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Pools can be a great feature to have at home. They keep you cool during the summertime, and provide exercise and entertainment. However, having a pool is hard work. You may buy a home with a pool or have one installed once you move in, so preparation is essential. If you want to make sure that your swimming pool is clean and healthy, proper maintenance is a must. This way, you can maintain a crystal-clear pool with ease and get back to relaxing!

Chemicals- Do you want a chlorine or saltwater pool? Either way you should know how to educate yourself on the right chemicals to use to maintain the right balance to keep your pool clean.

Filtration- Some installed above ground pools do not have massive filtration systems, which means it needs to be emptied and cleaned regularly.

Cleaning- this needs to be done often, skimming the pool after bugs or leaves have fallen in, a cover should be considered to keep unwanted materials out of the pool.

Repair- seek a professional at least once a year to get the pool inspected, repairs can be costly but it's good to have a relationship with a pool expert to help maintain the problems with the pool.


  • Run pool pump 8-12 hours a day

  • Backwash or clean filter if pressure is above 10-15 psi

  • Clean the skimmer and pump basket

  • Keep jets facing circular and downward


  • Brush walls, steps, ladders, low circulation spots daily

  • Skim the surface daily

  • Vacuum once or twice a weekly depending on how many people were in and out of the pool


  • Test the water 1-2 times a week

  • Balance the PH and alkalinity

  • Maintain sanitizer levels

  • Shock the pool bi-weekly if needed

To keep your pool looking great, you’ll need to keep your water moving and properly filtered, keep debris and “dead spots” cleaned up, and balance your water chemistry.

If you follow these basic steps, you will be on your way to maintaining a crystal-clear pool and avoiding problematic algae growth. The key is establishing a routine and taking early action if you notice discoloration, cloudy water, scaling, or other signs of trouble. And if you ever find the responsibilities overwhelming, a pool expert can take care of your pool for you.

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