How Often Is Pool Maintenance Needed?

Posted on: 27 March 2019

If you own a swimming pool, you may want to know how often you need to clean it. Cleaning a pool is no easy task and making a decision on how and when to do it is not either. There are several big and small tasks involved in swimming pool maintenance, and some must be performed daily. Even if some tasks can be performed every month and others seasonally, there is no standard way of keeping your pool clean and stylish. Some cleaning and maintenance activities have to be done when they arise rather than based on a preset schedule. As long as you are observant and action-oriented, your pool will never become dirty or unsafe.

Cleaning a pool

If you want to avoid expensive pool maintenance issues, keep it clean. Take some time to thoroughly clean the pool and its surroundings; repair any faulty component as well. Collect floating leaves or algae and spare time for vacuuming and cleaning your pool surfaces.

When it comes to cleaning pumps, you should watch the pressure levels. Clean your pool pumps two times every season and ensure that you do it meticulously. Open up the pumps and take the time to clean them fully. Depending on the amount of time you can spare for this, you can also clean your pumps weekly rather seasonally.

As for cleaning skimmers, this should be a daily task if your pool is built closer to trees. But, if it is situated far from the trees, skimmers can be cleaned two times a week or else they will get clogged with leaves and debris.

Activities you can do twice a week

Some pool maintenance tasks can be performed two times a week. These include the following:

  • Testing the pool chemical's pH levels. Ensure that these are between 7.4 and 7.6 and if they are not, alter them accordingly.

  • Empty your skimmer baskets to avoid clogging

  • Remove floating leaves, insects, and dirt

  • Adjust the pool's chlorine levels as required. You need to test the levels and ensure that they are between 1.0 and 3.0 PPM (parts per million).

  • Vacuum your pool surfaces at least once a week. If the pool is near trees, and has several swimmers, you might need to vacuum its surroundings two or more times every week. Otherwise, decaying debris might settle on the base of the pool and cause pH issues.

When it comes to weekly pool maintenance activities, you should aim to do the following:

  • Clean the pool water line

  • Vacuum the pool

  • Brush the walls

  • Use a product that can prevent algae growth to treat your pool

  • Shock-treat your pool with a whole bag of shock per 10,000 gallons.

Some seasonal tasks and those that you can do every 60 days will require the pool to be closed for a few days and be performed when there is no rain or wind. An example of this is filter cleaning using a cleaner and degreaser. If you notice that the tasks are too difficult or you have no adequate time to do them, you can seek professional help.