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One of the most important parts of owning your own pool is understanding how to maintain a pool. If you want your pool to be able to provide years of entertainment and joy for the entire family, then make sure you use this pool maintenance checklist.
The filter and drain system of your pool keeps the water circulating while removing debris and dirt. Good water chemistry is directly dependent on good circulation in your pool. And good circulation largely depends on your filter. Each day you should inspect your pool and check the water color. If it appears dirty, clean the filter. You should also check the filter pressure. Empty the skimmer and pump bucket each week. Once a month, it is a good idea to thoroughly clean your pool filter using the recommended chemicals.
It’s tempting to skip this step, and many pool owners do. But brushing your pool surface is much like brushing your teeth. With regular maintenance, you can avoid debris and algae build-up that can not only discolor your surface, but can also lead to serious water chemistry issues. To keep your pool surface clean and smooth and your water clear, you mus clean the surface of your pool at least once a week. Brush the sides and bottoms of your pool to loosen any dirt or algae, then use your pool vacuum to pick up all of the debris.
In order for your pump to continue functioning, you need to maintain a water level that reaches midway up the opening of your pool skimmer. Each day, take a look at your pool and check the water level. Pool water can evaporate quickly in long periods of intense heat and sun exposure. Top the water off with a hose to maintain the optimum level. If you notice a significant drop in the water level over a short period of time, this could indicate a leak and you should contact our service department right away.
In addition to regular cleaning and debris removal, you also need to maintain a proper balance of chemicals in your pool water. You should test the pH level of your pool each week, as well as alkalinity and calcium hardness levels. Test pH daily if possible. Alkalinity and calcium hardness can be tested once a week as these levels are slower to change. Use your pool chemicals to bring these levels into balance. It is generally recommended to test and balance alkalinity first as this can change the pH levels in your water. You can use these recommended levels as a guide, but remember that every pool atmosphere is different, so your numbers could vary slightly.
If you need help with the use of chemicals, or have trouble restoring balance to your pool water, get in touch with one of our pool service experts.
Hopefully you found this pool maintenance checklist easy to follow and helpful. If you want further advice and tips on how to maintain a pool, then contact the professionals at All Seasons Pools today. We can walk you through the entire process of keeping your pool in great shape, give you guidance in choosing the right pool products, and recommend additional tips on how to maintain a sparkling pool all season long.
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All Seasons Pools has been a trusted pool expert for Orlando, St.Augustine, Jacksonville, The Villages and other Florida Gulf coast and Atlantic coast communities since 1979. Started by John and Diane Watts, they specialize in creating amazing and unique backyard retreats for families to enjoy, including top-of-the-line custom pools and amazing outdoor living areas. They work hard to fulfill their motto to “leave every customer with a smile.”
As members of the Association of Pool & Spa Professions and Florida Swimming Pool Association, they put a strong emphasis on being strong, reliable builders and staying up-to-date on the latest pool industry technology and design trends. Visit their swimming pool gallery to see pools ranging from signature and geometric designs to natural forms.