Summer is the best time to enjoy outdoor activities. And speaking of outdoor activities, there’s nothing more enjoyable and refreshing than dipping into the cool water of your swimming pool! What about a pool party? Sounds absolutely fun!
But before you and your kids plunge into it, you have to make sure that your outdoor pool is in its best shape for the summer season. Well, prepping your pool for the warmer months is not that difficult. What’s more, you don’t always have to hire a pro to do it for you (unless of course you plan to have your pool renovated or there are some major issues that need to be repaired).
Here are some great tips to maintain your outdoor poor like a pro!
Use tarps to keep it clean
Clean water is everything. You, your kids, relatives, and friends are going to soak into that water. The last thing you want to happen is to find out that someone has gotten a cut because of some sharp debris in the pool, or some skin infection or something similar due to bugs or contaminated water. An obvious way to keep your swimming pool clean from debris, leaves, sticks, and the like is to make use of a pool cover. Buying one can be expensive. If you’re looking for an equally good yet cheaper alternative, opt for quality tarps. You want to use a large plastic or vinyl tarp, secured at the corners using tent stakes or cords. Measure the diameter of your outdoor swimming pool and allow an extra 2 feet on all sides to ensure that all sides are covered.
Get your pack of high-quality waterproof tarps and keep your outdoor pool always clean and welcoming!
Vacuum the pool
The debris floating on the pool is easy to get rid of. But what about those that have gone much deeper? To eliminate hard-to-reach debris, and at the same time, reduce the number of chemicals in your swimming pool, you may need to vacuum it regularly (at least once a week). Just make sure you don’t miss any area. Don’t forget to clean the vacuum filter before using it so it effectively catches debris from your pool.
Clean the pool filter
Maintenance of the pool filter depends on the type you have. If the pool filter isn’t cleaned regularly, it won’t be able to trap debris properly. As a result, you will have murky, dirty pool water. The water flow will also be affected (you will notice a change in your pressure gauge and flow meter). To clean the filter, turn the valve to backwash and empty the filter bag every other week. If your pool makes use of a cartridge, remove and hose down.
Maintain the right pH levels
Cleaning your pool is not the end of the process. You also have to make sure that it has the right water quality before anyone uses it. If the pH value of your swimming pool is too high, lower it. If it’s too low, increase it. The ideal figure is between 7.2 and 7.8. You should have a water testing kit available, including test strips to measure the water quality. You will need some chemicals to adjust the pH value of the water. If you don’t have the required chemicals or don’t know how to use them, it’s best to call professional help as working with chemicals can cause health risks when not done properly. You should also check the chlorine level.
Check for leaks
You must also check for leaks and other problems with your pool. The best way to do this is to do a bucket test. Fill a bucket ¾ of the way full. Mark the water line outside. Let the bucket float on the pool for a couple of days. If the water goes down the same amount, it’s just evaporation. However, if it goes down more on the outside, it means there’s a leak. To repair it, you may need to call the pros to fix it. If you seek any crack around the perimeter of your pool, caulk it with a small bead of clear silicone. Tile cracks can have sharp edges that could cause cut on your skin.
The swimming pool can be the most fun area of your home during the summer season. It’s a sure-fire way to enjoy, cool down, and bond with the whole family. However, having a clean and safe swimming pool is important to lessen the risk of injury, health problems, and other potential risks associated with swimming pools. Luckily, you don’t always need to call a pro to prepare your pool for the summer months. Through these simple tips, you enjoy clean and safe swimming activities throughout the season!