Dive into clean­ing

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES & SERVICES - Janita Singh

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

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