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How to Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

Months of cool weather surely has made your pool almost impossible to use. Now that temperatures are rising and the weather is getting all humid and balmy, it’s time to get your wonderful pool ready for water fun and playtime.

Before you jump into your pool, however, you should think about preparing it to ensure that you and your family will be safe from accidents as well as illnesses as pools left along for long periods of time can harbor dirt, debris, and even microbes that can result in water-borne diseases. Here are some tips to help you prepare your pool for a cool, splashy summer.

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Clean up

Your pool cover is now filled with dirt, leaves, and twigs as well as algae that have accumulated throughout the cold months. Using your trusty leaf scraper, work on all that dirt by gently pulling them from the center of the pool cover towards you. You can also use a leaf blower to make things faster, or you can connect a long pole and a leaf net to your pool brush to clean it. Collected water on the cover must also be removed using a pump to prevent it from contaminating the pool when you remove the cover. Be sure to do this task without causing needless disturbance to the pool cover.

Remove the Cover

Once the pool cover is clean from dirt and water, carefully remove it by using a fan-folding technique not more than five feet wide. Once it is removed from the pool, clean and dry it up. Spray talcum powder on it then fold for storage.

Inspect the Water

Your pool water may have gone murky, gathered up some debris as well as leaves and algae during the cold months. Fill the pool to the middle the skimmer opening and proceed with clean up. Take out the large debris using a leaf rake or a skim net. Once they’re gone, clean the tiles or vinyl sides, brush the pool to take out silt deposits, and vacuum the walls and floors to make sure any all dirt has been removed as they can clog your filtration system. Best way is to vacuum is to brush the dirt towards the backwash line.

Once everything is clean, fill up the pool accordingly.

Check Your Equipment

Inspect the sand or cartridge of your filtration system as they may need replacement. Check the pipes for leaks, do some adjustments by tightening screws and valves in your pool system. Ensure that the valves and rings are well lubricated before turning the system on. If your motor is making so much noise or working slower than usual, you may need to call a technician to have a look at it. Let it run for 8 to 12 hours to complete the whole pool.

While waiting for the run time, check other equipment such as the hand rails, diving boards, and so on to ensure safe pool time.

Check the pH And Other Elements

Testing is done after 8-12 hours of run time. Fill your kit with water taken at least 18 inches below the surface and do the testing by adding the agent according to kit specifications. Cap the tube with the recommended cover (never with your fingers) then shake. Add proper chemicals to do necessary corrections to your pool water. pH should be 7.4-7.6, make sure that chlorine is under 2.0 ppm, and ad shock, stabilizer, sanitizer, and algaecide as recommended.

 

By | 2017-08-30T14:47:11+00:00 March 6th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on How to Get Your Pool Ready For Summer