Creating a Pool Chemical Maintenance Routine

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cleaning leaves out of the pool skimmerGeneral maintenance

Keeping up on the chemical balance of your pool is important, but so is the maintenance of your pool and pool equipment. When your pump, filter, vacuum, skimmer and other pieces of pool equipment are clean and in working order, your pool will stay cleaner longer, cutting back on chemical expenses. Follow this advice in making a foolproof pool maintenance schedule.

  • Run your filter pump at least 12 continuous hours a day
  • Backwash filter regularly according to manufacturer’s instructions
  • Clean the skimmer and pump strainer basket as needed
  • Chemically clean your filter at least twice a swim season
  • Skim surface of the water daily
  • Brush pool floor and walls on a regular basis
  • Vacuum as needed and after brushing your pool
  • Keep your pool covered when not in use
  • If you have a sand filter, change the sand annually
  • If you have a DE filter, clean it then backwash
  • If you have a cartridge filter, rinse the pleated filter elements individually with a hose

Pool water maintenance chart

Test component Test Frequency Test Method Recommended Range
pH Weekly Test Kit 7.4-7.6
Total Alkalinity Weekly Test Kit 60-150 ppm
Calcium Hardness Monthly Test Kit 200-500 ppm
Chlorine Daily Test Kit 1-1.5 ppm
Chlorine Shock Weekly Test Kit 1-4 ppm
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Becky Cunningham

Becky Cunningham is a contributing writer for Swimtown Pools, an online pool supplies retailer that carries more than 3,000 products including chemicals, liners, filters, covers and more.