During the summer months, pools require daily attention. Whether it’s monitoring your skimmer baskets for debris, testing and adjusting chemical levels, or scrubbing the sides of the pool surface to prevent algae growth, there is always something to do if you want to keep your pool in optimal swimming conditions. If that sounds like a lot to commit to, it’s because it really is. This is why we put together a simple weekly maintenance plan for you to get in the habit of following to make your pool upkeep easier!

Water Testing

It is important to test your pool water for chlorine, pH, and total alkalinity each week to identify potential chemical balance issues. By getting into the habit of doing this yourself, you will be able to easily steer clear of potentially damaging developments like algae growth or even pool water that can be unsanitary for your friends and family to swim in.

Empty Skimmer Baskets

A full skimmer basket can easily turn into clogs in your pool lines that will prevent your pump from operating effectively and circulating water at the rates that you expect it to perform. It’s a fairly easy task that can get knocked out in a 10-15 minutes before you go to bed at night.

Empty the Pool Cleaner Bag and Pump Basket

These are two more areas that, similar to the skimmer baskets, can lead to equipment malfunctions if left full of debris. Pool cleaners become especially pointless with a full bag which turns a remarkably useful piece of equipment into a pointless drone.

Skim the Surface and Vacuum the Floors

These two activities are absolutely vital if you want to maintain a pool surface free of algae or other stains. Debris like fallen leaves, if left to sink to the bottom of a pool, will inevitably leave dark marks that become very difficult to remove once they have created stains.

Monitor Pool Equipment

This means getting familiar with and taking a look at your pump, motor and filter every week to make sure that they are operating correctly. If you hear your pump motor making funny noises, consider getting a technician out to check the motor or whether or not there is a clog in a line that is preventing water from getting to the impeller. These are the kinds of issues that can lead to larger problems if left unattended.

While this list is in no way exhaustive, it does provide a good baseline for regular pool maintenance activities that you can add to your weekly list of chores. Aqua Pool also offers comprehensive pool maintenance services that take the hassle out of keeping your water clean and swim-ready. Take a look for more info.