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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I use Scuba Scrubbers over other competitors?
A: Scuba Scrubbers has been servicing Palm Beach County since 1990. We work very hard, every day to maintain our excellent reputation in the industry. We use certified scuba divers who are trained to care for your vessel. Some of our quality controls include monthly technical training with new products and weekly spot check dives by our manager to ensure the highest quality cleaning and maintenance in the industry.

Q: Up North I only have the bottom cleaned every 3-4 months. Why do I need it cleaned so often down here?
A: Most leading bottom paint manufacturers agree that Palm Beach County has the highest barnacle growth in the country, especially in the hot summer months. The water in the ICW exceeds 90 degrees in the summer and is rich in nutrients, both of which promote heavier barnacle growth.

Q: If I have anti-fouling bottom paint, why do I need you to clean it?
A: Although bottom paint helps to stunt the growth of the barnacles, it does not stop them.  Scuba Scrubbers will only clean the bottom when necessary, paying special attention to maintaining your bottom paint so that you get maximum paint lifespan.  Additionally, bottom paint wears off of the metal hardware (props, shafts, rudders, struts, and trim tabs) rather quickly.  Where there is no paint, barnacles will attach and grow within only a few days.

Q: If my boat is in an area with heavy current, doesn't the speed of the water prevent the growth of the barnacles?
A: Although the theory behind that seems plausible, current actually creates heavier growth. Barnacles are filter feeders and the current acts as a conveyer belt delivering food to them. Barnacles also have great adhesion properties and even heavy current is not strong enough to knock them off.


Q: What if I only want you to clean the bottom one time?
A: Scuba Scrubbers is more than happy to provide one time and transient customer service

Q: I just had my bottom paint redone, how long should I wait before having it cleaned?
A: You should have your bottom cleaned after one month, if you wait any longer, the barnacles will grow larger and heavier causing more wear and tear on your newly applied bottom paint, thus shortening the life of the paint.

Q: How long should my bottom paint last?
A: Approximately 12-18 months. Although you may still see bottom paint on your boat after this period of time, it has lost most of its antifouling potency. Not replenishing the bottom paint on your boat by this time will cause heavy growth on the bottom and possibly lead to other issues related to heavy marine growth.


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