Here is a quick guide to our suggested weekly swimming pool maintenance. Every pool is different, so you may need to adjust your maintenance depending on your unique situation. The more regularly you perform these key maintenance tasks, the easier and cleaner your pool will be.
Here are key areas to physically check as part of your weekly pool maintenance.
Check Baskets: Empty skimmer and pump basket (may require more frequent cleaning depending on what falls in your pool).
Skim Off Leaves and Debris: Use a long-handled leaf skimmer to gather up leaves, insects, and any other debris on the bottom or floating on the surface of the pool. Try to remove debris before it sinks to the bottom of your pool where it becomes difficult to remove and may create stains.
Check Filter: The three most popular types of filters -sand, cartridge, and DE (Diatomaceous Earth) - screen out debris and particles from your pool water. You should clean and maintain your filter according to the manufacturer's directions. Usually it's time to clean your filter when thepressure is approx. 10 psi higher than usual.
Brush: Use a brush to remove dirt that has collected on the sides and bottom of your pool. Brush sediment toward the main drain so it can be easily vacuumed.
Vacuum: Vacuuming should be done as often as you think.Normally, once a week is sufficient. To preserve water level, you may vacuum to your filtration system. However, this will cause your filter to require more frequent back-washing. Alternatively, you may vacuum to waste, but this will cause a drop in water level.
Check/Adjust Water Level: Make sure the water level is at the correct level for the pump to function properly. The waterline should be approximately half way up the skimmer inlet (typically half way up the tile line). Turn off pump if water is below inlet and fill; if water level drops below the inlet, you could burn out your pump from lack of water.
Proper water balancing is crucial for the health of your pool. We recommend using our Hamilton Index™ for proper balancing and ease of use. Make sure to use a quality test kit with fresh reagents for accuracy.
Tip: When using drop test kits, make sure to hold the dropper vertical for an accurate reading.
Check Hardness Level: Your pool water's hardness level will dictate how you balance your Total Alkalinity. We recommend using a Total Hardness test kit for best results. However, you can make an approximation using Calcium Hardness.
Check/Adjust Total Alkalinity: Based on your hardness, adjust your Total Alkalinity below the threshold dictated by the Hamilton Index. A good rule of thumb is approximately 10-20ppm below the value on the chart. Add either granular acid (such as Easy Acid™ or No Mor Muriatic Acid™), or liquid (Muriatic) Acid as necessary to bring Total Alkalinity below threshold.
Check/Adjust pH: We recommend maintaining your pH between 7.8 and 8.2. Add pH increaser (such as Easy pH Powder®) as required. Most pools will naturally settle out at 8.0 with minimal adjustment.
Check/Add Sanitizer: Check your sanitizer level and make sure it is within recommended range. Add sanitizer as necessary per the directions of an EPA registered product:
Chlorine: Approx. 1-3 ppm
Biguanide: Approx. 30-50 ppm
We recommend using No Mor Problems® in conjunction with your sanitizer to prevent algae, and bacteria as well as reduce need for shocking. Simply follow the directions and add the recommended amount every time you add sanitizer.