The warmer weather is swiftly approaching, so now is the best time to give your swimming pool a much-needed makeover. If your pool is not used often, it might be in dire need of some TLC.
Opening your backyard summer swimming pool is more than just filling it up and diving in. The best way to ensure that your pool is in top condition is to keep it ready with early care and maintenance. These are some tips to maintain your pool’s health during the warm summer months.
Steps for Preparing Your Pool for the Summer
- Make sure the pool is filled
Suppose you haven’t been in your pool for some time and notice that the water level has decreased. If the level of water within your pool is lower than the Skimmer box, you are at the possibility of running your pumps dry and then burning them out. You should set yourself up with a routine reminder to examine whether your pool requires an additional fill to stop this from happening.
- Cleaning and debris removal
While you’ll have to clean your pool at some point, you do not want the dirt & debris that have accumulated on the cover to seep into the pool water. If you notice water in the cover, remove it as fast as you can, or use a pump to remove it from the cover. Once you’re done, remove the cover from the pool, put it on the ground to dry, and then tidy it up before storing it for the summer.
- Test pool chemicals
Balance of the chemicals in your pool is crucial to ensure it’s safe to swim in throughout the summer. The chemicals must be tested at the beginning of the season and then every two weeks. If you’re unsure about the proper level, bring a pool maintenance company and consult an expert.
You should test your pool for these chemicals before diving into it:
- pH level
- Stabilizer level
- Calcium Hardness
- Maintain the filter
The water is filtered through a filtering medium usually composed of silica sand. However, it has been replaced by glass sand, which is much more durable and efficient. The filter is an enclosure through which water flows and through which dirt particles are repelled and then returned to the water for a crystal-clear pool.
When the filter has reached its maximum particle retention capacity, it is required to do a backwash, which reverses the valve’s position. This allows the water to flow in the other direction to eliminate the retained particles.
- Inflict shocks on the pool
The final step for getting the pool ready for summer will be to carry out what is known as a shock to the pool. This will eliminate all remaining contaminants in the pool. This procedure is also applicable to salt-water pools.
In order to shock your pool, you must spray chemicals such as calcium hypochlorite chlorine or lithium hypochlorite over the pool’s water. Be sure to follow the guidelines carefully and wait at least 24 hours before diving in for a swim.
- The proper amount of water
Due to the hot temperatures, it’s common for us to observe how the pool level drops throughout the course of the day. This isn’t a neighbor trying to take your water during the night, but the impact that the process of evaporation can have on the water. To ensure we maintain the correct level, it must be just a bit higher than the mesh that is the inlet to the pool’s water. If the water isn’t high enough, you can fill it up using the garden hose.
- Regular maintenance
Ensure the filter is in good condition for the rest of the year, clean the pool once a week, and check the chemical levels each day. It’s recommended that you hire a professional to examine your pool water at least once a month.
- Perform a safety check
Backyard drownings are more common during summer so, ensuring the pool is a safe and secured area is crucial when you have kids or pets. A few questions to think about for a pool clean-up are:
- The gate for the pool is at a minimum of 4ft above the surface?
- Are CPR instructions posted in the area of the pool?
- Are the pool toys and equipment kept safe and out of view?
- Have any climbable objects in the vicinity of the fence around the pool been removed?
- Check your equipment
Have you ever looked at your filter or pump? If the use of your pool is limited, it is time to assess if the equipment for your pool needs to be replaced.
The signs that your swimming pool equipment might require repair are excessive backwashing and low-quality water. If you’re making use of the right amount of chemicals but are still facing the issue of murky water- it may be the pool pump, filter, or chlorinator that requires replacement.
If you’re unsure of the need for equipment to be repaired or replaced, call an expert from your pool maintenance team on how you can tackle this issue.
- Allow the water to turn crystal clear
After you’ve completed the steps to cleaning a pool, you still need to wait before you jump in. It is important to give the chemicals and the filter the time required to work and attain the ideal balance. Once the water turns sparkling clean and clear, it is time to put on your swimsuit.
Alliance Pools & Patio provides pool maintenance services, including summer pool cleaning and inspections that will help you maintain your pool. Schedule an appointment today to get your pool cleaned up and ready to host the summer parties!