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Pool Maintenance Schedule

Preventive maintenance is the best way to keep your pool and pool water in tip-top shape. This can easily be accomplished with a routine schedule of care. By following this basic schedule you can enjoy your pool water regularly and with confidence. These are general maintenance guidelines and may need to be varied depending on the climate in your area.


Run your pump to circulate the pool water a minimum of 4 hours a day. Time should be increased as the weather temperature increases.  During peak swim season you will want to run your pump at least 6-8 hours per day. The key is to “turn over your water” and sanitize it thoroughly.

Read the manufacturer’s specifications on your pump to learn how many gallons of water are being “turned over” per hour. Divide this number by the gallons of water in your pool. This is how many hours your pump needs to run in order to sanitize your entire pool providing there are proper levels of sanitizer in the pool water.


Test pool water and balance water chemistry as needed. Using test strips or a home test kit is sufficient, adjust as needed according to instructions on your test strips or test kit. You may also take a sample of your pool water to your local pool store for analysis.

Basic Water Chemistry Readings


7.4 – 7.6

Sanitizer -Chlorine or Bromine

1 -3 ppm

Sanitizer -Baquanide /Baquacil

30 – 50 ppm


80 – 120 ppm

Calcium Hardness

250-450 ppm

Brush the sides and bottom of your pool, even if you have an automatic pool cleaner as this will loosen dirt and other particles that may adhere to the pool finish.

Check and clean out skimmer baskets and pump baskets periodically. During the fall and spring this may need to be done daily depending on how many trees you have in your neighborhood. You may also protect your cartridges and equipment by using Filter Savers.  Filter Savers are disposable liners that fit in your skimmer basket. The Filter Saver collects small debris that would normally get past your skimmer basket and helps prevent clogging of your impeller, it will also assist in prolonging the life of your cartridges as they as less likely to get clogged.


If you have a cartridge filter and the pressure rises 8-10 pounds above the normal operating pressure you will need to clean your cartridges, see "How Do I Clean My Cartridges Using Chlorine?"or "How Do I Clean My Cartridges Using Baquacil?"

If you have a “saltwater” pool you will need to test your salt levels. You may take your water to your local pool store to have it tested. You may also test it yourself with at test kit or test strips. Test strips are made to test everything in pool/spa water such as: pH, Alkalinity, Free Chlorine/Bromine, Salt, Acid Demand, Calcium Hardness and certain metals in the water.