Pool Cleaning & Maintenance Tips
Keeping your pool clean and clear is a matter of balance. Just enough sanitizer, enough water movement, the right pH and temperature, and regular brushing and vacuuming. It can at times seems so complicated. Relax, we understand it can be overwhelming and we are here to help keep your investment a delight and not a burden.
Pool Cleaning Ideas
Inspect and Empty Skimmer and Pump Strainer Baskets
Twice a week you should walk around your pool for overall inspection. During this time it is best to check your skimmers and empty as needed. Additionally, you should check your pump strainer. It is VERY important that when checking the pump strainer you SHUT DOWN the pool filter. Anytime after a windy or rainy day it is always good to check the skimmers. Failure to clean your baskets can result in possible damage to the pump.
Skim the Top Surface of Water
Use a leaf skimmer to collect all floating debris, such as leaves, insects and grass clippings. This is highly encourage after days of rain or high winds. This should be done a few times a week.
Clean the Side Tile
Scrub the tile sides above the water line with a liquid or powdered tile cleaner and a brush. For heavy cleaning use only 50/50 Acid/Water mix. Remove any large debris from the bottom of the pool with a net.
Brush the Surface of Pool
Twice a week brushing the pool walls and bottom actually saves time by making the weekly pool cleaning less extensive. This will remove any standing debris your cleaner has missed and keeps your surface smooth. Use only a nylon-bristled brush so that you do not damage your pool surface.
Vacuum the Pool
The pool should be vacuumed at least once a week and even more often during windy conditions. When vacuuming, use slow, overlapping strokes. An automatic pool cleaner makes this easy.
Clean the Pool Filter
As a general rule, the filter should be cleaned (backwashed for sand or D.E. filters, cleaned for cartridge filters) when the filter pressure gauge indicates a rise of 8 to 10 pounds above the starting pressure. The minimum you should wait to clean the filters/cartridges is 3 months.
*A complete Pool Filter Cleaning should be done at least once a year.
Needed Pool Supplies
Chlorine Tablets or Salt Bags
DE for DE Filters
Simple Pool Tips
In order to maintain your pool or spa operating at peak performance, these simple tips are a good place to start!
Maintain Water Level
Increase the Running Time of Your Filter to 8-12 Hours During Hot Months (1 hour for every 10 degrees)
Keep Trees & Plants Away From Pool or Spa Area
Skim Your Pool & Empty the Baskets Daily
Clear Out Skimmers That Gather Bugs & Leaves Daily
Vacuum Your Pool at Least Once a Week to Remove Debris That the Cleaner Might Miss
Test Your Pool Water Weekly to Maintain Clean & Safe Water
- Free Chlorine = 1-3 ppm
- pH = 7.4-7.6
- Total Alkalinity = 80-120 ppm
- Cyanuric Acid (Stabilizer/Conditioner) = 30-80 ppm
Get Started Today!
We are here to help you enjoy the investment you have made in your backyard. You can trust that we will treat your pool with the same care we use to treat our own.
Call us today and we will come by and give you a free estimate of how we can make your life easier!