How To Care For Your Swimming Pool
After your pool has been completed, you have to decide on the best way to maintain it so that stays clean, safe, and fun for everyone to enjoy. If you would like a professional to care for your pool, Waterworks Pool & Spa offers affordable weekly swimming pool maintenance plans. We are a complete residential and commercial pool and spa service and repair company, serving the Asheville, NC area and Western North Carolina, for over 18 years. Why not let our pool professionals put the FUN back into owning a swimming pool or spa. Complete Pool Service and Repair, Weekly Swimming Pool Maintenance, Drain & Clean Pool Opening Service, Heater Tune-up & Startup. Contact us or call to schedule your service: 828-277-8557.
If you prefer to maintain your pool yourself or if you want to be sure that the pool maintenance professional you’ve hired properly cares for your pool, you will need to adhere to a maintenance schedule. The following maintenance plan is a great guide to get you started.
Easy Swimming Pool Maintenance Plan
- Brush the entire surface of the pool, including any tiled areas.
- Manually vacuum* or brush any dirt and debris, which has not already been removed by your cleaning system, toward the main drains.
- Net any debris off the surface of the pool water.
- Clean out the skimmer and pump baskets.
- Check the filter pressure to determine if backwashing or cartridge cleaning is necessary.
- Test the levels of chlorine, pH and alkalinity.
- If the pool has a chlorinator, check the level of chlorine and add as needed.
Cartridge Filters: When the pressure gauge increases 10 psi, clean the filter by removing the cartridge element. Clean thoroughly.
D.E. Filters: Diatomaceous Earth Pool Filter provides the best possible filtration, however, DE filters also require the highest level of maintenance. DE filters remove debris down to about 3-5 microns in size. Every 6 months, or whenever pressure gauge reads “dirty,” tear down the filter by removing the grids. Clean thoroughly.
BEYOND WEEKLY MAINTENANCE
- the ceramic tile and grout should be cleaned using a tile cleaning solution
- if the pool has a salt chlorinator, check the salt content level
- the mastic should be inspected for cracks and separation. Repair or replace any damaged mastic
Every 12 months:
- have a complete pool water analysis done by a professional pool company
- “super chlorinate” or “shock” the pool water after heavy usage or a heavy rainstorm
Brush Your Pool
Brushing in an important part of the initial “new pool” cleaning process but, even after your pool is clean (and even if you own an automatic cleaning system), it is important to occasionally brush your pool to remove the dirt that will adhere to the wall and floor. When brushing your pool, start at the top of the walls on the tile line and work your way down to the bottom of your pool or spa. Please be careful while brushing because allowing plastic edges of the brush to scrape the surface may cause marking of the plaster. Using steady, firm strokes, always brush the dirt toward the recirculating drain, overlapping your brush strokes.
Use Your Vacuum Cleaner
Many pools may not require a vacuum cleaner when an automatic cleaning system is installed, however, there are always those special times when heavy use of the pool, wind storms or children throwing dirt or debris into the pool may overtax the cleaning system. The vacuum works as part of the filter system and is attached through the skimmer. The pool water, along with dirt and leaves, are drawn through the vacuum and flow through the normal filter system. Leaves, and other large objects, are caught in the strainer basket and small particles are removed in the filter.