Pool Maintenance

You finally got the dream pool you have always wanted. Now how do you take care of it?

Don’t worry – we’re here to help. We’ve created a pool maintenance checklist to make the task of cleaning and maintaining your pool a lot simpler. Follow our easy checklist, spend less time cleaning, and more time making lifelong memories with your family and friends.

Maintenance 2-3 Times Per Week

  • Remove debris from water with a leaf net skimmer
  • Check pump basket and skimmer basket for debris and empty as necessary
  • Check chlorine or bromine floater (or chlorinator) and refill if necessary

Weekly Maintenance

  • Test your water. Adjust as necessary:
  • pH Level
    pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.8. 7.4 is ideal
  • Alkalinity Level
    Alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 ppm
  • Cyanuric Acid (Stabilizer)
    Level should be between 30-50 ppm
  • Calcium Hardness Levels
    Level should be between 250-350 ppm
  • Sanitizer Level
    Free Chlorine should be between 1-3 ppm**
    **low chlorine systems may only require a .5 ppm level
    Free Bromine should be between 3-5 ppm
  • Salt Levels (Salt Water Pools only)
    Salt Level should be between 2700-3400. Ideal level is 3200 ppm
    Calculate what your pool’s exact salinity level with a salinity calculator
  • If you need help testing your water, bring a sample into the store for our free water testing and expert advice!
  • Brush the walls and vacuum the pool
  • If you use an automatic or robotic pool cleaner, you should still brush the walls and bottom of the pool to stir up and debris or algae that may be clinging.
  • Check PSI on pressure gauge. Backwash or clean the filter when number reaches 8-10 psi higher than normal.
  • Check the water level. Add water if needed.
  • Add the required dose of algaecide to your pool
  • Use Caribbean Blue Forever Clean Enzyme – 4 oz per every 10,000 gallons. This natural enzyme eats through oils and biodegradable matter in the pool to improve water clarity
  • Use Caribbean Blue Clarifier weekly – 2 oz per every 10,000 gallons to maintain crystal clear water.
  • Use Caribbean Blue Scale & Metal Solution as needed to filter out any hard metals in the water, prevent liner staining, and prevent scale build up. Also decreases elevated levels of calcium hardness. Dosage is required anytime water is added to pool.
  • Shock the pool using either granular or liquid pool shock as per instructions on container. Always shock in the evening.

Always use professional pool chemicals. Chemicals purchased at big box stores and outlet stores are “food grade” chemicals meaning they are full of fillers and provide less active ingredients than the pure professional grade chemicals. You will use more chemicals, spend more money, and create more work for yourself in the long run.

Monthly Maintenance

  • Continue checking levels listed in the “Weekly Maintenance” section
  • Chemically clean the filter. Use Caribbean Blue All in One Filter Cleaner as either a backwash cleaner for sand filter, or to soak your cartridge filter

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