Summer is right around the corner. Are you ready for long days by the pool? Is your pool as ready for summer as you are?
Here are a few tips for pool care and pool maintenance to make sure your swimming pool is ready for the sunny months ahead!
Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer!
1. Check Filter and Pump
The first thing you want to do is make sure your pool is working properly. Are you pump and filter working correctly? Turn them on to make sure. For more information on your filter and different types, check out this swimmingpool.com article.
2. Clean Pool Cover
If you had a cover on your pool over the winter, make sure to clean it off before removing it. If a little bit of debris and water from the cover gets in the pool, that’s OK, but you want to minimize that.
Once you take off the pool cover, do a good cleaning of it. Hose it off and make sure there’s no nasty stuff still on it. You don’t want to store it with debris sticking to it.
Then be sure to put it away in a covered, dry place. You don’t want it to be sitting soaking wet and you don’t want it to sit in the sun either where it can dry out and crack.
3. Test pH Levels
It’s important to make sure your pool’s chemicals are correctly balanced. You’ll want to test the chemicals at least once a week. If you’re testing this yourself, see this Popular Mechanics article for more information on pool pH levels.
4. Basic Cleaning
When it comes to pool maintenance there are some basic cleaning tasks that should be done regularly (approximately once a week): skimming, vacuuming and brushing.
Skim the top of your water with skimming net to remove all the leaves and extra debris from the water’s surface. This net can also be used to remove rocks and other objects from the bottom of the pool.
Vacuuming is also important to keep the bottom of your pool clean. If you have a manual vacuum, use it just like you would your home vacuum – making long, even strokes back and forth.
You’ll then want to scrub the walls of the pool with a large pool brush.
One other thing to keep in mind, is emptying your filter and basket. You don’t want things getting clogged up.
5. Relax and Get Ready for Summer!
If your budget allows, look into getting someone to come service your pool regularly. Having someone else come each week to test chemicals and clean your pool can take some pressure off of you.
If not, not worries at all! Pool maintenance doesn’t have to take a ton of time. As long as you stay consistent with testing chemicals and cleaning the walls and water, you’ll have a clean and happy pool!
Are you ready to enjoy your pool this summer?!
For more tips on getting your pool ready for summer and/or pool maintenance, check out these articles:
About Travel: “Pool Maintenance Mistakes”
Home & Garden: “10 Pool Maintenance Tips”
This Old House: “How to Maintain a Pool”
SwimmingPool.com: “Pool Care Basics”
Do It Yourself: “How to Get Your Pool Ready for Summer”
Popular Mechanics: “How to Get Your Swimming Pool Ready for Summer”
Swim University: “10 Tips to Get Your Swimming Pool Ready for the Summer”