How to: Get your pool ready for summer

With the warmer weather approaching, now is the time to give your pool a pre-summer makeover. You may find that if your pool has had limited use, it may need some TLC.

Want to get your pool in top shape, but you’re not sure where to start? Check out our top tips below.

Ensure the pool is full
If you haven’t used your pool in a while, you may find the water level has dropped. If the water level in your pool drops below the skimmer box, you run the risk of running your pump dry and burning out. To avoid this from happening, set yourself a regular reminder to check whether your pool needs a top up.

Top up your pool chemicals with a DIY bucket

Kick start your pool’s health with an all-in-one DIY Rip ‘n Run bucket. Whether you need a prepare for a pool party, give your pool a chemical boost or fix a green pool after a storm, there’s a 1-hit bucket to suit you.

Speak with your local Poolwerx team about which bucket would be best for your pool.

Get a 60 second water test
A water test will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the exact chemical dosages you pool requires to remain in top condition. Collect a sample from about an arm’s length under the water surface. To have an accurate analysis, aim to have the water tested within a few hours. Head to your local Poolwerx store to receive your 60 second computerised water test for free.

Look over your equipment
When was the last time you had a look at your pump or filter? If your pool use has been limited, now is the time to check whether any pool equipment needs to be replaced.

Some signs that equipment may need to be repaired include excessive backwashing and poor water quality. If you are using the correct amount of chemicals, but your water is still not clear, it could be your pool pump, filter or chlorinator that needs replacing.

If you’re not sure about whether equipment needs to be replaced or not, give your local Poolwerx team a call and they can provide advice.

Quick tip: If you do this during the cooler months, retailers may have special offers and discounts, saving you money and you will also avoid the customer rush when summer hits.

Do a safety check
Backyard drownings increase during the summer months, so keeping a safe and secure pool area is vital, whether you have children or not. Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Is the pool gate latch at least 1.2m above the ground?
  • Are CPR instructions displayed in the pool area?
  • Are the vertical gaps between the fence panels less than 100mm apart?
  • Are pool toys and accessories stored securely and out of view?
  • Have climbable objects near the pool fence been removed?

Keep it up!
You’ve got your pool back to being clear and healthy, so don’t drop the ball now! It’s easy to keep your pool healthy with a regular maintenance plan.

Testing your water every fortnight (weekly during high use periods) will help keep your pool water in balance. Whether you plan to use your pool once a day or once a month, regular cleaning and servicing will help keep your pool healthy year-round.

Speak with your local Poolwerx team and they can set up a personalised service schedule to suit your needs and your budget.

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