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DIY Orlando Pool Repair and Care ~ Step 1: Add Water

One of the most important things in maintaining your pool is keeping the water at the proper level. For most pools the correct water level is at the middle of the tile. Find the skimmer opening (somewhere along the tile line) and ensure the water is at least half way up the opening. Improper water level […]

DIY Orlando Pool Repair and Care ~ Step 2: Test Water

With internet access and test strips, you can now perform swimming pool water tests at home in seconds. This eliminates the need to take a water sample into your neighborhood pool store. Test strips easily test every aspect of your pool’s chemistry. I recommend AquaChek 6 to give you a full spectrum of chemical readings. Pool […]

DIY Orlando Pool Repair and Care ~ Step 3: Empty Skimmer

Near the perimeter of your pool you should have one or perhaps two (typically white) skimmer lids. Lift the lid, pull out the skimmer basket and empty. If your pool is screened in, usually checking this once a week is sufficient. If your pool is not screened in you will need to check and empty […]

DIY Orlando Pool Repair and Care ~ Step 4: Vacuum

If you have an automatic vacuum with a leaf bag or container, turn off the pump and empty the bag or container. If you don’t have an automatic vacuum it is highly recommend that you get one (click here for vacuum recommendations). This will cut your pool care chores to a bare minimum and keep […]

DIY Orlando Pool Repair and Care ~ Step 5: Brush Walls

Attach the pool brush to the pole and brush the walls, steps, and areas that are hard to reach for the auto vacuum. Brush all areas where there is visible algae growing. You should brush the walls in a vertical motion from the tile line down and across the floor toward the main drain. Use […]

DIY Orlando Pool Repair and Care ~ Step 6: Skim Surface

Skim the pool water surface using a net. As you make your way around the pool, move the net from the wall out to the center of the pool and back in overlapping rows. Ensure that the water is always traveling into the mouth of the net. I recommend using a leaf rake net because […]

DIY Orlando Pool Repair and Care ~ Step 7: Empty Pump Basket

Steps to Empty Pump Basket: Turn pump off at the timer. Unscrew the clear lid on the pump. Empty the pump basket and be sure not to let leaves and debris fall into the pump trap when removing the basket. Clear any debris from bottom of the trap to avoid clogging the impeller. Make sure […]

DIY Orlando Pool Repair and Care ~ Step 8: Clean Filter

Proper filtration will take care of cloudy water and rapid algae growth. The more filtration the better, especially when the water gets warm. For a screened-in pool under 20,000 gallons you will need to run your filter at least 8 to 10 hours a day. For larger pools, unscreened pools or pools with frequent and […]

DIY Orlando Pool Repair and Care ~ Step 9: Adjust Pool Chemistry

Take your written test results from Step 2: Test Water and enter them into the Water Balance Calculator. If you do not know the volume of your pool, you will need to calculate that.  By following the link, you will find a calculator to help you with that too. Follow the simple instructions for the Water […]