Unfortunately, you can’t set-it-and-forget-it with your pool’s maintenance. The good news is, however, that spending a little bit of time each week on swimming pool maintenance goes a long way toward keeping your pool looking great – all summer long!
Here’s what you should do.
6 Pool cleaning maintenance tasks
Grab your long-handled skimmer net and use it to get rid of insects, leaves and other debris that’s floating on top of the water. If you catch this debris before it falls to the bottom of the pool, where it’s harder to remove, the job will be easier.
Step 2: Vacuum
Use the vacuum to remove remaining debris. Make sure you put the vacuum head and hose under the water before you connect it to the filter.
Step 3: Brush
After vacuuming the bottom of the pool, turn your attention to the walls. Use the brush to remove film or buildup that’s accumulated on the surface.
Be sure to clean the skimmer basket out every week – or more if it needs it. Getting rid of debris in the basket will let it operate more efficiently. Also, be sure to clean out the pump basket once or twice a month.
The next steps involve checking the water circulation and filter. First, inspect the water circulation system, which includes the skimmer, filter, pump and pump strainer. The water circulation ensures that the chemicals can do their work and that the water is filtered. You can promote optimal water by running the pump long enough over the course of a day to ensure proper filtration and to keep the system in good condition.
Second, check the filter, which is designed to trap particles and debris and keep the water clear. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning frequency and directions.
Depending on how often you use your pool, you’ll want to test the pool water frequently. As a rule of thumb, the more you use it, the more you should test. Then, use the test results to figure out if you need to adjust the chemicals and by how much. You’ll also want to regularly shock the pool, as the treatment will rid the pool of dirt, bacteria, algae and any other matter that’s in the water. As always, follow the manufacturer’s directions for shock treatments.
Following these simple steps on a regular basis over the summer will give you sparkling clean and clear blue water – all summer long. Invest the time, and you’ll be surprised by how far your efforts go.
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