Make Sure Your Pool's Ready For Summer  

by Pool Builders on 11-25-2009 in Articles

It happens every year, without fail: summer returns. Before jumping right into your pool, though, you've got to get it ready. Opening your pool for the season is an important ritual; when done correctly, your pool will be ready for action when summer kicks off. Some people prefer to hire pools Brisbane companies to do their pool opening tasks, but if you want to do it yourself it's not difficult. Just remember that you should call on swimming pools Brisbane professionals if a problem arises; never try to repair damage or any major problems yourself, or your pool might not be open for business until later in the season - and that's majorly disappointing.

Check All Safety Mechanisms -

The most important task of preparing your pool is to confirm that all safety mechanisms are in working order. For instance, check all fences and gates. Make sure that they are in good working order, and that there's no chance that a small child or animal could inadvertently find their way into your pool area. Confirm that all of the self closing devices are in working condition; after the winter, some things mysteriously quit working.

Brush And Vacuum Pool And Accessories -

Unpack all of your brushes and your vacuum. Brush and vacuum the floor and sides of your pool. From there, move on to thoroughly clean the skimmer box, pump, filter, lint pots and other important accessories. Take a close look at each and make sure that everything is working properly. Every now and then, an item becomes damaged or randomly quits working over the winter. In that case, you might have to run out and buy a few replacements. It's better to find this out now rather than later, when people are eagerly waiting to get in the pool.

Cleaning When No Algae Is Present -

If your pool was covered properly at the end of the last season - and if luck is on your side - then there will be no visible algae. You'll want to "superchlorinate" your pool in this case; this means getting its chlorine level up to approximately 10mg/L. This will set things off on the right foot for the upcoming swimming season.

Cleaning When Algae Is Present -

If you see obvious signs of algae in your pool, you'll have to use stronger chemicals. Shock the pool with high levels of chlorine - try to get the level between 10 and 15 mg/L. Two or three days later, apply an algaecide; be sure that it's compatible with chlorine before using it. Scrub and vacuum for a few days. When total alkalinity is 60 - 200 ppm, pH is 7.2 - 7.6 and calcium hardness is 0 - 500 ppm, you're ready to go.

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