DIY Pool Cleaning – Starter Guide
Lake Nona Pools specializes in swimming pool cleaning. That’s sort of obvious. But we know many of our readers clean their own pools themselves, so we’re going to be doing a small series of posts to help you maintain your own swimming pool.
Keep in mind – your swimming pool is likely the second largest investment in your house, so we highly recommend hiring professionals to clean and maintain your pool, but let’s face it…not everyone will.
To clean your own swimming pool, you’ll need to make sure you have all the tools the pros use. Below is a list of items that are essential in maintaining you pool. Make sure you have everything listed below before taking on this task.
Essential pool cleaning items:
Fine-Mesh Pool Net
A good metal pole goes a long way when it comes to pool cleaning. A cheap pole will be very flimsy, and will cause problems when you try using it to vacuum, or for using your net to scoop debris off the bottom. You want to get the best quality pole you can find.
Pool Vacuum Head
This is another tool you’ll want to spend a little money on. A good vacuum head should have a decent amount of weight to it, and should have a swivel mechanism where you connect it to your pool pole. Without the weight, your vacuum head will drift along the bottom, and will not pick up as much debris as a heavier vacuum head will, and not having a swivel will make it difficult to maneuver around obstacles in the pool.
A heavy-duty vacuum hose will save you time and hassle by not “pinching” from the suction pressure. You should look for a hose long enough for your pool (30′ or 40′), and it should feel very sturdy. A cheap hose will have a tendency to break, or pinch while you vacuum, which blocks the suction, making it impossible to vacuum.
Taylor Test Kit
This is one of the staples of pool maintenance. A Taylor Test Kit is used to test your chemical balance in your swimming pool. You need a kit that allows for testing Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, CYA, and Calcium. Some kits offer more, but the 5 tests here should be enough to get you by.
High-Pressure Spray Nozzle
This only applies if you have a cartridge filter. We’ll go into more detail on this later, but if you have a cartridge filter, a good spray nozzle is a must. Make sure you get one similar to the picture, because you want a very small, powerful stream for getting in the tight crevices of your filter.
These tools will get you started. We’ll go into more detail about using each tool in another post, but if you decide to clean and maintain your pool yourself, the items listed above are the essentials.
If you have any questions about the items listed, tel us know in the comments below.