Get Set for Summer Pool Maintenance

by Pool Builders on 09-18-2011 in Articles

A change in season is never too far away, and so comes the time to either start preparing your pool for the swimming season ahead or for a low maintenance winter, so it is not a hassle to get it ready when the next heat wave arrives. The following 'get set for summer tips' will help you achieve a crystal clear swimming water quickly, so you can be ready to make a splash when the mercury rises.

When the Weather is Heating Up:

1. Remove the cover.

2. Clean the inside of the pool - Use a leaf skimmer to scoop out any debris from the surface, and then brush the floor and walls with a brush to remove any grime and dirt.

3. Check the skimmer basket, filter and debris trap on the pump to ensure that they are not blocked.

4. Next, you will need to inspect all the electrical and plumbing connections and make sure that they all appear in good condition (no rust or leaking).

5. You may now top-up the water level. Follow your manufacturer's instructions carefully so that you fill your pool to the correct level. If you are unsure, contact your manufacturer.

6. Switch your pump ON to observe that it is working correctly.

7. Once your equipment checks are complete, begin to vacuum the pool. Be careful not to damage your surface when vacuuming.

8. Finally, you will need to check the chemical levels. Pools & Spas Online recommend taking a water sample to your local pool shop so that they can advise on how to properly balance your water (During the summer months, it is a good idea to get your pool water professionally checked every 3-4 weeks).

Winterising Your Pool:
Follow these simple steps so you can leave your pool dormant during the cooler months with the peace of mind that it will be in reasonable condition when the heat returns.

1. Clean
Begin by ensuring that the water is clean of debris - such as leaves, bugs etc. Vacuum these items up, and use the hand held skimming basket to collect any surface debris.

2. Chemicals
A chemical treatment is a necessary part of winterising your pool. A mixture of winter chlorine and winter alkaliser will ensure that your pool stays cleaner for longer and is able to fight algae over the winter months.

3. Water
Once you have added the chemicals, the water level now needs to be reduced. Your pump should have a waste-out function where the cleaning system will not recycle water back into the pool water and flush out all the water through a waste pipe. Make sure you read the instructions on your filtration system properly prior to doing this. Remove the skimmer basket and cover. Open the drainage on your filtration system and empty it.

4. Cover
Be sure to cover your pool with its swimming pool blanket. A good way to ensure your cover works well over winter is to place some flotation devices in your pool (particularly in the middle). If you set this up well, once you have stretched the blanket over and the flotation devices in the middle, the highest point will be in the middle and this will enable debris and rain to run off away from your pool during the winter.

Always refer to your swimming pool care manual, provided by your manufacturer, to determine the appropriate equipment maintenance and chemical treatment options for your type of swimming pool. Remember, regular maintenance is the key to constantly sparkling swimming water.

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