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How Often Should I Clean my Pool?

Pool Maintenance and Cleaning

Your new in-ground pool is built and ready to use. Just image all the fun times you and your family are about to have and all of the memories you will make. Having a pool is great, it does come with some required maintenance though. If you stay on top of it and have a routine, it won’t seem cumbersome and will ensure you are able to enjoy the time with your family.

Regular maintenance and cleaning are essential though to ensure the longevity of your pool and also to keep it safe for use. Here are some general guidelines on the steps to maintaining your pool and how often you should clean it:

  • Skimming and Cleaning Debris: Skimming your pool daily is ideal, it helps to remove any debris such as leaves, twigs, and insects. This will help to keep the water clear and reduce the work your filtration system has to do. Brushing the walls and floor of your pool weekly will ensure that algae and other contaminants don’t have the chance to build-up.
  • Water Chemistry: You should test the water in your pool at least once a week, especially during the swimming season. The pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.8, and the total alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 ppm. You should also check the chlorine and bromine levels regularly to ensure that they are within the recommended range. Keep in mind that if the water chemistry is off it can lead to irritability in the eyes, throat, ears, skin, and more.
  • Backwashing and Cleaning Filters: Depending on the type of filter you have; you may need to backwash or clean the filter once a week or once every few months. Cartridge filters need to be cleaned once a month, while sand filters need to be backwashed once a week.
  • Shock Treatment: A shock treatment is necessary to kill bacteria and other contaminants that are in your pool water. It is recommended that you shock your pool once a week during the swimming season or after heavy rainfall. You may need to shock the pool more frequently if you have a lot of swimmers or if the water is cloudy, foamy, green or has an odor.
  • Annual Maintenance: At the beginning of the season, you should perform a maintenance check to ensure that all the equipment is functioning correctly. This includes checking the pump, heater, filter, and other equipment for any signs of wear and tear as well as inspecting the pool structure for any cracks or leaks.

It is important to follow your manufacturer’s recommendations on where and how to clean and maintain your pool. If you are unsure about what needs to be done, it is best to consult with a professional. Regular and proper cleaning and maintenance will help ensure you have a long-lasting pool and you and your family will be able to enjoy it and make a ton of memories!

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