Summer is finally here and everyone will get ready to get tan. One of the things that will make summer becomes more exciting is a swimming pool. For a swimming pool owner, summer is the best season where they can use the pool for as long as they want. However, there are some points that you have to make sure of before using the pool, especially, if you haven’t used it for a long time.
The purpose is no other than to prevent unwanted accidents caused by the water or the surroundings. For some points, you can check it by yourself and for some others, you may want to ask for a professional’s help. If you’re a pool owner and getting ready for summer, we have some tips that you can follow on how to prepare your pool to become safe to use for everyone.
How to Prepare Swimming Pool for Summer
Clean the Pool Cover
Before removing the cover, clean any lingering dirt and leaves that fell on the cover throughout the previous seasons. You don’t want to detach the cover while there are many leaves and garbage floating around because they may fall into the pool instead and make your job becomes harder.
Use a broom or other tools to sweep the garbage from the cover and around the swimming pool itself. If you spot stagnant water, use a pump to drain it well and safely. Once the area is clean, you can start detaching the cover.
Remove the Cover
If you have your pool covered during the other seasons, it’s time to remove and clean it. Of course, you need to clean it first before storing it because you don’t want to store it in a dirty condition that may lead to mold and damage. What you can do:
- Check if there’s any dirt and dust on it.
- Wipe any accumulated dirt or water on the cover.
- If you have enough space to spread the cover and it has quite heavy dirt, use a hose to spray it.
- Sprinkle some talcum powder to avoid binding or adhering before folding it.
- Once it’s folded and before storing it, make sure that the cover is dry from any water or moisture.
Check the Equipment
If you freeze your pool during winter and more months after, you have to make sure that all element is in operating statuses such as pumps, hose, filtrations, and circulation system. Following the manufacturer’s guides, check all the elements so you can solve them right away if there are any issues.
In this step, you may want to ask a professional contractor to inspect and clean the pump and filter. They will also check for any leaks and other problems that may cause the pump doesn’t work properly.
Inspect Chemistry Level
Testing the chemistry level of the swimming pool water is another important step that you have to do to make sure that it’s safe and avoid allergy to the skin. You can do it yourself or with the help of a pro while you’re on it.
Some points to check are pH level, acidity, alkalinity, calcium hardness, and other chemical aspects. You can easily get the water testing kit from the pool shop and use it freely by following the instructions. There’s a standard of measurement to declare whether the chemistry level is proper or not.
Examine the Pool
Again, if you didn’t use your swimming pool for a long time, you have to check its condition just in case there’s a crack, dust, tear, and damage. By spotting this earlier, you can fix these issues immediately to prevent more damage.
Extra Water and Chemical
Once the pool has been cleaned, you can add more water and chemicals to occupy it completely. Consult your pool operator for chlorine and other chemical suggestions to tidy your pool water.
You can also consider switching from traditional chlorine to a standard salt generator that doesn’t evaporate even at high temperatures. Salt pools have a more consistent pH, requiring fewer chemical compounds and less management. The cost of converting from chlorine to salt varies depending on the size of your swimming pool.
Check the Water Level
Another step to ensure before using the pool is that the water has to be in the midst of the skimmer opening for proper circulation for the pump to work properly. While filling in the pool with water, you can inspect and test the guardrails, ladders, slides, diving boards, and other possibly dangerous conditions.
The water in your swimming pool will appear cloudy now you’ve chemically sanitized it and you have to wait until the water becomes clear. This time allows the chemicals to do their job of managing and disinfecting the pool, making it safe for swimmers.
No matter how good sanitizing products or expensive contractors you use, they’re nothing if you don’t maintain the pool regularly. Vacuum and clean the pool weekly or monthly based on the usage intensity, check the water chemistry level once a month, and other necessities mentioned above.
Those are some tips that you can use as a reference to get your pool ready for the summer. Don’t let dirty water makes your summer less exciting. Go check your pool right now!
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