Springtime… here comes the sun!

Springtime... here comes the sun! 1

Six steps for getting pool ready this spring.

With the amazing spring time sunshine we’ve had lately, now is time we shake off our winter woollies and trade the indoors for the fresh, breathtakingly beautiful Aussie outdoors.

It’s also time to start getting your pool ready for swimming. Not all of us may want to pull the Daisy cover off and jump in just yet however one of these fine weekends, it’s worth checking your pool to see just what is going on.

The water may look clean, but let’s check it first. You have two options here; start testing and adjusting the water chemistry yourself, or just take a water sample down to your local pool shop for some expert advice.

Expert Tip: If you’re going to get advice, get it from one source as conflicting advice can be given when they don’t have the whole picture.

The cheapest and easiest way to maintain your pool is to keep your water chemistry in order year round. With all the rain over the winter, your pool water has been heavily diluted. Without a bather load or debris in the pool it may look crystal clear however it most probably has next to no chemicals in the water.

Make sure all your pool equipment is at the ready and no one has used the pool brush to sweep the driveway or the telescopic pole as a limbo bar. You want to make sure your telescopic pole, vacuum head and hose, skimmer head, brush and test kit are all in order and operational.

As soon as you, your family or visitors start swimming and the outside temperature rises, you may find your water chemical levels imbalance quite quickly.

Get pool ready, now.

Opening your pool in the lead up to summer should be a low stress, highly anticipated event for the entire family. Assuming you’ve done some winter preparation by covering the pool and protecting the pump, your pool’s opening day should proceed free of trouble.

What you’ll need

  • Leaf blower (or broom)
  • Water source and hose
  • pH pool test kit
  • Pool filter
  • Pool chemicals.

What you need to do: Six Easy Steps

These should get you and your pool ready for a whole summer of Marco Polo and diving for dollars.

  1. Remove Leaves and Winter Debris. You may encounter winter residual leaves, dirt, and general weather build-up on and around the pool. Before removing the cover, blow any leaves or debris off the pool cover and the surrounding deck or patio.
  2. Remove the Pool Cover. Once you remove the cover, take the time to clean it properly before storing. If you have the space, spread out the cover and spray it off with the highest pressure your hose allows.
  3. Check the Water Level. Check the skimmer water level. For the pump to function properly, the water needs to be in the middle of the skimmer opening for proper circulation. Add or remove water accordingly. While waiting for the pool to fill, check and test all handrails, ladders, diving boards, and slides for loose bolts or other potentially unsafe conditions.
  4. Clean and Prepare the Pump. Check to see that all equipment is in working condition. Check hoses, pumps, and filters according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Start the circulation system and allow it to run for eight to 12 hours.
  5. Check the Chemical Levels. After the eight to 12-hour run time, check the pH level, total alkalinity, hardness of water due to calcium, chlorine and so on. Fill the test tube from your test kit with water retrieved from at least 400mm below the surface. Collect your sample away from the pump inlet. Add the test-specific amount of agent and cap tube and shake. Do not cover the tube with your finger. Oils introduced from your hand can compromise the results. Add chemicals in proper order to balance the water.
  6. Take Inventory of Supplies and Safety Measures. Check all support and safety items related to pool safety. Do you have a first aid kit fully stocked and within easy reach? Is your cleaning equipment in working order? Is the gate and latch secure to prevent accidental access or to secure the pool when you are away on holiday or business?

 

Remember if you need a hand, your local pool expert is there to help. They have the experience to check your pool and equipment to make sure it is fit to swim in. You may even find it cheaper and easier to get the experts in to check it all for you.

All the best with it!