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Swimming Pool Maintenance Checklist

  • Vinyl Liner: Check for holes or tears and make any needed repairs as soon as possible. The primary function of the vinyl liner is to hold water. If it is properly maintained, it can last for a very long time. Patch tears or holes promptly, before they get any bigger, following the instructions of your pools manufacturer. If you are not sure about how to make the repair, call or go to your local pool supplier for help or consult a swimming pool maintenance company.
  • Keep your pool liner clean. Dirt and other fine materials accumulate at the waterline. Remove this buildup frequently by gently scrubbing it with a soft cloth and vinyl cleaner. You can also use a mop or a brush specially designed for your type of pool liner.
  • Concrete or Gunite: Check for cracks and repair any cracks you find within the season. Checking for cracks should be a standard part of regular maintenance. It is especially important to check for cracks at the beginning and end of the swimming season. Cracks often develop from ground shifts. Water may be lost as well. Repair cracks in accordance with guidelines on the product label or instructions from the manufacturer.
  • Fiberglass: Hairline cracks are normal; inspect for other damage. Hairline cracks often occur in fiberglass over a period of time. Since fiberglass pools have a gel coating, hairline cracks do not tend to leak or affect the integrity of the pool. If you see a major crack or damage, however, call a fiberglass pool specialist.
  • Motor and Pump: Check the seals. The motor and pump are the most important parts of the filtration system. Check the seals regularly to make sure none are torn or damaged. If a seal is torn, replace it at once. As with all power equipment, always turn off the power and unplug the unit before working on it. Also, never turn on the pump without water or you will damage it.
  • Sand Filter Tank: Check for depletion. Although the sand filter is virtually maintenance free, you will want to check periodically for depletion, especially when winterizing your pool. If there is depletion, you’ll need to replace the lost sand. Be sure to add the proper grade of sand to the filter tank.
  • Skimmer or Strainer Baskets: During swimming season, clean these daily. Be sure to look in the skimmer basket before putting your hand inside or dumping out the contents. Rats, frogs, snakes, and other creatures have ended up in skimmer baskets. A not-quite-dead stinging scorpion might be next!
  • Pool Vacuum Cleaner: Before use, inspect the head and handle. Vacuum once or twice a week. Your filtration system should be able to collect most of the debris from your swimming pool water. Some debris, however, will settle on the bottom of your pool, and you will need to use a pool vacuum to remove it. Several different types of vacuums are available. Before you use your vacuum cleaner, make sure the head is not damaged and the handle is not loose. Damaged equipment can damage your pool. You should check for debris and vacuum at least once each week. Sometimes you may need to vacuum twice a week.
  • Automatic Cleaners: These wonderful gadgets help keep debris out of the pool in between major cleanups and maintenance of the pools interior. They even reduce the need to vacuum twice a week.
  • Leaf Rake: Use when opening and closing your pool. A pool leaf rake is not an absolutely essential tool, but it is excellent for removing leaves that have sunk to the bottom of your pool. It comes in handy!
  • Water: An obviously essential ingredient in your pool, water clarity and pH must be checked regularly. As a pool owner, you are responsible for keeping the water in proper chemical balance. The four factors to consider when setting a maintenance schedule are filtration, circulation, pH, and sanitization.
  • The chemicals you add to the water will not work well without an efficient filtration system. Good circulation is equally as important as good filtration. Many swimming pool owners have the water circulate continuously in the pool; however, you can achieve the required amount of circulation time, generally six hours, by installing a timer.
  • Maintaining the proper pH of the water is critical for both swimmers and pool equipment. A pH level between 7.4 and 7.6 is ideal. The pH level of your water should be checked each week. Sanitizing your pool water is also important in maintaining balance, as it stops the growth of bacteria and algae. Generally, oxidizing equipment containing chlorine is used in sanitizing the water.
  • Safety: Rescue equipment should be easily accessible near the pool and well maintained. The equipment should be appropriate, durable, and easy to use.
  • Post emergency numbers by the pool.
  • Keep the bottom of the pool visible
  • Regular Maintenance: Establish and follow a schedule. Swimming pool owners should maintain their pools well and keep them clean. A properly maintained pool is fun to use because it is clean and safe for everyone. If you regularly follow a maintenance schedule for checking and correcting the chemistry of your pool water, you will be able to easily keep your pool sparkling clean all year.