Eight tips to get your pool ready for summer
Move over winter blues, it’s time for summer, and as the sun makes her glorious return, the star of the backyard - the pool - too, makes its ascension to her former glory – but not without a little TLC.
Here are some top tips to help you get your pool ready for a summer of love.
INVEST IN A POOL COVER
Without one, the summer heat will evaporate your pool’s water. With one, you prevent evaporation by 99.85 per cent. This will not only save you precious time, but can save 10,000L of precious water per month. Be sure to pick the right type of pool cover for your needs – solar, thermal and leaf and debris – and prepare to roll it back and have some fun.
ENSURE YOUR POOL IS FULL
You don’t want the water level dropping below the skimmer box as you run the risk of running your pump dry and burning it out – this is not the start you want for your highly anticipated summer festivities. This is another reason why a pool cover is handy. Try setting yourself a regular reminder to check whether your pool needs a top-up.
CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT
Like a car, your equipment needs checking to make sure everything is in working order. Once you’ve made sure everything is in tip top shape and there are no blockages, Bob’s your uncle. The tale-telling signs your tools aren’t fit for the job and need replacing are excessive backwashing and poor water quality. Alternatively, it could be a great time to invest in more efficient equipment to save water.
Time to dust of the cobwebs, and by that we mean thoroughly clean out your skimmers, filters and pool cleaning equipment for hidden bacteria. To help loosen dirt and remove algae, brush down your pool walls with a pool brush, and vacuum the area. Using a robotic cleaner can help save time and effort.
TEST THE WATER
Before jumping in the water, it’s important to ensure you have the right balance of chemicals floating around, because even if your water is clear, it might not be healthy. You can do an easy analysis on your own by collecting a sample from about an arm’s length under the surface. You should have a reading in a few hours then voila! Your pool is ready to be water bombed.
MAINTAIN YOUR POOL
Having a pool is like having a garden, you have to maintain it. Schedule a pool routine to do all of the above or speak with a professional for a personalised service schedule to suit your needs and budget.
Whether you have children or not, having a protective barrier is integral. Fence your pool, keep the gate closed and make sure no one can climb over it. If you want to take it a step further, learning first aid and resuscitation techniques could help save someone’s life.
CREATE YOUR OASIS
Life by the pool is much more than a place to swim or a way to cool down, it is the centrepiece to unforgettable memories with loved ones in the sun. Dust off the barbeque, give your space a personal touch and get ready to dive into summer.
It’s time to dive in and give a bit of tender loving care to your pool. Poolwerx can help you maintain a healthy pool to suit your needs. For more advice and professional help, visit Poolwerx.