SPRING INTO ACTION
Now is the perfect time to start preparing the pool for spring and be ready to take advantage of warmer temperatures before the official start of summer. Here’s our guide to what to do before the family dives in to enjoy their swimming pool.
NOW is the perfect time to start preparing your swimming pool for the warmer months, and pool owners are advised to prepare now so they’re not caught unawares.
Swimart have helped out QT Mag readers with some tips on how to get your pool ready for summer.
“Last year’s early burst of hot weather took many people by surprise,” says Swimart Australasian manager Chris Fitzmaurice. “Last September and October had 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 started to prepare the water for the swimming season. That makes right now the perfect time to start preparing the pool for spring and ready to take advantage of warmer temperatures.”
While it’s important to keep up a pool maintenance schedule throughout the year, Chris emphasises that there are still some jobs that need to ramp up in the lead-up to swimming season. “Also, some people may have 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 they are treating pools that have turned green over the cold, winter months. Heavy rain – such as that experienced in many parts of the country in winter – dilutes pool chemicals, especially salt and chlorine, which makes the pool turn green. So the first step is to take a pool water sample into a pool store in order to check the health of your pool. This indicates whether you need to adjust the pH, calcium and total alkaline levels.
Even if you kept up regular maintenance, it never hurts to give your pool a thorough clean.