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There is no such thing as a maintenance free pool, not yet anyway! No matter what type of new technology you have installed in your pool and no mater how hi-tech you pool cleaner might be, you STILL have to perform weekly service, unless, of course, you have hired a pool service profession to do it for you, in which case it might seem maintenance free to you.

We have prepared some basic guidelines for taking care of your pool in chronological order (there is a reason for this). At the end of this overview we will make suggestions to make your weekly service easier and more efficient.


Removing the debris

  1. Remove the leaves and debris floating on the surface of the pool with a pole and leaf skimmer net. Do you need a new Net or Pole?
  2. Vacuum particles and debris sitting on the floor of the pool. Do you need a new Vacuum?
  3. Empty the leaves and debris in the skimmer basket/s
  4. Remove the debris trapped in the lint baskets inside the pump/s
  5. If your automatic pool cleaner has a bag attached to it, empty its contents. Is it time for a new Cleaner?
  6. Brush the entire interior surface of your pool (removes some scale and dirt build up)
  7. Check your filter pressure to determine if you need to clean it. You can learn how by clicking on How to clean filter Systems. If it needs to be cleaned then please do it BEFORE continuing to the next step.


Testing the chemicals suing your test kit. Need a new test kit?

  1. Test the chlorine, pH, total alkalinity & calcium hardness.
  2. Add chemicals as needed based upon your test results. Use our Chemistry Calculator


Depending on the type of filtration and purification system you have installed in your pool, you will have to perform periodic maintenance on your filter, lubricate “O” rings and add things such as salt, if you have a saltwater system. Please refer to your manufacturer’s recommended servicing of these items. If you can not find your owner’s manuals to determine what needs to be done, we can help. Click on the manufacturer’s link page to locate your devise and get a copy of the owner’s manual.

The reason we ask that you follow the order that we listed is because we have had some extensive experience at this and know that if you jumble the order up you will be spending MUCH more time doing and re-ding the same things. If for example, you brush your pool surface before you vacuum then all the debris will wind up floating and mixing back into the water making it virtually impossible to remove the debris until it settles back down, many hours later. We ask that you test and put the chemicals into the water LAST otherwise you will be making contact with potent chemicals during the cleaning process before they have had the chance to mix and settle into the pool water. I’m not go into the rest of it because I’m sure you get the point.




If you live in a region where the temperatures fall at or below freezing, you may need to winterize your pool for the season. If you have a newer pool, it’s possible that you have a built in freeze protection devise that will simply turn on the pump/s during a freezing cycle. (Moving water is not going to freeze) Please check with your builder or pool profession to determine what needs to be done for your specific region/climate.