A swimming pool is a huge investment but the great thing about it is that it only requires deep cleaning before swimming season starts. It is important to ready the pool for regular use to make sure that it is clean and safe enough to use. Here is a guide on readying yours for summer:
Start with the Pool Deck
Inspect the pool area. Walk around the pool deck and check for any crack or holes on its surface. A cool deck repair or resurfacing may be necessary to restore the deck back to proper working condition. If slip-resistance is an issue, a pool deck knockdown finish can help improve traction. If the surface gets too hot to walk barefoot on, a cool deck overlay is highly recommended. Cool deck coatings have the ability to reflect heat back instead of absorbing it.
Clean and Remove the Pool Cover
If your pool has a cover on it, make sure to clean any accumulated dirt and debris on it first before removing it. For a quicker cleaning process, use a vacuum. Remember that anything on the cover can fall into the pool so make sure that every single piece is removed. When storing the pool cover, experts recommend applying some talc powder on it to keep it from sticking to itself when folded and stored.
Add Water to the Pool If Necessary
Check the water level of the pool. It needs to be at a certain level for any water feature or equipment to work efficiently. If there is not enough, add some water until it reaches the proper level.
Adjust Chemical Levels
The pool water should have the proper amount of chemicals to make it safe enough to swim in. Here is a list of chemicals and how much of it should be present. Not all pools will require the same chemical content.
- pH level – 7.2 to 7.6
- Chlorine – 1 to 3 ppm
- TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) – 1000 to 1500 ppm
- Calcium Hardness – 150 to 280 ppm
- Bromine – 3.0 to 5.0 ppm
If you are unsure about testing and balancing the chemical levels, have a pro do it for you. Some would do an in-home testing, some you could submit pool water to.
Check the Pump and Filters
Make sure to check the filters for any debris or blockage. As for the pump, run it for a few minutes and check for anything unusual. Listen to it as well, making sure that there are no weird sounds coming off of it. Rattling or loud humming could indicate a much deeper problem.
Clean the Pool Water
Using a net or vacuum, remove floating debris from the pool. There are certain chemicals and solutions you could pour into the water to oxidize any organic stuff in the pool, such as bacteria and dead skin cells.
Scrub Pool Surfaces
Whether you have tile, concrete, or stone, the pool surface needs to be scrubbed clean gently. This will help loosen any build-up. If you have a knockdown texture on concrete, hosing it with light pressure can help keep it clean.
Observe Safety and Security
Make sure that the pool area is safe to use. Check railing, fences, and gates for any wobbling or loose parts. Secure diving boards, furniture, and other pool features. Get cool decking resealing services to renew the slip-resistance of the pool deck. A cool decking is also safe for bare feet because it does not heat up. Prepare a rescue or first-aid kit and keep it nearby where it is easy to spot and access.