Skimming and brushing your swimming pool
Check on your supplies that you need for the job. You must have a pool brush, a telescopic pole and a skimming net or a leaf skimmer.
You will need a telescopic pole since you have to attach most of your pool equipment to it for a better reach into the swimming pool. Make sure that your telescopic pole is clean before you put it inside the swimming pool.
A pool brush can brush up the dirt deposited at the bottom. It will reach every corner of the pool with the help of the telescopic pole attached to it. Brushes too can get clogged if you don’t give them a proper wash regularly after use.
Brush the areas around the pool ladder and the steps if you have any since most of the dirt lies in these places.
You can use a skimmer net or a leaf skimmer to collect leaves that are about to fall into the swimming pool. It would be much easier to manage them before they sink down to the bottom.
Vacuuming the swimming pool
If you find all the skimming and brushing quite tiresome, there is another option. You can vacuum the dirt that lies at the bottom of your swimming pool. Select the type of pool vacuum that you need.
Automatic pool cleaners come in three different types; pressure side cleaners, suction side cleaners, and robotic pool cleaners which are the best of all three. You don’t have to do all the cleaning with an automatic pool cleaner. Put it inside the pool and switch it on. The vacuum would do all the cleaning for you.
If you find that an automatic vacuum cleaner is quite expensive, then there are manual vacuum cleaners too. Unlike using an automatic vacuum, you will have to do all the cleaning using a manual vacuum cleaner. You will need a telescopic pole and a hose for a manual vacuum.
Attach the vacuum head to the telescopic pole and lower it into the swimming pool. Then, submerge the vacuum hose into the swimming pool. Make sure that there is no air inside the vacuum hose before you attach it to the pool pump.
Vacuuming once a week would remove all the dirt and contaminants off the bottom of your swimming pool. It would lessen the chances of allowing the growth of algae and bacteria.
Balancing the pool chemistry
An imbalanced pool would give you a real headache. It will allow growth of contaminants like algae and bacteria at the bottom of your swimming pool. Therefore it is essential to keep your pool water balanced.
Check for the pH level of your swimming pool. The most appropriate pH level of a swimming pool must be 7.4. If the pH level of your swimming pool lies above or below 7.4, you must take steps to balance it.
Check whether the total alkalinity of your swimming pool is lying between 80 and 120 parts per million (ppm). If not you will have to balance the total alkalinity too.
The calcium hardness of your swimming pool must be in between 180 and 220 ppm. Maintaining the calcium hardness level below 400 ppm is essential.
You can get rid of the dirt at the bottom of your swimming pool by following any of the above ways. Use the most convenient method according to the type of dirt in your swimming pool.