The New Pool Owner’s Guide to Weekly Pool Cleaning

So, your new pool is installed and you’re ready to go. Everything looks amazing, doesn’t it? And here comes the reality check: your work has only just begun if you want to have a chance of keeping your pool looking as good as it does now. Regular cleaning is a must. So, what should you be doing every week to keep your pool clean?

Brush, Skim, and Vacuum

Brushing, skimming, and vacuuming your pool is essential to the removal of dirt, leaves, twigs, and other debris that may find its way into your pool. These pool cleaning tasks should be done a minimum of once a week. You may find it better to brush and skim your pool twice a week or more depending on how frequently it’s used and how quickly debris accumulates. Remember to vacuum after you brush the pool so that the vacuum can collect all the debris the brushing removed.

Test and Balance Chemicals and Shock Your Pool

Pool water chemicals help keep the water safe to swim in, provided they are properly balanced. An incorrect concentration or balance of pool chemicals can be dangerous, regardless of whether they are too high or too low. Make sure you test the pool water at least once a week to determine the water’s pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels. Balance the chemicals as needed. You should also do a shock treatment for your pool once a week. Pool shocking is best done at night since there won’t be UV rays from the sun present to eat up the chlorine before it can do its job.

Empty Skimmer and Pool Pump Baskets

Like most other parts of pool cleaning, emptying the skimmer and pool pump baskets are tasks that are best done every week. This will help keep the pool water circulating properly. It will also help keep it clean and filtered. If you want sparkling water with minimal debris, make it easy for your pool pump to do its job and empty the baskets regularly.

Regular cleaning is an important part of pool ownership. It’s what keeps your pool not only looking beautiful, but also safe to swim in. Make pool cleaning easy on yourself by dividing up the tasks so you do a little bit of cleaning most days of the week instead of trying to do it all at once. Alternatively, you can always hire professional pool cleaners to handle it for you if you don’t have the time or desire to do it yourself. 

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