When you daydream about a leisurely float or a refreshing dip in your swimming pool, you imagine crystal clear, sparkling blue water, right?
Well, it doesn’t stay that way by itself.
To keep your pool at its cleanest and best, you need to clean it regularly. Regular cleaning not only keeps you from getting a mouthful of gunk while you dog paddle across, but it also protects your investment by making your pool last as long as possible.
But how often? Is weekly pool maintenance really necessary? And what are the most important tasks?
Routine Swimming Pool Maintenance Services
At Neave Pools, we’re experts in clean. Let’s take a look at how — and how often — you should clean your pool.
Skimming: Twice A Week
Your first line of defense is a skimmer, a net attached to a telescoping pole you can use to remove floating surface debris, leaves and bugs from the pool. Floating debris will eventually sink, becoming harder to remove.
Skimming the pool’s surface by hand every few days is one of the fastest and easiest ways to keep your pool clean.
Skimming doesn’t just get rid of the gross stuff — it significantly increases the efficiency of the pool’s circulation system and lowers the amount of chlorine you’ll need to add to your pool.
Clean Out Strainer Baskets: Once A Week
Cleaning out strainer baskets at least once a week also helps circulation and lowers chlorine demands.
Find them in the pool deck. Remove the plastic basket and shake it out. If there are stubborn objects in there, spray the inside with a hose to dislodge them.
Clean Tiles: Once A Week
Brushing your pool’s walls and tile helps minimize algae buildup and calcium deposits so they don’t grow into bigger problems.
You’ll want a stiff brush for plaster-lined concrete pools and a softer brush for vinyl walls. Use a gentle cleaner designed for tile.
Vacuum: Once A Week
Vacuum the pool every week to keep water clear and to reduce the number of chemicals you need to add to it.
When you vacuum you get rid of foliage and other debris that compromises the water’s pH balance.
If you have a manual vacuum, move it back and forth over the surface of the pool as if you’re vacuuming a rug. For best results, slightly overlap each stroke. Check the filter each time you vacuum, and clean it if necessary.
Pool Cleaning With Technology
Automatic pool cleaners are robotic devices that run off your pool’s suction or pressure lines to propel themselves around the pool and pick up leaves and debris.
There are also stand-alone systems available with their own motors that plug into standard electrical outlets.
Or Leave The Cleaning To Neave
There’s no doubt — weekly pool maintenance can be a hassle. Let the professionals take care of it, so you can spend more time relaxing in the pool.
Neave Pools offers weekly cleaning as part of our comprehensive swimming pool maintenance service.
We can even do water testing while we’re there to make sure the chemical or non-chlorine balances in your water are safe for you and your loved ones.
Regular cleaning doesn’t just keep your water nice and clear — it can extend the life of your pool. A properly maintained vinyl liner pool can last 15 years or more before needing a new liner, but in a poorly maintained pool, a liner might only last three years. Gunite pools are just as vulnerable.
Neave professionals are trained to detect potential problems before they start. We verify the condition of the pool and its equipment as we perform our regular maintenance, allowing us to catch problems early and prevent more costly repairs.
If you’re in Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.
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