Leaving the cleaning of your swimming pool up to the chemicals, pool pump and vacuum will not be sufficient to keep it clean and the water clear and sparkling. A swimming pool needs to be cleaned regularly (at least once a week in the summer months) to prevent it from becoming too dirty to swim in.
Five steps to clean your pool properly, from top to bottom, include:
Step 1 – Clean The Filters
Clean all the filters and remove any trapped leaves, dirt, and debris. Your pump filter does not need regular cleaning but should be checked regularly to see if it is in need of a clean.
Step 2 – Clear The Pool Skimmers
Empty and replace your pool skimmers. These will probably be filled with debris that has fallen or been blown into the pool. Pool skimmers are there to catch all floating debris. If you do not have a pool skimmer, it is more than likely that this debris will become waterlogged and sink to the bottom of the pool.
Step 3 – Skim The Pool
Use a pool net on a telescopic pole to remove all floating debris. Even if you do have an automatic skimmer, it may nor have trapped all the matter floating on the surface of the pool. The net is also a great way to remove debris floating in the center of the pool as well as larger pieces that have fallen to the floor.
Step 4 – Check Water Circulation
Make sure that the pump is circulating water through the system and the swimming pool at a good pressure. Standing water will become stagnant, and bacteria, algae, and other microorganisms will proliferate in this type of environment. If the water is not circulating, make sure that the pump is operating and check for blockages. It is recommended to run the pool pump for a minimum of 4 hours a day to ensure that the water circulates.
Step 5 – Vacuum
If you do not have an automatic pool vacuum or cleaner, the floor and walls of the pool will need to be swept and vacuumed regularly. A vacuum head attached to a telescopic pole and attached with a hose to a pool inlet is ideal for vacuuming although it is recommended to perform this task at least twice a week. For really dirt walls and floor, a scrubbing brush can be attached to the pole to give the pool a good clean.
Owning a pool can be very exciting, but pool ownership does come along with maintenance challenges. Fortunately, there are various chemicals, tools, and equipment that can make pool maintenance easy to manage. This article will provide information on the equipment available for pool maintenance and cleaning.
What Items Do I Need To Clean A Pool?
1. The Telescopic Poles
The telescopic pole is a type of high-quality pole created using fiberglass or aluminum. They are available in a plethora of lengths and are used as items on which to attach pool cleaning accessories.
2. The Nets
Potentially the most well-known types of pool cleaning equipment are the leaf rake and the skim net. The skim net is a flat mesh net accessory that attaches to a long telescopic pole, as described above. It is recommended that the skim net is used almost daily to remove debris floating on the surface of the pool before the items can sink to the bottom of the pool. A leaf rake is also a type of mesh net; however, it is much deeper than the skim net. The leaf rake is ideal for scooping debris from the pool floor.
3. The Vacuum Heads And Hoses
The simplest method of cleaning a dirty pool is by vacuuming it. It is advised that all pools are vacuumed regularly by using a vacuum attached to a telescopic pole. The vacuum head is placed on one end of the pole, while the hose is attached to the head. The vacuum head and pole are lowered into the pool, and the bottom of the pool can be suitably vacuumed. There are currently two separate types of pool vacuum heads: the one with wheels that is weighted for concrete pools; the other has brushes and is designed for vinyl-lined pool bases.
4. The Vacuum Hose
To remove vacuum debris from the floor and walls of the pool, you will require a vacuum hose. The hose connects to the vacuum head with the telescopic pole. The head and pole are lowered into the pool, and you will then need to fill the vacuum hose with water. To do this, you must plug one end of the hose into a dedicated vacuum line or suction hole. The debris and water are pulled to the filter pump basket using the vacuum hose. After completing this task, you will need to clear the pool basket and clear the filter.
5. The Pool Brushes
Arguably the most neglected maintenance steps when caring for a pool is brushing the pool steps and wall. Ideally, a swimming pool should have the surface brushed once each week. This is important as brushing removes dirt, film, and algae from the floors and wall that cannot be removed using vacuuming. Weekly brushing can also avoid slick film or slime on the walls which are common in spas and warm pools.
There are various types of pool brushes ranging from the stainless steel brush that is ideal for concrete or plaster pools, to the plastic bristle brush that is ideal for vinyl and above ground pools. You can also purchase pool brushes shaped to reach specific corners and steps.
6. The Tile Brush
Tile brushes or bands are highly significant to keep the pool looking attractive. Tile brushes should be used on a weekly basis to scrub the band of the tile along with a tile cleaner and non-abrasive brush. These brushes are available in a plethora of sizes and shapes.
7. The Leaf Trap
The leaf trap is a type of canister placed at the end of the vacuum hose before the pool skimmer. Within the trap is a large basket that traps debris and leaves before any of these items reach the pool pump. This type of trap is ideal to remove leaves, tree debris, pebbles, and acorns.
8. The Pumice Stone
One of the most popular means of removing common stains on concrete-based pools is via a pumice stone. The pumice stone can be used by attaching it to the telescopic pole, or you could purchase a pumice stone with a handle for closer usage.
As you can see, there are various items to be used when cleaning a pool. Using the items above, you can be sure to keep your pool clean and healthy. For pool service needs please contact Blue Waters Pool Services.
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