Your pool needs regular maintenance in order to keep it free from algae and bacteria. The more thoroughly you clean your pool, the better the results. Many jobs, such as cleaning the skimmer basket, testing the chemical balance of the water, and vacuuming the walls, should be performed several times every week. Other chores only need to be done every 2 to 4 weeks.
During your monthly pool service, your pool will be cleaned as usual. However, since most weekly cleaning gets done quickly and only concentrates on visible problems, your monthly cleaning is the time to be as thorough as possible. This gets rid of the debris that has built up over time as well as small particles that are floating in the water.
First, use a skimmer to remove leaves and other large items, and then brush and vacuum your walls and floor thoroughly. Rinse off your deck and pool equipment as well, since bacteria and debris on their surfaces can get washed into your pool.
Monthly pool servicing is also a good time to perform an in-depth inspection of your pool. You or your pool cleaner should look for visible leaks, tears, cracks, or other indications of damage. Pay special attention to ladders, handrails, and other safety equipment. Also have mechanical equipment like your pump and filter inspected for leaks, broken seals, or worn parts that may cause your pool to malfunction.
Your filter occasionally needs to be thoroughly cleaned in order to work efficiently and keep your water as clean as possible. During your monthly pool service, your pool filter should be backwashed (depending on the type of filter). It may also need to be taken apart and chemically cleaned and lubed.
Rinse and inspect the filter cartridge to make sure it is still in good shape. If it looks worn or has reached the end of its life, replace it with a fresh cartridge. Most cartridges last several years before they need to be replaced, as long as they are properly taken care of.
A pool is shocked with extra chlorine after periods of particularly heavy use. Regular chemical treatments aren’t enough to handle all the algae and bacteria on their own, and your pool water will slowly start to suffer as a result. Monthly shock treatments help you stay on top of your water quality so it will remain clean and clear. It’s also a good idea to shock your pool after a large pool party or a heavy rainstorm, which can introduce extra bacteria and debris into your pool.