Oh, the pleasures of a pool! Conversely, the torment when it’s not properly cleaning. To keep swimming pools usable, safe for everyone without harmful bacteria or unsightly green mold, maintenance must be an accepted part of owning one. While some hire a Pool Cleaning Simi and others do it themselves, regardless, there can be no skimping on what needs to be done, and when. Basics are simple, but most importantly is the resolve to follow them. A clean pool is a happy place, ample reward for making sure that swimming pool maintenance is not neglected.
Unwise to skimp on needed equipment, besides a decent pump, filtration, and cleaning system, it’s useful to have a telescoping pole of fiberglass or aluminum with a removable net attachment. While an 8-foot pole length works well, the telescoping models are convenient. Basket attachments vary from deeper ones suitable for removing heavier leaves and debris from pool bottoms and too shallow types for floating surface items like insects and blossoms. A netted pole allows family members ease of usage, for even when pools are professionally attended, prevention of accumulated matter is advisable.
Wind-driven debris not only sinks down and stains but degrades, resulting in algae and other reactive agents. Proper application of chlorine and other chemicals is required for clean, pH balanced water. Swimming pool maintenance also requires keeping walls and floor clean, curbing residue breakdown and staining. Wide, non-wire curved brushes are great for step areas and tight pool corners, while a tile brush is handy, too. Specially made soap or a mixture with muriatic acid attacks stubborn stains.
Though smaller cleaning tools are essential, the effectiveness of a vacuum system cannot be underestimated. It is one of the most important investments for proper swimming pool maintenance, responsible for sucking dirt out of the water and contributing to clean water and surfaces. Pool size and type of material, fiberglass, vinyl, or plaster, should be considered, as products vary considerably. While some vacuums require a human operation, along with the pool’s running pump, more costly automatic systems operate on their own at night when energy costs are lower.
While humanly operated vacuums suck dirt off pool bottoms, sending it directly to the filter or using water pressure from a garden hose to forces debris into a removable bag, for pools of any significant size, automatic vacuums are a valuable plus. A booster model sends a pressurized stream of water into a catch bag, creating a vacuum accompanying the unit’s robotic movement along the pool floor. The pressure derives from return water boosted by a separate pump and motor. There is also a non-booster system using the pool’s own pump, connecting to the return line before the filter. Lacking its own water pressure boosting device renders it a poor choice for a heated pool, as heating and filtering are exclusive.
Popular booster pump systems include the vacuum head type with its own catch-bag for collecting debris, similar to a household vacuum cleaner. One well-known version features a tail that whips around behind the unit, brushing loose fine dirt to be filtered by the circulation system. A time-clock turns on after the circulation pump’s activation, going off before pump stoppage but after a three-hour cleaning stint.
Other automatic booster pool cleaners include the sweep-head type which floats atop the water, long flexible arms swirling along walls and bottom to stir up debris. The main drain has a fitted basket catching debris, while fine dirt is filtered out as usual via skimmer.
Additionally offered are suction-side-automatic cleaners utilizing suction from pool skimmer devices. A hose is connected between the skimmer’s suction opening and a vacuum head opposite. It patrols the pool bottom collecting debris and sending it to the pump strainer pot. When full, suction is reduced. To prevent inefficiency, the strainer pot must be kept clean or a leaf collecting canister added to the vacuum hose. This is especially helpful for windy season swimming pool maintenance and falling leaves.
No matter what type of cleaning system, water levels must be kept up in order to accommodate natural evaporation, with an inch or so added with each servicing to make sure the pool isn’t suddenly in need of a longer fill process.