Preparing your pool for summer
With the arrival of spring, it’s time to start checking that your pool is safe and healthy to swim in this season
“It also costs less when you know exactly the right product and dosage.”
Rick says the next step is to clear your pool’s equipment before you add product to the water.
“Turn on your pump, if it isn’t already running, and check and clear the filter, skimmer box and pump to ensure they’re all working efficiently,” he says.
“If the filter cartridge needs cleaning, simply wash it with the hose. If you have a diatomaceous earth (D.E.) filter, you m may need to take it apart and clean it thorou thoroughly with a small brush and water to rem remove calcium deposits.
“If you have a sand filter, set it to backwash to flush it out then return it to its normal setting.”
Rick says the third step is to add a sanitiser to kill bacteria and prevent the further growth of algae and bacteria.
Next, depending on your pool water qu quality, you may need to add an algaecide and acid to create the optimal pH level.
“Getting the pH level right is important as it dictates how much chlorine turns into hypochlorous acid, an active ingredient needed to kill germs, algae and bacteria,” Rick says.
“If your pool water has turned green from a high concentration of algae, you may need to ‘shock’ the water with a large one-off dose of chlorine.”
“Be sure to run the filter after adding the chlorine and don’t enter the pool until the chlorine level falls below 3 ppm (parts per million) otherwise swimmers risk getting dry, itchy skin and red, dry eyes,” he says. “Alternately, you use chlorine-free Aqua-Health Ultra Shock which is added to the pool while the pump is running. The pool is ready to swim in within a few hours.”
Rick says the fourth step is to clean your pool’s surfaces, which are often stained after a period of neglect or when a pool cover has been in use over winter.
“The last steps are to check that your pool fence and childproof gate and latch are secure and in good working order and the resuscitation chart is still visible,” he says.
“Furniture or pot plants should be positioned away from the fence so young children can’t use them to climb into the pool area.”