General tips for pool maintenance
If you do not have a pool service professional maintaining your chlorine or salt water pool it is best to check you pool chemistry at least twice a month depending on how much use your pool receives. This to consider are the age of the water in the pool, how warm the water is, how much sunlight the pool absorbs, and of course how often people or pets swim in the pool. If your pool has frequent use by multiple persons and or pets it is highly recommended that you check your pool chemistry every week, for optimal pool performance. On the other hand if your pool receives little to no use checking your pool chemistry as little as two times a month is within reason.
How often should I clean my filters?
It's standard practice to service and clean your pool filters every 3-6 months depending on your pool. You should also clean your pool filter after a very heavy storm as this can wash extra debris into your pool. Consequently living in an area such as Central Florida this can be challenging due to the frequent summer storms we receive.
Also look out for low return pressure, a weak floor cleaning system your pool vacuum, and is your pool water starting to look filmy or losing it's clarity. These are extra steps you should consider when determining if your pool filter needs cleaned or replaced.
How often should I clean my salt water chlorine generator?
With a salt water generator it is best to inspect and service the blades once a month. Check flow gauges and if the reading is not optimal it is likely there is calcium build up on the blades. Always clean your generator blades as per the manufactures instruction! If you do not have these instructions it is highly recommended to contact a pool service professional.
What about an ozone system?
If you have an ozone system you should not need to chlorinate your pool very often if ever with either liquid or powder shock treatment. Ozone systems for pools are very effective and use ozone gas to oxidize pool contaminants. If you feel your pool needs some extra help run your ozone system for 24 hours straight. This should clean your pool completely with out the need to add additional chlorine.
Other things to consider when it comes to pool maintenance.
Keep chemicals stored in the shade and out of direct sunlight as the sun can break down your expensive chemical. Never store acid and chlorine close to each other even if small amounts mix it can create a dangerous gas. Keep vegetation and soil away and out of the pool. Nitrates introduced by these can expedite algae growth as the algae will feed off the nitrates, just go look at any pond or lake in Central Florida with localized run off from yards. If you are fertilizing planters near your pool take great care not to spill any on your pool deck or in the pool itself.