Tools Required for Professional Pool Cleaning

by Pool Builders on 03-03-2011 in Articles

The most obvious water cleaning tools are the filters that are installed in the pool, which are the pool's first defense against unwanted objects such as leaves, sticks and bugs. Filters are often neglected by pool owners, but replacing them on schedule is well worth the effort.

Even with good filters, every pool owner should have a pool net for scooping up floating things. These nets generally have long, telescoping handles that allow the user to reach the middle of the pool. This is a very important point in areas with a lot of insects, as bees and other stingers get quite irritated when wet and should only be scooped up from a distance.

Many of the intruders in a swimming pool are too small to simply scoop up. Microorganisms can grow in the water and cause discoloration. If left uncorrected, this would eventually make the pool unsafe for swimming, so something must be done to keep the water clear of bacteria. For this purpose there are various products available.

The old standby is chlorine, which is used in about 90% of residential and public pools. This will certainly keep the water sparkling clear, but its disadvantages are a strong chemical odor and a stinging sensation in the bathers' eyes.

The second complaint is a serious concern for some, and alternatives to chlorine are now on the market. Products containing the chemical polyhexamethylene biguanide are advertised as non-irritating substitutes for chlorine, but reviews vary widely as to their effectiveness.

Adding these products to a pool is called "shocking," and the products are referred to as pool shocking treatments.

Another alternative to chlorine is salt water provided by a salt water generator installed in the pool. This device uses electrolysis to convert the salt into hypochlorous acid, which sanitizes the water.

Even with this protection, there is often a problem with algae growing on the inside of the pool, and for this there are scrubbing and vacuuming tools. A stiff brush is a low-tech tool that still works, and sometimes that is the only thing that can remove a stubborn spot of algae.

An easier way is to use a pool vacuum, which scrubs the algae and sucks it up. Some are manual, while others crawl about like little robots, diligently scrubbing the pool's sides and bottom. The crawlers do occasionally miss spots, so some models also have a manual attachment.

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