Swimming pool maintenance includes weekly tasks to keep your pool water clean and free from debris. While most pools have a filter to help keep the water clear and bacteria free, you can keep the pool clean without one. Unfortunately, the pool water will never be as clean as if you did install a filter for helping keep the water clean. The main parts of your maintenance schedule should include skimming and brushing the debris from the pool and maintaining proper chemical levels within the pool.
Skim floating debris from the pool using a pool skimmer.
Use a pool brush to move debris around from the bottom of the pool. Skim the disturbed debris from the pool. You may need a friend to help you brush the pool.
Test the pool water using a pool water test kit. Follow the manufacturer's directions to obtain accurate readings.
Adjust pH and alkalinity to maintain water clarity. Add pH increaser or decreaser to maintain a pH range from 7.2 to 7.8 in the water. Use alkalinity increaser or decreaser to achieve an alkalinity range of 80 to 100 ppm (parts per million).
Add chlorine based on the test readings from step 3. Chlorine levels should be from 1.0 to 3.0 ppm. Follow the chlorine manufacturer's direction to add the appropriate amount of chlorine to the pool.
Place the chlorine in a floating dispenser. Put the dispenser in the pool so the chlorine can begin to sanitize the water.