Keeping Leaves Out of the Pool
Just about every residential pool comes with the same problem: leaves. If you have trees anywhere near your pool, chances are leaves will end up in it throughout the year. In the fall, your pool will be like a veritable magnet, sucking in every leaf that comes anywhere near it. Even trimming your trees regularly won’t necessarily save you from a pool with a thick rug of leaves at the bottom and plenty more floating at the top. It’s not long before the water in your pool looks like ice tea, making even more work for you in terms of cleanup.
Buy a Leaf Net
One thing you can do to make the cleanup a lot easier is buy a Leaf Net for your pool. These helpful additions can go right over your pool cover. You can also use this net all by itself. Either way, simply hold it in place with heavy objects or you can use twine to connect the grommets on the Leaf Net to tent stakes, fence posts or whatever else.
Instead of skimming the pool’s surface and trying to pull up leafs from the depths, all you need to do with a Leaf Net is simply remove it from the pool and take the leaves with it.
Maintain Your Trees
We mentioned above that trimming your trees doesn’t always mean a leaf-free pool. That said, it’s still worth doing in order to at least limit your pool’s exposure. Trimming your trees can have a number of other benefits, too, that make it a worthwhile chore.
Ideally, you want to prune your trees in the fall and then give them a major trimming every five years or so. There are a number of tools you can buy these days to make it possible for you to cut branches without ever leaving the ground.
Automatic Pool Covers
While Leaf Nets are a great investment (and an affordable one), don’t forget about an automatic pool cover, either. These are always helpful for keeping your pool clean from all kinds of debris, but if you find yourself constantly wasting daylight to remove the leaves from your pool, automatic covers make a lot of sense.
Leaves will collect on top of the cover and then, as you roll it up and away from your pool, you can use a hose, leaf blower or something else to knock all leaves off where they can be easily gathered on dry ground.
Many people end up with mesh pool covers. These will help too, but they’ll also take a lot more time to pull off and put back on every time you want to use your pool.
Solar blankets have become popular, but they’re not great for the purpose of keeping your pool free of leaves. For one thing, most don’t cover the entire surface of the pool, meaning rain and wind can help leaves bypass this added layer. With the help of a Cover Catch, you can probably cover everything, but cleaning the solar blanket will still be a trial.
Lastly, you know your pool needs to be fenced off so small children don’t find their way in accidentally. Consider this area for windbreaks too, including hedges, bushes groundcovers or something like decorative fencing for not only adding a level of style to your pool area, but also keeping the wind from depositing leaves in your water on a regular basis.
Depending on how bad your situation is, you may find that some combination of these four methods is going to be your best bet. In any case, even though it can be frustrating, don’t lose sight of how important it is to keep your pool free of leaves.
Want more options? Call Pleasure Pools today, 504-888-6660.