Pool Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I run my pool equipment?

Here at ePoolSupply, we like to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. For most pool equipment, the rule of thumb is an hour at full speed for every 10 degrees it is outside. Here in Phoenix, the Arizona heat can be brutal on your pool. The best thing to do is to run your pool anywhere from 9 to 11 hours a day. If you are using a variable speed pump, 8 hours should be at full speed and the rest of the time can fluctuate to ensure complete circulation of the water in your pool.

How often do I need to clean my skimmer and pool pump baskets?

It is recommended to clean your skimmer and pump baskets at least once a week. If you have an abundance of trees or any debris around your pool, then you may have to increase the number of times you clean each week. After storms or high winds, it is recommended to clean your skimmers and pool pump baskets to ensure the best possible cleaning.

How often does my pool need to be drained?

It is recommended to drain your pool water about every 5 years. Depending on usage and location this may vary but overall, this is the optimal time to change the water out to ensure proper chemical balancing.

How long should I wait to use my pool after a chemical treatment?

It is always recommended to read the label on your chemicals to find the best time frame on when it is safe to enter your pool. Each chemical’s time will vary, but typically, each is about 24 hours. Make sure to consult the chemical’s safety label for more information.

How often does my pool filter need backwashing?

Each filter has its own “rule of thumb” for backwashing. One way to know that it is time to backwash your filter is when you see an increase of pressure of 10 psi on your filter pressure gauge. If you happen to have a Sand filter, it is recommended to backwash once a week in the summertime and at least once a month in the winter season. If you happen to have a DE filter, it is recommended that at least once a month to backwash and replace your DE. It is also recommended to clean your DE filter quarterly.

What is the ideal pool pH level?

The ideal PH level for pools is 7.5. pH measures the acidity of the water in your pool. If the pH is above 7, the water is basic and still fine to swim. However, if the pH is below 7 the water is acidic. The optimum pH for pool water is 7.5 since human eyes and mucous membranes have the same pH. A pH of 7.4 also gives good chlorine disinfection. Make sure to check your pH balance at least once a month to ensure the quality of your water.