Along with the joy, excitement and long lost relatives that come with pool ownership there are also the maintenance challenges...
Along with the joy, excitement and long lost relatives that come with pool ownership there are also the maintenance challenges. There are many tools and items available to make your pool owning experience less troublesome. Even if you have an automatic cleaner, you will need the basic equipment. Telescopic pole, skim nets, pool brushes and a test kit are a must for any pool owner. Hanoimaids offers pool cleaning service in Hanoi
and the following is a glossary with descriptions of swimming pool and spa cleaning equipment.
The first thing you need. Tele poles, as they are called, come in a variety of lengths and quality. The best ones are made from fiberglass, but most are aluminum. 2 or 3 nested poles extend and then twist lock in place. Most tele-poles have 2 holes at the end that are designed to accept the butterfly clip, used on a wide range of accessories discussed below.
The easiest way to make a dirty pool look good is a good vacuuming. All pools need to be vacuumed on a regular basis. The vacuum head attaches to the pole, and then a vacuum hose is attached to the vacuum head. The pole and vacuum head are then lowered into the pool. See “How to Vacuum My Pool” for more information. There are two different types of vacuum heads. One has wheels and is weighted for concrete pools (left). The other is designed for vinyl lined pools, and has brushes instead of wheels (right).
In order to vacuum debris from the pool walls and floor, you will need a vacuum hose. The vacuum hose connects to the vacuum head and telescoping pole (both above). Then, lowered into the pool. You fill the vacuum hose completely full of water, and then plug the hose end into the skimmer suction hole or a dedicated vacuum line in the wall. The water and debris are pulled into the filter pump basket thru the vacuum hose. Skim Vac plates or in-line strainers can prevent clogging small pump baskets. After you vacuum, clean the basket and backwash the filter.
The most popular pieces of equipment around the pool are the skim net (left) and leaf rake (right). The skim net is a flat mesh net that attaches to the tele pole. It can be used to remove light debris floating on the pool surface before it can sink to the floor. The leaf rake is also a mesh net, but is much deeper. Great for scooping debris from the pool floor or to spot clean steps and spas, in addition to being more effective for surface skimming.
One of the most overlooked maintenance steps of pool care is brushing. Swimming pools should be brushed at least once per week. Weekly brushing removes algae and other films and dirt on pool walls and pool floors that can’t be removed by vacuuming. A weekly brushing will avoid “slimy” walls and slick film that is common with pools and spas. There are several types of pool brushes. Stainless steel is perfect for plaster or concrete pools, but should not be used on vinyl pools. Plastic bristle brushes can be used on any type of pools, and are ideal for above ground and vinyl pools. Combination steel / plastic bristle pool brushes are also recommended for plaster pools only. We have brushes designed for getting into pool corners and under ladder treads.