Spring to clean­ing the pool

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I’M go­ing to level with you – there is a run­ning joke in my fam­ily about the state of our pool.

So much so, that we have nick­named it “Rio” (af­ter the Olympic div­ing pool fi­asco).

While it’s not quite green (yet), the pool has had lit­tle-tono TLC since we moved onto our prop­erty a month ago.

As the mer­cury rises and the old ‘spring clean­ing’ phrase gets tossed about, I thought it was the per­fect time to com­pile a list of must-do items be­fore you start bomb-div­ing into the deep end.

Ac­cord­ing to Swimart, a good start­ing point is a wa­ter health check to check the pH lev­els.

“Wa­ter anal­y­sis is an im­por­tant reg­u­lar part of main­tain­ing a healthy pool or spa,” the pool expert’s state.

“Swimart stores of­fer a free wa­ter anal­y­sis ser­vice but pool or spa own­ers who are short on time can have a tech­ni­cian visit their home.

“They an­a­lyse the wa­ter and rec­om­mend any chem­i­cals that are needed.”

To pre­vent al­gae, dose your pool reg­u­larly with cor­rect amount of chlo­rine, clean the fil­ter and pump sys­tem, and cut back over­hang­ing trees to de­crease the number of leaves fall­ing into the pool.

Next for some elbow grease - it’s time to brush the pool walls and vacuum the loos­ened al­gae (if your pool is in bad shape like mine).

“Pool wa­ter needs to be fil­tered, and will not clear up very quickly if you have a fil­ter that doesn’t work prop­erly.

“It doesn’t mat­ter how much shock you put in the pool if you have a poor fil­ter.”

If you have fil­ter sand, re­mem­ber that it needs to be re­placed ev­ery four to five years, and the skim­mer box is sure to need a good clean out too.

Fi­nally, put your test­ing kit to good use and check all the chlo­rine, al­ka­line and pH lev­els are right be­fore dip­ping in.

If all else fails, maybe just use your neigh­bour’s pool on a hot day.

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