Weekly Pool Maintenance
Thorough pool care will ensure clean and safe water throughout the swimming season. Below are some important steps to include in your weekly pool maintenance routine.
Skim Off Leaves and Debris
A task that should be done daily, skimming is the first step of your weekly maintenance routine.
Use a long-handled leaf skimmer to gather up leaves, insects and any other debris floating on the surface of the pool.
Try to remove debris before it sinks to the bottom of your pool where it becomes difficult to remove and may create stains.
Have trees surrounding your pool? Consider trimming them back to reduce the amount of debris that lands on the water.
Skimming the surface of your pool takes just a few minutes and keeps water looking crystal clear. More importantly, the debris you skim off the top of the water never has a chance to dirty the bottom of your pool or clog up your filtration system.
Brush Sediment from Pool Walls
Algae and small bits of debris can gather on the walls of your pool, as well as pool fixture like ladders and slides.Brush the pool walls and fixtures each week to remove dirt and prevent the spread of algae.
Use a brush to remove dirt that has collected on the sides and bottom of your pool, as well as on ladders, slides and other accessories.
Brush sediment toward the main drain so it can be vacuumed up easily.
Vacuum the Pool
Once the algae and sediment have been brushed from the walls, they can be vacuumed up, along with any other debris that has floated to the bottom of the pool.
Automatic Suction Pool Cleaners
If you are using an automatic vacuum, you just need to plug in your cleaner, set it in the water and let it work for you! There are three types of automatic pool vacuums: robotic, pressure, and suction.
- Robotic vacuums are energy-efficient and work separate from your pool’s existing filtration system.
- Pressure vacuums utilize a pressure line from the filtration system to move around your pool. They require a pool pump and usually an extra booster pump to run.
- Suction vacuums use the water flow from your filtration system and attach to either a dedicated suction port or skimmer. They are the most affordable option.