YOU BET! Proper cleaning and regular maintenance not only keep your pool beautiful ─ they protect your financial investment… and the safety of you, your family and friends. Whether you “do it yourself” or rely on a pool service technician, a clean pool is a healthier and happier pool for everyone involved.
Even if you use an automatic pool cleaner, vacuum your pool at least once a week to remove debris that the filter misses. Brush the sides to remove algae and bacteria that grow in areas with little or no circulation. It’s best to brush toward the drain, beginning at the shallow end. Also keep the surrounding deck clean by regularly removing trash, sweeping and rinsing.
The filter, one of your pool’s most important pieces of equipment, is designed to remove visible debris and most microscopic matter. Clean it per manufacturer instructions. For a sand filter, backwash or reverse the flow of water through the filter for 2 to 3 minutes until the wastewater appears clear. For a cartridge filter, remove the cartridge, hose it thoroughly and replace.
Water in motion makes it difficult for bacteria and algae to take hold. It also moves debris for capture by the filter. That’s why pool water must be regularly circulated, preferably during the day for a minimum of 10 hours.
Water Testing & Maintenance
Pool water must be regularly tested, measured and adjusted for its pH balance and level of active sanitizer. Why? Many factors constantly change the water quality, including frequency of use, number of swimmers, product application and even the weather. If imbalances continue over time, the water becomes unsanitary, pool surfaces can become damaged and equipment can fail. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using test kits and chemicals, or contract a professional pool service provider.