Pool Maintenance

 

Keeping your pool sparkling clean doesn’t have to be as cumbersome as you might think. All pools are different, and so are their maintenance needs. However, they all share one commonality: The secret to pristine pool health is regular, routine care. If you choose to handle common problems like murky water or broken pumps on your own, make sure to always consult manufacturers’ manuals before fixing or using equipment. No matter if you rely on a service company to take care of your pool, you still need to do a few things on your own to ensure your pool stays in good condition for years.

Beautiful Clean Swimming Pool

To keep your pool looking its best, follow these four important steps.

Circulation

The more your water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold and it will be easier for your filter to catch debris as more water flows through it. Circulate your pool water during the day—preferably for 10 hours or more—to help your pool products work their best.

 

Filtration

One of your most important pieces of equipment, the filter removes both visible debris and microscopic matter to keep your water sparkling clear. Check your manufacturer’s guidelines for backwashing the filter (removing material trapped on or in the filter media). A regular chemical cleaning is also necessary to remove oils and deeply imbedded debris that backwashing misses.

 

Cleaning

Algae and bacteria can grow in areas of poor circulation. At least once a week, brush and vacuum the walls and floor of your pool. Even if you use an automatic pool cleaner brushing is a must.

 

Testing

To keep your pool looking great, certain elements must be regularly tested and adjusted, including alkalinity and calcium hardness levels. The tests for pH and active sanitizer are the most important and should be done several times per week. You should also bring a sample of the water to your SunGuard Professional for testing at pool opening and closing, and every four to six weeks in between.