Here is the check list that we’ve designed to help you maintain your swimming pool properly and to ensure your pool is clean, clear, and safe.
The first thing to check is to see that your pool water is at an optimal level. It is important to make sure your water isn’t too high or too low. If the water level gets too low, you risk air entering your skimmer, which can cause your pump to overheat. If your water level gets too high you risk overflowing, along with damage to your patio or home.
Monitoring your water is also important for realizing when you may have a leak in your pool system. And the faster you can take care of a leak the less water is wasted. We recommend targeting your water level to halfway up your skimmer hole. And when in doubt, it’s better to keep you water too high then too low.
Making sure your pool is receiving proper circulation is one of the most important things you can do as a pool owner. When you look at a pump that is running, you want to see that it is “fully primed.” This means that your pump trap is filled with water, going all the way to the top of the lid. When your pump is running dry, without water flowing, you severely risk your pool motor burning out, which can end up being an expensive repair.
Over time leaves and debris can clog up your baskets, restricting proper water flow. The two main baskets that almost all pools have is the skimmer basket and pump trap basket. Be cautious during this step as we have found animals, both dead and alive, caught in these baskets. When cleaning out the pump trap basket you want to make sure to turn the pump off before removing the lid. Once you put everything back and turned the pump on, it is important to make sure the pump returns to a full prime.
Keeping a proper chemical balance will keep your pool clear and safe, can make for a more enjoyable swimming experience, as well as increase the longevity of your pool surface and equipment.