Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get your pool back into shape.

QT Magazine - - HOME & GARDEN -

STEP 1: HAVE A PRO TEST YOUR WATER

It is best to have the water pro­fes­sion­ally tested. Take a water sam­ple to your lo­cal pool store and they’ll test the water for free. It means they’ll do a com­plete test in­clud­ing check­ing the min­eral content of the water along with the to­tal al­ka­lin­ity and pH lev­els, and ad­vise the best course of ac­tion.

STEP 2: CHECK THE EQUIP­MENT AND RUN THE FIL­TER AND PUMP

Turn your pump on (if it isn’t run­ning al­ready) and let it run for a few hours. This will help fil­ter out any de­bris and dirt left in the water. While the pump is go­ing, have a look at your fil­ter, skim­mer box, and the pump it­self; are they all work­ing ef­fi­ciently? Are there any block­ages, or cal­cium build ups form­ing on any bits of equip­ment? Step 3: Bal­ance the water. Although now the water might look clean af­ter it has been fil­tered, the min­er­als and pH could still be out of whack. If you have a water test kit at home, now’s the time to use it. If not, take a water sam­ple into your lo­cal store for a free anal­y­sis. Check the pH and water bal­ance, as these are cru­cial to the health of the water. Step 4: Add sani­tiser. Spring is a good time to give your pool a good shock of sani­tiser. Us­ing an Ul­tra Shock prod­uct, dose your pool ac­cord­ing to in­struc­tions, then keep your pump run­ning and don’t let any­one in the pool for a day or so. Af­ter shock­ing, you can then re­turn to sani­tis­ing your pool as nor­mal.

WATER WORLD: Have a pool tech­ni­cian make sure swim­ming pool water is as clean and healthy as it needs to be af­ter the winter break.

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