How to Maintain Your Pool In-Season

Thoroughly cleaning your pool and consistent chlorination on a weekly basis during the swimming season will ensure clean and safe swimming water. It will save you time and deduce chemical costs in the long run too. If you’d like to hire a Pro for weekly maintenance, check out our dealer/servicer locator.

Skim leaves and debris
Use a long-handled leaf skimmer to gather leaves, insects, and any other debris floating on your pool’s surface. Try to remove debris before it sinks to the bottom of your pool where it becomes difficult to remove and may cause staining.

Brush pool walls and floor
Use a brush to remove dirt and algae that has collected on the sides, bottom and steps of your pool. Brush sediment toward the main drain so it can be easily vacuumed.

Vacuum
Submerge your vacuum head and hose, before hooking up the vacuum to the filter.  Automatic pool cleaners come in handy too – they can go about their business of cleaning your pool for you.  Some will even handle the previous step of brushing walls and floors.

Clean skimmer and pump baskets
You should also clean out your skimmer(s) and pump basket weekly or more often if necessary. Removing debris allows the skimmer to operate at maximum efficiency.

Check water circulation
Your pool’s circulation system includes the skimmer, pool pump, pump strainer, drains and pool filter. The system helps chemicals work effectively and ensures that water is properly filtered. Run your pump long enough each day to make sure the water is properly filtered (turned over) and keeps the components of your system clean and in good condition.

Check filter
The three most popular types of pool filters are sand, cartridge, and D.E. (Diatomaceous earth).  All filters filter out debris and particles from your pool water. You should clean and maintain your filter according to your model number owners’ manual.

Shock
Test your pool water frequently (daily or weekly depending on use) and add chemicals if necessary, following manufacturers’ directions. A regular shock treatment cleanses the water of algae, bacteria, dirt, and any other organic matter that may have entered the pool. Follow chemical manufacturer’s directions for shock treatments.  With salt chlorination, the process of shocking your pool’s water is called Super Chlorinate.