It’s time to break out the swimsuits and sunscreen, summer is finally here! If you own a pool, then it’s time to prepare for the season ahead. Here are five ways your pool can be ready for the fun ahead:
1. Clean the Pool
Before you jump in, make sure your pool is free from any debris or dirt that can clog up your filters. Clean the stairs, sides, and bottom of the pool to remove any dirt or algae that can accumulate during winter months. This will help maintain a clean and safe swimming environment during the summer.
2. Check the pH Level
Checking the pH level in your pool is an important step for maintaining a healthy balance of water chemistry. High levels of chlorine or alkalinity can cause skin and eye irritation, not to mention damage your equipment. Test the pH level in the water with a simple test kit and adjust accordingly.
3. Inspect Pool Equipment
Check all of your pool’s equipment such as filters, pumps, and skimmers to make sure they are functioning properly. If any pieces need replacing or repairs, now is the time to do so before you start swimming. There are plenty of online resources to help you with any maintenance needs.
4. Shock the Pool
If your pool has been sitting idle for the winter months, it’s time to ‘shock’ it to remove any remaining contaminants. This will help keep your water clean and clear all summer long. When you’re finished, test the chlorine levels to make sure they are at a safe level for swimming.
5. Balance the Water Chemistry
Finally, make sure your pool is balanced by testing and adjusting the levels of chlorine, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. This will help maintain a healthy swimming environment for you and your family.
By following these five simple steps, your pool will be ready for the summer months ahead. Get out there and enjoy the sunshine!