You have a pool and you want to share it with friends and family. Nobody wants to dive into a cloudy pool. Nor do you want your loved ones to be at risk. Owning a pool comes with great responsibility and this includes keeping your pool safe and clean. Regular maintenance is essential for proper pool management. And there are daily, weekly, and monthly tasks you should be doing to keep your pool ready all year round.
Plan to perform these tasks every day. If your schedule is busy, then you want to do these tasks at least twice a week. The more often they are done, the better
Skim debris and leaves from the surface to prevent it from collecting on the floor. Once it collects it can cloud the water and is much harder to remove.
Clean out the skimmer baskets. Remove any debris that gets trapped in the baskets. If the basket gets clogged up it is unable to pull debris from the water efficiently.
These next steps need to be done each week. They can all be done at the same time and will not take up much time. Performing these every week will save you money and time in the long run as it prevents damage.
Brushing: Scrub the sides and bottom of the pool and if possible push any debris towards the drain.
Vacuum: Use a pool vacuum to remove any debris that was loosened with the brush.
Check your water level: Evaporation and rain can change water levels, so check this every week. Adjust the water level so that it sits at the midpoint of the skimmer.
Check the Filter: You can have a sand, cartridge, or DE filter, but they all need to be cleaned every week. Along with cleanliness, you also need to check the pressure of the filters.
Test the Water: The pH level needs to be 7.4. Too high or too low can cause water corrosion, cloudiness, and skin and eye irritation. Alkalinity also needs to be regulated as it helps to keep pH levels stable. Alkaline levels should stay within the 80-150ppm range.
You need to perform some additional tasks to make sure your pool stays clean and safe for swimming. These only need to be done monthly but are essential.
Check the calcium levels every month and make sure they stay within 200 to 400 ppm because calcium hardness can damage the water and too little causes surface pitting.
Test for the total amount of solids dissolved in water. Solids like minerals, metals and salts can build up in your pool so make sure you never have more than 1,500 ppm of total dissolved solids.
Check safety equipment including diving boards, ladders, handrails and steps. Don’t forget about the pool fence. You want to look for loose parts, broken pieces and cracks and repair them right away.
Make yourself a maintenance schedule and stick with it. Regular maintenance is the best way to make sure your pool is clean and safe for swimming. If you have any questions about pool maintenance, water testing, or cleaning, call your pool maintenance company. They have the experience, knowledge, resources and tools to help you keep your pool clean, sparkling, and safe for every season.