• Skimming the surface of the pool for floating debris and emptying the skimmer basket takes just a minute or two. Dispose of this waste away from the pool so it can't blow back into the water or be tracked back into the area.
• Direct return jet eyeballs downward to quiet surface ripples. This will allow you to see the pool bottom clearly.
• Begin cleaning by brushing any buildup off the pool walls with a nylon brush on the vacuum pole. For concrete pools, use a stainless steel brush.
• After brushing, remove the brush attachment and connect the vacuum head and vacuum hose to the pole. Then, prop up the pole with the vacuum head suspended over the water. Use one of the return jets to fill the free hose end until the water pours out of the vacuum.
• When full, submerge the vacuum head and clamp your hand over the hose until you connect the hose to the skimmer.
• The average pool requires 30 minutes of vacuuming. Vacuum slowly across the water in overlapping parallel lines, like mowing a lawn or vacuuming your carpet.
• If the pool is too wide for one pass across, vacuum one half at a time.
• Watch out for a floating hose, which indicates a hole in the line, or diminshed suction due to a full filter.
• Test and correct pool chemistry weekly. Adjust pH first—with muriatic acid if pH is above 7.6 or with a soda ash product if pH is under 7.4.
• If the chlorine is below 1 part per million (ppm) "shock" the water. To shock the water, dissolve chlorine in a bucket of water and pour into the pool.
Refer to these blogs for additional tips on balancing your pool water:
• Most pools use one of three types of filters: sand, diatomaceous earth (DE), or cartridge. In a sand filter—sand blocks dirt and oil; backwashing the filter directs the dirt to a waste line which leads to the ground or a storm drain. With a DE filter, the claylike remains of marine organisms accomplish the filtering and backwashing directs the dirt into a filter bag. (empty this bag every other week and replace every few years) Replenish the DE by sprinkling it into the skimmer well. A cartridge filter is a removable unit that you hose off and replace when clean.