Tips on How to Effectively Do Swimming Pool Maintenance

Tips on How to Effectively Do Swimming Pool Maintenance in 2019

Swimming Pool Maintenance

Swimming pool maintenance is an integral part of keeping your pool clean, with sparklingly white water, hygienic, algae-free, healthy and most of all, cost-effective. We will teach you how to care for your pool using basic techniques that do not require expensive purchases for tools and other necessities (such as equipment).

Caring for your pool need not be elaborate and cumbersome, although all pools are different, they share a common denominator. The secret to its crystal clear water and hygienic pool state as a whole are utmost care and routine maintenance.

Above Ground Pool Maintenance

If you choose to tackle common problems, like muddy or turbid water or broken pipe, etcetera, be sure to consult first the manufacturer’s supplied Owner’s Manual before you fix and use equipment on your own.

Above Ground Pool Maintenance

Every above ground pool owner certainly wants their pool water blue (this color indicates pristine water) and crystal clear for enjoyable use every day. The pool should also be cleaned and tidy every use. Clear and pristine water is useless when its container is in itself unclean and unhygienic.

The pool (exterior and interior walls) should be cleaned with brush and soap (or detergent) and flush with clean water. Molds and algae should be absent during operation and when not in use. Floating debris should be skimmed by hand every few days because they will eventually sink if not immediately cleaned.

You can use handled net in removing floating bugs, leaves and other debris. This skimming significantly adds to the efficient circulation of the water and lowers the amount of chlorine to use. The pool should also be vacuumed at least weekly to minimize algae and calcium build up and keep the water clear.

Pool Filter Maintenance

There are 3 different kinds of filter used in swimming pools, namely: cartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth. Each has its own method of cleaning and maintenance procedures. Manufacturers list these methods in their manuals. However, all types need to be cleaned periodically depending on the type o filter medium and the frequency of use of the pool.

The pool filter should be checked and cleaned according to the manufacturer’s recommendation to help decrease the added chemical and to have a smooth flow of water. Smooth water flow enhances efficient pump and eliminates possible over speeding of the motor. This over speeding may cause the motor to overheat and consequently burn the motor, especially if your electrical system is not equipped with GCFI.

The best time to clean your filter is when there is a large disparity between the pressure gauge and flow meter reading (typically between 10- 15 psi). Manufacturers recommend that a little dirt on the filter may help in trapping fine debris, but the massive amount of this dirt will also clog up the filter. The pressure difference we stated earlier is the clear indication of the right timing for cleaning the filter.

Pool Maintenance Cost

An average swimming pool maintenance cost should not be a burden for pool owners. The cost of maintaining your pool varies depending on its size, frequency of use, pool system, its features (such as a heater, chlorinator, winterizing method, and others) and if you are planning to do it yourself. Certainly, doing the maintenance yourself could bring the cost down tremendously.

The DIY (do-it-yourself) approach is a choice for pool owners especially if they know or familiar with basic pool chemistry. As we have said, this is not rocket science. Another thing is: they must be willing to put more time into this activity.

Balancing the water chemistry of your pool water is the most delicate task. This could be done manageably using an inexpensive testing kit and proper chemicals that could be purchased online. All have instructions on their proper use.

Salt-water Pool Maintenance

Maintaining a good saltwater pool is also not difficult to do. Operating a salt water pool has many benefits compared to another medium. For one, the water is kept soft which minimizes the formation of algae and calcium. Algae are bad for people’s health while calcium deposit is bad for the piping system and its accessories.

Saltwater pool also requires a minimum of maintenance and lower cost of operation. Although some pool owners believed that salt water pool is maintenance-free, there are also minimum cares required to maintain a stable swimming pool for the family.

Saltwater pool should be tested weekly and monthly for its pH (should be at 7.2-7.6 level), alkalinity, calcium content, free-chlorine level (typically 1-3 ppm) and salt content. Water could be tested using test strips or with a drop test kit.

Visually inspect and clean the cell every 3 months for better performance. Also, keep the filter, pump, and skimmer clean all the time. Smooth water flow will be impeded if these parts are full of debris. Once the water flow is decreased, there is a possibility for the chlorinator to stop producing chlorine.

28 thoughts on “Tips on How to Effectively Do Swimming Pool Maintenance in 2019”

  1. I like what this article mentions about the cost of maintenance depending on the size, use and other variable factors of the pool. I’ve noticed that I spend a bit less on my pool than my brother, although, he uses his a lot more. I’ll have to keep this in mind for next year when my kids start to use it more as I’ll need to have it cleaned more often. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I learned a lot about pool paintenance services by reading this article. It was interesting to learn that regular maintenance can help to balance the water chemistry within your home. I hope this article can help us to keep our pool ready to swim in at all times.

