You have a pool. Now what?

Posted by Marie Trejo on Jan 21, 2020 11:22:14 AM
Marie Trejo

Whether you had an underground pool built, an above ground pool installed, or you purchased or rent a home with a pool, you may not be aware of what it takes to be a pool owner. 

Here are some things you might find helpful:

1. Safety

Keeping everyone safe is the top priority! Do you have or need a fence? Do you have or need door locks? Do you have or need fence locks? Do your kids know how to swim? If not, are they enrolled in swimming lessons or can someone teach them in your pool?

You can view some more information and ideas at

2. Keeping the pool clean

A dirty pool is no fun to swim and play in (or to look at) so you'll want to make sure that you do some things to keep it clean.

  • Run the filter pump 8-12 hours per day.
  • Empty the pump and filter baskets. Keep these clear so that the water can circulate.
  • Skim the surface of your pool.
  • Brush walls, steps corners of your pool. If algae starts to develop, brushing it will get it into the water and can be treated with chemicals.
  • Keep the water pH between 7.4 and 7.6, alkalinity between 100 and 150 and chlorine between 1 and 5 ppm.
  • Vacuum your pool (if you don't have an automatic cleaner)
  • If the gauge on your filter is above 10-20 psi, it is time to clean the filter. 

(If you would like a printable step-by-step guide to maintaining your pool, click the link below.)

3. Plan the fun!

One of the best things about having a pool is entertaining! Having a pool will make the easiest birthday parties, get-togethers, potlucks, you name it! Get creative and invite people over! There won't be much to set up and you can use all disposable plates, cups and utensils so there isn't much to clean up either!


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