When you have a swimming pool, you have a wonderful way for your family to make memories and cool off on a hot summer day. The swimming pool contractors from Imperial Pools, Inc in Decatur, Illinois also know that in order to ensure your pool is always ready for you to use it needs to be cleaned and maintained. We have insight on pool service tasks you need to know this summer — whether you’re a DIYer, hire a pool service contractor to take on all the tasks or are a hybrid with DIY and hiring a pro.

We’ve put together a checklist of items that you need to address or hand off to an experienced swimming pool service contractor to handle for you.

Pool service tasks you need to know this summer

You may want to grab a calendar — whether paper or digital — to keep track of all these tasks. This is especially important if you’re taking on pool service yourself.


  • Skim the pool surface. Remove floating leaves, debris and bugs.
  • Check the filter pressure. If the filter pressure is high, let a pool contractor know.
  • Test the water chemistry. Use a pool test kit to check the pH, alkalinity, and chlorine levels.

Weekly Tasks

  • Vacuum the pool. Use a pool vacuum to remove dirt, algae, and other debris from the bottom of the pool. Invest in a robotic pool cleaner to keep the pool cleaned between service visits.
  • Brush the pool walls and steps to remove algae and keep the pool surfaces clean.
  • Shock the pool to clear away any potential algae Ask a pool contractor how often your pool should be shocked.
  • Backwash the filter. Backwashing removes dirt and debris from the filter. This task takes a lot of water to perform, know how often you need to do this by asking a pool service pro

Monthly Tasks

  • Clean the pool equipment. Clean the pool pump, filter, and other equipment to remove dirt and debris. This is something we do when we pay a service visit
  • Replace the pool liner if you have a vinyl liner pool there will come a time when you can no longer patch it and it’s best to replace it.
  • Winterize the pool. While this isn’t a monthly task, it is something you need to do to keep your pool protected in the winter months and a good winterization program makes the pool opening much smoother.

Consider these other pool service tasks you need to know this summer :

  • Keep the pool covered when not in use. 
  • Test the pool water regularly. 
  • Have your pool professionally cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Even an occasional visit from a pool pro will keep your pool in the best working condition and can help prevent any large issues that may arise.

Follow these steps and reach out to the pool contractors from Imperial Pools for advice on any steps you may be struggling with. You can also hire us for a season or for the occasional pool cleaning and maintenance.

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