How Often Should You Clean Your Pool (Above Ground and Inground)

The pool in the garden requires a certain amount of essential maintenance to keep the water crystal clear. But how often does a pool have to be cleaned to prevent cloudy pool water?

The pool cleaning is divided into daily, weekly, monthly, and annual cleaning work. This includes measuring the water levels, scrubbing the walls with a brush, vacuuming the floor with a pool vacuum, and using chlorine and algaecide against algae.

This article will explain what is necessary for the pool cleaning and how often you should do this.

Daily cleaning of the pool

The following cleaning work should be done daily in the pool to prevent clouding of the pool water and to identify problems in good time.

  1. Cleaning the pool’s water surface: You have to clean the water surface in the pool every day. To do this, remove coarse dirt such as leaves, needles, and insects from the pool with a pool net.
  2. Cleaning the skimmer: Remove the skimmer basket and empty the collected dirt. Before resetting the skimmer, it must be rinsed off with clean water.
  3. Visual inspection of the water: Perform a daily visual inspection for algae in the pool. If you spot algae locally, scrub it away with a pool brush. An intense clouding of the pool water requires a complete pool cleaning.
  4. Check the water level in the pool: If the water level in the pool is low, add some water to prevent the pump from drawing in the air.
  5. Test the pH value of the pool water: Check the pH value in the pool daily or at least every 2 to 3 days and optimize the parameter if necessary.
  6. Test the values ​​of the disinfectants: Check the content of the disinfectants used, such as chlorine, every 1 to 2 days – the pool should have a chlorine content of 0.3 – 1.5 ppm.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much effort to maintain the water every day.

It is best to go through the list before using the pool in the morning. So if you have a problem, you can forbid bathing and take care of the pool cleaning.

Tip: If the water temperature is over 23 °C, it is recommended to scrub the pool daily with a brush to inhibit bacteria and algae growth.

How often do you have to clean the pool per week?

Earlier in the text, I mentioned that you couldn’t say in general how often you have to clean the pool.

But if I had to name a period for pool cleaning frequency, it would undoubtedly be the weekly cleaning work at the pool.

The weekly pool cleaning is crucial so that the pool water remains clean throughout the season.

  1. Scrubbing pool basins: Use a pool brush to scrub the floor, walls, stairs, and ladder in the pool. If that’s too much for you, you can alternatively use an automatic pool robot that does the work for you.
  2. Cleaning the pool floor: You should vacuum the pool floor with a pool vacuum at least 1-2 times a week. Don’t forget to empty the skimmer and basket in the pump afterward.
  3.  Cleaning the waterline in the pool: If necessary, you can clean the waterline in the pool with a simple sponge. Here, too, an electric vacuum robot would do the work.
  4.  Use algaecide in the pool: I recommend pouring a non-foaming algaecide into the pool to inhibit algae growth.

Do not neglect the weekly pool cleaning.

Otherwise, you will quickly have milky-cloudy pool water and other problems in the pool.

Monthly necessary pool maintenance

Some cleaning work at the pool should happen monthly.

  1. Measure important parameters in the pool: Use an electronic water tester to measure the cyanuric acid, alkalinity, and calcium hardness in the pool and, if necessary, optimize them.
  2. Cleaning the pool filter: Clean the cartridge filter in the pool after two weeks at the latest or backwash and then rinse the sand filter system.
  3. Use flocculant: I recommend using a flocculant in the pool every 10 to 14 days. The best way to do this is to use a flock pillow placed in the skimmer.

It is often recommended to rinse the sand filter system weekly, but this doesn’t seem right and is not necessary.

It is sufficient if the sand filter system is backwashed every 14 days. As a result, the filter medium is less stressed and improves the filter performance in your pool.

Even with the flocculant, it is sufficient to use the flock pillow in the pool every 10 to 14 days – you can tell from the filtration when the flock pillow needs to be replaced.

In my blog, I explain how to use pool flocculation like a pro.

Annual cleaning work at the pool

#1 Check your pool for damage

When storing the pool for the winter, check whether the pool has any possible damage.

The visual inspection is done again when the pool is wintered out in spring.

Damage to the pool and the pipe system often occurs after the winter if the pool has not been correctly prepared for the winter.

