Unmaintained pools can become a hotbed of various illnesses like diarrhea, skin rashes, infections, and more. That’s why every pool owner needs to be responsible for making sure they are clean and safe to swim in.
When it comes to keeping your pool safe, routine maintenance is key. In this article, the pool maintenance experts at Weber Pools Dallas are here to provide a basic checklist on how you can properly maintain your pool every day.
Step 1: Check your pool’s water level
The first thing you have to do on your daily pool maintenance checklist is to check the current level. Your swimming pool must always be at an optimal level. This means the level shouldn’t be too low or too high.
If the water level is too low, the skimmers will not be able to function properly because they’ll end up sucking in the air instead. A water level that’s too high may cause the skimmer to not function at all. If the skimmer isn’t being utilized, it can cause dirt, leaves, and debris to accumulate in the pool.
If it has been raining heavily during the previous night, you should be able to lower the water level in three ways:
- Waste setting: Activating this setting on your multi-port valve can help divert from your pool and into the backwash hose.
- Submersible pump: This external equipment can be submerged in the pool and pump out water through a garden or sump hose.
- Siphon hose: This is the most common way of draining water from swimming pools.
Step 2: Inspect the pump and the filter
Once you have checked the water levels, you should inspect both the filter and the pump. The first thing you need to examine is the pump’s filter pressure gauge.
If the gauge indicates the pressure is higher than normal, it could be an issue with the impeller. That means the filter could be dirty or clogged and needs to be cleaned. High pressure could also mean one of the pressure valves has been partially closed.
If the pressure is shown to be lower than normal, this could indicator of a problem. It’s possible that the water level is low or some of the valves are completely shut. It could also mean that your baskets are full.
Make sure to address any issues with the pump above all else to make sure your pool’s system remains functional. If the pressure is normal, you can proceed to the next step in your checklist.
Step 3: Check the pool cleaner
Your pressure pool cleaners are capable of operating daily in two to three-hour cycles. All you need to do is check the pool cleaner’s bag, make sure it isn’t full, and empty it if required.
If you have a robotic or a suction cleaner, there’s no need to run the cleaner daily. Running it a maximum of three times per week should be enough. If their bags are also full of dirt and debris, empty them as soon as possible.
Step 4: Inspect the baskets
Pump baskets are usually designed to have a clear and visible lid, so you can easily see if they are full. The basket lid for skimmers is also designed the same way. What’s important is that you make sure these baskets are not full. If they are, be sure to empty them immediately.
Step 5: Miscellaneous tasks
After going through the vital four steps, you should still take the time to perform these other simple maintenance tasks:
- Remove visible leaves and debris from the pool
- Checking the filtration system to make sure water is circulating properly
- Checking if the water is clear. If the pool water appears cloudy, check on the filters again and make sure they are clean. You should also check the water’s chemical levels to make sure they are balanced
Doing these tasks shouldn’t be time-consuming, especially if your pool is regularly maintained. What’s important is that you follow this daily maintenance checklist to ensure that your pool remains functional, clean, and safe.
Weber Pools is an experienced pool service company that offers reliable pool maintenance and repairs. If you are looking for a team to help you maintain your pool, contact us today. We’d be happy to assist you in keeping your pool clean and safe.