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:

Heavy-Duty Brush


We recommend purchasing a good combo brush, which has nylon and metal bristles. It takes a little more effort to brush, but it does a much better job than a standard nylon brush.

Fine-Mesh Pool Net


A fine-mesh net will help clean the debris from the top of the pool, and can be used in between vacuuming to clean small debris off the bottom of the pool.

Pool Pole


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.

Vacuum Hose


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.

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  • Pham Ng

    Every home owner should know how to take care of their own pool, but DIY pool cleaning is not for everyone. Sometimes having a professional handle the task is a better alternative. I took care of my own pool for 10+ years before letting pool service sacramento handle the task and they have saved me time and money. ;)

  • matthewseo780

    Swimming pool repairs is important to a really perfect swimming season. A couple of minutes an afternoon to test and inspect your pool will pinch any wicked surprises in the bud.

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