• An automatic pool cleaner will dramatically reduce the time spent on weekly maintenance.
  • If you fill your pool with well water, you'll need to add a metal remover.


  • When cleaning cartridge filters, soak them in a cleaning solution for 24 hours, then hose them off before reinstalling.
  • D.E. filters should be disassembled and cleaned at least once per season.
  • Is your sand filter 3-5 years old? If so, ask your pool professional if it's time to replace the sand.
  • If your filter pressure gauge indicates that pressure has dropped below the normal reading for a clean filter, check to see if you have a clogged pump or skimmer basket.
  • Cleaning your sand or D.E. filters when you close your pool for the season will ensure that they are ready for action when you open your pool the following summer.
  • To obtain maximum filtration and energy efficiency, backwash or clean your filter regularly, as required.

Gaskets, O-Rings, and Rubber Fittings

  • If your pool has a deck-mounted junction box, check the condition of the gaskets regularly and replace as needed to make sure the box cannot be penetrated by water.
  • When closing your pool for the season, coat all accessible O-rings, rubber fittings, and gaskets with a silicone O-ring lube to keep them from drying out.


  • To maintain your heater's heating efficiency, follow a regular program of preventive maintenance, including annual inspection and de-liming of the heat exchanger when necessary.


  • The addition of fiber optic or automated color changing lighting can dramatically enhance your nighttime pool enjoyment.


  • Turn the pool pump off before operating the multiport valve.
  • If your pump starts running louder or making unusual noises, shut it off and contact your pool professional.
  • If your pump motor hums but will not start, turn off the power and check to see if the impeller is clogged with debris.
  • Make a habit of checking and emptying skimmer and pump baskets regularly.


  • To prevent your skimmer basket from tipping over when the pump switches on or off, place a small weight or rock in the bottom (the weight must be larger than the suction pipe below the basket).
  • Check to make sure the skimmer weir is in place and is moving freely.
  • Make a habit of checking and emptying skimmer and pump baskets regularly.