A swimming pool is a source of endless fun and relaxation for your family, especially during the hot, humid summer months. However, to ensure that your pool remains safe and enjoyable all season long, it's crucial to prioritize regular pool maintenance. In this article, we'll talk about the importance of pool maintenance, steps to take to keep your pool clean, safe water practices, tips for saltwater pool maintenance, the significance of pool inspections, and much more. By the end of this article, you'll be well-equipped to maintain a pristine and secure pool for your loved ones.

Regular Pool Maintenance

Regular Pool Maintenance

Just like any other area of your home, your pool requires attention to maintain its lifespan. Consider getting your pool professionally cleaned and inspected at the start of each season. This not only ensures that your pool stays clean, but also prevents potential issues from escalating.

Pool Cleaning: A Must for Crystal Clear Water

Clean pools ensure safe swimming areas for you and your family. We recommend you clean your pool at least once a week to ensure maximum safety and security.

Here’s how to clean a pool:

1. Skimming: Start by skimming the pool surface to remove leaves, debris, and insects. A skimmer net or a pool skimmer will make this task a breeze.

2. Brushing: Regularly brush the pool walls and floor to prevent algae growth and stubborn stains. Use a pool brush appropriate for your pool surface material.

3. Vacuuming: Invest in a pool vacuum cleaner or use a manual pool vacuum to clean the pool bottom thoroughly.

4. Maintaining Water Balance: Regularly test your pool water and adjust chemicals as needed to maintain the proper pH, alkalinity, and chlorine levels. Balanced water prevents algae growth and keeps your pool safe for swimming.

While proper installation of water filters should ensure appropriate mechanical cleaning, you should keep an eye on the functionality of your pool equipment. A clean pool filter is essential for maintaining water clarity and hygiene. There are three common types of pool filters: sand, cartridge, and diatomaceous earth (DE), each requiring different steps to properly clean them.

Sand Filter - Clean every 3 to 5 years

Step 1: Turn off the pump.

Step 2: Set the filter valve to "Backwash."

Step 3: Turn the pump on and let it run for a few minutes until the water in the sight glass is clear.

Step 4: Turn off the pump.

Step 5: Set the filter valve back to its original position.

Step 6: Turn the pump on again and resume normal filtration.

Cartridge Filter - Clean every 3 to 4 months

Step 1: Turn off the pump.

Step 2: Remove the filter cartridge.

Step 3: Rinse off any debris with a garden hose.

Step 4: Soak the cartridge in a filter cleaner solution as recommended by the manufacturer.

Step 5: Rinse the cartridge thoroughly and reassemble.

DE Filter - Clean every 3 to 4 months

Step 1: Turn off the pump.

Step 2: Remove the filter grid assembly.

Step 3: Hose off excess DE powder and debris.

Step 4: Clean the grids with a filter grid cleaner.

Step 5: Reassemble and restart the pump.

Pool Water Safety Tips

Ensuring the safety of your family and guests in and around the pool is paramount. Unsafe pool water can lead to accidents, which is why following these essential safety tips is crucial:

  • Install a Safety Pool Fence: Enclose your pool area with a safety fence to prevent unauthorized access, especially for young children.
  • Use Safety Pool Covers: Invest in a safety pool cover that can support the weight of a person to prevent accidental falls.
  • Always Supervise: Never leave children unattended near the pool, even if they can swim.
  • Take Swimming Lessons: Enroll family members in swimming lessons, especially children.
  • Keep Emergency Equipment on Hand: Keep lifebuoys, a shepherd's hook, and a first-aid kit nearby.

Saltwater Pool Maintenance

Saltwater pools are gaining popularity due to their gentler feel and lower chlorine usage. However, they also require proper maintenance. Here's what you need to know:

Pros and Cons of Saltwater Pools

Saltwater Pool Maintenance Tips

  • Regularly test salt levels.
  • Clean the salt cell.
  • Monitor pH and chlorine levels.
  • Check for salt system error codes.
  • Balance pool water chemistry as needed.

Pool Inspection: Ensuring Safety and Functionality

Pool and Spa Inspection

Your pool cleaning tasks are the bare minimum in ensuring your pool is functional in the long run. However, such a large investment deserves annual inspections. We recommend all pool and spa owners get yearly check-ins to ensure your pool is ready for the summer. WIN Home Inspection offers an annual Pool and Spa Inspection, which can be added to a Healthy Home Check –– a comprehensive service that addresses health, safety, and maintenance items, increases property value, and safeguards your family.

You can get a professional Pool and Spa Inspection during the spring, ahead of the season, or in the fall, before closing the pool. Whenever you decide to invest in a Pool and Spa Inspection, it’s a wise decision. Here's why:

  • Identifying safety hazards and addressing them promptly.
  • Detecting potential issues before they become costly problems.
  • Ensuring your pool equipment is in good working condition.

Pool Inspection Requirements:

  • Structural Integrity: Check for cracks, leaks, and signs of wear on the pool shell.
  • Safety Features: Ensure that pool safety covers and fences meet local regulations.
  • Electrical Systems: Inspect and test pool lighting and electrical components.
  • Equipment Functionality: Check pumps, filters, heaters, and other equipment.
  • Water Quality: Assess water chemistry and recommend adjustments if necessary.
  • Overall Safety: Examine the pool area for tripping hazards and potential dangers.

How Much Is a Pool Inspection?

The cost of a Pool and Spa Inspection can vary based on several factors, including the size of the pool, location, and additional services needed. Generally, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $500 for a comprehensive inspection. While this might seem like an expense, it can save you a significant amount in potential repairs by addressing issues early. Compared to the roughly $1,000 Americans spend annually on pool repairs and maintenance, a WIN Pool and Spa Inspection contributes significant cost savings –– especially in the long run.

Closing Your Pool for the Season

When winter approaches, it's time to close your pool properly to protect it from the harsh elements. We recommend closing your pool once the temperatures dip below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. At this time, if you intend on keeping your pool and/or spa open for the winter, we recommend you get a WIN Pool and Spa Inspection to ensure your spa is winterized and ready for another season of use. WIN’s home inspectors are certified and licensed with top-rated customer service –––– making us the leader in the industry.

In the meantime, here are some tips for closing your pool properly:

  • Preparing Your Pool: Remove all debris, clean the pool, and balance the water chemistry.
  • Using a Winter Pool Cover: Invest in a high-quality pool cover to keep out leaves and debris.
  • Protecting Pool Equipment: Drain and store pool equipment in a dry, frost-free location.

By following these steps, you'll ensure your pool remains in excellent condition throughout the winter months.

Pool Maintenance Costs and Repairs

Regular pool maintenance and inspections might come with a cost, but they are a wise investment in the long run. By identifying and addressing issues early, you can save yourself from expensive repairs down the road. In addition, proper maintenance prolongs the life of your pool and its equipment, so you can enjoy your pool and spa longer and get the most out of your investment. Finally, regular inspections ensure that your pool remains a safe and enjoyable space for your family.


While some pool maintenance tasks can be done DIY, such as skimming and basic cleaning, more complex issues should be left to the professionals. Hiring a pool expert ensures that the problem is properly diagnosed and fixed, reducing the risk of further damage.

In conclusion, maintaining a clean and safe pool is essential for the well-being of your family and the longevity of your investment. By following this comprehensive guide and seeking professional help when needed, you can enjoy your pool for years to come. Remember, a safe and well-maintained pool is a source of endless joy and relaxation for your loved ones.

Don't wait! Schedule a Pool and Spa Inspection with WIN, today.