Swimming Pool Maintenance Guide

This swimming pool maintenance guide will help you keep your pool clean and clear by utilizing some of our favorite tips and tried and true pool equipment.  As swimming pool owners for almost 20 years we've been through lots of pumps, filters, chlorinators and automatic pool cleaners.  We'll give you our best suggestions to save you time and money.

swimming pool maintenance guide

As swimming pool owners for almost 20 years we've been through lots of pumps, filters, chlorinators and automatic pool cleaners.  We'll give you our best suggestions to save you time and money.

Automatic Inground Pool Cleaners

swimming pool cleaning equipment

Automatic inground pool cleaners do just that, they automatically scour the bottom and sides of your pool picking up leaves and debris and suctioning them so that your pool looks nice and clean. 

Automatic Inground Pool Cleaners

Swimming Pool Cleaning Equipment

Swimming pool cleaning equipment ranges from automatic pool cleaners to simple swimming pool vinyl brushes. 

swimming pool cleaning equipment

Cleaning your pool may require little effort for those who have a protective screen around their pool while those who have lots of trees will find it more important to check pump baskets and brush the pool bottom. 

Check out our recommendations and other tips for maintaining a clean pool:

Swimming Pool Cleaning Equipment

Salt Water Pool Guide

salt water pool vs chlorine

The switch to a salt water pool was one of our best pool owner decisions.  The correct chemical balance has been easier to control and maintain protecting not only our pool liner and equipment, but easier on our skin and hair. 

Learn more about the benefits of a salt water pool or if you already have one some tips we've learned on how to best monitor and use your salt generator system.

Salt Water Pool

Swimming Pool Water Pump

swimming pool water pump

Hayward in-ground pumps are self-priming centrifugal pumps. We got the dual speed one for our 30,000 gallon pool and found it to be quieter than our old pump and more efficient.  After 4 years of use it is still running strong.  How many hours should you run your swimming pool water pump?  It depends .... on the size of your pool, how hot the weather is, and how many swimmers use your pool. Cooler weather and cooler weather it's generally recommended that you run your pump for 4-6 hours while during the hottest part of the summer it may need to run 10-12 hours to keep the pool water circulating and clean. 

A Guide to Swimming Pool Water Pumps

Swimming Pool Maintenance Guide to Pool Chemicals

Most pool owners have to deal with algae growing in their pool especially when the temperatures start to warm up.  Before adding your algaecide brush it from the bottom and the sides of the pool so the chemicals can "attack" it better. 

chemicals for swimming pool

Chemicals for swimming pool balance, sanitation and protection of your liner and pool equipment requires some effort, knowledge and monitoring. 

Find out how you can keep your pool sparkling, your skin from being irritated, and your pool equipment from being damaged with correct chemical balance of chlorine, bromine, pH, and alkalinity:

Chemicals for Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool Maintenance Guide to Inground Pool Covers

winter swimming pool cover

After 10 years of keeping our pool open year round we decided we wanted a break from cleaning out leaves and maintaining pool chemicals.  While an open pool sure looks better, we've been happy with our decision to install an inground swimming pool cover.  Here are some things we've learned:

Inground Swimming Pool Covers

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