* The most important step, which should be done several times a week, is to use a test kit or test strips to determine water quality and adjust chemical usage as needed.
* Sweep or hose off deck area and look over the entire pool area for anything unusual.
* Scoop out any large items like balls, toys, sticks, etc.
* Use a pole brush to clean walls, steps, and other surfaces of the pool. You may need to put some tile soap on the brush to clean dirty areas.
* Run a skimmer net over the surface to remove debris.
* Then, with the pool pump on, we'll use the filtration/circulation system to vacuum the pool. Turn the suction valves so that only 1 valve is open and attach a vacuum head with hose to that port. Run the vacuum along the bottom to pick up dirt and debris. If you have a lot of leaves, you may want to use a leaf bagger.
* Check the water level. Most likely, water has evaporated so you will need to add water to the pool with your garden hose. If you have too much water in the pool, use a sump pump with a hose to pump water out of the pool, or run the filtration/circulation system and turn the valves to "waste" until the water level is back to normal.
* Now we will inspect the filtration system by first emptying skimmer baskets.
* Clean the pool pump strainer basket and inspect the pump for leaks or noises.
* Check the filter pressure to see if you need to clean the filter or backwash.
* If you have a heater, inspect that as well for leaves and debris.
* Check timer clocks and the rest of the circulation system for any obstructions.
* Look for stains like algae, metal stains, and scale and treat as necessary.
* Add "Shock" then go sit in the hammock with some iced tea.
* Use an automatic cleaner between cleanings.
A weekly "Shock"or "Superchlorination" will quickly raise the chlorine level to clean contaminants like waste, lotions, and oils that have started to build up. It is recommended to "Shock" your pool at night and run the filtrations system so levels will be back down to normal the next day.
Algae is an unsightly plant growth that can bred bacteria and damage the filtration system. An algaecide is an effective way to kill or prevent the growth and allows you to use less chlorine to combat this plant.
Copper, iron, and manganese are common minerals found in water and can damage and stain your pool. Test and treat as necessary.
The dosage of
chlorine varies from pool to pool depending on many factors such as swim load, temperature,
rainfall, pH, etc. Chlorine is primarily sold in tablets, sticks, and granular form and dispensed via a floating
feeder or inline feeder.