Learning how to clean and maintain your pool can save you an enormous amount
of money each year since having a pool professionally cleaned can be quite costly. By taking good care of our swimming pools we can expect them to last for many years to come.

For daily pool care the following tasks will need to be done: Follow the next instructions to maintain your swimming pool on a daily basis. Empty the pump basket and the skimmer baskets and discard any debris. Rinse out the baskets and replace them. The best time to run the pools filter system is during the day. The pools filtering system should be run for 8 to 10 hours a day. If the pool does not have a timer then you'll need to remember when to turn the system on and off. Be sure to add chlorine on a daily basis. Quick tabs of chlorine need to be added daily. Add 3 inch slow dissolving tablets to the skimmer baskets. If an automatic chlorinator or a floating one is being used in the pool, chlorine can be added weekly instead of daily. Always remember to check the pressure on the filter to ensure it's operating at its recommended pressure. If the pool has a heating system on it make sure the heater is shutting off at least 20 minutes before the filtering system turns off.

For weekly maintenance of the swimming pool the next described tasks will need to be preformed. You'll want to backwash the swimming pool once per week as well as clean the pressure gauge. Clean the pools surface using a pool net or a pool leaf rake. Do this weekly or on an as needed basis. Empty any debris and dirt from the pool skimmer baskets. Attach the cleaning brush to the pool pole and brush clean the sides or walls of the pool. To empty the pool pump baskets correctly, turn off the filter and open the pumps lid. Now the baskets can be emptied of any debris and dirt. Testing the swimming pools water is needed on a weekly or as needed basis. Do this by testing the waters alkalinity, pH and chlorine levels. Adjust the chemicals accordingly. If you are using the 3 inch tabs of chlorine you will need to add these at this weekly maintenance. The pool needs to be super chlorinated or shocked at this time. Check the pools water level to make sure it meets the mid-skimmer line.

Should you experience a swimming pool problem with algae, the following steps should take place to eliminate it to bring the pool water back to where it should be. Green algae are a common problem with pools. You won't have any problem determining there is green algae in the pool as it's very evident just by looking at the pool water. The algae may be seen on the pool floor and on the walls or sides of the pool. There is only one pool chemical that will kill the algae and this is chlorine. The pool water must be shocked in order to get rid of the algae growth. Shock is simply a highly concentrated form of chlorine. It works by quickly increasing the pools chlorine level. The elevated chlorine level makes it impossible for anything organic to grow or continue to grow in the pool. The algae are quickly killed after chlorine shock is added.

To treat the pool water that's been affected by green algae, brush the walls with the pool pole attachment brush to remove as much of the algae as possible from the sides and the floor of the pool. Make sure the pH level is between 7.2 - 7.6. If the pH level is too high this will affect the amount of time it takes to kill the algae. Turn the pool filtering system on and add the chlorine shock to the water. Use 1 pound per 7,500 gallons of water. Allow the filtering system to run for 24 hours. If you don't see great improvement after 12-24 hours, add a second application of chlorine shock. Repeat this process until the algae has been eliminated. You will know the algae have been killed when it turns a white or gray color. When there is no longer any sign of algae forming, thoroughly vacuum the swimming pool. It is recommended you vacuum dead algae instead of processing it through the filter system. Backwash the pool's filter to be sure there isn't any algae in the filter. Test all the pools chemicals and make any necessary adjustments. The levels should be in the following ranges: free chlorine: 1-3 ppm, pH: 7.2 – 7.6, alkalinity: 80 – 120 ppm and calcium hardness: 200 – 350 ppm. Begin adding an algaecide pool chemical on a weekly basis to prevent algae from returning. You'll want to pay extra attention to the chlorine level in the pool to ensure the problem does not return. Be sure to test the pool water frequently and make any necessary adjustments for a clean, safe, and easy to maintain swimming pool.

TIPS: Be sure to dissolve chlorine pool shock in a large bucket of water before adding it to the swimming pool. Always add chemicals to water when dissolving. Never add any water to the chemicals.