Pool Shop: Things To Check Before Filling Up Your Pool

by Pool Builders on 01-22-2011 in Articles

It's funny how quickly you can forget all about the pool shop especially during the winter months, but it's that supply shop that will have your pool clean and fresh for you when it's time to take the cover off. With a fresh batch of chemicals and other accessories you'll soon be ready to take the first plunge of the new season.

Here are a few things you may want to check when taking the cover off or re-filling your swimming pool.

Probably the most important thing about pool maintenance is to be sure your chemical stock is up to date. Chemicals that are out of date or accessories that have seen better days should be replaced. You only want to stock things that are going to do the right job. Try buying things in bulk or at least two of everything that way you're not going to get caught short or find out you have run out of something during the times when you badly want to use the pool. It is so easy to forget what you need when making a supply run so either make a list or spend a little more time browsing the supply store.

Now if you're someone that prefers to empty your pool in the winter months one of the first things you should do before filling up is to check your pool for any signs of damage. Cracks in a pool can be very destructive let alone the cost from disappearing water. Be sure to check the floor and walls thoroughly for any signs of a crack or other stresses.

If you notice anything that looks out of the ordinary no matter how small it may seem at first, check to see how deep the damage may have gone, even a hairline fracture has the potential to cause a lot of damage. If caught early repairs do not have to be expensive and can save a lot of heartache down the line. Remember it's not just the pool that could be in danger; a few thousand litres of water getting under your home can do an awful lot of damage. Anything that looks like it may have the potential to become worse you can and you should have a professional check it out.

Anything that can contaminate the water like leaves or bird droppings have to be removed before you even think of filling up your pool. It is a good idea to have a pool cleaning regime in place and stick to it as this will save you time in the long run. A simple but effective device for keeping leaves and dropping from entering your pool is a pool cover and if you choose a solar cover you can also save on heating costs.

Next is your filtration and heating system, these should both be free from any debris and should run smoothly. Any strange noises or smells are definitely not good signs. Electrical equipment should be turned off and ask your pool shop if they know a qualified electrician they could recommend. A faulty filtration pump should be replaced as you do not want to take any chances with pool water that is not properly cleansed.

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