It’s been a long and cold winter, but with summer fast approaching, its time we consider preparing our pools for summer. 

There are five simple steps to consider with preparing your pools and now would be a good time to get on top of them.

If you use a solid cover over your pool, first drain off the water, but ensure that it doesn’t run off into the pool/. Sweep the cover and clean it. If you want to remove stains from the cover, BioGaurd Stow Away is a great option. Once the cover is clean, store it in a dry place that’s free of debris and a place protected from sun and weather damage.

Next, fill your pool. Your pool needs to be filled to the middle of the skimmer opening for it to properly circulate. 

Once the pool is filled, check the Pump, Skimmer Basket and Filter. You need to make sure all the equipment is clean and in working order. Start the circulation system and remove debris from the pool. The filter is a very important part of your pool’s maintenance program. If the system is not working, the products you add will not be able to perform their job either. 

Once the filter is clean and in working order, you should circulate the water for 24 to 48 hours before taking a water sample. To take a sample, use a clean plastic container and scoop about a litre of water at around elbow-depth from your pool and take it to your local pool shop for thorough testing.

These steps are a good way to keep your pool preparation up to date and only need to be thoroughly followed before and after each swimming season. 

Lastly ensure all pool fencing is in good, safe working order.

Happy swimming and don’t forget the sunscreen.