Weekly Pool Maintenance
Maintaining and keeping a swimming pool clean includes much more than just balancing pool water. There are necessary routines that need to be added to your pool cleaning weekly schedule to ensure pool cleanliness and longevity.
Helpful Hint: Maintain a pool more efficiently by utilizing pool equipment and supplies.
Clean out skimmer/pump basket
The pool skimmer and pump basket is designed to collect leaves and debris before it reaches the filter. The skimmer basket should be emptied and cleaned frequently. Failure to remove debris from the pump basket can result in poor water circulation, reducing filtration efficiency.
Check pool filtration system
Pool filters and pumps are components of the pool filter system. Pool pumps drive pool water through the filter, and the filter removes dirt and debris by trapping particles that get into the pool water and do not dissolve. Most pool filters use sand, diatomaceous search (DE) or cartridge elements to filter the water. Be sure to consult the manufacturers’ operating manual to properly clean and backwash the filter. Remove and clean out any debris that is found in the filter basket.
Brushing pool walls
Brushing pool walls allow debris and dirt to loosen and be skimmed or caught in the pool's filtration system, as well as prevent algae growth and staining due to stagnant dirt. Use a swimming pool wall brush to clean and scrub pool walls and bottom.
Use a Leaf Skimmer to gather up leaves and other floating debris on the surface of the water. Leaf skimming helps to remove debris before it reaches the filter system or the pool bottom. This will help you to save time, increase filter efficiency, and prevent staining of the pool bottom.
Vacuuming pool floors
Vacuuming a swimming pool ensures a clean, healthy water environment. Most manual pool vacuums attach to the skimmer and use the pump pressure to bring debris off of the floor of the pool. Important: Make sure there is no air in the vacuum hose when using a manual vacuum. Air can be removed from the vacuum hose by submersing the vacuum hose under water or by placing the vacuum hose over one of the return fittings before hooking it up to the skimmer. Automatic pool vacuums are an easier way of vacuuming a pool that will save you time.
Keep pool deck areas clean and debris free
Good practice in maintaining a clean pool is keeping the deck and surrounding areas free from leaves, dirt, and debris. The loose dirt and debris will either be brought into the pool by swimmers or blown into the pool where it will have to be cleaned out. Regularly hosing down the deck, raking the surrounding yard and having pool fencing is recommended to prevent additional pool water cleaning.
About the Author
I’m a writer and content developer for Doheny’s Water Warehouse. I grew up around water on the coast of South Carolina and spent most of my summers at my grandma's in Florida. As a kid, she had the largest pool I had ever seen and my brothers and I would fight over who would test the pool water and put the chemicals in. Swimming the summers away at my grandma's house ingrained a passion for swimming and pool care. I am now interested in green energy solutions and energy efficient ways to maintain swimming pools and hot tubs.
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