This will be a summarized crash course to get you started in the pool world. There will be more guides if you choose to want to learn everything there is to know!
Weekly Checklist for Newbies
***Some of these might seem dumb, but I promise they will set up your family to have the best pool. ***
If you have never owned a pool before these are some ideas to stay on top of to have the most successful results. Swimming Pools really are a lifestyle just like many other things. Which also require maintenance to be safe and healthy.
1: Skim Off Leaves and Debris
A task that should be done daily, skimming is the first step of your weekly maintenance routine.
Use a long-handled leaf skimmer to gather up leaves, insects and any other debris floating on the surface of the pool. Try to remove debris before it sinks to the bottom of your pool where it becomes difficult to remove and may create stains.
Have trees surrounding your pool?
Consider trimming them back to reduce the amount of debris that lands on the water. Skimming the surface of your pool takes just a few minutes and keeps water looking crystal clear. More importantly, the debris you skim off the top of the water never has a chance to dirty the bottom of your pool or clog up your filtration system.
2: Brush Sediment from Pool Walls
Algae and small bits of debris can gather on the walls of your pool, as well as pool fixture like ladders and slides.
Brush the pool walls and fixtures each week to remove dirt and prevent the spread of algae.
Use a brush to remove dirt that has collected on the sides and bottom of your pool, as well as on ladders, slides and other accessories.
Once the algae and sediment have been brushed from the walls, they can be vacuumed up, along with any other debris that has floated to the bottom of the pool.
3: Vacuum the Pool
The most overlooked, underestimated pool tool. Automatic Cleaners.
Automatic vacuums just need to plug in, and your cleaner will work for you! There are three types of automatic pool vacuums: robotic, pressure, and suction.
Robotic vacuums are energy-efficient and work separate from your pool's existing filtration system.
Suction vacuums use the water flow from your filtration system and attach to either a dedicated suction port or skimmer. They are the most affordable option, but are the most work to assemble each time.
Pressure vacuums utilize a pressure line from the filtration system to move around your pool. They require a pool pump and usually an extra booster pump to run.
4: Clean Skimmer
You should also clean out your skimmer(s) weekly, or more often as if necessary. Removing debris allows the skimmer to operate at maximum efficiency, catching the majority of debris that ends up in your pool.
Keep an eye on your pool’s water level. If the water level is more than halfway up the skimmer, debris will not be collected effectively. Check the skimmer every time you skim the top of the pool, ensuring it is clean.