The Ultimate Guide to Pool Maintenance: Tips from the Pros

Brother and sister with dog sitting at pool edge

We’re huge proponents of proper pool maintenance at Creekside Outdoor Living. Installing a swimming pool is a huge decision and a significant investment. If taken care of properly, it will be the centerpiece of many summer memories. Keeping your pool sparkling clean, safe, and ready for enjoyment requires regular maintenance and a bit of know-how. That’s why we’ve compiled this ultimate guide to pool maintenance, filled with professional tips to help you keep your pool in pristine condition all season long.

Understanding Pool Maintenance Basics

Maintaining a pool is more than just skimming the surface for leaves; it involves monitoring water chemistry, cleaning, and ensuring the filtration system is operating correctly. A well-maintained pool provides a safe and enjoyable environment for your family and guests while extending the life of your pool and its equipment.

Regular Cleaning Is Key

Regular cleaning is essential for keeping your pool water clear and preventing algae growth. Use a pool skimmer to remove debris from the surface daily, and vacuum the pool floor weekly to eliminate dirt and sediment. Brushing the walls and steps of the pool also prevents algae buildup and keeps the surfaces clean.

Keeping the Water Balanced

Water chemistry is a critical aspect of pool maintenance. Imbalanced water can harm swimmers, damage pool equipment, and lead to algae and bacterial growth.

Testing Your Pool Water

Test your pool water at least once a week to ensure the proper balance of chlorine, pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. Use a reliable test kit or take a water sample to your local pool supply store for analysis.

Adjusting Chemicals

Based on your water test results, adjust the chemicals in your pool accordingly. Maintain chlorine levels to sanitize the water, adjust the pH to ensure the water isn’t too acidic or basic, and manage alkalinity to prevent pH fluctuations. Calcium hardness should also be maintained to protect the pool surface and equipment.

The Filtration System: Your Pool’s Best Friend

The filtration system is the heart of your pool, keeping the water clean and clear. Regular maintenance of your filter is essential for optimal performance.

Cleaning and Replacing Filters

Clean or replace your pool filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Sand filters require backwashing when the pressure gauge rises 8-10 psi above normal operating levels. Cartridge filters should be removed and cleaned with a hose, and DE (diatomaceous earth) filters require backwashing and fresh DE added.

Circulation for a Cleaner Pool

Ensure your pool’s water is circulated for at least 8-12 hours daily to distribute chemicals evenly and keep the water clean. Proper circulation prevents stagnant areas where algae and bacteria can grow.

Seasonal Pool Care for Year-Round Enjoyment

Your pool needs different care during each season, from opening in the spring to closing in the fall.

Opening Your Pool

When opening your pool for the season, start by removing any cover debris and cleaning the cover. Then, fill the pool to the proper level, test and adjust the water chemistry, and prime the pump to get the filtration system running. It’s also a good time to inspect all pool equipment for any signs of damage or wear.

Closing Your Pool

To close your pool for the winter, thoroughly clean it and balance the water chemistry. Lower the water level if necessary, and add winterizing chemicals to protect the water from algae growth. Finally, cover your pool with a quality winter cover to keep it clean and protected.

Why Choose Creekside Outdoor Living for Your Pool Maintenance

At Creekside Outdoor Living, we offer comprehensive installation and design services to ensure that you get the pool of your dreams. We handle the process from start to finish to create the perfect outdoor oasis for your home.

Maintaining your new pool doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these professional tips and the support of Creekside Outdoor Living, you can enjoy a clean, safe, and sparkling pool all season long. Hopefully these tips helped make the idea of pool ownership less daunting. When you’re ready to add a pool to your home, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our pool services and how we can make pool ownership a breeze for you.


Get in touch with our team!

Fill in the form below and a member will reach out to you at our earliest availability.

Request a quote (contact)

Please fill out the for below and provide us with details about your project and one of our specialists will contact you as soon as possible.

  • Hidden

  • Hidden

Recent Projects