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The Homeowner's Pool Maintenance Guide

By: Mike Thomas

Having a pool in your backyard is a wonderful thing, but it does require you to take care of it. You don’t need to hire an expensive pool maintenance service to take care of your swimming pool. It only takes about an hour a week for you to keep your pool in good shape. Follow this pool maintenance guide and your pool will always look great.

Use the Pool Skimmer Daily

The most frequent step in a pool maintenance guide is to use the pool skimmer regularly. You should get in the habit of using the pool skimmer daily to remove leaves and other debris from the pool. This will keep the water clean and prevent debris from clogging up the pool filter.

Weekly Maintenance

As well as cleaning the pool daily with the pool skimmer, there are a number of things you need to do on a weekly basis according to the pool maintenance guide. The first thing you need to do is to use the vacuum to clean any sediment that has accumulated at the bottom of the pool.

The next step in your weekly pool maintenance is to check the pool filters. No matter how well you clean the water daily with your pool skimmer, there will be debris that gets trapped by the pool filter. Do not worry about it. That is what the pool filters are for. You job is just to clean the filters weekly.

Also, you should use the pool brush to clean the sides of the pool once a week. Brushing the sides of the pool will prevent a dirty ring from forming along the edge.

Chemical Pool Maintenance Guide

You also need to make sure that the chemical balance is right in your pool once a week. This starts with checking the chlorine levels. The chlorine level in your pool should be at least 1.0 parts per million to prevent disease and algae from growing in your pool.

You also need to check the pH level of your pool every week. You need to make sure that the pH level is in the range of 7.2 to 7.6. This will keep your water inhospitable to algae, and it will also ensure that the pH is the ideal level to facilitate the use of the chlorine. Also, you may wish to add an algaecide weekly if your pool has a problem with algae growing.

If you follow this pool maintenance guide, your pool will always be at its best. It doesn’t take much effort, and the rewards are well worth it. If you take care of your pool, it will be a fun place for you and your family to enjoy.


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