5 Steps to Get the Pool Prepared for the Summertime

by Pool Builders on 12-01-2013 in Articles

Getting the swimming pool ready for the on coming summer should be something that is highly anticipated and low stress. Assuming the right winter prep work was put in place, it is often a straightforward process to open the pool for family fun and entertainment. Below are the steps to follow -

Clear winter debris

A first step to take is to start clearing the winter debris like dirt and leaves that have landed on the protective cover. Prior to removing the pool cover it is crucial to clear any debris build up from the local area including the surrounding patio and deck. Also, a noticeable area of pooled water should be cleared using suitable pump to prevent this standing water making its way into the pool.

Remove the protective cover

Once the protective cover is removed from the pool it helps to give it a good clean prior to storing to make sure it is in an acceptable condition for the next time it is needed. A high-performance pressure washer is often highly effective at cleaning the cover. Leave in the open to fully dry before placing in storage. Apply a light coating of talcum power or similar to the protective cover to help reduce the chance of sticking or binding when stored. A cool storage area is certain to benefit.

Inspect the water level

Check the water level in the area of the skimmer. For optimal pump-action and circulation it is important that the water level is close to the opening of the skimmer. If the water level is determined to be low, it can easily be topped up using a regular garden hose. It also benefits to inspect other areas of the pool at this time including the slides, diving boards, ladders, and handrails for loose bolts.

Prepare the pump system

Inspect the pump system to make certain it is in a fully operational condition. Check the filters, pumps, and hoses. If everything appears to be working in line with the manufacturer's guidelines it is possible to activate the system and leave running for a good 8 to twelve hours.

Test the pH levels

Once the pump system has completed its run, a check on the pH level, water hardness, and alkalinity should be carried out. Use a standard pH kit to help with determining the quality of the water. If any issues are detected take the necessary action to help with balancing the water. A pH kit should indicate the chemicals required to make the water safe and healthy for the family to use.

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