Leaving the cleaning of your swimming pool up to the chemicals, pool pump and vacuum will not be sufficient to keep it clean and the water clear and sparkling. A swimming pool needs to be cleaned regularly (at least once a week in the summer months) to prevent it from becoming too dirty to swim in.
Five steps to clean your pool properly, from top to bottom, include:
Step 1 – Clean The Filters
Clean all the filters and remove any trapped leaves, dirt, and debris. Your pump filter does not need regular cleaning but should be checked regularly to see if it is in need of a clean.
Step 2 – Clear The Pool Skimmers
Empty and replace your pool skimmers. These will probably be filled with debris that has fallen or been blown into the pool. Pool skimmers are there to catch all floating debris. If you do not have a pool skimmer, it is more than likely that this debris will become waterlogged and sink to the bottom of the pool.
Step 3 – Skim The Pool
Use a pool net on a telescopic pole to remove all floating debris. Even if you do have an automatic skimmer, it may nor have trapped all the matter floating on the surface of the pool. The net is also a great way to remove debris floating in the center of the pool as well as larger pieces that have fallen to the floor.
Step 4 – Check Water Circulation
Make sure that the pump is circulating water through the system and the swimming pool at a good pressure. Standing water will become stagnant, and bacteria, algae, and other microorganisms will proliferate in this type of environment. If the water is not circulating, make sure that the pump is operating and check for blockages. It is recommended to run the pool pump for a minimum of 4 hours a day to ensure that the water circulates.
Step 5 – Vacuum
If you do not have an automatic pool vacuum or cleaner, the floor and walls of the pool will need to be swept and vacuumed regularly. A vacuum head attached to a telescopic pole and attached with a hose to a pool inlet is ideal for vacuuming although it is recommended to perform this task at least twice a week. For really dirt walls and floor, a scrubbing brush can be attached to the pole to give the pool a good clean.