Having a swimming pool on your property is a pretty good deal for you, but keeping it sparkling clean will give you years of enjoyment. Weekly pool maintenance is not a cumbersome task as you might think it is. Every pool construction is different and so are their maintenance requirements. The secret to maintaining pristine pool condition is regular pool cleaning. Follow these five easy steps to clean your swimming pool:

# Step 1 - Remove floating debris: Pool skimmer or leaf net is the best tool to skim out leaves, toys, insects and debris floating on the surface of pool water. Try to remove these floating elements as soon as possible because once they sink down, it will be harder for you to remove them.

# Step 2 - Brushing and vacuuming: Once you've removed floating debris, move on to brushing the sides of the pool and the ladder. Attach pool brush to a telescopic pole and run the brush on these areas of the pool. You can use force to remove grime from areas with pool water circulation. You can use manual or automatic pool vacuum to clean the floor of the swimming pool. Vacuuming is essential to remove debris and bacteria that get collected at the bottom of the pool.

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# Step 3 - Clean the pool filter: Regular filter cleaning is essential for residential pools. Nearly 98% of residential swimming pools in Houston, Katy and surrounding areas have either diatomaceous earth or cartridge filters. These filters can trap debris as small as 2-15 microns. You need special equipment and expertise to clean pool filters and make them free of debris & grime. Consider for professional help in Houston if you're not experienced in filter cleaning. You should hire a company that is specialized in pool maintenance, pool repair & remodeling services in Houston for your pool cleaning task.

# Step 4 - Check water chemistry: The water circulation system of your pool includes, pump, drainer, filter and strainer. Clean them to make sure they remain in good condition and work effectively. Test the pH level of water using water tester kit to make pool water safe for use. Remember a good pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.8, so you can add pH reducer or increaser, depending on the water chemistry.

# Step 5 - Pool shock treatment: Certain debris such as suntan oil, body lotion, perspiration, algae and bacteria can cause skin irritation if not removed from pool water. To shock a pool, add a shock treatment formula, available in chlorine or non-chlorine formulations, to 5 liters of water in a bucket and then add it to pool water to keep your pool crystal clear. 

Follow these 5 easy cleaning steps to keep your swimming pool clean and safe for use. Regular pool cleaning is the best way to get a healthy swimming environment for you & your family as well as avoid costly future repairs.