While Marathon Pool and Lawn is ready to be your pool maintenance provider here in Southwest Florida, we also know that some people want to do some of their pool maintenance themselves, and we’re happy to help with advice on that as well.
We have broken this tutorial down into five easy steps, to assure that all the necessities are taken care of and all details attended to properly, in order to keep your pool working at its best and looking great.
Step One – Skim the Pool and Clean the Baskets
The first thing to do is to remove any obvious debris. So skim the pool with your skimming tool, and remove all bugs, leaves, and other unwanted stuff. Then clean out the strainer baskets at least once a week. Wash the baskets with a hose, and shake them off. Both of the these steps increase the efficiency of the pool’s circulation system, and also reduce the amount of chlorine needed.
Step Two – Vacuum the Pool and Brush the Tiles
Next, you’ll need two more tools: a pool vacuum and a pool brush. A stiff brush works best for plaster-lined pools, and a soft brush for vinyl fiberglass pool liner walls, and also tile. Set up the vacuum according to the directions, filling the hose with water so the skimmer will submerge. Work the vacuum back and forth across the surface as if you are vacuuming a carpet. Then, clean algae off of the pool walls and the tiles near the pool with the brush.
Step Three – Clean the Filter
There are three main types of pool filter: cartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth. While each has its own cleaning requirements, they all trap dirt and oils, and work best with a little bit of dirt in them. Wait until the flow between the pressure gauge and the flow meter reaches between 10 to 15 pounds per square inch. Then, set the filter valve to “backwash,” and clean the filter. If you have a cartridge, simply take it out and hose it down, and it’s clean. Then, clean out the hair/lint catcher in the pump filter, and then unscrew the trap cover, and discard the contents of the basket within.
Step Four – Chlorinate the Pool and Check the Water Level
Add slow-dissolving chlorine sticks to the chlorinator tank near the filter. Add more in hot weather, or when the heater is running a lot. Periodically, if a pool develops a strong odor, it needs to be superchlorinated, or “shocked.” This will eliminate the excess chemicals and remove the odor. To assure the filter and heater work correctly, add water so that the water level is halfway up the skimmer opening’s mouth.
Step Five – Check the Ph Level
To be sure the water is healthy, check the Ph level with a testing kit. Ph is a measurement of acidity and alkalinity. It is best for swimmers at a level of between 7.2 and 7.8. If it is not between these levels, it is best to call a specialist, like us, to adjust the level, as it can be dangerous to add acid.
So that is your pool maintenance checklist. Your pool will look and work great, but this will also take up a lot of your valuable time.
To save the stress and keep the pool running and looking perfect, just call Marathon at 239-834-7529 or visit us at www.poolandlawn.guru, and let us take care of everything.