Diligent, consistent care of your pool is the best way to ensure a safe and healthy swimming environment. Though every pool is different because of location, design, and bather load, some general maintenance guidelines will apply. For a maintenance schedule customized for your particular pool, contact your pool builder or service technician. In the meantime, follow these steps.


Check the water level and fill to recommended level.

Test pH and sanitizer levels and make needed adjustments.

Empty skimmer basket and pump strainer basket.

Skim leaves and other debris from pool surface.

Circulate the water till it turns over at least once – about eight hours.


Brush all pool walls and floor to prevent algae buildup.

Clean waterline tile or vinyl.

Vacuum the pool bottom.

Shock the water in the evening. (Additional shocking may be needed after a rainstorm, heavy bather load, or exceptionally hot weather.)

Add an algaecide the day after you shock the water.


Clean or backwash the filter. More frequent filter cleaning may be necessary depending on how much debris is introduced into the pool.
Test water for total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and stabilizer levels.


Clean cartridge filters to remove any oils and dirt that may have accumulated.

If you’re having difficulty balancing the water, bring a sample to your pool supply dealer for professional testing and analysis. A proper water sample should include at least 8 ounces retrieved from at least 18 inches below the surface, preferably from the deep end. Store the sample in a clean plastic container and take it immediately to your dealer for testing.