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  3. My parents just got a swimming pool and they want to make sure that it stays in good condition. I didn’t realize that there are three different types of pool filters. It does seem like a good idea to have a professional help them maintain the pool.

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  4. Thanks for specifying how much maintenance should cost for a pool! It’s good to know that it won’t be a huge burden. My family is considering having a pool installed, and one of the main concerns my dad has is that we will end up paying a lot for regular maintenance. I’ll have to show him this!

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  5. The DIY (do-it-yourself) approach is a choice for pool owners especially if they know or familiar with basic pool chemistry but I know my dad struggled with keeping our pools chemical balance right when I was a kid. I think some things you should leave up to a professional. Great article though.

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  6. Thank you for advising me to vacuum my pool weekly! I thought it was a once a month sort of deal. Now I know that I need to do it a lot more often!

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  7. Thank you for adding the cost based on size in this article. I learned a lot and will make sure to look for someone that will not overcharge me for maintaining or repairing my pool. I would hate to pay for something that could have been cheaper or that would not be properly done.

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  8. Thanks for the information on pool filter maintenance! It would be good to stay up on changing out the filter so that your water stays clean and you avoid needing repairs! I’ll make sure to get some pool maintenance in to check if the filter needs help.

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  9. I am a big believer in cleaning pool filters. I actually try to make sure I clean my pool filter a little more often than is recommended. I figure that since my pool gets used often it probably needs it. The better my filter works the cleaner the water will be.

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  10. The blue color of the water is from a reflection of the pool surface. If the liner is blue, the water will reflect blue. If the surface is dirty, the water will be dirty and reflect the dirt on the liner. This is why I agree with the article that it is important to clean the walls of the pool as well as the water.

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  11. That’s interesting what you mentioned about how average swimming pool maintenance costs shouldn’t be a burden for pool owners. I’ve heard that there are certain “checklists” that you should go through on daily, weekly, and monthly basis to ensure the care and maintenance of your pool. I’ll have to keep these tips in mind as we install a pool and seek to keep it in great shape for years to come!

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  12. Your comment about smooth water flow enhancing the efficiency of the pump and eliminating the possibility of over speeding the motor made a lot of sense. I have been thinking of buying a pool, and so I have been trying to figure out what sorts of products I would need and what amount of time it would take to maintain. I bet cleaning the filter regularly would save me a lot of maintenance time in the long run.

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  13. Love these tips here. Knowing these can help you save some bills for pool cleaning services. Great article thank you for sharing these. Cheers Josh.

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  14. I like that you put in a bit here about how to care for your pool filter. It really makes such a difference to take care of your pool. However, your pool filter isn’t the only think that you need to use properly. Do you have any other pool maintenance tips?

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  15. Thank you for your tip to keep the filter running smoothing. As you brought up, an efficient pump is important, especially since it’s such a crucial component of the pool. However, even though it’s important I forget to have it checked. We have someone else maintain our pool, but I think I’m going to ask him to check on the pump the next time he comes to clean it just to make sure it is running smoothly.

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  16. Great post! It’s always good to point out that salt water pools do need to be properly maintained. Most people buy into the fact that they require less maintenance but then forget to take care of the pool and end up with more problems.

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  17. I just got a new pool and want to make sure I know how to give it proper maintenance when needed. I appreciate you talking about the importance of making sure you pay attention to the water pressure and clean the water filters accordingly. It is important to remember that consulting with a professional can help you take care of your investment even when you are not around.

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  18. Kevin, I had no idea that salt water can keep itself soft and free from algae and calcium deposits. My pool has started to to get filthy right before the summer season. I definitely think that we should find a service that could help us to clean it and keep it in prime condition for summer use.

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  19. I never knew that there were three different kinds of filters to use on a pool, I’ve always had a company come in and clean my pool for me, although they told me yesterday that our pool pump hasn’t been working. My husband is usually a handy man, but not with pools, so I’ll have to hire someone to come in and fix it for us.

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  20. Very nice blog about the importance of cleaning your pool regularly. It’s a huge help for many pool owners as it gives an instruction on how to clean their pools.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Maintenance of swimming pool is essential as it deals with you and your family directly. The author states about an above ground pool. There are few maintenance tools which can be used by anyone easily. One can maintain the pool filter on its own. For this, you have to just go through the manual. When it comes to the cost of the maintenance, then the factor is decided only by its standard i.e. how it has been maintained till date. If you are conducting regular maintenance, then its cost will be too low.

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  22. I really like how you talk about pool maintenance and how it isn’t rocket science and that it is simple. This is true, but my wife and I just really don’t have the time for maintaining our pool. It would be great if we could find a pool maintenance service that could help us out in taking care of our pool this summer.

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