5 Essential Steps to Keeping Your Pool Clean

Posted on: 1 September 2021

If you are lucky enough to own a pool, you will want to ensure that it stays clean so you can use it. Keeping your pool clean requires multiple steps.

Step #1: Check the Pool Chemistry

With a pool, you will want to test the quality of the water regularly. You need to keep the right chemical balance to keep things such as algae and bacteria away. It is dangerous to swim in a pool full of bacteria, which is why this is something you need to monitor constantly.

When you are actively using your pool, such as during the summer months, this is something you are going to want to check weekly. During the off-season, you can reduce your checks to once every few weeks. Use this information to balance the chemicals in the water.

Step #2: Get the pH Levels Right

Be sure also to check the pH levels of the water. You want to keep the pH of the water within the target range. Calcium can build up in and around your pool if the pH is off, which can be challenging to deal with. Keeping the pH balanced will allow you to avoid dealing with these side effects.

Step #3: Clean the Skimmer Basket

A skimmer basket helps to remove and catch big debris that gets into your pool, such as leaves. You will want to check and clean this basket on at least a weekly basis when you are actively using your pool. If you don't put a cover on in the fall, you will need to step up how frequently you clean the skimmer basket, as it will quickly fill up with leaves from falling trees.

Step #4: Clean the Pool Pump 

Your pool pump can get overwhelmed with hair and lint. At least twice a month, you will want to turn off your pump and release the pressure. Then, clean off any hair and lint that has gotten inside of the pump. It is important to keep the pump clean, as this small debris can impede its operation over time.

Step #5: Monitor the Water Level

Finally, you are going to want to monitor the water level. Playing in the pool, as well as natural events can impact the water level. It should be at the halfway point on your skimmer. If the water level is too low, your pump can burn out. Too high water can cause the skimmer not to work. If the water level is too low, add more water, and if it is too high, use a pump to pull water out of the pool.

If you want assistance with keeping your pool clean, consider hiring a pool service. They will come by your home regularly, depending on your pool's needs, and take care of your pool for you. That way, you have to show up and use your pool.