Even if you have contracted a maintenance company for your pool, you still need to do a few things to keep your pool in a pristine condition for years.

Here are a few basic suggestions that can help you in the pursuit of a sparkling clean pool:

  1. Skimming
  2. Maintain Water Level
  3. Clean Pool Filter
  4. Brush the Wals
  5. Maintain pH Levels
  6. Supercholorinate
  7. Winterize

1. Skimming

Skim your pool every alternate day to remove debris and other unwanted things like leaves and bugs. Regular skimming keeps the pool cleaner and significantly increases the efficiency of the pool’s circulation system as well as lowers the amount of chlorine your pool may require.

2. Maintain Water Level

A lot of water is lost due to splashes, evaporation and even regular exiting the pool! When you skim the pool, remember to check the water level- it should never fall below the level of the skimmer or it may damage the pump. Use a garden hose to bring the water level up if you find it lower.
Water level in a pool

3. Clean Pool filter

Your pool will have one of these 3 filters: cartridge, sand or diatomaceous earth. While periodic cleaning will keep them clean, please ask your pool builder before embarking on a cleaning trip because too frequent cleaning can actually hinder the filtration process. A good sign is when you can see an increase in the flow between pressure gauge and flow meter.

4. Brush the walls

Keep algae and calcium growth at a minimum by regularly brushing the walls and tiles of the pool. Your fiberglass or vinyl pools will be thankful if you use a softer brush.

5. Maintain pH levels

Keep your pool clean and healthy by regularly checking the pH level. A reading between 7.2 and 7.8 is ideal for swimmers and also lets the sanitizers work efficiently. You can get a pH testing meter from amazon or any other pool supply retailer in your neighborhood. Even your pool contractor should be able to recommend and source one for you.

6. Supercholorinate

Regular use of the pool builds up organic contaminants like ammonia and nitrogen, which interact with pool’s chlorine to form chloramines, producing the harsh smell every pool user must have experienced. Shock – superchlorinate- the pool water to normal chlorine level to get rid of this pungent smell. While it may come across a bit weird, it involves adding a large amount of chlorine to a pool!

7. Winterize

Since winters here are harsh, make a determined effort to clean and clear your pool to keep it healthy for next summer. Remove all water from all pipes so there is no chance of freezing water damaging the plumbing equipment. Use an air compressor to blow water out once the swimming season is over. Use nontoxic antifreeze to remove any remaining traces of water (different from vehicles’ antifreeze). Disconnect the pump, heater, and chemical feeders. Finally, clean the pool- skim, brush walls and tiles, empty the skimmer basket, lower water level to about 15-18 inches below the coping, and superchlorinate. To end the process, cover the pool to keep out leaves and other debris.