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Pool Service: Choosing the Right Pool Vacuum

An important part of enacting an effective pool service regimen is having the right tools. And there may be no tool more important than the vacuum you use to clean your pool. Service your pool regularly with a high-quality vacuum, and you’ll reap the benefits of a spotless and well-maintained pool every summer.

But buying the right pool vacuum isn’t like buying a pack of gum at the cash register. As with any major purchase, it’s important to do your homework ahead of time, so you reap the best possible rewards from your investment. Here’s what to look for in a good pool vacuum.

Decide on manual or automatic. A manual pool vacuum will mean more work for you (or whomever is providing your pool service), but may save you some money. An automatic cleaner is like a robot that vacuums the pool bottom all by itself.

Get the right vacuum head. Handheld pool vacuums feature a telescoping pole with a vacuum head attached at the end. The kind of head you buy should be influenced by factors like the surface of your pool and your cleaning regimen. If your pool surface features vinyl layering or fiberglass, you’ll need a vacuum head with a variety of attachments.

Of course, if you can’t spend as much time as you’d like vacuuming your pool, you can get a weighted vacuum head, which is made heavier with lead or sand. The heavier head will help you clean the deeper ends of the pool (where buoyancy will be a greater problem), and the added pressure will help you remove more stubborn dirt and stains.

Get a vacuum with a flexible head. A flexible vacuum head will make pool service much easier, since you’ll be better suited to scrub corners, steps and ladders.

Ask your pool service professional. Many pool cleaning services will have their own vacuums, but contractors will generally be happy to give you advice on what kind of vacuum to buy — especially if it makes their jobs easier!

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