March 16th, 2017

One of the hardest part about owning a pool is maintaining it properly. When left uncared for your pool becomes dirty and extremely unsafe to swim in. In this article we are going to provide you with a comprehensive pool maintenance checklist so that you know exactly what to do when it comes to pool maintenance.


On opening the pool these are the things you need to do:

  • Removal, cleaning and storage of pool cover
  • Cleaning and vacuuming the pool
  • Shocking of the pool water to breakpoint level
  • Add water ideally @ 25 mm per hour
  • Check the water balance
  • Check the filters, skimmers, ladders, handrails, diving boards, plugs and other essential components of your swimming pool
  • Clean the tiles and skimmer
  • Clean the pool deck
  • The filter has to be backlashed if required

Weekly maintenance of pools

  • Removal of leaves and debris
  • Add chlorine to the water
  • The sanitizer level of the water has to be adjusted after frequent testing
  • Visually check the water to find any visible pollutants
  • The pH level needs to be tested and adjusted. When the swimming pool has vinyl or tile walls then the pH level should be around 7.4-7.7. In case of fiberglass finish the pH level should range between 7.3-7.5.
  • Test the chlorine level and alkalinity of the pool water
  • The Stabilizer and Oxidizer levels need to be inspected and adjusted.
  • Inspect the filter pressure and if needed backwash it
  • The water level needs to be checked and accordingly adjusted
  • A preventive dose of algaecide can be added every week
  • The pool needs to be shocked once every two week to prevent the breeding of germs and other organic pollutants

Monthly maintenance

  • The calcium hardness has to be checked periodically and adjusted
  • The total dissolved solids in the water has to be tested and adjusted
  • Make sure that the alkalinity of the water is between 120-150 ppm.
  • The filter needs to be cleaned chemically
  • The exposed parts of the pool like the tiles and grouts need to be checked
  • In case you have a salt water pool make sure to check the salt level
  • Pools with vinyl liners needs more frequent inspection for tears and holes
  • The seals in your pump and motor has to be checked

Closing the pool

  • The pool water chemistry has to be balanced to the following levels:
  • pH- 7.2-7.6
  • Alkalinity- 80-120 ppm
  • Calcium hardness- 180-220 ppm
  • The filter needs to be run constantly for 24 hours
  • Detach all the cleaners, ladders, fittings and skimmer baskets from your pool
  • The level of pool water has to be reduced to be 6 inches beneath the skimmer level
  • The pumping, heating, sanitizing and filtering equipment needs to be thoroughly drained to prevent damage due to freezing
  • Thorough cleaning and vacuuming of the pool is a must
  • Finally you need to cover your pool

If you are not confident about cleaning and maintaining your pool by yourself then you need to get professional help from a pool cleaning company. There are many pool servicing companies in Camarillo CA and Thousand Oaks CA who would make the job much easier for you.