cleanings. The location of
your floating dock will depend heavily on our recommendation for cleaning.
Cleaning your seawall is a great way to keep your waterfront property fresh & clean
throughout the year. Cleaning your seawall allows for proper inspection of any damage
to your wall. Most seawalls we recommend cleaning on a biannual or annual basis.
Concrete seawalls typically cost more to clean than a vinyl wall.
Cleaning your wraps is a great way to increase the life of your piling wraps. Most piling
wraps are damaged from barnacles & oysters growing within the nail line. This growth
ultimately will pull apart the piling wraps, exposing your lumber. Cleaning this growth
from within the nail line is a cost-efficient way to prolong the life of your wraps.
Maximum 2” preferably 1.5”
Your piling wraps should be at least 1’ above the high tide line if possible. At Beach to
Bay, the height of the wrap for dock pilings extends up to the framing of the dock. For
lift & tie, we measure to make sure the heights are the same giving a clean finish.
YES! A CLEAN HULL IS A FAST & FUEL-EFFICIENT HULL. Having a clean hull allows for
maximum performance out of your vessel.
Pools should be cleaned weekly, as well as weekly chemical maintenance.
That depends on the pool conditions and the area around the pool, such as
shrubs/trees. Pools without screen enclosures would require filter cleaning more
frequently than pools with screen enclosures. We typically recommend cleaning the
filter every 2 to 3 weeks depending on conditions.
While both chlorine and salt systems require monitoring pH and alkalinity, the salt
system is easier to maintain and is more efficient at preventing algae growth.
Not necessarily. Because pools in Florida are typically open all year, chemical levels
should be monitored weekly as well as filter conditions in both summer and winter.
Yes. Typically for boats with paint in good condition, we will clean them 4-6 weeks in
the Winter. In the Summer, the most time we will allow between cleanings is 4 weeks
and sometimes 2 weeks depending on other factors.