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Essential Pool Maintenance Checklist

Essential Pool Maintenance Checklist

A swimming pool is one of the biggest assets you invest in—and much like you would take immense care of other sizeable investments, you need to pay attention to pool maintenance too. Whether you have traditional swimming pools or container swimming pools in Dubai, diligence in maintenance is a must.

Your Guide To Pool Maintenance

We’ve put together a pool cleaning checklist of all the tasks you need to do—or get done by expert pool maintenance services in Dubai.

Frequent Pool Maintenance Checklist

First up: routine pool maintenance tasks. If you want to use a swimming pool that’s free of impurities and looks wonderful, then you need to do the following:

Skim & Pick Visible Impurities

Dead leaves and other stuff from any nearby lawn or garden, flies and bugs, trash, and other stuff can make their way into the pool. The wisest thing to do for hygiene, health, as well as aesthetic appeal is to clean out this regularly.

Invest in good swimming pool equipment: a pool skimmer net and a floor and wall brush. These are must-haves for any pool owner who wants to keep their pool looking immaculate, as well as get rid of any pollutants from affecting the water. Plus, skimming off the larger contaminants is ideal because you prevent these from entering the filter or pump and damaging any parts.

If you have a container pool, cleaning it may be much simpler. One of the many benefits of container swimming pools is that they are easy to maintain.

Check Water Levels

A major step toward maintaining your pool is checking and adjusting the water level in your swimming pool to keep the skimmer working optimally.

Too-high water level can create pressure on the skimmer and cause it to stop working, while too-low water level means that only air gets into the skimmer and causes damage.

Stick to a pool maintenance routine. Refill the water in your swimming pool to ideal levels when it gets low. If you overfill your pool, or it’s raining, you can use a submersible pump to lower the water level. You can also use a siphon hose, which is quite common and easily available

Inspect The Filter

During the pool maintenance routine when you inspect the filter to ensure peak performance, you need to focus on two things.

The first is the pressure gauge, which should indicate pressure as normal, which means that the flow of water through the filter is at the right speed. Low water pressure on the gauge means that either the level of water in the pool is low or there is a problem with the valves.

On the other hand, higher gauge pressure indicates that there is a fault with the filter itself. Filters that haven’t been cleaned in a while become clogged and the water flow becomes disrupted, thus increasing gauge pressure.

That’s where the other aspect of filter checkups in routine swimming pool maintenance comes in: the filter baskets. Check to see if these are full. Over time, dirt and debris settle into the filter, and without proper cleaning, these block the way of water. Make sure your filters are thoroughly clear of buildup.

Run & Check The Pool Cleaner

For optimal hygiene levels in your swimming pool, run your pool cleaner for at least 3 hours. When the pool water cycles through the cleaner, dirt, and debris get collected in the bags. clear out the pool cleaner bags when the need arises.

Tip: When talking about cost-effective recommendations on how you can keep your pool in its best condition, we suggest running the pool cleaner 2-3 times a week, as running it daily may cause it to wear down faster and decrease its lifespan. You can skip frequent cleaning if your pool is not in use, such as during winter months.

For container pools, you may need a robotic cleaner, which requires minimum effort as it can run on schedule (read Guide On Shipping Container Pool).

Other Day-to-Day Upkeep

In addition to picking out any contaminants from the pool and letting the cleaner work on the rest, you should also keep an eye on the clarity of your pool as well as any smells. Your pool maintenance checklist is incomplete if you don’t.

Cloudy pool water is never a good sign. Your pool needs a complete filter run, or a water change. The growth of algae along the walls of the pool results in a moist smell, and you need to scrub the growth off to ensure that people swim safely.

Occasional Pool Maintenance Checklist

The following pool maintenance checklist tasks are required weekly, monthly, or yearly, depending on how often you use your swimming pool. You can handle these yourself or go for swimming pool maintenance services to save effort.

Maintain Chemical & pH Levels

If your swimming pool is used by a large number of people or used every day, add pH and chlorine levels monitoring to your daily pool maintenance routine. Otherwise, you can conduct a weekly checkup to ensure that water chemistry is at the standard levels; both chlorine and pH levels should neither be too high nor too low.

  • The ideal swimming pool pH level is 7.6-7.8, leaning more towards alkalinity to avoid drastic swings in pH levels (cloudy pool water indicates that the water has too-high alkalinity)
  • The level of chlorine in your swimming pool should be around 2-4 PPM, with identical readings of free and total chlorine.

If you are unsure how to maintain pH and chlorine levels in the pool water, getting expert help from pool maintenance services is always a smart move.

Clean The Deck

A dirty deck means you will be fishing out dead leaves and other stuff from your pool more often. Not to mention a dust-ridden deck will become muddy every time someone steps out of the pool…and the same muck-laced feet go back inside the pool.

Add deck cleaning to your pool maintenance routine, with a complete cleanup once or twice a week. A leaf blower is a quick and hassle-free solution to keep your deck free of dust and lighter debris. Using a garden hose to wash the deck is also an efficient means of cleaning the deck.

Pool Tile Deep-Clean

With time, the tiles of your pool become grimy, especially at the slight gaps between tiles. This kind of residue doesn’t go away with filtering water and requires proper scrubbing. You may also find any cracks or breaks in pool tiles, which should be repaired promptly.

Add pool maintenance services to your pool maintenance checklist. Pool upkeep experts also specialize in underwater cleaning and repairs, so you don’t have to empty and refill the pool (read Tips To Swimming Pool Repair).

Check Calcium, CYA, and Salt Levels

Calcium and Cyanuric Acid (CYA) levels usually remain pretty stable for a month or more without intervention, unless the water supply to your region comprises hard water. Maintaining your pool’s calcium hardness (around 300-400) and CYA levels (around 200-400 PPM) is crucial to avoid corrosion and scaling.

If you have saltwater in your swimming pool, then checking and maintaining salt levels is also important. A pool maintenance team can help you out with the use of the right measuring equipment.

Filter Cleaning & Cartridge Replacement

Finally, in your pool maintenance checklist is meticulous filter cleanup and replacement of worn cartridges is another crucial part of swimming pool maintenance. It’s best to call swimming pool technicians to handle the disassembly, deep cleaning, and cartridge replacement of the pool filter to ensure optimal filtration performance.

You also need to conduct proper pool cleaner tuning, which includes lubricating any moving parts to ensure that the pool water is processed perfectly at each run.

Top-Notch Pool Maintenance Services With Swimbox

Follow this pool cleaning checklist to ensure your swimming pool stays clean, safe, and operational from spring to winter. If you want any more information about pool maintenance or need to book an appointment for installing a container pool to make the most of the rise of container swimming pools, get in touch with us today!