People living in apartments are forced to seek salvation from heat during the summer in public pools. But that’s why those who live in houses, and especially if they have a spacious yard, can afford their own pool.
This investment does not have to cost a little fortune. You can buy prefabricated models for as low as several hundred dollars. But if you want to give your property a touch of luxury, invest in concrete, in-ground pool.
On this page, take a look at various types and designs of pools:
As with any home inventory, the same rule applies to the pool – to keep it in good condition as long as possible, it must be maintained regularly. These include regular cleaning, checking of installations, as well as the inspection of the water in it. It may seem like too much work, but with the right cleaning supplies and a little practice, the pool maintenance will become routine.
Why Vacuuming Bottom?
The water in the pool must be clean and bacteriologically clear at all times. The chemicals you use to preserve water quality are intended to maintain its pH balance and chlorine level, as well as to eliminate unwanted microorganisms from it.
But if you do not pay attention to the mechanical cleaning of area filled with water, all the effort will be for nothing. You’ll just waste a lot of money on expensive chemicals and cleaning tools. Algae, dirt, sand, leaves can be found on the walls and bottom of the pool.
These particles, which break down due to water exposure, form deposits that are ideal habitats for the propagation of microorganisms. And you should not allow this kind of contamination, as some bacteria can be hazardous to your health.
In addition to the necessary cleaning of the water surface, detailed cleaning of the bottom of the pool is of great importance. When the water settles down overnight, all the particles from the water will fall to the bottom. It will be easiest to pick them up with suction units specifically designed for underwater use.
Variety of Vacuum Heads
Most pool vacuum reviews describe the vacuum cleaner head as the critical piece of equipment for under-water cleaning, is. It is an accessory that you attach to the garden hose, and it serves to pick up the particles from the bottom in detail.
These hose add-ons are usually weighted, so the thrust of the water cannot lift them from the bottom. While going back and forward while sucking in the debris, be careful not to make sudden movements so that the vacuum cleaner head stays firmly on the bottom.
Models with Wheels
Vacuum heads with wheels are designed to clean solid surfaces, such as concrete or tiles. They allow for more effortless movement and better handling at the bottom surface. Most manufacturers install wheels made of durable, non-soaking polyurethane.
Models for Vinyl-Lined Pools
Most vinyl-lined pools are above ground. When they are smaller, cleaning is much more comfortable. But even when they are more spacious, regular maintenance is not a problem if you have the proper equipment. Vacuum heads used for bottoms covered in vinyl should not have wheels, as they would most likely tear the liner.
Instead of wheels, these add-ons have brushes (made of nylon or rubber) on them. The great advantage of bristles is that they effectively retain all the particles that are picked up from the bottom. You can also do some deep cleaning with these heads. Brushes will scrub, and then vacuum, stubborn algae and debris deposits.
Skimmer Vacuum Plate for Extra Efficiency
For pools lined with tile or concrete, the skimmer is a must. It is a kind of water drainage that is responsible for collecting surface impurities. It operates on the principle of liquid overflow, and all debris stays on a protective grid that can be removed and cleaned.
The skimmer vacuum plate – Skim Vac – is an invention that has made pool maintenance much more comfortable since the time required for cleaning is almost halved. It is a vacuuming accessory that looks like a plate with the hole in the center (place for the other end of the vacuum hose), and you place it on the skimmer. So it doesn’t use pump power, but a skimmer mechanism. It pulls the dirt from the bottom and piles it into a skimmer basket. Then you clean and empty this basket as needed.
When you have a head, you need a ‘neck’ too. A vacuum hose is a ‘neck’ connected to the vacuum head. When choosing this equipment, one must take into consideration the dimensions – diameter and length of the hose. The hose width should fit the vacuum head, and the length should be adequate to reach every corner of the pool.
As for the material, a hose should be flexible and resistant to easy tearing if it gets stuck (especially with concrete pools). Most vacuum tubes have UV protection, which means they can withstand staying on the Sun or temperature changes. To see how to vacuum vinyl pools with no trouble, visit this page.
The base for attaching all the previously described accessories is this pole. The word ‘telescoping’ describes its principle of operation – it’s made of 2 or 3 pillars inserted into each other that you pull out to the desired length. Then you fasten them with pins.
The prices of tele-poles depend on the quality of craft and the fabrication material. These are usually fiberglass or aluminum because they do not rust. With these poles, butterfly clips are also available. These serve for better attachment of accessories such as skimmer vacuum head or hose.
Cleaning all pools is more or less the same, and requires some equipment. Even though you leave this job to the professionals, you need some essential accessories. They will help you to do some minor cleaning or when the pool cleaners are not available.