Having a pool can be an amazing respite from the Texas heat, but in order to ensure your pool stays inviting, you have to keep it healthy! Setting a routine and staying on top of your pool maintenance can save you from having to make emergency trips for chemicals, or worse – having to pay for expensive corrections.
Twice a week
- Check the pool chemistry – pH levels should be between 7.2 and 7.8. The lower the pH is on this scale, the less chlorine the pool needs. (In winter you can do this less often, maybe once every week or two.)
- Make sure you are maintaining a proper water level. Too much water prevents the skimmer door from working properly, too little can burn up your pump. Water should be right at the center level of your skimmer.
- Vacuum the pool and brush walls and tile. This is done differently for different types of pools, so be sure to follow the instructions for your particular pool & its materials.
- Clean out your skimmer and check your filter.
- “Shock” the pool. Every pool is different, but in peak swimming season you may need to “shock,” or superchlorinate, your pool weekly to make sure that bacteria levels stay in check, especially after heavy rains or other changes to your water.
Yearly … or Longer
- Have your pool’s heater professionally serviced. This frequency can vary whether your heater is gas or electric, so consult your manufacturer’s manual for specific instructions.
- Check your pool for leaks and have them repaired promptly, before they get worse! (Use the bucket test to figure out if it’s a leak or simply evaporation.)
- Winterize your pool at the end of the season. (Again, this process varies for your particular pool and equipment, so follow manufacturer instructions.)
- Use your pool! Swimming and playing in the water helps stir up debris so that it can get caught by your skimmer.
- Keep vegetation, animals, & chemicals away from the pool. Nitrates from bird droppings and waste from animals and people are food for algae. Don’t feed the algae!
- Remember to use proper safety around the pool. Check fencing and gates for maintenance issues, more frequently if small children will be around the pool.
- Keeping your pH on the lower end of the spectrum also prevents scum or build-up from accumulating around the edges.
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