Phasing out the Pool Guy - Further Reading

At TroubleFreePool we believe pool owners should do their own testing and maintain the pool as much as they can. Often a pool owner has a "Pool Guy" or Pool Service maintaining the pool. Below is a list of things to learn and understand in taking over your pool maintenance.


You should have your own test kit to check your water chemistry. See Pool Test Kits for test kit recommendations.


Routine pump filter maintenance and pump filter troubleshooting can be found in Pool School


If have a DE filter. You need to learn the functions and how to operate the big valve on it. You need to learn how to backwash the filter and add DE to it. Look at the pressure gauge on the top of it and note the filter pressure. Ask the pool guy what pressure he backwashes the filter at?

For more see DE Filter Use and Care


Backwashing the sand filter.

For more see Sand Filter Use and Care


How to breakdown the filter and clean the cartridges.

For more see Cartridge Filter Use and Care


  • You have one or more suction lines coming into the pump. Learn where they come from. They have Jandy valves on them. Learn what those valves do. Where are the open and closed positions.
  • Learn how to open the pump lid and clean the basket.
  • Learn what type of pump you have - Single speed, dual speed or variable speed?
  • What is the manufacturer and model number of your pump and motor? Look for data plates.

Automation and Timers

Find out what controls when your pump runs? What are the settings?

Chlorinating the Water


Learn the settings and controls of your SWG. What is the % generation it is set to?


Learn what type of pool cleaner you have? Robot? Vacuum? Pressure?

Do you have a PB4-60 pump for a pressure cleaner? What is it controlled by?

What are the settings for your cleaner?

Pool School Resources

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