Keeping your pool in great working order is easy once you get the hang of it. Follow these steps to maintain a clean and healthy pool that lasts.
1. Be consistent.
The key to a well-maintained pool is consistency. Set a regular cleaning schedule and stick to it. Skipping even a week or two of routine maintenance can throw off a pool’s pH levels and lead to a clogged filter and algae buildup.
2. Skim out any visible floating debris.
Leaves, twigs and insects sometimes wind up in the pool, especially after a storm or a particularly windy day. Using a hand skimmer to remove them will help keep the pool’s circulation system working efficiently. You should also hose out strainer baskets at least once a week.
3. Keep your pool filter clean.
Your pool’s filter is likely one of three types: diatomaceous earth, sand or cartridge. No matter the type of filter you have, you’ll need to clean it out at least once a month. We recommend replacing your pool filter once a year.
4. Check water levels.
It’s important to maintain your pool’s water level so it doesn’t fall below the skimmer and damage the pump. Since water is periodically lost throughout a pool’s season due to evaporation and regular usage, you’ll need to pay attention to water levels and keep them at the level recommended for your particular model.
5. Vacuum the pool and clean the walls.
Pools need vacuumed at least once a week, sometimes more, even if there isn’t noticeable debris. Vacuuming a pool is just like vacuuming carpet. You’ll just need to move the vacuum back and forth, overlapping strokes to ensure you cover every area. Remember, you might need to clean the filter afterwards, so be sure to check it. Once a week, you should also make time to brush the sides of your pool to prevent algae buildup and calcium deposits.
6. Maintain a healthy pH.
pH measures acidity and alkalinity. For your pool, a healthy pH is between 7.2 and 7.8. This is the ideal range for optimal sanitization and safe swimming. Depending on your pool, you may need to check pH up to three times a week. Easy-to-use testing kits are available from your local pool supply store to streamline the process.
7. Be on the lookout for leaks and repairs.
It’s always far better to catch and repair a leak as soon as it starts. Pay attention to your pool’s water levels and check the lining for rips and tears regularly. Taking time to fix these things before you winterize your pool for the season will keep them from getting worse.
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