Maintaining a pool doesn’t have to be difficult. It just requires diligence, a little bit of know-how, and the right pool supplies.
Pool maintenance is a must if you want to enjoy your pool for years to come. In fact, routine pool maintenance will save you a lot of money in the long run by preventing costly repairs and preventing algae growth.
If you let your pool, go too long without being cleaned and treated with chemicals, it will turn green, which can cause permanent damage to the pool’s surface and filter system. Cleaning a green pool is much more work than regular maintenance, so it is best to keep on top of regular maintenance. In this article, we’ve put together a guide on how to know what you need so you can keep your pool in tip-top shape at all times.
Pool Cleaning Equipment
Cleaning up the messes around your swimming pool is a dirty job. Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place to learn more about pool cleaning equipment. We’ll guide you through all of the equipment you need to clean out a pool and make sure that it stays clean for years to come.
- Telescopic Pole
A telescopic pole, as its name implies, can be extended to various lengths. We recommend purchasing an 8-foot pole with a 16-foot extension. As a result, you should be able to clean the pool’s walls and floor as needed.
- Skimmer Net
A skimmer net, which is attached to a telescopic pole, collects material that has gathered on and below the water’s surface. Leaves, bugs, twigs, and hair ties can all be collected in a skimmer net.
When choosing a skimmer net, you have two options: a flat skimmer or a bag skimmer. The flat skimmer is recommended since it is easier to shake off the debris that collects in the pool. While a bag skimmer can store more, emptying it is difficult, especially when wet.
- Pool Brush
You may scrub your pool’s walls and floor using a pool brush, eliminating dirt and detaching algae before it has a chance to take hold and grow.
To answer such a question, we must first ask, “What is the material of your pool’s surface?” The type of brush will be determined by the type of substance.
- Use a brush with stainless steel and nylon bristles on unpainted concrete.
- Use a brush with stainless steel bristles to clean granite
- Only use a brush with nylon bristles on fiberglass, vinyl, or painted concrete.
A heavy-duty pool brush, like skimmer nets, is a good investment because you’ll be using it regularly, and cheaper brushes tend to fail owing to, well, cheapness, as well as frequent contact to pool chemicals.
- Manual Pool Vacuum
Although more frequent vacuuming is required, vacuuming your pool every other day should suffice.
Note that manually vacuuming a pool can be time-consuming, especially if you’re cleaning the pool after a storm and the pool floor appears like a forest of leaves.
Although a manual vacuum might be useful at times, we strongly advise you to consider investing in a robotic vacuum to make your life easier.
Step-by-Step Pool Maintenance
The following step-by-step pool maintenance guide will help you to keep your pool clean and balanced over a period of time.
Here’s how to keep your swimming pool sparkling clean:
Step 1: Test the water. Test the water using test strips or a liquid testing kit. Test the chlorine, pH, and alkalinity weekly, and after each time you add chemicals to the pool. Adjust the chlorine and pH levels as needed to keep the chlorine between 1–3 ppm and the pH level between 7.2–7.6.
Step 2: Vacuum the pool. Vacuum the pool every week to remove dirt and debris that has settled to the bottom of the pool. Use a vacuum that is designed for your type of pool (above-ground or in-ground) and turn off any booster pumps before vacuuming.
Step 3: Clean the filter. Clean or backwash your filter once a month or as needed depending on how often you use it. Consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions when cleaning your type of filter (see above).
Step 4: Shock the pool. Shock your pool once a week by adding chlorine or non-chlorine shock treatments to kill algae, bacteria, and viruses that can affect water quality. Chlorine-based shock treatments are best used in conjunction with stabilized chlorine products
Pool Care 101
- Twice a week:
- To monitor and maintain your pool’s water balance, use test strips or a test kit. Maintain a pH range of 7.4 to 7.6.
- Test the free available chlorine level and keep it between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm.
- Skim leaves, insects, and other floating debris from the pool surface by emptying the skimmer basket.
- Once a week:
- Clean the walls with a brush and the flooring with a pool vacuum. Use a tile cleanser to clean the tile near the water line. Consider investing in an automatic pool cleaner for everyday “hands-free” pool cleaning.
- Add the amount of product advised by your pool technician to shock the pool. After a rainstorm, a big bather load, or unusually hot weather, more shock may be required.
- To prevent algae growth, add a maintenance dose of an algae preventer. Metal control agents and clarifiers should be used on a regular basis. The installation of these items will improve the efficiency of your pool.
- Send a sample of your pool water to a professional Water Testing Service for a comprehensive chemical analysis.
- Clean your filter with a filter cleaner twice a year to remove any oils and grease that have accumulated on it.
- Always test your pool water after a rainy or windy day.
- Pool owners have a dual responsibility. They are responsible to others, who may inadvertently visit the pool or swim in it, and for the pool itself. You must keep yourself informed about things you can do to maintain your own pool, and which things require the aid of a professional. This information needs to be reviewed from time to time, as what you need to do may vary according to weather conditions or by the requirements of your pool.