Having a pool in your backyard may seem like a lot of work, but it really only takes a few minutes here and there to keep the water clear and safe for your family to swim in. As a premierspa and pool store in Forest Lake, MN, we at The Pool Store, Inc., offer everything you need in one place to keep your pool looking great. Follow these 5 tricks to make and keep your pool looking amazing all summer!


Test the Water Often

Maintaining the right pH and alkaline levels in the pool is very important, as the total alkalinity level indicates how the pool water can neutralize acidity. You also need to maintain the calcium levels, as too little calcium levels can lead to damage to the body of your pool. Chlorine is also essential to keep the water clean, but too much can be unsafe.

There are many different things to test for in the water, but don't let it scare you. Most test strips can test for all of the necessary chemicals and elements in one!

We carry a full line of testing supplies to keep your water safe and clear. We also offer in-house testing. If you aren't sure the levels your water should be testing at, just stop by and we will be happy to answer all of your questions.


Install a Quality Filter and Pump

There are many different brands of pool filters and pumps that will do a great job at keeping the water fresh, but the key is checking it often to make sure it's still working correctly. If the pump starts making strange noises, gets too hot, or just stops working, the sooner you find that out and get it fixed, the less stressful it will be.



There are a few different options when it comes to vacuuming your pool, from skimmer vacuums to electric or automatic vacuums. No matter the size or your pool or whether it is above ground or below the surface, you can find pool vacuums in every price range.


Cover When Not in Use

To save you from having to vacuum more often than necessary, invest in a fitted pool cover for when your pool isn't in use. It's an easy way to keep all unwanted debris, critters, and even uninvited people from using your pool when you're not around.


Keep the Area around the Pool Clean

The most important part of the pool is obviously the pool itself, but it wouldn't be a great place to have fun and relax if the area around it isn't well-kept as well. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to prevent leaves and other debris from falling into the water, and have cleaning supplies specifically for the backyard stored in the shed or pool house. That way you won't forget to quickly clean up any messes left behind from a fun day at the pool.


A backyard pool is one of the best ways to have fun for the whole family! By following these 5 tips, it can stay clean almost effortlessly.

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