Eliminate possible damage before filling the swimming pool to avoid algae and other bacteria problems.

#2 Check the filter and change the filter medium

Every year, you can change the filter sand or another filter medium in the sand filter system. But the filter medium in the sand filter should be changed at least every two years.

Check whether the pipes in the filter have cracks and whether the seal on the head is intact – individual parts are easy to replace, and you don’t have to buy a new filter system straight away.

#3 Change of water in the pool

It is often said that you have to replace all of the pool water for the new pool season. But that is not true.

If you haven’t used antifreeze in your pool, the pool water will be prepared as usual for the new pool season.

Unless you have a small Intex pool, in this case, a complete water exchange once a year is okay.

Extra tip: If the level of cyanuric acid in the pool is above 50 ppm, 1/5 of the pool water – if necessary more – must be emptied.

How often do you have to use pool chemicals for cleaning?

In addition to how often your pool should be cleaned, the frequency of how often you use pool chemicals is essential for water treatment.

Tip: I explained everything about pool chemicals in my ultimate guide for dummies, linked above.

Too frequent use of pool chemicals quickly leads to pollution of the pool water.

Instead of crystal clear pool water, the opposite is achieved by incorrectly using chemicals in your pool. In addition, the cost of pool maintenance increases unnecessarily.

That is why I will go into the topic again separately here. Under the link, you can find my complete guide about pool chemistry and which agents are needed for pool cleaning.

How often do you have to chlorinate the pool?

The pool should have a chlorine content of 0.3 to 1.5 ppm.

Since the chlorine level always rises and falls, you should measure the chlorine level in your pool every 2 – 3 days and optimize it if necessary.

If the level is below 0.3 ppm, it’s time to chlorinate the pool again. If the level rises above 1.5 ppm, let the filter system continue running until the level has dropped.

Some advisors recommend a utopian chlorine content of 3 to 4 ppm. But in my experience, that is too much. I would not recommend going above 2.0 ppm.

Tip: An occasional chlorine shock in the pool is unnecessary and causes unnecessary costs. Follow my pool maintenance tips, and the water quality in your pool should be good over the long term.

How often is a chlorine tablet used in the swimming pool?

Ideally, you always have a chlorine tablet in the floater or skimmer.

Using chlorine tablets in the floater ensures that always enough chlorine is in your pool. With this knowledge, the question of how often you have to chlorine your pool is more or less omitted.

Tip: In PVC pools and vinyl pool liner, the chlorine tablet should not be used in the floater, as this can cause bleaching stains. In this case, put the chlorine tablet in the skimmer.

In my blog post, you can learn more about chlorine tablets and how to use them smartly.

How often does the pool water have to be circulated?

I explained to you above exactly how often you have to clean the pool and optimize the use of pool chemicals.

I want to address the filtering of the pool water briefly.

Filtration of pool water is critical to crystal clear water. To clear up questions, I have written a separate chapter on this.

A pool pump must run for at least 6 to 8 hours a day.

During this period, the entire pool water was circulated once – provided that the pump’s delivery rate was adjusted to the pool.

This is important because the pool water must be circulated at least 1 to 1.5 times a day not to become cloudy.

You can read more about the filter run times in your pool in my blog post. Just follow the link.

Many pool owners try to save electricity costs by not running the pool pump enough.

It is often presumed that water filtration can be neglected by using chlorine. But that is a big mistake with profound impacts.

Conclusion: How often do you have to clean your pool?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how often you have to clean your.

This is because various cleaning processes are necessary for the swimming pool so that the water quality remains at a high level.

Some cleaning work at the pool is necessary daily, and others should be done weekly or only once a month.

Of course, you could also clean the pool and pool water every day, but that would only take up an unnecessarily long time and cause extra costs. Only with an optimized pool maintenance plan can you save time and money in cleaning the swimming pool.

Do you have any further questions about when and how often to clean the pool?

Contact me at @contactswimfool on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube. I am happy to help you personally.

Have fun cleaning your pool.

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Hi. I'm Max Berg. I've been in the pool industry since 2015 and have always felt drawn to water. I'm the author behind, where I share my years of experience in pool maintenance and give helpful tips on keeping a swimming pool or hot tub clean. My tips reduce the costs of water treatment and protect the environment.

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