Pool Maintenance- How to Prepare Your Pool for Summer?
Summers are right around the corner. It is the time when you need a couple of options to get rid of that heat and high temperatures. Hence you must be ready to dive into the cold water of your backyard pool. It is the right time of the year to take off the covers from your pool and start getting it ready for action. Swimming in a pool in summer is always fun but you need to take several actions to make every swimming session safe. And that is not possible for everyone, because one needs a bit of technical knowledge to do so. Then what now?
Don’t worry! We are here to help. We will share step by step process to help prepare your pool for the summer. Let’s get started.
Here are 5 key steps to prepare your pool for summers:
1- Clean Your Pool and Filter (Remove Debris and Dust)
Cleaning an inground pool takes time but it is important to do it to remain safe and healthy. First up, remove all the debris and dust that may have settled while your pool was not in use. Use pool cleaning tools such as pool vacuum and pool scoop to clean them off. When it comes to the filters, you just need to lift the filter itself and brush the debris off and clean it with clear water for some time.
2- Add Chlorine and Fill with Water
Add more water if it’s too low until it reaches the desired level. Test your water by using test kits or test strips before adding chlorine. According to experts, it is absolutely fine to add water to the existing one. You should not worry about it because the chlorine would clean it anyway. It is also advisable to shock the pool with chlorine for better water hygiene.
3- Balance the Levels
To improve the water quality in your pool test the water to get the right value of pH. You can use a pool chemical test kit to check if the levels are within the permissible range or not. For more information, here are the advisable ranges. Chlorine should be around 1.0 – 2.0 ppm. You can add chlorine or water accordingly to balance it and keep it within the threshold. While it is common for chlorine levels to read high as you perform the chlorine shock. The level of pH should be 7.4 – 7.6. To balance it, you can use sodium bicarbonate to increase and sodium bisulfate or muriatic acid to reduce the levels of pH. The range of calcium can be between 200 – 400. Those who have soft water may need to add calcium chloride to balance the levels.
4- Wait for the Water to Clear
You may think diving into the pool right after filtering the water is ok but it’s not. You still need to add chlorine to the pool water to maintain the right balance. Also, clean the pool filters regularly until the water is clear. Once the water is clear and the pool surface is visible only then remove pool cover or else you’ll end up cleaning more debris and leaves. Also read benefits of using pool cover.
Maintaining the pool is the most crucial step as most pool owners get careless and leave the pool as it is when they find their pool is good to swim in. You need to invest your time regularly to keep the pool water clean and hygienic. Maintaining your swimming pool throughout the summer by vacuuming it every week, keeping the filters clean can make it functional for a long time.
With some effort, you can make your swimming pool ready for summer on your own. However, if you feel it is difficult or you haven’t done it before then it is worth seeking professional help. Custom Pool Pros has a team of highly skilled and renowned inground pool builders who provide services for pool installation, pool renovation & restoration at affordable prices. Connect with us today to enjoy your pool in the summer.