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Checklist to Keep Pool Clean This Summer
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— Ysolt & Jesse Schmidt, Bloomfield, NJ

Summer is here, and it’s time to dive into the refreshing waters of your swimming pool. To ensure that your pool remains clean and sparkling throughout the season, it’s important to establish a regular maintenance routine. By following a checklist and staying on top of essential tasks, you can enjoy a clean and inviting pool all summer long. Here’s a checklist to help you keep your pool clean and well-maintained:

  1. Skim and Remove Debris: Use a skimmer net or skimmer basket to remove leaves, insects, and other debris that may have accumulated on the water surface. Skimming regularly prevents the debris from sinking to the bottom, making it easier to maintain a clean pool.

  2. Vacuum the Pool: Use a pool vacuum to clean the pool floor and walls. Vacuuming helps remove dirt, sediment, and other particles that may have settled on the pool surface. Pay extra attention to areas around the stairs, corners, and steps where debris tends to accumulate.

  3. Brush the Walls and Tiles: Algae and other contaminants can cling to the pool walls and tiles, making them appear dirty. Regularly brushing the walls and tiles with a pool brush helps prevent the buildup of algae and keeps your pool looking clean and inviting.

  4. Test and Balance the Water: Maintaining proper water chemistry is essential for a clean and safe swimming environment. Test the water regularly using a pool testing kit to monitor the pH, chlorine levels, alkalinity, and other key parameters. Adjust the water chemistry as needed to keep it within the recommended ranges. Balanced water not only keeps the pool clean but also helps prevent issues such as algae growth and scaling.

  5. Shock the Pool: Regularly shocking the pool with a pool shock treatment helps destroy bacteria, algae, and other contaminants that may be present in the water. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and dosage recommendations when applying a pool shock treatment. Shocking the pool is especially important after heavy pool usage, periods of hot weather, or when the water appears cloudy.

  6. Clean the Filter: A clean and efficient pool filter is crucial for maintaining clean water. Depending on the type of filter you have (sand, cartridge, or DE), follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning or backwashing the filter. Regular filter maintenance ensures that it can effectively trap and remove dirt and debris from the water.

  7. Maintain Proper Water Circulation: Adequate water circulation helps distribute chemicals evenly, prevents stagnant areas, and discourages the growth of algae and bacteria. Run your pool pump for a sufficient amount of time each day to ensure proper circulation. Consider using a timer to automate the pump’s operation and maintain consistent water circulation.

  8. Check and Clean the Skimmer and Pump Baskets: The skimmer basket and pump basket play a crucial role in capturing debris and preventing it from reaching the filter or clogging the system. Regularly check these baskets and clean them out as needed to ensure optimal skimming and filtration efficiency.

  9. Monitor and Adjust Water Level: Keep an eye on the water level and maintain it within the recommended range. Hot weather, evaporation, and pool usage can cause the water level to drop. Use a garden hose to add water when necessary, ensuring that the pool remains at the appropriate level for optimal operation.

  10. Regular Professional Maintenance: While regular maintenance can keep your pool clean and well-maintained, it’s also beneficial to schedule professional pool maintenance. Professionals can conduct thorough inspections, detect potential issues early on, and provide expert guidance on pool care. Consider scheduling routine maintenance visits to keep your pool in its best condition.

By following this checklist and staying on top of your pool maintenance tasks, you can enjoy a clean and inviting pool all summer long. Remember, proper pool maintenance is not only important for aesthetics but also for the health and safety of swimmers. If you have any specific questions or concerns about pool maintenance, it’s always a good idea to consult with a pool professional.

Keep your pool clean, inviting, and ready for endless summer fun!

If you need assistance with pool maintenance or have any questions about pool care, don’t hesitate to reach out to our expert team at Pool Concepts. Contact us at 973-783-0999 for a quote or to discuss your pool maintenance needs. We’re here to help you keep your pool clean and enjoyable throughout the summer season.