Swimming Pool Blog
by Myles McMorrow, October 31, 2009
This post is kind of late, unless you're in the Mid-Atlantic, where the leaves are just beginning to drop. But if you are lucky enough to have trees around or near your pool, this post is for you. Trees can certainly increase your cleaning and maintenance time when it comes to having a clean swimmable Pool. The good news is there are a lot of products out there designed to make life easier any time of year. They range from big leaf nets and leaf scoops to eco-safe chemicals. Let me just showcase a few to let you know what is out there to help you work less, and enjoy your pool more. Click the title links if you want more product info.
|Above Ground Leaf Nets||In Ground Leaf Nets||Easy to Use||Click to Enlarge|
|Flat Skimmer Net||Leaf Rake - Bag Type||Swivel skim||The Red Baron|
|Suction cleaner||Pressure cleaner||Robotic cleaner|
These items are very useful for the pool with overhanging trees. After a windstorm, attach the Big Sucker to the end of your pool pole, connect a garden hose, and suck leaves into it's own oversize bag. It is a fast way to clean the bottom of the pool. The garden hose creates a venturi suction to lift leaves, twigs and acorns up into the bag.
These are great for pools with not enough skimmers, or one that can't keep up with the volume. They extend the reach of your skimmers and divert debris into your skimmer basket - before they soak up and sink to the bottom of the pool. Clips onto any vinyl liner skimmer ( not made for concrete type inground pools).
I hate pulling off a solar cover only to have all the leaves that were on top fall into the pool, don't you? Hate, or at least inconvenience, must be the mother of all invention.
Better Living through Chemistry! Lo-Chlor Bug Off is a unique formulation that helps rid the pool of insects, especially water boatmen. Easy to use, fast acting, non-foaming formula will not affect water balance. Place a capful per 100 sqft at one end of your pool and all surface debris goes to one side in a pile, for fast scooping. Yes, that is right, no more running in circles to catch leaves. It is safe for lakes and ponds too. It creates surface tension sending debris running to the other side within 10 min!
I can't tell you how important this pool tool is. Simply attach the pool pole pruner to your telescopic pool pole, and you are easily able to reach branches as high as 20'. Why clean leaves out of your pool, when you can prune the overhanging branches quickly and easily? The pool pole pruner is stainless steel and aluminum construction, for years of reliable use.
So, there you have it ~ some of our tools and wisdom on how to keep your pool clean. Trees are beautiful around a pool, but they certainly shed debris both spring and fall. Use the right tools, and you'll skim more off the top, before they sink to the bottom, becoming much more difficult to remove. Comment below if you have methods or tools not mentioned above.