Hello Summer: Tips to Keep the Pool Swim-Ready & Safe

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Everybody is eagerly anticipated the long-awaited summer, and nobody could resist the temptation to refresh themselves in chilling water near the pool. If you are one of those lucky people who happen to own a swimming pool in the comfort of your house, you are aware of the importance of maintenance. Yes, it is easy to jump in, but it’s a whole other story to clean and keep it safe for future usage. But fear not, here are a few rather nifty ways to welcome the precious summer with ease and have your swimming pool up and ready for numerous enjoyable moments.

  1. Clean up the filters for debris

The water that flows into your pools runs through a certain filter. Adequate water circulation is the key to a safe and clean pool. The filter’s sole purpose is to clean and remove items that are not supposed to be in the pool anyhow, but if something is jamming that process you may end up having a dirtier pool. Remove the filter, clean out the skimmer and strainer basket from any debris like insects, dirt, and algae. Later, backwash your pool filter once you notice the water pressure, and the flow of backwater into the pool is weak. These simple procedures will ensure that your pool is residue and dirt-free, hence a safe place to swim in. 

  1. Use the right pool chemicals

It’s of utmost importance to have your pool tested for chemical balance from time to time. During summertime, we tend to use our pool more frequently and for everybody’s health and safety getting appropriate swimming pool chemicals is a must. Once you have found the right products, use an easy testing kit to check whether all chemical levels in your pool are consistent. A perfect combination of quality pool chemical, regular inspection, and cleaning will keep your pool in the optimal pH balance. 

  1. Optimize chlorine usage

No matter how in a hurry you might be to jump into your pool before getting it thoroughly cleaned, exaggerating with chlorine may lead to severe problems like eye infections or skin infections. Test the pH and chlorine level and keep in mind that the optimum level is around 7.4 for the pH and between 1.0 to 3.0 for chlorine. Before disinfection check whether there is a need for detailed sanitation or just a mild clean up. If you want to avoid the pile of dirt, algae, and debris, do this test once a week and you will always have a clear insight into how much chlorine to add.

  1. Keep it scrubbed and polished

Empty your swimming pool and get a mop to meticulously scrub it before filling it up with water. If you have tiles this will be a fast job, however, if you have a concrete refurbished pool, then you should repaint it first. Once your pool is ready for summer delights, another great and useful way to keep it fantastic shape is to regularly skim the pool surfaces. This means removing leaves, tree branches, or any other items that might have fallen in your pool. Inspect the skimmer lid for any cracks and also clean the dirt before opening it. Last but not least, you can get a practical pool vacuum to vacuum the bottom of the pool, and do all of the above-mentioned skimmings and scrubbing much faster.

  1. Have a steady pool water level at all times

In summer months, evaporation and heat can easily lower your pool water levels and this can lead to skimmer and filter malefactions. If the pool water gets either too low or too high, it can stop the system and you may need to replace the pump and other pool equipment. Inspect pool water level, if necessary fill the pool with water with a garden hose from time to time and if the water is high, just clear out any debris or use a bucket to empty it. 

Without much effort, you can clean your pool and get it shiny and ready for new dazzling summer adventures.

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