Additional Maintenance Tips for a Healthy Swimming Pool

Implement these additional maintenance suggestions to help you keep your pool looking and performing its best. They are the little things, the once every now-and-then stuff. Yep, you guessed it, often times it's the little things that make a difference.

1 Lube O-Rings
Using a specialized lubricant, apply lubrication to all accessible o-rings. It will not only protect the o-rings from damage, it will make taking the lids off of your pump and filter system a whole lot easier.

DO NOT use petroleum jelly, as it can actually damage the o-ring. You should use only silicone or water-based lubricants.

2 Clean the Steps and Ladders
Particularly important if you just fought off an algae bloom, simply remove the ladders or drop in steps from the pool and give them a good wash. A bucket of warm water and a sponge should do the trick.

3 Clean the Skimmer(s)
Before you begin, be sure to turn off the pump and filter system.

With a non-abrasive pad or a strong cloth, take the basket and weir out of the skimmers and wipe-down the inside and opening into the pool. Suntan oils and other dirt often collects around the sides and the build-up can be pretty gross.

4 Top Off the Water Level
As you do your daily pool inspections, you should pay attention to the waterline. Swimmer splash-out, evaporation, and leaking equipment will lower the water level at times. The pool should be filled a little over half-way up the skimmer opening.

5 Chemically Clean the Filter
Once or twice a season, the filter system should be thoroughly cleaned and the filter media chemically treated. Cartridge filters and D.E. grids should be removed and soaked in a cleaning solution, while sand filters can be cleaned by using specially formulated sand filter cleaner, which is often ran through the filter system on backwash.

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