Now that the thermometer is on the rise and the warm weather almost in full swing, it’s time to ensure you pool is prepared for hours of summer splashing fun.
Follow our 6 swim-worthy steps and you won’t go wrong!
1. Clean & Remove Cover
Before removing your pool cover, you’ll first want to ensure that all leaves, twigs, dust, and other debris that’s accumulated over the cooler months doesn’t end up inside your pool.
Use a long-handle brush or leaf scraper, and wipe the top of the pool cover from the centre to the edges. Drain off any water that has accumulated on the cover. Be careful not to tip this water back into your swimming pool – as there will be a few nasties lurking in the stagnant water.
Once the pool cover is clean, carefully remove it by using a fan-folding technique. Clean thoroughly and allow it to dry, then sprinkle with talcum powder and fold for storage.
2. Top Up Water
It’s likely that the water level in your pool has dropped somewhat since it’s last use. Top the water level up again with a hose, until the water hits the centre of the skimmer opening. Let the new water circulate with the filter on for at least eight hours so the new and old water combines.
Tip: If you’re filling up your pool with more than 2000 litres, check with your local council first, in case you require a permit to do so.
3. Remove Dirt & Debris
If your pool water has gathered debris or turned murky, then it will require some extra cleaning. Before topping up the water level entirely, remove any large debris with a skim net. Clean down the tiles or vinyl sides with a brush and baking soda or pool tile cleaner to remove silt deposits, then vacuum the walls and floors to make sure all dirt and algae has been removed. Once everything is clean, complete filling up the pool accordingly.
This is also the ideal time to wash down the deck, pavers, or grassed areas surrounding your pool. Clear away twigs or leaves that surround the area near the pool and trim any overhanging tree branches.
4. Check the pH Levels
After you have run the filter for approximately 8-12 hours fill your testing kit with water retrieved from 1-2 feet below the surface. Test the water according to your kit’s specifications. You’ll then need to add the required chemicals to bring the pool’s PH levels to the right level. If you’re not confident testing or correcting the levels, then you can have a professional check your water balance for you. Once the balance is reached, wait for the water to clear.
Tip: It can take almost a week for pool water to be crystal clear, so it pays to get ready in advance. You’ll also want to clean the filter daily while you’re waiting for your pool to be swim-safe.
5. Check Everything Works
Now that your PH levels are balancing out, it’s the best time to double check that all your pool equipment is in good order.
Check the filter system, priming the pump before starting the motor. Make sure the strainer basket in the pump has no cracks and check all lights in and around your pool are fully operable. Also see if any of your pool cleaning equipment needs replacing or updating.
6. Complete A Safety Check
Before you let the kids or neighbours go anywhere near the pool, carry out a stringent check on all fences, gates and locks to the pool area. Remember, under no circumstances, should children be able to access a swimming pool without adult supervision.