Pool Maintenance Calendar

April

  • The water is starting to warm up as the days get longer. Test the water and add liquid shock and an algaecide if needed.
  • Keep the cover dry.

May

  • As we get close to the opening date. Allow the rain to raise the water to the operating level.
  • If you are planning a later opening (late June or early July) you may want to add more liquid shock.
  • Check the level periodically so there are no surprises at the opening.
  • Keep the cover as dry as possible.

June

  • Open the pool.
  • Add a metal remover if tap water is added.
  • Initial cleaning / remove any debris, balance the water.
  • Check for leaks, gaskets and o-rings may need to be replaced.
  • Have the pool heater serviced.
  • Note starting filter pressure.
  • Bring in a water sample after the pool has been circulating for 24 hours.

July

  • Test the water balance at least one a week during the peak of the season.  Additional tests may be needed if water is added.
  • Test and maintain the free chlorine at 1.0-3.0 ppm.
  • Empty skimmer and pump baskets as needed.
  • Skim the pool surface and vacuum once a week.
  • Bring in a water sample for computer testing.
  • Check the filter pressure / backwash as needed.

August

  • Test the water balance at least one a week during the peak of the season.  Additional tests may be needed if water is added.
  • Test and maintain the free chlorine at 1.0-3.0 ppm.
  • Add a metal remover if tap water is added to prevent staining.
  • Empty skimmer and pump baskets as needed.
  • Skim the pool surface and vacuum once a week.
  • Bring in a water sample for computer testing.
  • Check the filter pressure / backwash as needed.
  • Remove elements or cartridges and clean with Filter Cleaner Degreaser to remove any oils and grease that may have accumulated on your filter

September

  • Turn off the equipment
  • Lower the water 12 – 18 inches below the skimmer
  • Close the pool

October

  • Maintain the water level at least 3 – 6 inches below the tile line
  • Keep safety cover dry / remove debris from “tarp” cover

November

  • Maintain the water level at least 3 – 6 inches below the tile line
  • Keep safety cover dry / remove debris from “tarp” cover
  • Add liquid shock and algaecide.

December

  • Maintain the water level at least 3 – 6 inches below the tile line
  • Keep safety cover dry / remove debris from “tarp” cover
  • Add liquid shock and algaecide.

January

  • Typically the water will be frozen, don’t try to lower the water level. A drop in the water level will allow the ice to drop, possibly pulling out the return plugs, or damaging light fixtures.

February

  • Not much can be done, check the water (ice) level to see if anything has changed.

March

  • The ice should be melting (hopefully).  Check the water level. Lower the water to keep the safety cover dry.
  • A “wet” cover will trap debris and allow the sun to warm the water and add to the algae growth.

When using a “tarp” cover, the leaves on the cover should be scooped out, and water removed from the cover. If there are any holes in the cover, be sure that you don’t drain the pool.