by Rob Cox December 09, 2014
Cleaning a Swimming Pool Like a Pro
It's amazing how fast pool pros can clean and service a swimming pool. What's their secret to such efficiency? Partly it has to do with their experience. When you do something all day, every day - you get pretty efficient at the process. Secondly it has to do with process - the steps taken, in a logical order, so that work is not duplicated. Third, a pool pro owes some of his or her efficiency to the pool tools they use - pool cleaning equipment that is built for use 10 times per day.
Most pool pros that I know are very particular about the equipment that they use. And they also become expert at making field repairs, to keep the work going. Hoses, poles, nets, vac heads - they can all break, but they can also be repaired, temporarily or permanently.
Here are some tips on Pool Cleaning Process!
- GET A POLE: A good pole is a must, one that is not bent, and will extend the full length, and lock properly. Cams or nuts can be replaced, and ends of poles can be cut off shorter and redrilled if needed. Having two poles on handy is handy, in case you need some extra help, and in case one breaks.
- ATTACH A NET: A Leaf Rake type net is the one to use. If you have a flat, dip and flip type of skimmer net, throw it in the trash. Really. You can patch holes in a skim net with a needle and heavy thread, or a dab of silicone.
- SWITCH TO VAC HEAD: The Butterfly clips that are in the handle of nets, heads and brushes can be replaced, sold in a 3-pk. Vacuum heads have replacement wheels and handles. Use wheeled vacs for concrete, brush vacs for vinyl pools.
- PRIME A VAC HOSE: To prime the hose or fill it full of water, push it onto the vac head and lower the pole into the water. Then push the hose straight into the water, hand over hand, uncoiling the hose as you push it into the water.
- CONNECT A SKIM VAC: The Hayward SkimVac plate, and other skimmer plates allow you to vacuum into the skimmer basket, which is much larger and much closer than the pump basket. Saves time and effort!
- EMPTY BASKETS: After cleaning a pool, empty the pump basket and skimmer basket, and cleaner bag, if present. Check that the skimmer weir is in place and operating, and check that return eyeballs are still in proper position.
- CHECK THE FILTER: Look and listen to how it's operating. Backwash the filter, or clean the cartridge if the pressure is 7-8 lbs above the starting pressure, or when flow rate is noticeably diminished.
- TEST THE WATER: Using a good quality test kit from Taylor or LaMotte (not test strips), test all parameters of water balance and sanitizer level. Make any adjustments needed with pool chemicals.
- ATTACH A BRUSH: Brushing a pool is very important for overall pool cleanliness and stain prevention, yet very few pool owners brush their pool regularly. Use a new brush with stiff bristles, and replace it when it wears down.
At least that's how I would do it!