Dive into cleaning
AFTER a winter of hibernation, your backyard pool needs a new lease on life.
Early spring is the perfect time to call in a reputable pool technician to get the swimming pool in shape for summer, says Chris Fitzmaurice of Swimart, pool specialists.
“Last September and October saw some record high temperatures recorded around the country – and the sudden heat left many people keen to cool off with a dip but unable to do so because they hadn’t prepared their pool for swimming,’’ Fitzmaurice says.
While it’s important to keep up a pool maintenance schedule throughout the year, Fitzmaurice emphasises that there are still some extra jobs to complete in the lead-up to summer.
“Some people let maintenance fall by the wayside during the cooler months which can mean the pool water isn’t as clean and healthy as it needs to be,” he says.
“Coming into spring, our pool technicians often report that they treat lots of pools that have turned green over the colder, winter months.
“Heavy rain … experienced in many parts of the country in winter, dilutes pool chemicals especially salt and chlorine, which makes the pool turn green.”
The first step for any pool owner is to take a water sample to a specialist pool store for testing.
“This indicates the general health of your pool and also indicates whether you need to adjust the pH, calcium and total alkaline levels,” Fitzmaurice says.
Pool owners should check equipment such as filters and pumps.
It is also important to go back to basics – general cleaning.
This includes brushing pool walls to remove algae; then vacuuming to loosen algae from the pool floor the next day, Fitzmaurice says. For more tips go to: swimart.com.au