Seasons Magazine November 2016

Tips for a Summer-ready pool

In this article we explain the steps to be taken in getting your swimming pool ready for Summer.

It’s officially spring! The temperature is rising, days are getting longer, we’re finally turning the heat off and putting the hot water bottle away – it’s an exciting time of the year!

It’s also a time where memories of lazy summer afternoons by the pool, get us looking to prepare our pool for the warmer months.

So, here’s Maurice’s guide to getting your pool SUMMER-READY………

1. Check it all works:

First of all, check the pump and filtration systems are working perfectly. Check the strainer basket doesn’t have any cracks that could potentially lead to debris in the pool. Next, check the pool lighting and see if any bulbs need replacing. You may also need to upgrade or replace any pool equipment – pumps, filters, drain covers, pool covers, brushes, vacuums, leaf scoops or skimmers.  Don’t forget to check those pool gates.

2. Keep your pool full

In fact, top it up! Ensure the water level is half way up the skimmer outlet.

This is mostly here as a safety message – but no matter how dirty your pool is or how many leaves have made their way to the bottom of the pool, don’t empty your pool unless you get professional help. Emptying your pool can cause it to lift out of the ground, causing significant damage to the structure and surrounding areas.

3. Use a bit of elbow grease:

Spring is a great time to get back into cleaning your pool, particularly if you’ve been neglecting it when the weather’s been rough.

Clean out the pump and skimmer baskets and make sure you treat the filter using Bioguard®  Filter Brite – a clogged filter prevents the water from flowing freely and wears out the pump.

Make sure you brush the pool walls.

Give the surrounding areas a good clean too. This will prevent any surrounding dirt and debris from getting in the pool and trim back any overhanging foliage.

4. Balancing your Water

The most important part about getting your pool Summer-ready, is balancing the water.

You should test the following:

  • Alkalinity: 120-150ppm. Test alkalinity before adjusting pH levels, as pH will remain constant if you’ve got the right alkalinity levels.
  • pH: this should sit between 7.2 and 7.6
  • Calcium hardness: between 150-250ppm.
  • Stabiliser level: it should be sitting at a minimum of 30ppm of Cyanuric acid, helping to prevent chlorine loss.
  • Algaecide: add algaecide to your water to eliminate algae growth, particularly if your pool has been neglected during the cooler months.
  • Chlorine: this should be sitting between 1.5 and 3ppm.
  • Salt: depending on chlorinator, between 3000 and 6000 ppm (salt water pools only).

Take a sample into Maurice’s Pools & Spas and the team can provide you with a  computerised water analysis and recommendation programme. They take the guess-work out of getting these levels correct with clear simple instructions.

5. Shock it:

Shocking your pool, by adding an oxidising compound or mixture to the water, will help to destroy chloramines and other undesirables that build up. This should be done every couple of weeks to keep it looking pristine.

6. Jump in!

Even if it’s not at your perfect temperature yet, after you’ve finished the 5 steps, you’ll definitely deserve a swim in your beautiful Summer-ready pool!

 

Note:  If your pool has turned green on you  –  First step take a sample into Maurice’s Pools & Spas and they will be able to give you the best solution for your pool to bring it back back to blue before you do anything.