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Getting Your Pool Ready For Summerin Outdoor Living
It’s that time of year once again when you start thinking about swimming in that lovely pool in the backyard. But before you jump in there are a few things you’ll want to do.
Four necessary steps that need to be taken before declaring the pool open for the summer include:
Check Your Equipment
Be sure that everything in the pool’s filtration system is working properly. Repair minor issues, check equipment for leaks and listen for noises that don’t sound right. If the pool is a saltwater pool remove and clean the chlorine generator every few months to remove mineral buildup.
Check the TDS, Chlorine & Salt Levels
Areas with hard water and mineral buildup impede pool chemicals from working well. To check pool water’s total dissolved solids (TS) purchase a kit. Pool water with high levels of TDS looks cloudy and causes corrosion as well as altering the pool’s pH balance. If TDS levels are too high, drain the pool. Ensure that your levels are in line with manual specifications.
If Necessary, Drain the Pool
On average pools need to be drained every three to five years. Once the pool is drained wash the surface and clean drains and pop-up mechanisms. Scrub mineral rings near water’s surface and change lights. Refill with your garden hose or hire a pool refill service.
Keep pool safety equipment easily accessible. This includes a pool rescue hook, lifesaver ring and flotation device as well as a first aid kit. Check anti-entrapment covers and, if you have a fence, ensure that all latches and locks are functioning properly.
Here at Art Knapp, in Surrey, we have everything you need to get your pool ready for the first swim of the season, including pool equipment and pool chemicals. We look forward to helping you with all your pool needs.