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.

QT Magazine - - HOME & GARDEN -

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.

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