4 Steps to Get Your Pool Ready for Summer
After sitting dormant throughout the winter, your pool will need to be “warmed up” for summer use. Here are a few steps you should take to get your pool back to usable condition:
- Test the water. Winter rains dilute the chemicals found in swimming pools, so as summer nears, you’ll need to assess your pool’s chemistry and make any needed adjustments. The best way to do this is to have your pool water tested by a professional. If a technician regularly services your pool, they’ll take care of this for you as part of their service. If you don’t have a pool cleaning technician, you can bring a water sample to your local pool supply store for testing. To keep your pool’s chemicals balanced throughout the swimming season, it’s a good idea to have your water tested monthly.
- Clean heating and filtration pieces. Spray filters with a garden hose to release dirt that has accumulated over the winter. Replace the filter if you can’t remove most of the dirt. If your pool uses a salt cell, use a high-pressure hose to remove any scales that have formed. If that doesn’t work, try using a mildly acidic solution once a year. Clear away leaves or other debris from your pool heater. If you suspect the heater requires more intensive care, consider hiring a professional to disassemble and clean the parts.
- Test all the equipment. Once everything is clean, test all pool equipment to ensure everything turns on and is operational. Don’t wait until the morning of your backyard get-together—you’ll want to have time to find a licensed pool professional to make any necessary repairs.
- Schedule regular maintenance. A residential pool should be cleaned once a week. A maintenance professional will keep the water’s chemical composition in balance and remove any yard waste or debris, allowing the pool accessories to last longer.