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Share This Maintenance Checklist With Your Pool-Owning Customers

While some aspects of pool maintenance should be left to a professional, homeowners can take steps to keep their pools safe and healthy. Share this pool maintenance checklist with your customers to educate them on the activities they should be performing on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. 


  • Check water levels. Pool water should reach halfway up the skimmer. Having too little or too much water can damage the skimmer. 
  • Check the filter, pump and basket. The pressure gauge should be in normal pressure range and all mechanics should be in good working order. Clear any debris from the basket. 
  • Inspect the pool cleaner. If you have a pressure cleaner, empty the bag as needed. Suction and robotic cleaners only need to run a few times a week. Clean out any debris from the water. 


  • Monitor chemical levels. This should be done two to three times a week. Aim for a pH level around 7.4 to 7.8, for a perfect pH of 7.5. Also check alkalinity levels. Add chemicals as needed based on the chemical levels. Shock the pool if total chlorine is higher than free chlorine. 
  • Clean the pool deck. Use a broom, leaf blower or garden hose to remove any leaves, dirt and other debris. 


  • Check calcium and cyanuric acid (CYA) levels. Calcium hardness should be around 200 to 400 PPM. CYA should be around 40 to 80 PPM. 
  • Test salt levels. If you have a saltwater pool, test the salt levels once a month. 


  • Fix loose bolts. Examine the pool’s ladders, slides and diving boards, looking for loose bolts and other damage.  
  • Disassemble and clean the filter. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines on how often to change cartridge elements. 

For additional tips on pool maintenance you can share with your customers, check out Swim University.

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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