There is nothing routine about pool maintenance

Do not believe claims for a “maintenance-free” pool. While pools can now be equipped to reduce maintenance requirements, a pool will always require some maintenance. Every pool owner must engage in what the pool industry calls a routine pool maintenance schedule. The industry isn’t wrong. But let it be clear that there is nothing routine about pool maintenance.

Pool Maintenance Overview:

Many pool companies will advise you to “do this daily” or “do that weekly” when they teach about pool maintenance. This almost compels you to pick – and stick with – a specific day of the week to do something. If your pool needs a task completed to maintain its water clarity and cleanliness, then do that task today, regardless of when it was last done and regardless of when it is supposed to be done next. Do it now. For example, if your pool needs to be vacuumed on a Thursday, do not wait until Sunday to vacuum the pool just because Sunday is the day you arbitrarily chose to vacuum your pool. If your pool needs it now, do it now.

We understand that the term routine insinuates consistency. But with pools, the only thing that is consistent is change. Water is volatile in nature, which means it can change – in terms of its chemistry or and/clarity – without notice. So you must engage in a routine maintenance schedule without locking yourself into “doing this daily” or “doing that weekly” throughout the pool season. Do it consistently – do it routinely – but don’t always do it the same day each and every week for the entire pool season.

It is important to remember too that the climate (temperature, humidity, sunlight, rain, and wind) can hinder water chemistry and clarity. So to can your personal and individualized pool use. Therefore, you will need to adjust your routine maintenance schedule to compensate for the current weather conditions and your individualized pool use.

The main point to remember is not to engage in a routine maintenance schedule as dictated by the calendar. Rather, engage in a routine maintenance schedule as dictated by the current condition of your pool…and be able to adjust your schedule when needed.

The following information is a general – but should be a very helpful – overview about pool maintenance:
  • The water level in the pool is at the standard operating level, which is half way into the skimmer opening.
  • Make sure that the pool equipment is all working and operating as it should be working and operating.
  • Make sure that the pool equipment operates long enough to circulate and filter the water:
    • Some pool owners choose 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to operate their equipment non-stop.
    • Other pool owners choose to operate their equipment 8-10 hours per day.
  • Test the chemicals on a consistent basis. To test the pool chemicals, you have your choice between test strips (ok) and a test kit (recommended). A good rule of thumb is to test the chemicals:
    • twice per week during average climate factors and normal use.
    • 3-4 times per week (or every other day) during periods of sunny, hot, and humid temperatures, as well as after heavy use.
    • daily during periods when the overall water clarity has been compromised until proper water clarity is re-established.
  • Check your skimmer basket(s) daily…this takes 1 minute. Empty the skimmer basket(s), if needed…this takes 2 minutes.
  • Check you pump basket daily…this takes 1 minutes. Empty the pump basket, if needed…this takes 2 minutes.
  • Make sure all of your maintenance equipment is in good working condition.
  • Use your brush 2-3 times per week to brush the floor, sidewalls, corners (or radiuses), and step (if applicable).
  • Use your nets to remove leaves and other debris from the pool whenever you see leaves and other debris in the pool.
  • Vacuum the pool whenever you see leaves, dirt, or other debris in the pool. Or better yet, allow your automatic pool cleaner to vacuum your pool.
  • Clean the filter when the pressure gauge is at or near 8-10 psi above the standard operating pressure level.
  • Ensure proper sanitizer levels on a daily basis.
  • Ensure proper water balance on a daily basis. The water balance refers to the Alkalinity, pH, and Hardness levels.
  • Shock the pool on a regular basis.
  • Add a maintenance dose of an Algistat, Sequesterant, Clarifier, and Enzyme weekly; read the label instructions on the chemical bottle for the required amount to add.
  • Compensate for hot, humid and sunny weather, as well as rain or wind.
  • Compensate for additional and heavy use, such as weekends, holidays, or any reason for a pool party.
  • Stay current with the latest information about pool maintenance.

While this may seem like a lot, it’s really not. And, if followed, you will have a much easier time maintaining your pool. This will ultimately allow you more time to actually enjoy your pool.

Be proactive rather than reactive. Just remember that it is always much easier, much less time-consuming, and much less expensive to prevent potential problems than it is to treat actual problems. And the best way to prevent problems is to maintain your pool.

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