You’ve got that great pool and you really want to make sure you maintain it properly, but what kind of equipment do you need?
You might be surprised, but one of the most important things you can have on-hand for your pool is water test strips. It’s a good idea to test your pool water at least once a week. Frequent testing can offer important information, like what chemicals need to be added to your pool, to keep algae and bacteria from taking over.
The best thing about test strips is that they’re simple to use. Just hold a strip under the water for a couple of seconds, and compare the results to the provided scale. In addition to regular testing with test strips, it’s a good idea to have your pool water tested by a professional (most pool stores), about once a month.
Speaking of not wanting algae to take over, grab an algae brush! Algae brushes are made with stainless steel bristles that can easily break down algae on steps, walls, or other handy hiding places. These brushes are best used on gunite or concrete pools. If you have a vinyl liner, use a pool brush made with nylon bristles.
Another way to beat algae is with a manual vacuum. You may have brushed that nasty stuff off of the walls, but now you need to remove it from the water. The quickest way to do this is simply vacuuming it up. Most vacuums are compact, to give you the most control when cleaning. The automatic cleaners can save time but may miss some of those tough to reach spots.
You’ll also want to get a telescoping pole. This is simply a pole that extends like a telescope. They are good for reaching all those deep, dark spots in your pool, without forcing you to become a contortionist. Consider a pole that comes with interchangeable heads: skimmer, pool brush, or manual vacuum.
Last, but not least, you’ll need a skimmer, especially if you have foliage near your pool. Those pretty flowers blow their prettiness right into your pool, bugs come here to die, and nothing is more fun than swimming with sticks in your hair. A regular skimmer is perfect for random debris. If you’ve got lots of wind and rain, with it, comes more debris. If this is the case, purchase a leaf net to grab the bigger stuff.
All you need is a few tools to keep that pool sparkly clean. Then you hop into that pool for some good, clean fun!
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