5 Basics of Cleaning a Chlorine Swimming Pool

Posted by Tim Roadnight
5 Basics of Cleaning a Chlorine Swimming Pool

Chlorine Swimming Pool Cleaning Tips

If you are one of the lucky ones to have a swimming pool in your backyard, you certainly know that maintaining sparkling clear water requires much time and effort. Maintaining a pool means checking and balancing the pool chemicals, monitoring chlorine levels, adding the right amount of pH increaser, pH decreaser, and algaecide as well as skimming, brushing and vacuuming. It not only takes knowledge but one must pay strict attention to detail in order to maintain a healthy and safe pool and to extend the pools lifetime.

There are 5 basic maintenance requirements for chlorine swimming pools. It is recommended that residential pools be cleaned at least once a week and commercial pools that are used regularly should be cleaned more often. Here we list the 5 basic maintenance requirements.

Water Chemistry Balance

Pool water should be tested at least once a week. However if there is a lot of rain, hot sun or people in the pool it should be tested more. It is essential to keep the water chemistry balanced. Pools need the right balance of dissolved salts such as calcium, chlorides, magnesium, sulfates, bicarbonate, sodium and potassium. Calcium is needed to prevent water corrosion that can damage the body of the pool. Cyanuric acid protects the chlorium from damage by the sun’s rays. The proper water chemistry balance also helps to provide healthy and safe water for swimmers.


Chlorine is necessary to kill bacteria, viruses, and other germs from infecting the swimming pool water. It is important to know that in order for chlorine to remain in the pool the pH and acidity levels must be at the right levels first.

Shocking The Pool

Shocking is when a high concentration of chlorine is added to kill any bacteria and germs. Shock is also referred to super chlorinating.

On a daily basis, the chlorine levels should be between 1 and 3 ppm. On very hot days, rainy days and when the pool has a lot of people in it, these levels can plummet to unsafe levels. It may be necessary to re-shock the pool to bring the chlorine levels back to normal. Please note: in order for the shock to work the ph levels and acidity must be at the proper levels first.


Algaecide is used to treat and prevent algae growth in swimming pools. Chlorine does have bacterial and algaecide elements, however, algaecide will enhance and prolong the chlorine effectiveness.  Despite your regular pool care maintenance routine, algae can still bloom. You will notice, brown, blue-green , green, black or yellow on the walls or floor of the pool. You may also notice algae bloom in the water itself. Because the most common forms of algae are tough to get rid of and is extremely resistant to chlorine treatments, algaecide is highly recommended.

Skim, Brush & Vacuum

Following the above steps are needed, however, whether you have a chlorine swimming pool or a saltwater pool, skimming, brushing and vacuuming is essential. Compare your pool to your tub. It is like taking a bath, adding soap to the water and not scrubbing your body. Thorough cleaning is absolutely necessary as well as using the right equipment.

Need Help with your Chlorine Swimming Pool?

When you need pool service and maintenance it is highly recommended to call a professional pool maintenance company. Daily and weekly upkeep of a swimming pool can be both time consuming and stressful until you have mastered it completely. The team at Pool Knights will be happy to help you. We will evaluate your chlorine swimming pool and provide the services that will immediately improve your pools water quality. We will help you to maintain sparkling pool water that is, clean, healthy and safe. To schedule an appointment, contact Pool Knights.