Regular pool maintenance is essential to keep a pool clean, safe, and enjoyable. Here’s a general guide to routine pool maintenance:

  1. Skimming and Cleaning Debris:
    • Use a skimmer net to remove leaves, bugs, and other debris from the water’s surface.
    • Empty skimmer baskets and pump baskets regularly to maintain proper water flow.
  2. Vacuuming:
    • Vacuum the pool at least once a week to remove dirt and debris that settle on the pool floor.
    • Consider an automatic pool cleaner for more frequent and efficient cleaning.
  3. Brushing:
    • Brush the pool walls and floor to prevent algae growth and remove any built-up dirt or scale.
    • Pay attention to corners, steps, and other areas that may accumulate debris.
  4. Water Circulation:
    • Ensure proper water circulation by running the pool pump for an adequate amount of time each day.
    • Check that the return jets are positioned to create a circular flow for optimal water distribution.
  5. Pool Filter Maintenance:
    • Clean or backwash the pool filter regularly, depending on the type of filter (sand, cartridge, or diatomaceous earth).
    • Replace filter media or cartridges as recommended by the manufacturer.
  6. Water Chemistry:
    • Test the pool water regularly for pH, chlorine or bromine levels, alkalinity, and calcium hardness.
    • Adjust chemical levels as needed to keep the water balanced and within the recommended ranges.
  7. Shock Treatment:
    • Perform regular shock treatments to oxidize contaminants, eliminate chloramines, and keep the water clear.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the type and amount of shock treatment to use.
  8. Algae Prevention:
    • Use algaecides as a preventive measure, especially during the warmer months.
    • Maintain proper water circulation and chemistry to discourage algae growth.
  9. Tile and Coping Cleaning:
    • Clean pool tiles and coping regularly to remove any built-up scale or dirt.
    • Use a pool-safe cleaner and a soft brush to avoid damaging the surfaces.
  10. Inspect Equipment:
    • Regularly inspect and maintain pool equipment such as pumps, motors, and heaters.
    • Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
  11. Winterizing (Seasonal):
    • If applicable, follow proper winterization procedures before closing the pool for the offseason.
    • Cover the pool to prevent debris accumulation and algae growth.

Please note that the maintenance tasks required for your pool may vary depending on its size, location, and climate. To get the best advice for your pool, we recommend speaking to a PoolXpert. Regular and proactive maintenance is crucial to keep your pool clean, clear, and ready for use.