The basics of maintaining your pool
Swimming pools are fun, but they require a lot of care to keep the water clean and the equipment operating smoothly. There are three basic tenants of maintaining your pool: managing the pump and filtration system, monitoring water levels, and maintaining proper water chemistry. Get into a routine, and it shouldn’t take more than a few hours out of your week.
The cartridge filter on your pool should be cleaned every four months, or whenever the pressure rises 10 psi over the average pressure. Your Premier Pools & Spas builder will show you how to read your filter pressure gauge to ensure you clean it at the right times. Since your pump basket collects debris on a daily basis, you should check it weekly. If you notice reduced water flow, maybe check it more often than just once a week.
Automatic pool cleaners are great, but if you have one, check it every week or two. Manually brushing your pool will extend the life of your plaster and will reduce the need for additional chemical treatment.
While you’re performing these general cleaning tasks, take the time to assess water levels. Ideally, the water level should be three inches below the top of your tile line, or halfway up the skimmer throat. Remember that evaporation will change your pool’s level, and it’s totally fine. But if you notice a lot of water missing on a daily or weekly basis, it may be time to have a professional look at your pool.
Chlorine keeps your water clear and healthy. If you notice your pool is cloudy or green, you might need to adjust the chlorine levels. In some cases, you will need to shock your pool with high levels of chlorine. Stay out of the pool when the chlorine levels are high — you can return to swimming when the chemicals are back to normal levels.