Regular maintenance is essential for proper pool management. As a pool owner, there are several steps you need to take to keep the pool clean and safe for swimming. As fun as pools are, they come with responsibility and proper maintenance and upkeep is the most important role. There are daily, weekly, and monthly tasks you should be doing to keep your pool at its best.
These can be done daily or a few times a week depending on your schedule. At a minimum, you want to plan to perform these tasks at least twice a week, if not more.
• Skim debris and leaves in front of the surface. When done a few times a week, you prevent debris from falling to the pool floor.
• Clean the skimmers. Remove any debris that gets trapped in the skimmers so they can effectively keep collecting from water.
These steps can be done more often, but at a minimum, you want to perform these every week to keep your pool at its cleanest and ready for swimming at any time.
• Brushing: With a pool brush, clean the sides and bottom of the pool. Push any debris towards the drain if possible.
• Vacuum: Use a pool vacuum to remove any debris you loosened with the brush.
• Check your water level: The water should be at a level equal to the midpoint of the skimmer. Evaporation and rain can change water levels, so check this every week and adjust accordingly to keep water levels accurate.
• Check the Filter: Whether you use sand, cartridge, or DE filter, they need to be cleaned every week. Check both the cleanliness and the pressure of the filters.
• Test and Adjust: There are several aspects of the pool water that need to be tested and balanced. The pH level needs to be 7.4. Too high means too much chlorine and cloudy water and too low can cause eye irritation and makes the water corrosive. Alkalinity helps to keep pH levels stable and should stay within the 80-150ppm range.
Every month, you need to perform some additional tasks to make sure your pool stays clean and safe for swimming.
• Calcium hardness can damage the pool and this occurs when there is too much calcium in the water. It is also possible to have too little calcium which can cause surface pitting. Check the calcium levels every month and make sure they stay within
• There is a test to measure the total amount of solids dissolved in water like minerals, metals and salts. . These solids are typically metals, minerals, and salts. You never want your pool to have more than 1,500 ppm of total dissolved solids.
• Safety equipment needs to be checked. This will include ladders, steps, and handrails as well as diving boards if you have one. Check for loose parts and if anything is broken be sure to repair it right away.
Pool safety should be every pool owner’s top priority. Regular maintenance is the best way to make sure your pool is not only clean but safe too. Reach out to us today for any questions you may have about pool maintenance. We have the resources,