Basic Swimming Pool Care

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Check Water Level: It is important to maintain proper water level in your pool. A low water level can lead to pump damage. The correct level is usually in the middle of the skimmer opening or midway up the tile.

Skim the Surface and the Pool Floor: Use a Skimmer Net to collect all floating debris, such as insects, grass clippings and leaves. If leaves and large debris have accumulated on the bottom, remove them with a Skimmer Net to avoid staining and to prevent clogging the main drain or vacuum equipment.

Clean the Tile or Vinyl Liner Sides:
Brush it regularly to avoid staining. Note: Persistent heavy scaling indicates a serious water problem. If this occurs, check the water balance.

Brush the Pool: The ring or scum line that forms on the tile is a combination of oil and dust. Spend 10–15 minutes twice a week brushing the pool walls, steps, and bottom. This should be done even if your pool has an automatic pool cleaner. Brushing does not require great strength. Brush strokes should be slow and smooth and should overlap. Brush from the tile line down, always working toward the main drain. Using a Nylon-Bristle Brush, start at the shallow end and work toward the main drain (if applicable). The surface skimmer should be shut off or set at a minimum to provide maximum suction at the main drain. When finished brushing, return the skimmer and main drain setting to normal operations if applicable. (80% skimmer and 20% main drain is recommended.)

Check the Skimmer and Pump Strainer Baskets: The pool surface skimmer baskets and the pump strainer baskets should be checked weekly. In windy weather they should be checked at a minimum of once daily
Clean out the baskets using a garden hose with a high-pressure nozzle. This will ensure proper flow and efficient suction for brushing and vacuuming. Failure to clean the baskets will result in their damage and possible damage to the pump. Also, check the skimmer cover for cracks, the Pump Lid and Lid O-ring for damage, and check for leaking water.

Service the Filter: The circulation system will operate more efficiently and the filter will last longer if it is backwashed or cleaned regularly and thoroughly. As a general rule, the filter should be cleaned when the filter pressure gauge indicates a rise of 8-10 psi above the starting pressure. Bleed trapped air from the filter using the air-relief valve if so equipped. As a rule of thumb, your filter should run 8-12 hours during the season and 4-6 hours in the off-season.

Rinse the Deck: The pool area should be rinsed before swimmers enter the pool/patio area. This will prevent dirt from being tracked into the water. When rinsing, be careful not to allow the dirty water to get into the pool. The decking and coping should be scrubbed periodically with a stiff nylon brush. Follow the recommendations of the pool builder. Concrete or stone decking (and possibly wood decking depending on the type of wood) should be washed down with a five percent chlorine solution (1 fluid ounce of bleach to 20 fluid ounces of water) to kill bacteria and prevent infection. A concrete cleaner or surface- specific cleaner may also be used if applicable.

Vacuum the Pool: Vacuuming will give your pool the most thorough cleaning during normal maintenance. Generally, the pool should be vacuumed once a week. If high winds or heavy usage have occurred, more frequent vacuuming will be necessary. The method of vacuuming is essentially the same from pool to pool. The only variance is attributable to differences in skimmer or suction hookups.

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