Pool Cleaning Tips

This manual provides a step-by-step guide on how to keep a pool clean. The first step is to skim the surface of the pool regularly to remove floating debris such as leaves, bugs, and pollen. It is recommended to do this once a day if the pool does not have a cover, and every 3-4 days if it does have a cover. Additionally, the skimmer baskets should be emptied out at the same time.

The second step is to throw a tennis ball or two into the pool to remove surface oils caused by suntan lotions, makeup, and body and hair oils. This is a cheap and effective way to prevent cloudy water and a depletion of the pool’s free chlorine levels.

The third step is to clean the pool regularly. The pool walls, tile-line, steps, and ladders should be brushed at least once a week to minimize the build-up of algae and mineral deposits that can lead to cloudy pool water. The pool should also be vacuumed and the pump basket should be emptied and cleaned if using a manual vacuum. If using a sand filter, backwash and rinse.

The fourth step is to test and maintain the pool water chemical balance. The chemical balance should be checked and adjusted twice a week during the summer, with the ideal ranges being pH 7.4-7.6 and chlorine 1-3 ppm.

The final step is to shock the pool once a week by adding a large dose of chlorine to eliminate chloramines, bacteria, and other contaminants. This will also help prevent potential future problems including algae growth. If the pool has a cover, it should be shocked less often, usually once every 10 days to weeks. It is recommended to do this at dusk with the filter system running overnight to prevent chlorine degradation by ultra-violet light.

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