Getting a new pool is an exciting time, but along with the fun of pool ownership comes the chore of cleaning and maintenance. While cleaning the pool may never be exactly fun, there are some basic tools that every pool owner should have that will make the chore a little less tedious. Your local pool suppliers can advise you as to any special tools, but these should get you off on the right foot.
- Chemical test Kit – These are essential for the proper care of any pool. The chemical balance must be kept within a specific tolerance to prevent bacteria and algae from growing in the water. Test kits are generally inexpensive, easy to use, and a definite must have for your pool.
- Pool Cover – Pool covers or solar covers provide several benefits. Their main purpose it to prevent debris like leaves and twigs from getting into your pool. Rather than land in the water, any debris stays on the cover and can be removed easily when you take the cover off. Without a cover, you will spend more time vacuuming your pool than you do swimming in it. Solar covers have the added benefit of using the sun’s energy to heat your pool. When purchasing fiberglass pool kits pool dealers sometimes include them.
- Telescoping Poles – Every pool owner should have at least one of these handy accessories. They come in a wide variety of lengths and can be made from either aluminum or fiberglass. One end of the pole has holes so that any number of pool accessories can attach to them.
- Vacuum Head and Hose – Every pool should be vacuumed regularly. It is the easiest way to keep your pool clean and clear of debris. The vacuum head attaches to a telescopic pole for greater reach and is then lowered to the bottom of the pool. Be sure that you get the right type of vacuum head because the style differs between concrete pools and fiberglass pools. Pool suppliers can point you in the right direction.
- Skimmer Net – This is another tool that will make cleaning your pool easier. It is simply a small, fine mesh net on the end of a telescoping pole. It allows you to skim out bugs, leaves, and other debris that gets into your pool when it’s uncovered before it gets drawn into the pump.
Your pool supplies and tools can vary greatly depending on your type of pool as well as your specific circumstances. When in doubt, it is always best to contact a knowledgeable pool supply store or pool dealer in order to ensure that you can enjoy a crystal clear, algae free pool all summer long.