Weekly Pool Maintenance Checklist

Weekly Pool Maintenance Checklist

Weekly Pool Maintenance Checklist

If you decide to perform your own weekly pool maintenance, we highly recommend creating and following a checklist so you don’t forget any important steps. The information stated within this document is for reference only, and is not intended to be used as a basis for exact pool and pool water maintenance. Every pool is different based on need, equipment, type of pool and much more. Not sure about your water chemistry? We offer a free water test and a custom treatment solution.

    • Remove any large accumulation of debris on the bottom with a leaf scoop.
    • Feed the pool with chlorine or other sanitizer to satisfy its requirements either manually or automatically.
    • Check that the water level is high enough for the pump to operate correctly.
    • Test and adjust sanitizer level (may require more frequent testing depending upon bather load and environmental conditions)
    • Visually inspect pool water for clarity, color and visible contaminants
    • Remove floating leaves
    • Test and adjust pH (may require more frequent testing depending upon bather load and environmental conditions)
      • The pH should be in the range 7.4 – 7.7 if the pool has a vinyl or tile finish. The range should be 7.3 -7.5 if the pool has a fiberglass finish. The range should be 7.4-7.6 for a gunite swimming pool. If the level is too high, then adjust it down using pH decreaser. The correct dosage is located on the label.
      • If the pH is too low, then add pH increaser. Again see labels for dosage. If the pH has dropped possibly so has your total alkalinity.
      • Don’t correct your pH more than once a week.
    • Test chlorine levels in the pool water:
      • Free chlorine levels should be between 1-3 ppm
      • Free bromine levels should be between 3-5 ppm
    • Test and adjust Alkalinity
    • Test and adjust Oxidizer and Stabilizer levels
    • Clean the tile at the water line
    • Check filter pressure and backwash only if required
    • Check water level and adjust as necessary at the prescribed rate of 1” (25mm) per hour
    • Add a preventative dose of algaecide as necessary
    • Shock the pool as per label instructions. This treatment restores the sparkle to the pool water and destroys germs and organic contaminants (can be done once every 2 weeks)

Our name is changing, but not our commitment to you!

O’Neill’s Pools has joined forces with Patriot Pool & Spa. Over the coming weeks, the O’Neill’s brand will be transitioning into Patriot Pool & Spa, so you may notice some updated branding on our trucks, uniforms, and bills. Our office location and contact information will remain the same as the O’Neill’s footprint will become our 2nd Austin location: Patriot Pool & Spa – West. 

Same service you expect. Even though our name has changed, rest assured you will continue to receive the same great service. Our priority will continue to be providing you with an excellent experience from the team that you know and trust. 

More pool industry experience at your disposal. As a Patriot Pool & Spa customer, you now have access to a team of pool professionals with hundreds of years of combined swimming pool industry experience.

You’ll find that we’re still your local pool cleaning & repair company — just stronger. During this transition, you can reach us at 512.636.8122 or, for more information about Patriot and the variety of services we offer, visit us at www.patriotpoolandspa for more details.

Thank you for being our customer and giving us the opportunity to continue caring for your pool!


Hal Denbar
Founder, Patriot Pool & Spa
Founding Partner & President, Texas, National Pool Partners

Neil Engelmann
O’Neill’s Pools

Amy Engelmann
O’Neill’s Pools