Swimming Pool Maintenance and Upkeep
Clean Debris Daily
It isn’t safe or pleasant to swim in a pool full of bugs, leaves, and other debris. During summer months, use a skimmer/pool net to clean your pool at least once a day. This will help keep the water clean and ready for swimming.
Swimming Pool Maintenance: Run the Pump Every Day
You should run your pump for around 8-12 hours each day. The pump circulates water and prevents algae and other bacteria from building up. These can make your pool slippery and unsafe. The pump can also move debris toward the filter and the circulation helps to mix the chemicals.
Clean Pool Walls
Algae and other sediments might accumulate on the walls of your pool. Use a brush to remove this build-up at least once a week. Use a pool vacuum or try to move the buildup towards the main pool drain so that it can be filtered out.
Vacuuming is an essential part of swimming pool maintenance and should be done at least once a week, especially if you notice debris on the bottom of your pool. Automatic vacuums are made so that you can simply put it in the water and turn it on. A manual vacuum requires a little more work as you will need to move it around the pool to clean it well.
Test Water the Chemistry
Test the water chemicals weekly. The pH should be somewhere between 7.2 and 7.6. If the water is too acidic or too alkaline, you will need to decrease or increase the pH level by adding appropriate amounts of water-balancing chemicals.
Swimming Pool Filter Maintenance
The filter will get dirty over time, so you will need to backwash the filter element as part of your regular maintenance routine. This process flushes out build-up that keeps the filter from doing its job. A clean pool filter works more effectively to keep the water clean.
When to Shock the Pool
There are certain cases where you will need to shock your pool by adding extra chlorine. This may be after a heavy rainstorm, during very hot weather, or after you have had a large number of people swimming in your pool.
Getting a Pool Ready for Winter
When summer is coming to an end, you still have swimming pool maintenance to attend to. Give the pool a final cleaning and vacuuming. Don’t completely drain the pool, especially if you live somewhere the water will freeze. Instead, drain just enough water so that the water line is two feet under the skimmer. Take out the filter and store it away during winter.
Following these basic maintenance tips will help you keep your pool clean and well-maintained all year long.