Pool Care 101: How to Take Care of My Pool

Anyone who’s spent five minutes researching pool care can easily become overwhelmed at the wealth of information available. Pool filters, pH levels, total alkalinity tests strips, shocks and algaecide – the list of mandatory knowledge can seem endless.

The good news is that pool care doesn’t have to be complicated, or require a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Management. The vast majority of pool care can be divided into four categories: Basic equipment, cleaning, fixing problems that may arise, and closing the pool. We’ve laid out the basics of pool care in those categories and we’ve supplied links to our more specific resources.

Basic Pool Care Equipment

Circulation System: The circulation system is comprised of a pump and filters that are the cornerstone of pool maintenance. Circulation of the water in your pool allows you to filter out particles and disperse the chemicals. There are a wide variety of different brands on the market with various methods of filtering water, each with its own pros and cons.

Hi-rate sand, cartridge, and Diatomaceous Earth (DE) are the most common types of filters. Once you’ve determined which filter type and the size of your pool, you can learn the proper way to maintain it.

For example, sand filters are cleaned by backwashing water through the system, and are most effective when slightly dirty. Cartridge and DE filters, on the other hand, are cleaned by removing the filter cartridge and soaking it in a cleaning solution.

Underwater vacuum: This cleans grit and debris from the bottom of your pool. This is typically purchased along with the pump to ensure that both are compatible with each other. Both automated and manual vacuums are available.

Skimmer: Basically a large, fine-mesh butterfly net, this device will allow you to skim leaves, sticks, and other debris that have fallen into the pool. It also makes a handy retrieval device for pool toys and other objects.

Leaf net: Essential in the fall season if you have large, deciduous trees around your pool. You will be shocked at the thousands of leaves that will blow into your pool without protection and how heavy they are to remove with the skimmer basket. Save yourself the trouble and tie a leaf net over the pool as soon as leaves start dropping.

Brushes: Even with a functioning filter, pool vacuum, and proper chemical usage, the sides of your pool will still need to be scrubbed. Large, wide brushes from pool stores will make the job faster.

Our additional resources include:

3 Steps Often Overlooked in Pool and Hot Tub Maintenance

What Pool and Hot Tub Owners Must Know About Water Clarifiers

If you’re looking for an easy way to ensure the water in your pool or hot tub stays balanced no matter what time of year it is, consider a pHin smart monitor. This little device constantly monitors your water and automatically sends you exactly what you need to keep the water in your pool or hot tub healthy. If you’re looking for someone to service your equipment, Pool Service on Demand instantly connects you to local, qualified pool techs.

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