When temperatures soar, people worldwide long for nothing but to cool off with a refreshing swim in your summer pool. This is what most Americans love to do when the weather warms up. That may not be as simple as it seems. Before anyone can jump in, the water’s chemistry must be just right.
Most pool owners close their pools for the winter without doing any maintenance and then open them again in the spring. But there’s also a group of folks who use their pool year-round and care more about getting it right for the summer in terms of fun, health, and balance. These scenarios necessitate initial pool maintenance before opening. Swimming in your summer pool is appealing, but getting the pool ready for the season can be challenging.
Here’s how to prepare your summer pool.
Get everything you require
Ensure you have everything you need to prepare your pool for the upcoming warm weather before you begin the process. Avoid making repeated trips to the local shop for forgotten necessities. The essentials that you’ll require are as follows:
- Winter cover cleaner or soap
- Test strips or test kit
- Skimmer head
- Pool brush
- Vacuum hose
- Spring opening kit (Water testing and balancing chemicals)
Here are the things you should do to prepare your summer pool.
Run the filter and pump
Don’t worry if your pool is a different shade of green or has cloudy water if you haven’t prepared it recently. Keeping the filter system on will quickly clear up the muddy water. After cleaning your backyard pool, the system can remain on for 10 to 12 hours daily.
Be sure to check the chemical and water levels
Check your pool’s chemical and water levels before diving in this spring. If your pool has low water levels, add more to reach the level you want it to be at. Before you add any chemicals to the water, you can have it tested by pool service professionals. Check the salt, chlorine, and pH levels with test strips or a test kit. The test results will reflect the pool’s actual condition at this time. The chemicals can be included afterward. Shocking a chlorinated pool is an effective way to eliminate dead chlorine and bacteria.
Inspect your pool equipment
As you do not want to deal with any issues while swimming and enjoying your summer pool, inspecting the pool equipment as soon as possible is in your best interest. Make sure that the skimmers, filter, and pumps are in excellent working order by giving them a test run and checking their condition. In the event that you encounter any problems, you should take prompt action and contact professionals to handle the situation.
Clean the pool
Swimming in a dirty summer pool isn’t safe, healthy, or fun, so cleaning it is important. Keeping your pool clean reduces the risk of someone getting irritated or sick from swimming there. Get rid of the mess with the use of pool cleaning gear like a vacuum, a scoop, and a broom. Also, make sure the skimmer hasn’t caught any unwanted particles.
While the pool’s aesthetic appeal is important, so is ensuring its swimmers’ safety. It’s an excellent opportunity to make sure your summer pool is safe.
- Keep the area around your summer pool free of things that could be used as a climbing surface.
- All vertical spaces must be no more than 100 mm apart.
- Remember to familiarize yourself with how to perform CPR.
- Make sure the pool gates self-close.
When you finish this checklist, you’ll be ready to dive into your summer pool.
Have your summer pool serviced by professionals
If these tips haven’t helped prepare your pool for the summer, there may be a more serious issue. If you find yourself in this predicament, call the experts at Southern Poolscapes to check your summer pool. We are qualified to diagnose and correct any issues with your pool.
Spending a few hours getting your pool ready for the summer is a small price to pay for a fun and relaxing time in the water. Feel free to get in touch with Southern Poolscapes if you want to take the quality of your pool to the next level. Southern Poolscapes offers professional installation of high-quality heat pumps and heaters from the industry’s leading manufacturers for your inground pool. There are many different ways to heat your pool, and the one you choose should depend on your available utilities, the temperature you prefer, and how often you swim in it.