Weekly Pool Maintenance
Maintaining your pool on a weekly basis will pay off in the long run. Here are some of the things you need to do on a regular basis to prevent build up and equipment problems. Every couple of days removes the dirt and leaves that occur on the surface with a skimmer. This is an easy task and should be done more frequently after any type of rain or dust storm. After a storm you will find leaves, branches and all types of dust and dirt that can settle on the bottom of the pool or even clog the filters and the strainer baskets. Check the strainer baskets at least once a week and be sure to empty them. Run the pool vacuum system at least once a week to keep the bottom of the pool clean, more often is preferred since the bottom of the pool is the hardest area to clean manually and a lot of dirt can settle there. Scrub the walls and tiles to keep the buildup of algae and calcium down. Clean the pool filter often, but not more than the manufacturer recommendations. Maintain consistent water levels especially during the summer months when evaporation is higher due to the higher temperatures and there is more activity in the summer. If water levels change unexpectedly, be sure to check for leaks. Check the pH often especially during times of heavy pool use. Keep the pH between 7.2 and 7.8 and maintain the other chemicals. You may have to “shock” the pool to keep the water clear. Check the pool heater and be sure it is working properly. Maintenance on the pool heater should be done by a pool professional.
During the winter months, you can drain the pool which will decrease maintenance cost and time and will also allow for thorough cleaning and repairs if any are needed. Be sure to leave some water in the bottom of the pool if you are draining it for the season. If your pool is in an area where the temperatures drop below freezing, remove as much water as possible from the pipes, filter and heater. Disconnect the pump, heater and chemical feeders.
When preparing to go on vacation use a test stripe to determine your chemical levels. Raise your chemical levels somewhat while you are gone since they will lower naturally. Shock the pool the day of your departure and invest in a pool cover if possible. You might want to check with a neighbor to keep an eye on the pool and to treat as needed or even better yet, hire a professional service to maintain your pool. You really don’t want to come home to a pool full of cloudy, dirty water.