Ahhh, summer is in the air. Time to take off the pool covers and cool off with a nice refreshing dip in the pool. But before you jump into the pool for the first time this summer (or after any extended period of time that your pool sat idle) be sure to follow these steps on how to get your pool ready.
Remove and Store the Pool Cover
Don’t just yank the cover off, carefully lift off the cover, making sure that none of the water that pooled on top of your cover drains into the pool. Once the cover it off, give it a good rinse and a scrub to remove all of the algae growth and debris that may have accumulated over time.
This step is important as it will keep your pool cover in top condition and avoid any damage that might occur when you store it. Judging by the heat of Australian summers, you won’t be using that pool cover any time soon.
Your pool water should only a couple of minor adjustments thanks to the pool cover. What? You don’t have a pool cover yet? Check out our guide on why you should get a pool cover and how to easily fit one for your pool through the button below.
Visually Inspect the Pool
We know it’s tempting to jump into the water, but hold off just for a little bit. The next step is to check if the pool has any algae growth or if there are any debris or leaves floating around. If you have a pool cover then there shouldn’t be any growth or debris floating around. If you can see any debris floating around, scoop them off with a leaf rake, leaf shovel, or leaf skimmer.
The next step is to check the water levels. The water should reach the skimmer to ensure proper water circulation. Again, if you had a cover, this shouldn’t be much of an issue. But if the water is low, top it off to reach the required levels.
Check the pumps and filter
As with any piece of equipment, be sure to give your pump and filter a thorough check before starting it up. We also suggest checking out this post called Getting your pool pump ready for summer for more details on giving your pump a thorough check for summer.
Give your cartridge filter a good rinse and soak it with some filter cleaner to dislodge and melt off the gunk and debris that might have settled on it during the long period of inactivity.
If for some reason soaking doesn’t work or it has been damaged from drying out or for whatever reason, you might need to replace the filter cartridge. Browse our full line of filter cartridges down below.
If you have a sand filter. The best thing to do after a long period of not being used is to give it a good backwash. We have prepared an extensive guide on how to backwash your sand filter which you can check through the button below.
Check the Chemical Levels of the Water
Don’t worry! This is the last step. Get some test strips and make sure that all of the chemical levels in the water is up to standards. This will ensure that your water will be safe to dive into as well as making sure that it stays crystal clear and pure the whole summer long.
Not sure on what the levels should be and what chemicals to use? Check out our pool Chemical 101 guide here.
By following these simple steps, you’re essentially waking up your pool from its long winter nap. It’s best to get the pool 100% ready so that you and your family can enjoy uninterrupted pool fun the whole summer! It’s best to get everything clean and set at the start of summer so that the next time you’re planning a pool party, there won’t be any nasty surprises waiting for you.
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