A Checklist of Routine Pool Service and Maintenance  

by Pool Builders on 01-05-2014 in Articles

Keeping your pool sparkling clean can seem like quite a chore. In order to lighten the load on homeowners, it's important to remember a few tips. Homeowners should take all factors into consideration when choosing their backyard setup. For some, an aboveground pool makes the most sense, while others can accommodate an in-ground swimming pool.

Some jobs are best done by a pool service professional. Those who are trying to do it all by themselves will almost certainly get frustrated and upset. Routine pool service is critical. If left unattended, small lining tears, pump issues, or other issues can turn into difficult, costly problems. Among these common maintenance needs, some are easy to take on yourself, while others require the attention of a pool service professional.

Basket Cleaning - The baskets collection common debris that floats on the surface of the water. Cleaning the baskets is about as simple as it gets. Simply shake out the leaves or other debris and put the basket back in position. This basic task should be done at least every day or two and will help ensure the pump is working at full capacity, which mean the water will stay clean and clear.

Filter Cleaning - There are three distinct types of filters which each require a different type of cleaning process. The easiest type to address is the cartridge style. While most homeowners hire a professional to clean out other types. Be sure to consult the manufacturer's instructions on measuring filter performance and judging how often to clean the unit.

Heater Maintenance - Most heaters require a thorough checkup every couple of years. The manufacturer's manual for each specific unit gives more detailed information on when to have the heater professionally inspected. A professional will disassemble the unit in order to clean out tubes and ensure it is working as efficiently as possible.

Surface Skimming - The surface of the water should be skimmed with a specially designed long-handled net every few days. By removing foreign objects when they are floating, it prevents them from blocking the basket and filtration system or from collecting at the bottom of the pool.

Vacuuming - There are all types of water vacuums available. Homeowners can choose a self-operating system that requires minimal supervision, or can do everything manually with a device that's much like an in-home vacuum cleaner. Ideally, vacuuming should take place once a week. This will keep the water clearer and will decrease the need for the heavy use of chemicals.

Wall Cleaning - Not only do the floors need to be cleaned regularly, but the walls as well. They should be cleaned with a handheld brush, though be careful to choose one that is appropriate for the material that the walls are made of. Keeping the walls clean will prevent calcium deposits and algae from building up.

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