After your pool is running, in proper chemical balance and when proper sanitizer levels have been achieved, you can follow these easy steps to maintaining your swimming pool. The more you follow through with these steps the easier it will become to keeping your swimming pool clean and dirt free. You’ll start to look at this as more as a headache relief than a task.
If you like to maintain your swimming pool on a daily basis:
Step 1- Test the sanitizer residual and pH levels.
Step 2- Check the pressure gauge on the pool filter to see if the filter needs backwashing (cleaning). If you are following regular maintenance procedures, the pool filter should run for a week or more before backwashing is required.
Step 3- Add sanitizer if the residual level is not proper. NOTE: You must add sanitizer whether or not the pool is being used and regardless of weather conditions. If you don’t, the water condition will deteriorate and could cause health problems and damage to the pool system.
If you are a weekly maintainer:
Step 1- Add a sequestering agent (also called chelating agent, or stain and scale controller). Wait one hour.
Step 2- Remember to check the pressure gauge on the pool filter for backwashing purposes. If you a High or Rapid Sand Filter, Earth or Cartridge Filter you may consider adding a clarifying agent (flocculent) to assist in filtering out the organic matter.
Step 3- Shock the pool immediately. Weekly shock treatment will oxidize accumulated organic material and waster that tie up the sanitizer.
Step 4- One hour after shock treatment add an algaecide.
Regular daily and weekly maintenance should keep the pool water sparkling clean, crystal clear, and ready for another week of use. Periodic vacuuming, cleaning, and backwashing are keys to maintaining an efficiently operating and balanced pool. As a reminder: Before following any of the tips listed above please make sure you swimming pool is in proper chemical balance and that sanitizer levels have been achieved.
Thorough cleaning will help maintain proficient operation and lengthen the life of the pool and its auxiliary equipment. There is no one, specified pattern for cleaning. Develop your own system to work most efficiently for you and your family.
In addition to following these cleaning measures you need to maintain the support system of the pool including the filter, pump, pump motor and heater. This equipment should be in good operating condition. You should check this equipment as part of your regular cleaning procedure. Correct small problems as they arise. Refer to the manufacturer’s product manual when working with any piece of equipment.
Make sure you:
- Check the water level- Start adding water as necessary. Anticipate backwash waste, leakage, evaporation, etc.
- Test and adjust chemical levels- Unless water chemistry is maintained, cleaning procedures and equipment cannot keep a pool clean.
- Clean coping and decking- Sweep or brush the deck and coping away from the pool. Be careful when disposing of wastewater so that decks and lawn are not damaged.
- Brush pool- Brush the walls and bottom uniformly. Normally, a nylon brush is tough enough to eliminate the dirt that clings to the wall. A stainless steel brush can be used periodically on the finish (plaster or natural finishes, NOT VINYL) to dislodge algae, stubborn dirt and calcium deposits. Always brush down to the floor, so that the refuse can be picked up with the pool vacuum. Starting at the shallow end, using overlapping strokes, systematically brush the walls and floor of the pool toward the main drain.
- Collect debris on the surface or bottom- Using a leaf skimmer remove debris first from the surface and then from the bottom. It is much easier to get rid of debris from the surface than to dredge the bottom.
- Check and clean skimmer and pump hair/lint strainer baskets- Before vacuuming and backwashing, make sure all rubbish is removed from the skimmer baskets and hair/lint strainer baskets. This ensures utmost suction. Repeat cleaning after vacuuming.
- Vacuum the pool- The pool should be vacuumed at least once a week and more often if wind and rain have brought in a large amount of debris.
- Backwash and service the pool filter- This equipment will last longer and give better service when backwashed regularly and thoroughly when needed. For best results, backwash when the filter pressure increases the specified amount above clean filter pressure: 10-20 psi for high rate sand filters. You can damage decks, lawns, trees, etc., by discarding wastewater improperly.
- Add chemicals as needed- Depending on the water testing results, you may need to add chemicals. The type and amount will vary.