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How Often Should Swimming Pools Be Cleaned?

A swimming pool is a perfect source of fun and relaxation… until it comes to keeping it clean. 

To keep your pool water healthy and your pool’s system functioning correctly, we recommend cleaning your pool at least once a week. But what do we mean by “cleaning” exactly? What goes into the pool cleaning process? What products should be used? And what measures can you take to keep your pool clean year-round?

To answer these questions, we’ve put together some of our favorite pool cleaning tips and tricks to take the worry out of cleaning your pool once and for all.

Pool Maintenance

Our Top 5 Pool Cleaning Tips

1. Keep an Eye on Your Chlorine – While your pool water may appear clean and healthy, without proper treatment, it could become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, possibly leading to infections and illnesses. To prevent this, monitor your pool’s chlorine levels closely. Ideally, you should keep your chlorine levels at around 3 PPM (that’s parts per million). Chlorine test kits are best for getting a clear idea of your chlorine levels.

2. Vacuuming and Debris Removal – Not only is algae unsightly, but if left to spread, it can cause structural damage to your pool over time. Rhizomes force their way into the spaces between stone and grout, creating small cracks that cause leaks and reduce your pool’s structural integrity. That’s why we recommend cleaning your pool once a week. Use a pool vacuum to get rid of algae collecting on the bottom of your pool, and always be sure to use a pool net to remove any leaves or other debris floating on the surface.

3. Change Your Filter – A vital part of your pool’s system, a pool filter keeps water clean as it circulates. But, a clogged or dirty filter will have the opposite effect. The frequency with which you change your filter depends on factors such as: 

  • The size of your pool
  • Your environment
  • Whether you keep your pool covered
  • How often you use your pool 

However, the general rule is once every six months.

4. Cover Your Pool – If you have trouble keeping debris like grass clippings and leaves out of your pool, a pool cover may be the perfect solution. While there are high-tech options like automatic covers, even a simple leaf net cover can do wonders for keeping your pool clean and your filter clog-free between changes.

5. Maintain Your Water Level – While it may not seem like a big deal, the water level of your pool is pivotal for maintaining a proper chemical balance. If your water rises, you’ll need to up the chlorine levels. Too much water can also cause issues with your pool’s filters and other system components, as they are manufactured to handle specific water volumes. To ensure your pool system functions properly, find the ideal water level for your pool’s size and try to maintain it as best you can. 

Environmental factors like rain can also affect water levels – another reason why a pool cover is a great investment. 

Does all this proper pool maintenance seem overwhelming? At Ashton Pools by Design, our experts are committed to simplifying your pool’s maintenance needs. Our professional pool cleaning staff has the tools and expertise to keep your pool in optimal condition year-round, so you and your family can stop worrying and get back to enjoying your outdoor space. 

Need help cleaning your pool? Contact our pool experts today.