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Repair & Maintenance

The Complete Guide to DIY Pool Maintenance

Maintenance is part of owning a swimming pool, especially if you want to enjoy it or show it off. Learn the basics of pool maintenance with this easy-to-use guide.

Pool wall brush and leaf skimmer

All pool owners know there’s no anticipation like waiting for swim-ready weather. While you probably use your pool most in the summer, it's important to take steps to maintain your pool year-round to keep it in tip-top shape.

If you’re a first-time pool owner, the amount of work and money that goes into maintaining and caring for a pool might surprise you. This DIY pool maintenance guide will help you lower the bills and care for your investment.

Daily Pool Maintenance

  •  Skim debris. Spending five to 10 minutes daily using a net to fish out debris, like leaves and twigs, will not only keep your pool looking beautiful, but it will increase the circulation of your pool and reduce the need for extra chemicals. This should be done year-round, unless you opt to use a pool cover in the winter months, which eliminates the need to skim debris.
  • Keep an eye on the water level. Make sure to keep an eye on the water level to ensure your pool is properly filled and water levels fall above the skimmer. Pools can lose water to evaporation, especially on hot days. If you notice your pool continually needs filling, it’s possible you have a leak and you’ll need to seek professional help.

 You also might consider installing a pool cover, which can prevent nearly 1,000 gallons of water from evaporating each month.

Weekly Pool Maintenance

  •  Vacuum the pool. To ensure your pool stays in pristine condition, you’ll need to either manually vacuum the pool or run an automated vacuum weekly. Running a pool vacuum is very similar to running a floor vacuum — simply run it on the surface of the pool to lift up any sand or debris.
  • Check the chemical balance. Test your pool’s chemical balance weekly and adjust as needed. Here’s a thorough sheet from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals with tips on how to keep your pool clean and what levels to aim for.

Monthly DIY Pool Maintenance

  •  Inspect for cracks. Taking the time to carefully inspect your pool for cracks can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Pool cracks can cause your pool to leak, which can be a costly issue to repair.
  • Research new innovations. Take the time to read up on new innovations and solutions that will help you care for your pool. Here’s a list of some high-tech upgrades for your pool you might consider.

 There’s a lot that goes into a pool running efficiently, which is why American Home Shield offers optional protection for pools and in-ground spas. If this guide seems overwhelming, consider hiring out for pool maintenance services. Pool professionals know the best ways to care for your pool, so all you’ll have left to do is perfect your cannonball.


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