Pool water should be clean enough that you can clearly see a coin sitting on the bottom of the pool. It should be free of organic matter.
Without regular sanitisation, pools develop bacteria – which can pose serious risks. Leaves and even people all cause bacteria to grow.
The most labour-intensive way of keeping your pool sanitised is to add chlorine. Testing your water to figure out how much chlorine to use.
In cooler climates, heating your pool can give you the opportunity to swim all year round. An ideal water temperature is said to be around 25°C.
The three most popular types of filters - sand, cartridge, and vertical grid DE - screen out debris and particles from your pool water.
If you live in an area where you can't swim year round then you'll need to winterize your pool. Be sure to clean it as much as possible.
Pool professionals recommend that you drain and remove the filters and pumps for winter and store them in a frost-free area such as a garage or shed.
To keep leaves and other debris out of the pool and help keep the remaining water clean, you'll need to install a tight-fitting cover for the winter.