Last month we shared some barbecue safety tips – and on the same note of summer and backyard activities, we’ve compiled instructions for prepping your pool for summer. Whether for a graduation party, block party, or a family get together, you want your pool clean and sparkling, after a cold (well, as cold as southern California can be) winter. Opening your pool, especially as a new pool owner, can be quite a process. However, it’s important for both the safe enjoyment of your pool, and to upkeep your pool and prevent any future damages.
Daily to weekly maintenance: The best way to maintain your pool with the least hassle, is to consistently clean it. This includes skimming the pool with a skimming net, running a pool vacuum for only an hour a day, and picking up large items from the bottom of the pool with the skimming net. Brush the walls of your pool with a pool brush to dislodge algae and dirt. Empty strainer baskets at least once a week, rinsing thoroughly before you return it to the pool. Also check the pH balance weekly. If the alkalinity or acidity of the water is too high, the water is both unsafe for swimming and liable to growing harmful bacteria. The balance of chlorine is almost important. Too much chlorine leaves you with discolored hair and faded bathing suits. Too little, and harmful bacteria thrives in your pool. Find examples of water testers and adjusters here. The ideal levels for the chemicals in your pool should look like this:
- pH – 7.4 to 7.6
- Total Alkalinity – 80 to 120 ppm
- Chlorine – 2.0 to 4.0 ppm
- Calcium hardness – above 150 ppm
Make sure to carefully follow the instructions on the product you put into your pool. During summer, when the pool is most frequently used, check the chemical balance even more than once a week. Don’t swim in a pool that has not been recently checked for chemical balance.
Another aspect to consider is the surrounding landscaping; remove any bushes or trees which will drop debris into your pool. As shaded and appealing as those trees may be, they will make pool maintenance that much harder.
Opening your pool for summer: First, drain your pool cover. Water and debris will have collected, and must be drained and cleaned off as thoroughly as possible. A submersible pump may be helpful in this process. Then remove the cover, preferably with the help of another person. Sprinkle the cover with a talcum powder or equivalent, to prevent molding in storage; fold the cover and store it in a dry, cool place. Then, turn the pool equipment back on: the pump, circulation, and filtration systems. If you have an air relief valve on your filter, make sure to open it to bleed the air from the system. (Tip: to prevent algae growth during the summer, use an algae controller. Ten (10) ounces for every 10,000 gallons of water will keep your pool algae-free.)
Ready to have everyone over for that barbecue pool party now? As summer and the sunshine emerge, share pictures of your family and friends enjoying that clean and fresh pool!
Call BMR Insurance today at (714) 838-1911 for a free quote. We’re just as ready to celebrate summer as you!
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