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