Having the right pool equipment is important to the safety, maintenance and health of your swimming pool. With the huge variety of different types of equipment on the market, it can be very difficult for swimming pool owners to sort out and pick the necessary ones. Read further to know the essential equipment that a pool owner should have to keep their swimming pool safe and clean.
Even if you have a top-notch filter system and the best pump on the market, you need some cleaning equipment to maintain the hygiene and cleanliness of your pool.
Telescoping Pole: Available in a variety of lengths and materials, telescoping poles are used for cleaning, vacuuming, and skimming the pool. You can attach a wide range of accessories such as brushes, a vacuum head, and skimmer nets to a telescoping pole.
Vacuum Heads and Vacuum Hose: You need to vacuum your swimming pool regularly to keep it clean. If you do not have an automatic vacuum, or your pool is extra dirty, you will need to complete this step manually. First, a vacuum head is attached to the telescoping pole and then the vacuum hose is connected to the vacuum head. After filling the vacuum hose with water, you just need to attach its end to the skimmer suction hole.
Leaf Traps: Placed at the end of vacuum hose or attached to the vacuum head, leaf traps catch large debris before it enters the pump.
Skimmer Nets: Attached to the end of telescoping poles, skimmer nets are flat mesh nets that let you remove floating bugs, dirt, leaves, and other large debris without getting into the pool.
Pool and Tile Brush: Used to remove algae and stubborn dirt from the pool wall which cannot be cleaned by vacuuming, these are plastic bristle brushes and are designed to reach the corners of the swimming pool.
Tile Cleaning Agents: If you are looking for a natural, safe and easy way to clean pool and spa tiles, there are several “all natural” cleansing agents you can use. Baking soda, Borax, vinegar, toothpaste, and even dish soap are some options. You can also purchase a specialized tile-cleaning agent and scrub off the dirt from pool tiles using a specially designed non-abrasive, tile brush.
Pool Cover: Pool covers protect your pool from excessive debris from the environment and also provide an additional safety measure to prevent accidental falls into the water.
Safety Vacuum Release System: The safety vacuum release systems (SVRS) shuts off the suction of the pump immediately and automatically so that an object or limb trapped by the suction is released. An SVRS is installed on the pool pump and runs automatically when the filter system is running.
Chemical Kit: Chemicals are used to keep the pool water free of pathogens. When it comes to pool sanitization, Chlorine is the most used and effective pool disinfectant. Reacting with pool water it forms hypochlorous acid, which kills harmful microorganisms and bacteria.
Filters: In order to keep your pool clean and safe, a pool filter with low micron rating is an important equipment to have. Keeping your pool free from impurities like debris, small bugs, and larger microbes Pool Filters ensure a safe and cleaner environment for swimmers. As the pump circulates the water, a filter sifts out the impurities and debris. There are three types of filters sand, cartridge and diatomaceous earth (DE) are available in the market.
Easy to maintain and clean, Cartridge Filters are great for pools. While timely cleaning helps to extend the life of cartridges filters, replacing the filter cartridge in every 2-4 years is pivotal to enhance its performance. There are a couple of factors like shorter cycle times between cleanings, discolouration of the cartridge and water, wear and tear of the filter cartridge, low water flow rate etc are taken into consideration to determine when swimming pool filter cartridge replacements is required.
- It can filter down particles to about 10-15 microns
- Easy to clean and easy to install
- No backwashing is required
- It can be installed in any type of pond system
- Larger filtration area traps maximum smaller particles
- Operates at a much lower pressure, resulting low energy cost
D.E. Pool Filters
DE Pool Filters uses grids coated with a finer powder known as diatomaceous earth, to trap impurities from water. The DE grids are made of with polypropylene fabric over plastic frames. If you see this white powder floating in your pool; it is time to replace the torn DE grids of your filter.
Replace the DE grids, when they start to tear and the fabrics get clogged with impurities. Besides backwashing the grids once in a month, you need to replace them once in 5-7 years to enhance its performance.
- It can filter down particles as small as 3-4 microns
- Best filtering medium for swimming pool
- Consumes less pumping power, resulting in less electricity cost.
- Longer cycles between backwashing
- Grids can last even up to 10 years if maintained properly.
This is the least efficient and inexpensive filter among the three types. It can only filter particles down to 20 - 40 microns.
No matter how efficient filtering system you are using, replacing filter cartridges and grids are essentials to keep the pool filtration system at its best condition always.
With the right cleaning and safety equipment, you cannot only make your pool ownership experience more satisfying but it also helps to make your pool environment more pleasant for your guests.