For pool owners, pool maintenance is a breeze as long as you know what to look out for and how to address things before they become problems. With the proper pool care and upkeep, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is which drink to sip while floating in the pool. Here are some tips from our Pool Scouts techs to help you better navigate routine pool maintenance.

The 3 C’s of Pool Care

The 3 C’s of pool care are circulation, cleaning and chemistry. When pools go untreated in any of these three areas, larger issues can arise. Many questions that pool owners have are usually related to one of these three categories.

Circulation

Why is pool circulation important?

Pool circulation is what keeps the water in a pool moving, so that it doesn’t get stagnant and dirty. Pool jets not only circulate the water, but they help to distribute chemicals throughout the pool to keep it clean and sanitary.

How can I make sure the pool water is circulating correctly?

What you can do as the pool owner, is check to make sure that dirty water is going into your pool filter, and clean water is returning to the pool. To keep water flowing correctly, you’ll want to run your pool pump 8-12 hours a day, regularly clean the skimmer and pump basket, and face the jets downward and circular to keep a steady flow.

Infographic of water flowing through a pool filter

Cleaning

Keeping a swimming pool clean means less issues! The more often you clean your pool, the easier it is to maintain.

What regular pool cleaning steps do I need to take?

To keep your pool well-maintained, always make sure to do these things:

  • Brush the walls, ladder, steps, and any other low circulation spots daily.
  • Skim the pool water surface daily.
  • Vacuum the pool once a week.

Chemistry

Last but not least, keeping up with chemicals is crucial to keeping a sparkling pool.

How often do I need to test my pool water?

You should test pool water weekly.

What’s making my pool chemicals imbalanced?

This comes from a variety of outside elements, such as body oils, shampoos and lotions mixing with the water, yard debris and bugs falling in the pool, etc.

What’s the right balance of pool chemicals?

We came up with an easy to read chart that breaks down the chemical balance that you should maintain in your pool at all times.

Chart showing correct amount of chemicals to be added to swimming pool

If you keep the 3 C’s in mind, you’ll be able to maintain a clean and clear pool. Happy swimming!