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How To Clean an Inground Pool

Posted by Denise on 09/03/2014

It’s important to maintain your inground pool to extend the life of the pool, protect your investment, and ensure safety. Here’s a guide to cleaning an inground pool, which should be cleaned once per week at minimum.

What you’ll need to clean your inground pool

  • Leaf net or leaf skimmer
  • Telescopic pole
  • Pool brush
  • Vacuum head or hose (if you do not have an automatic pool cleaner)

Cleaning your inground pool during the swimming season

  1. Clear the swimming pool of debris like leaves, insects, twigs and other items by using the leaf net or skimmer.
  2. Use a pool vacuum to remove debris from the bottom of the pool.
  3. Clean the pool walls by applying surface cleaner at the waterline, which eliminate waterline stains. Apply the cleaner with a brush and use the pole if necessary. Dip the brush into the pool water and scrub the walls under the water surface as well.
  4. Once per week add a large dose of chlorine to the swimming pool to “shock” the pool. Do this at dusk and allow the pump and filter to run for 24 hours before swimming. Consult your manufacturer’s instructions on how much chlorine to use to shock the pool.
  5. The more the water moves in your pool the more it will remain clean and clear of contaminants. Run the filtration system in your swimming pool as much as you can.

Cleaning your inground pool in the off-season

  1. When shutting down your pool for the season, remove all objects from the swimming pool and clear debris as instructed above.
  2. As in the above instructions, check your pH and chlorine levels and shock your swimming pool as recommended before shutting it down or draining the water (but do not drain all of the water, see below).
  3. Make sure remove all of the water from the pump, filter, and heater.
  4. Drain the water from the swimming to below the lowest pool return.