Once the pool’s open, you don’t want to miss a single minute of swim season. That’s why we’re here to help with 5 simple weekly maintenance steps that will keep your water sparkling clean and healthy all season. It’ll only take you about 20 minutes every week.
First, pick a “pool care day” that you can stick to every week. This will help you keep a steady routine. Then every week on your pool day:
1. Test and balance your water chemistry.
Balanced water, especially with the proper pH and Total Alkalinity levels, allows for your chlorine to work more efficiently, while saving you money. Try an HTH® 6-Way Test Kit for the most thorough results or HTH® Multi-purpose 6-Way Test Strips for a quicker reading.
2. Shock treat your pool at least once per week.
Common chlorine sanitizing products are great for maintaining chlorine levels, but not necessarily eliminating new waste, bacteria and algae.
A good shock product should raise the free chlorine above 5 parts per million for several hours to destroy bacteria and chloramines (essentially, chlorine that’s already used up). Keep in mind, if you have visible algae of any kind (black algae, mustard algae or green algae), you may need to double or triple the normal dosing of pool shock to eradicate the problem. In fact, check out our video on how to get rid of algae for more details.
Depending on how much use your pool is getting or in the event of extreme weather, additional shock treatments may be needed during peak swimming season. You can check your water test to determine your free chlorine level, and just how much of a boost your pool water might need. Using an HTH® shock product like HTH® Super Shock! will destroy any bather waste and contaminants.
3. Add an algaecide.
Each week, 24 hours after applying shock, you should add a maintenance dose of an HTH® algaecide, like HTH® Super Algae Guard. Check the instructions on the bottle to determine how much your pool should get.
4. Check your traditional sanitizer levels
Check your skimmer, feeder or floater to see if you need to replenish your daily sanitizer. Be sure to apply the proper amount of sanitizer, like HTH® Super 3” Chlorinating Tablets, for your pool volume to maintain proper chlorine levels across the week.
5. Perform general housekeeping
Just like cleaning your home, you should also clean your pool and the surrounding area. If you do this regularly, this won’t take you long at all. Use a leaf skimmer or leaf bag to remove any debris from your pool, and use a pool brush to brush out any dirt that settles on the bottom of the pool. Check and clean out the skimmer and pump baskets. Finally, check filter pressure and clean or backwash if needed.
Follow these maintenance tips consistently, and you’ll have a clean, clear, comfortable pool to enjoy all summer long!