Welcome to Pool Service All, my DIY pool maintenance guide for beginners.
Let’s start here with a quick summary and then you can bounce around as needed; hopefully, you’ll find something useful.
3 benefits you’ll get from reading this guide…
- Swimming pool tips and ideas for keeping your pool clean and safe.
- Beginners will learn ways to save time and money on supplies and maintenance.
- A few good laughs and my empathy if you also own a pool.
Ready to take a closer look?
Since buying my Litchfield Park Home in 2007, I’ve been a swimming pool owner doing DIY pool maintenance…
And it hasn’t been easy because my home was built in the 70’s when huge pools were installed, so it has a 22,000-gallon in-ground pool, 9 feet on the deep end.
Learning to maintain a pool, in the beginning, was terrible, and I felt like a total dummy trying to keep the pool water clean.
These days – unless something is broken or needs fixing, I just follow a 3 step routine of testing the pool water, adding water and chemicals as-required, and back-washing the filter. (Add lawn work to the list for keeping ducks out of the pool.)
Tip: Where you can get Swimming Pool Supplies…
Do It Yourself Swimming Pool Care
What’s covered on my Pool Service Blog are the lessons I’ve learned as I’ve gone from a new pool owner dealing with pump problems, chemicals, and dead birds – to an expert DIY pool service technician who can maintain a swimming pool like the best pool service guy.
You’re probably thinking yeah, sure!
In about 10 years time, I’ve had broken popups, burned up pumps, broken sand filters, burned-out pool lights, shorted electrical systems, pool re-plastering, and many more pool problems – seems like all that pain should count for something…
And every pool season seems to bring about a new series of problems and experiences.
Probably the one pool problem that bothers me the most is when my neighbor waits too long to trim his palm trees and lets them bloom.
When this happens, my pool gets plugged up with palm seeds that clog the pump, filters, and this year almost drove me crazy when I couldn’t get the palm seeds cleaned out of my pump for weeks.
And I’ve learned the hard way not to leave the debris alone or it will just decompose, cause algae to grow, and make your job cleaning the pool harder to do.
Yup, it’s an endless job trying to keep the water sparkling clean, the pool filtration system from getting plugged, and the pool chemistry balanced. But my 3 step DIY pool service system works and here’s the real secret to my success…
I’ve been working on Pool Service All blog since 2007, and it covers all the basics for new pool owners.
Take your time and read through my posts and learn to do what you can, then pay for the big stuff…
As I start to wrap up, I want to leave you with my most crucial pool cleaning tip – this is the secret pool service companies don’t want you to know about.
If you don’t read anything else on this amateur’s blog, please read about the best automatic pool cleaner that saved my life.
The Kreepy Krauly has been the best investment I’ve made to help me keep my pool clean and serviced. I don’t know what I would have done by now without this tool helping me. It’s like having a full time pool guy!
Basic Pool Maintenance FAQ
What beginners will learn on Pool Service All guide is the basics on pool chemicals, tools, maintenance, tips, and lessons learned the hard way that will help you to avoid significant and costly pool problems.
You’ll also learn how easy it is to buy pool supplies online and save time, money, and the hassles of waiting in line and hulling heavy buckets of chlorine tablets…
Now let me answer some common questions I get asked…
#1. Do you have any recommendations for Pool Cleaning Services?
Look at the image above. These are the search engine results for me searching for pool cleaners from my home in Litchfield Park.
I suggest reading my recommendation for the best swimming pool cleaning services near me.
#2. How many 3-inch chlorine tablets should I use?
I also struggled with this problem at first. But after a while, I learned to read the chemistry of my pool water pretty good. Now I add 2 – 4 chlorine tablets per week during the summer time when the pool is opened for swimming.
#3 How often should I shock my pool?
I treat my pool with the best pool shock once a week, sometimes twice a week if it gets used or there are monsoon storms.
#4. How often should I clean my pool filter or backwash?
During the summer I will backwash my sand filter weekly to keep the filtration systems optimal for powering my Kreepy Krauly pool cleaner.
#5. Should I Install A Pool?
Pool Service All is also a good read for anyone thinking about having a new pool installed.
Before you sign a contract with a pool builder please read about my experiences because there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish I didn’t have a pool. That said, I’m sure there are still guys that will go forward. I will see you on the other side.
Continue reading more tips or if you don’t find anything that helps solve your swimming pool or spa problem on my pool blog, then you can always use this directory of the best pool service near me to help you for a pool/spa guy or gal in your city to do repairs or maintenance for you.
Remember, Clean Pool. Happy Swimmers. Thanks!