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How Often Should Pools Be Cleaned?

When you think about pool maintenance, it’s important to remember that residential and commercial pools are quite different. You might think that a commercial pool would be better maintained than a residential pool, but that is often not the case. If you have a pool at your home, you are invested in keeping it clean and clear, for the sake of your family and friends. What’s more, you won’t have the volume of swimmers a commercial pool supports, and residential pools are smaller, making them easier to clean. Cleaning your pool about once a week should be sufficient, though you’ll probably have to skim out debris more frequently than that. A commercial pool, though, is a different story. Because commercial pools host many more swimmers than residential pools, they need to be cleaned more often- at least twice a week.

Using a Long Tool to Clean a Large Commercial Pool in Maryland

Establishing a Cleaning Schedule for a Commercial Pool

In some areas, commercial pools are required to check the balance of their water daily. Even if it’s not mandatory, this is a good practice, because many commercial pools have chemicals that are out of whack. You know that strong chlorine smell you notice at the public pool? That’s not actually chlorine, it’s the chloramines that result from chlorine working. In other words, a strong chlorine smell means the pool is dirty, not clean. If you are in charge of a commercial pool, it pays to partner with a pool service company to maintain your pool. Between you and the pool cleaning company, someone should be checking chemicals daily and setting up a schedule of cleaning that looks something like this:

  • Daily: Skim the pool’s surface, removing leaves, insects, and debris that has accumulated in the pool. Once you’ve done that, empty the skimmer baskets and pump strainer baskets. Keeping up with this daily maintenance will help keep the filtration system working properly by reducing the risk that it will become clogged.
  • Once or Twice Weekly: Brush the walls and steps, brush and vacuum the floor, check and rinse the filters and hoses, and adjust the chemicals as needed. How often you clean the pool thoroughly will depend on the number of people who use the pool. The more swimmers that use a pool, the more often it should be cleaned.
  • Monthly: Perform safety inspections, making sure pool ladders, handrails, diving boards, and slides are in good shape, and checking your life preservers, first aid kits, rescue poles, and other safety equipment are all in good working order and easily accessible.
  • Seasonally: Your pool maintenance routine will shift with the seasons, depending on where you live. You will need to have your pool maintenance company winterize your pool at the end of the swimming season, and open it back up in the spring.

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When your commercial or residential pool needs cleaning, maintenance, or even renovation, Millennium Pools and Spas can help. With over 30 combined years of experience in the pool industry, we provide a comprehensive range of pool services for both residential and commercial customers in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. When you hire Millennium Pool Service, you get a well-qualified, industry-trained staff of pool contractors and technicians, services that are tailored to your needs, and a commitment to 100% customer satisfaction. Contact us for more information.

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