They are visually appealing and provide shade and a pleasant atmosphere. Oh! However, they can be incredibly messy! If your swimming pool is surrounded by trees, you undoubtedly have a love-hate connection with them. Even though they are constantly clipped, these leaves always manage to find their way into your pool. In rare instances, your pool may wind up with a thick layer of leaves floating on top and a carpet of leaves at the bottom.
The autumn season has arrived. If you don’t want to endure the arduous chore of cleaning your “teacup” pool, continue reading to learn how to rapidly remove leaves from the top and the easiest technique to dredge leaves from the bottom of the pool.
How to Prevent Leaves from Entering a Pool
- Leaf Net: Lay this over your pool’s surface. This can successfully keep the leaves out. Deck anchors can be used to secure leaf nets so that they remain in place. There are several varieties of leaf nets that may be secured with a thin rope, connected to a fence, or tent poles.
- Cut Back the Trees: Every fall and every four to five years, trim your trees. This will assist in reducing the burden associated with leaf clearance. You may purchase tree pruners at your local hardware shop. Most tree pruners from the hardware store have 12-to 16-foot poles.
- Automatic Swimming Pool Covers: We are aware that the majority of Texans do not cover their pools. However, adding an automated pool cover is useful while the pool is not in use, and it may also help to keep the pool clean. Automatic pool covers will assist in keeping leaves out of the pool PERSISTENTLY!!! The cleaning procedure is simpler than pool maintenance. One method is to pump out the majority of the water, then use a hose or leaf blower to clean the cover as it is removed from the pool. Using a pool brush on a pole may help force the leaves and water to one location, while a leaf rake on a pole can sweep them up more quickly than if they were evenly distributed around the cover.
- Hedges, Fences, and Other Windbreaks— Surprisingly, hedges and fences are utilized not just for seclusion, but also to prevent wind from blowing over the oasis. This portion of your backyard landscaping, including shrubs, ground coverings, and ornamental fence, may assist in keeping leaves against a barrier, preventing them from entering the pool.
How to Remove Leaves from a Swimming Pool
If there are leaves on the surface of the pool, remove them immediately, before they sink. Here are some strategies to prevent pool leaves from sinking to the bottom:
- Reduce the suction from the pool’s main drain. Thus, the skimmers may draw with great force. If there are two skimmers, the valves may need to be adjusted to balance their suction. How do you make it work? Adjust for proximity to the pool pump by opening the skimmer farthest from you to 100 percent and the skimmer closest to you to 75 percent. This will assist in preventing the leaves from sinking.
- Ensure that your skimmer weir is properly installed. Skimmer weirs increase the flow rate of water into the skimmer, and when the pump is turned off, the skimmer weir floats to an upright position, trapping leaves within the skimmer.
- If you have issues with damaged skimmer baskets because of too many densely packed leaves, consider a skimmer basket that does not clog. This ingenious gadget maintains water flow through the pump even when it is full!
- Keep the water level at mid-tile, and do not allow rain to elevate the water level to the point when leaves cannot reach the skimmer.
A skimmer net with deep pockets is great for removing leaves from the pool’s bottom. This enables you to drag the skimmer net across the ground and collect the leaves. It requires some practice but finally gets the job done. If you do not have back problems, this is an effective approach for clearing leaves from your pool.
If you suffer from back issues, then the Swivel Skim is the pool skimmer for you. In contrast to a deep pocket skimmer, no twisting or quick-flipping is required. Simply push and pull as you would with a vacuum cleaner for your pool.
The Leaf Master, a device that links to a garden hose and a pool pole, is an additional useful device for removing leaves from the pool. It has a huge bag attached to the top, and under pressure from the garden hose, hundreds of jets stream upward into the bag. The stronger the hose pressure, the quicker your pool will be cleared of leaves.
In-Line Leaf Filter
If your pump is large enough to manually vacuum, but you are wary of stopping every 5 minutes to clear out the pump basket, an in-line leaf strainer may be the solution. Simply hook the end of the suction hose to the incoming port. The in-line leaf trap is likely equivalent to twenty pump baskets. Additionally, it is compatible with suction-side automated pool cleaners. This is the way to go if you’re seeking a genuine time saver.
We hope these recommendations will assist you in maintaining your pool’s water over the fall and winter. Remember that our staff at Pool Service San Diego is here to assist you with any pool-related queries. Call us at (213) 267-6064. Our staff of pool specialists is here to assist you.