How Often Should You Clean Your Pool?
If there’s one thing you can say about homeowners in Phoenix, AZ, it’s that we love our pools. But one of the most important parts of pool ownership is proper maintenance. Not only can this keep your pool looking beautiful, but it can also extend its longevity and function. A common question we get from our customers is how often a pool should be cleaned to keep it in tip-top shape. This quick guide will break down each step of pool cleaning and how often it should happen.
Daily: Debris Removal
Removing debris is the simplest and most frequent form of pool cleaning. This involves skimming the surface of the pool with a net to remove leaves, insects, and other common items. You should also empty the strainer baskets to help improve circulation and reduce the amount of chlorine you need to add to your pool.
Once a Week: Vacuuming & Tile Cleaning
Vacuuming is another way to keep the water in your pool clear. Some pool vacuums can be left in the water to do the work, while others must be manually swept over the surface of the water. During this weekly maintenance, you should also brush down the tile of the pool to maintain its appearance and to remove algae and other residue. Choose your brush based on the type of surface in your pool. Pools with tile should be cleaned with softer brushes to avoid scratching the surface, while plaster-lined pools can be cleaned with stiffer bristles.
Twice a Season: Clean the Filter
Your pool’s filtration system is a vital part of maintaining a healthy pool. The frequency of the filter cleaning will depend on the type of filter you have and how often the pool is used. As a rule of thumb, aim for a minimum of twice a season. Mid-summer and fall are good times to plan for this maintenance.