THE SECRET TO POOL HEALTH IS REGULAR CARE.

A bit of maintenance is required to keep your water clean and sparkling.

THE BASICS

Every 2 to 3 days, a good pool owner will check water levels, test pool chemicals, and skim debris and clean out baskets. Dangerously low water levels can damage your pump. For those without an infloor cleaning system, you will also need to brush the steps. The easiest way to keep your pool clean is to remove dirt before it reaches the bottom.

Each week, you should brush the walls and tile to minimize algae and calcium buildup.

Occasionally, your pool will need to be shocked, in which you superchlorinate to bring the water back to normal chlorine levels and remove contaminants like ammonia or nitrogen. How often you will need to shock your pool is dependent on size and usage.

Approximately every 3 months, a good pool owner will clean the pool filter. Frequency of cleaning will vary on filter size and amount of dirt accumulated. Increased flow between the pressure gauge and flow meter (between 10 to 15 pounds per square inch) may be an indication that the filter needs cleaning.

Due to high calcium levels in Arizona water, as well as other factors, it is customary to completely drain and refill your pool with fresh water once every 2 to 3 years. Your local pool store offers a free chemical testing service, and will let you know when your water needs to be replaced.

Every few years, you will also want to have your heater professionally serviced. If you have a heater, it is important to run it periodically, as letting it sit over long periods of time can cause issues.

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