Basics of maintaining swimming pool clean and safe?

Recently, we have built a custom designed swimming pool in our backyard for my family to have fun together. We had necessary safety measures installed by our swimming pool builders, Solda Pools in Brampton helped us with that. Everything looks good now, but we are concerned about how to clean the pool in the future. We don’t have much idea about pool maintenance, though the pool builders explained a little. What kind of cleaners must be used? I want the pool to be clean, but don’t want any chemical presence in it, as the pool is also for our kids to have fun.


TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Aug 17, 2012
Elverson Pa.
Welcome to TFP !
If you take a look in Pool School there are a lot of good articles that should answer your questions. Also searching the forum will help you out.
Here are a few articles to start you out with.
ABC'S Of Pool Water Chemistry
How To Chlorinate Your Pool
Here's one on pool cleaners.
To help you maintain your water chemistry your going to need one of these recommended Test Kits. You need to have an accurate way to test your water and one of these kits is the right tool for the job. I use the TF100 as it is the best value.
If you could add all your pool and equipment info to your sig that will help us better help you.
After you get thru the learning curve which isn't all that bad, if I can do it....You'll see our methods are really easy. Having the knowledge and with accurate water testing things will be a breeze.
Any questions you may have don't hesitate to ask.

Divin Dave

TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Oct 2, 2013
Longview, Texas
Hi, maintaining a clean and safe swimming pool is easy!

It becomes unclean because many people do not understand pool water chemistry. (no, you dont have to become a chemistry expert! LOL, so dont worry).
Unfortunately, many people haphazardly start tossing chemicals into the water without any understanding of what the results will be, and end up with a mess on their hands.
Hence the bad rap of what some of the chemicals used to maintain a pool get.

Pwrstrk and given you some links to kickstart the learning process.

If you adhere to just the basics, there will be no smelly water, eyes burning, alagae growing or any other ugly things, and you will have an immensely enjoyable clean and safe swimming pool that even the most sensitive of people will appreciate.

No one expects you to understand all of it right away, so please ask questions if you have any and we'll be glad to help.


Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 11, 2014
Franklin, NC
though the pool builders explained a little.
Sadly, when it comes to pool "maintenance" your pool builder has already given you what most builders know about maintenance, "a little". They are good at building them, but from the majority of reports from all over North America (north & south of the border) builders give poor maintenance advice over all.

Now, with that being said don't run down to your local pool store for advice either. If you continue to read around here you will see that not much credence is given to pool store testing. While you would think that a "professional" would be the best, unfortunately in most cases it is quite the opposite. Between employees who blindly trust the word of chemical sales representatives and high school kids working in the pool store for the summer you end up with poor results from their testing. While there are exceptions, the majority of pool stores operate to separate you from as much money as possible as quickly as possible due to the limited swimming season. They do this by selling you "stuff" weather you need it or not. As an example they will sell you algecides with metals in them (copper) and then sell you a sequestrant to keep your hair from turning green from the copper.

TFP operates on the theory of only adding what your pool needs, when it needs it. Does that mean you will avoid chemicals, no. You need chlorine in the water to sanitize it and make it safe for your family to swim in. This is the same chlorine most municipal water systems add to your drinking water.

As has been suggested, purchase one of the recommended test kits and read Pool School and you will be ready to take control of your pool in the spring.

It would help us if you would add the following information to your signature

  • The size of your pool in gallons
  • If your pool is an AG (above ground) or IG (in ground)
  • If it's IG, tell us if it's vinyl, plaster/pebble, or fiberglass
  • The type of filter you have (sand, DE, cartridge) and, if you know, the brand and model of the filter.
  • If you know, please tell us the brand and model of the pump, and mention if is it a two speed or variable speed pump.
  • Date of pool build/install, particularly important if less then a year old.
  • What kind/model of water test kit you are using
  • Other significant accessories or options, such as a spa , SWG, or cleaner


TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jun 7, 2011
Midland TX
Welcome to the forum!

You've gotten some great suggestions so far, and just know we are here to help others who are trying to learn. Don't be shy and ask questions when you need too.