A Brief Guide to Swimming Pool Maintenance

Pool maintenance is an essential part of pool ownership. Every swimming pool will require regular maintenance to ensure that its water stays clean and at a healthy pH level. While developing a solid maintenance regimen can be intimidating, it’s not as daunting as it might at first seem.

Overall, pool maintenance consists of three key points:

  • Keep pool water circulating
  • Clean the water
  • Maintain a safe chemistry for the water

We’ll walk you through what you need for each of these. Let’s get started!

Keeping the Pool Water Circulating

Still water is dirty water. With a pool, the water needs to have consistent circulation. You don’t want it sitting around stagnant because that can lead to a host of health and safety issues, from cloudy water to algae infestations. Plus, it’s a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests.

To maintain good circulation, you’ll need a good pool pump. If you don’t already have one, you need one. It’s worth it.

Our Recommendation: The Pentair Intelliflo VSF

With its variable speed feature, the Intelliflo provides precise control of flow, allowing for greater energy efficiency and optimal circulation. Talk about smart!

In addition to getting a good pump, you’ll also need to clean the pool filter regularly. How to clean it will depend on what type of filter you have: Cartridge, sand, or diatomaceous earth (D.E.). But in general, you should consider cleaning your filter every 1 to 3 months.

To find out more about different brands and types of pool filters, feel free to browse our online shop.

Cleaning the Pool Water

It’s no surprise that you need to clean your pool water regularly. Dust, dirt, and debris will inevitably find their way into the pool, as will leaves and insects. Oils from sunscreen, tanning lotion, and other cosmetics can also pose a contamination risk.

To keep your water clear from such contaminants, we recommend skimming the surface of your pool at least once a week. You’ll need a couple of items:

1.      Pool Skimmer/Rake

We’re lumping skimmers and rakes together since they serve the same purpose: They’re both netted tools that skim the surface to remove dirt and debris. The only difference? Skimmers consist of a single piece of fabric stretched over the frame, whereas rakes have a much deeper net that traps the debris in a pocket. For us, the choice is obvious: The pool rake makes cleaning the pool considerably easier. While rakes may cost a few bucks more, that extra investment will save you a whole lot of time in the future.

Our Recommendation: Pool Style Heavy Duty Leaf Rake

A solid middle-of-the-road option, the Pool Style Heavy Duty Leaf Rake is the goldilocks of leaf rakes: not too pricey, yet still heavy-duty enough for larger-sized pools. Its high-gauge aluminum frame provides durability, while its tapered nylon pocket ensures more efficient debris collection. A great choice for any pool owner.

2.      Telescoping Pole

Telescoping poles attach to leaf rakes, skimmers, and pool brushes, allowing you to extend your reach so that you can clean distant sections of the pool. Ultimately, this is a must-have accessory.

Our Recommendation: Lion Pool 8’–16’ Telescoping Pole

Lion Pool Products—one of the most trusted names in the pool product industry—combines quality craftsmanship with affordability. This bang-for-buck item comes in three sizes: 8-feet, 12-feet, and 16-feet, which makes it a suitable choice for virtually any size of pool.

Pro Tip: Tennis Balls Absorb Oils!

Your new-fangled leaf rake will do just fine removing solid dirt and debris, but liquid oils are a different story. Fortunately, you can throw in a couple of clean tennis balls, which will absorb oily patches left over from sunscreen and other lotions.

Cleaning the Pool Liner

You’ll want to clean not only the surface of your water, but also the surfaces of your pool. By giving the pool liner a good scrub every so often, you’ll stop algae from forming so that you can keep that crystal-clear water you want.

We suggest cleaning your pool liner at the same time as you skim the surface of your water. Do both at least once a week, or more frequently if necessary.

When cleaning, start by scrubbing the walls of your pool before cleaning the floor.

In addition to a telescoping pole (see above), you’ll need a brush:

1.      Wall Brush

A good wall brush will get that algae gone for good. But it’s also important to make sure you buy the right brush for your type of pool. You want a brush with bristles that are soft enough that they won’t damage the pool liner, but not too soft that they don’t clean it thoroughly.

If your pool is lined with vinyl or fiberglass, choose a softer brush with soft nylon bristles, such as the A&B 3ft. Nylon Wall Brush.

If your pool is concrete, consider using a poly- or synthetic-bristle brush with medium hardness. The Pool Style 18’’ Polypropylene Bristle Wall Brush is a good, all-around choice.

If your pool is made of gunite, choose a harder brush with stainless steel bristles. Our pick? The A&B Algae Brush, comes in three different sizes from 6 to 18 inches.

If you’re serious about pool maintenance, you may also want to invest in a pool vacuum, which will make cleaning significantly easier.

Maintaining the Pool Water Chemistry

The last part of pool maintenance? Science! Don’t worry though: This isn’t like science class in high school. You don’t need to be a chemist to understand how to maintain a good chemical balance for your water. All you need is a few essential items, the first being:

Your Water Testing Kit

When it comes to water chemistry, your testing kit will be the number one tool in your arsenal. You’ll be able to check your water’s pH balance, alkalinity, and level of free chlorine, bromine, and other sanitizers. For a comprehensive test kit, we recommend the AquaChek Pro Pool & Spa Test Kit, which comes with 100 test strips.

Once you’ve tested your water, you can start adjusting the pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer bit by bit until you reach the desired levels. For a simple, year-round pool chemical product, we recommend PoolTec Easy Care, which ensures your water maintains a consistent chemical balance for every month of the year.

Opt for Pool Shock

Heavy rain, incline weather, and other external factors can completely disrupt your pool’s chemical balance. That’s where pool shock products come in. They provide a shock to the pool’s system, evening out the chemical composition while strengthening its sanitization levels. Pool shocks are a must-have item, as they work rapidly to prevent the onset of algae infestations.

Our recommendation? Shockwave is a fast-acting and affordable solution that keeps your water looking its best.

Looking for Pool Maintenance Products? The Pool Doctor Has You Covered!

Palm Beach Pool Doctor Inc. is the premier pool maintenance specialist in the local area. Through our online store, we offer a vast selection of pool products which have all been carefully chosen based on their excellent performance. Plus, we deliver all orders straight to your door!

If you’re looking for good-quality pool products, visit our online store today!

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