Debris in and around your in ground pool:
Try to keep your deck and pool cover free of debris. With wind and moisture, debris from these areas can enter your pool,
and rot your pool cover, liner and decking. If possible, try to catch the debris while it is still on the surface of the pool's water. It is much
harder to remove once it sinks to the bottom of the pool. Making this a daily practice is a great way to protect your pool for years to come.
When cleaning your skimmer out, make sure to dump contents into a trashbag or trashcan. Throwing contents into garden areas
or lawns will often result in the debris particles drying out and returning to the pool with the next wind.
Hint: Before skimming out the debris in your pool, take an outside hose and gently wash down all the side wall areas. Your liner can act like a
magnet for small pieces of debris. With a wash-down you will push debris away and make it visible for clean-up. A professional leaf rake with a plastic
rubber edge is perfect for this job. This item can be purchased at most pool supply shops.
Pool Wall Cleaning:
Always use a pool brush specifically designed for pools and spas, and ONLY use pool/spa chemicals made for your liner pool,
when cleaning your new pool. For cleaning algae off of your pool's walls, brush from the top of the wall down in long, strong strokes. After you
complete the walls of the pool, it is a good idea to vacuum up the algae from the bottom of your pool (use only a designated POOL vacuum).
Your water level should remain within the top margins. During the winter months (with heavy rains) it may be necessary to lower
the pools water level so that it is not too high. In the summer months (with the hot days) it may be necessary to raise the level to adjust for the
evaporation. Try to set a timer when adding/draining water from your pool, so that you do not forget about it.
You should check your pools equipment filter monthly. It is important to remember to clean out your skimmer and/or strainer
baskets. If your skimmer/strainer baskets are full, your pools filter pressure will be low and will not be able to do its job. If your filter pressure
seems to be reading high, you might need to clean the filter itself.
It is important to check the equipment heater area for leaves and debris. To see if the heater is functioning properly,
turn the heater off and then on again. Now, while the heater is on, turn the pump off. The heater should automatically shut off once the pressure from
the pump drops.
Always keep your equipment area free of leaves and debris as best you can, especially the heater unit. It might be necessary
to check under the unit or behind any detachable doors to the unit - leaves and debris can be blown into all areas without your knowledge. This
important check will help prevent any possible fires that might occur. Also look for any leaks or signs of wear and tear regularly.
(Note: Use only a designated POOL vacuum)
When vacuuming your pool or spa it is a good idea to start with the walls and steps, leaving the bottom area for last. This will keep you
from needing to re-vacuum the bottom if any debris from the walls or steps falls. It is important to go slow when vacuuming the bottom of
the pool in order to not disturb the debris collection before you are able to vacuum it up. If your pool vacuum begins to lose suction, it is
most likely due to the fullness of the vacuums basket. You will need to clean out the basket and then resume vacuuming.