Keeping the Water Sparkling Clean: 5 Crucial Pool Maintenance Tips


Let’s face it, your pool is all about the water. But you don’t have to be a pool specialist or a chemist to keep your pool water sparkling clean. You just need to pay attention and understand what it is that makes your pool safe and clean.

1. Test Your Pool’s Chemistry

Regular checks of your pool’s chemistry, once or twice a week during swimming season and twice a month during winter, can ensure clear and safe pool water. In addition to regular pool maintenance with, you can also use testing strips from your pool supply store. Having proper pH and chlorine levels can keep your pool equipment running well. Ideal pool pH falls between 7.2 and 7.6, while chlorine levels should be between 1.0 and 3.0 parts per million.

2. Adding Granular Shock

Shock and algaecide can be added weekly while your pool is in use. Adding granular shock gives your chlorine a boost and kills any lingering bacteria or algae. An overgrowth of these two things can turn your water an unappealing green and possibly be harmful to your skin. When adding granular shock, make sure you use protective gloves and if possible a face mask. You don’t want it to come in contact with your skin in its undiluted state and the fumes can be harmful. Simply dilute it in water, dissolve it and add it to your pool water as the package instructs.

3. Skimming

Depending on the setting of your pool, you may need to use a skimmer more or less. If your pool is surrounded by trees, skimming 2 or 3 times a day may be necessary. Skimming is necessary to get rid of larger debris that your filter will not be able to process. Skim things like leaves, bugs, flowers and other organic materials that can break down and cause your water to do unpleasant things.

4. Run the Pump

If you’re using your pool regularly, then you ideally want to be running the pool pump all day, everyday. But because that can be a drain non the utility budget, many homeowners opt not to run their pump all day. If you fall into the savings pool owner, then you should run your pump for at least 12 hours a day. If you’re unable to monitor the pump hours, you can get a programmable switch that allows you to set the hours that your pump will run. Sufficiently circulating your pool’s water can mean less maintenance and the need for fewer chemicals.

5. Clean the Filter

Keeping your filter clean helps with the efficiency of your filtration system. It is an essential part of keeping your water clean and clear, so this is a regular pool chore. Manually clear the catcher of lint and hair if necessary and backwash the filter to clean it.

All of these tips combined with professional pool maintenance can help you keep your pool in great shape, ready to cool you down. Keeping up with these duties will make a big difference in the quality of your water and the longevity of your pool’s mechanical components. When you find your pool chore rhythm, you’ll have a pool that’s ready for fun in the sun all swim season long.