Unless you've been extremely diligent it's likely your swimming pool is looking a little the worse for wear at the moment! At the very least it will be full of leaves but the chances are, it could also be looking a bit green and slimy!
With the warmer weather upon us it's time to get your pool swim-ready. There are plenty of experts to call, but there's a lot you can do yourself, too.
Perhaps you've had a cover on your pool through the winter? Well, it's time to take it off and see what you've got!
One of the first things to do is check for any structural damage, cracks and obvious leaks. Whereas minor faults, like a cracked paver, can be quickly rectified, you should call a professional if you notice any major structural damage.
Clean Up The Mess
Start by using a net to scoop out leaves, twigs and other debris. Then put the pool vacuum to work! It's quite likely you'll need to get the scrubbing brush out, too, to clean the bottom, sides and steps in your pool.
Next is the mechanical check - the wiring, switches, pumps and filters. If everything looks good, it's time to thoroughly backwash your pool, and clean baskets and filters. It's also recommended that you also remove and clean the cell, if you feel confident. Otherwise, just give your local pool shop a call.
Then they, or you, need to check the chemical levels. And this will be different for different types of pools - ie chlorine, saltwater etc.
Give your pool a shock!
The first thing to do is to shock your pool! This basically means giving it a high dose of chlorine to kill germs and get rid of any algae. Again, if unsure, talk to an expert about what's right for your type of pool.
Next, measure the PH levels in your pool, making sure they are in the correct range, which is typically between 7.4 and 7.6. Following instructions on your chlorine label, be sure to add enough chlorine so that your pool maintains its cleanliness.
There are so many products on the market these days, it's always good to get advice. Alternatively, take a water sample into your local pool shop and they will provide not only the chemicals, but written instructions on how to use them.
By now your pool should be sparkling clean, with everything working correctly.
So how about finishing off the job by tidying up the surrounding garden, pressure washing the pavers and washing down your garden furniture. that way you're ready to make the most of summer!