Dogs love to go for a swim in your swimming pool. After all, they feel warm too. Maybe warmer than us. Their bodies are covered in fur and the only way they can release the heat from their bodies is either through their nose or tongue. You can bet that it makes them more susceptible to feeling the heat during the summer season.
Fortunately, your pool can help relieve them of the heat. It is a good thing they are natural born swimmers. These furry creatures love the water in general and you cannot keep them from jumping in the pool to cool off. However, that poses a problem for you. How do you remove the dog hair that can compromise the filtration system of your swimming pool?
Here are tips that will help keep the dog hair to a minimum so your lovable furry pets can continue using the pool without clogging everything.
Allow the dogs to de-shed their hair before letting them swim.
This is not really hard to do. You just have to brush their fur thoroughly with a de-shedder. This will help remove the weaker hair that can be shed in the pool when your dog goes for a swim. Not only that, this can also help keep your dog’s fur from tangling when it becomes wet.
Equip the pool with a strong filtration system.
If you know that your dog will be swimming in your pool, you may want to install a stronger filtration system. This will ensure that the dog hair will not compromise the ability of your swimming pool to clean itself. And while you are at it, make sure you schedule a constant maintenance for your filtration system.
Add an extra layer of filter over the skimmer basket of your sweep.
You can use a hairnet or an old pair of pantyhose. Make sure it has a fine mesh material. You will use this as an extra layer of filter to keep hair from going through the larger holes of the skimmer basket. This will keep both dog and human hair from having to work the filtration system harder than it has to.
Use a hand vacuum.
Even if you have a strong filtration system, you should still have a hand vacuum ready. Ideally, you want it to have its own internal filter. This can help remove clumps of dog hair that has landed at the bottom of the pool. It will be less hair for your filtration system to work on.
Have a pool sweep ready
This is another device that you can use to clean your swimming pool of dog hair. It is usually placed at the bottom of the pool or where the water is sucked to go through the filtration system. It helps keep dog hair and other debris from floating all over the pool. Just make sure you clean this every now and then to keep it working efficiently. Of course, you can also use a robotic pool sweep that does not rely on the pressure of the water being sucked from the pool. This will help you get hair from all areas of the pool.
Remember these tips when you have a furry pet who loves to go for a frolic in your swimming pool. Obviously, you do not want to have your dog’s hair on your face as you go for a swim yourself.