How to prepare your pool for summer

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Over winter, a lot of people don’t regularly maintain their pool. This can mean it gets filled with leaves and the water isn’t sparkling clean. The good news is that you can get your pool back in shape, so that it’s ready to swim in.  This guide gives you easy cleaning instructions, tells you what equipment and chemicals you need, how to test your pool water, and how to make sure your sand filter and salt cell are working well.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Add chemicals to the pool
2 Clean the pool
3 Check the pool pump
4 Empty out your skimmer box
5 Test your pool water
6 Test your salt level
  • Step 1. Add chemicals to the pool

    The amount of chemicals you need to add to your pool will depend on how clean it is and how regular you have been with maintenance. If the pool isn’t very clear, it might need Super Shock to give it a heavy dose of chlorine. After that, it might also need algaecide and stabiliser.

  • Step 2. Clean the pool

    After adding the chemicals, use the scoop to remove all the leaves you can from the pool. Use the brush to scrub the sides and the bottom of the pool. Regular brushing prevents algae, removes dirt and keeps the pool surface smooth. Have the pump running when you brush, so that the debris will be pulled into the filter, and removed from the water. As a final step, vacuum the pool to remove any remaining leaves and debris.
  • Step 3. Check the pool pump

    Your pool pump, sand filter and salt water chlorinator need to be working well, so the rest of your pool can run properly. Check the pump is in good working order and water is flowing through the filter. Check the pressure on the sand filter. If it’s high and the water flow coming out of the pool jets is low, it might need backwashing. If the salt chlorinator is covered in white-scale, clean it in a hydrochloric acid mix.

  • Step 4. Empty out your skimmer box

    Your skimmer box is designed to collect floating debris as well as connect to your pool hose. Make sure you empty it out regularly so the water flows freely through to the filter.

  • Step 5. Test your pool water

    There are several different kinds of pool test kits you can use to test the level of chemicals in your pool. Always test your pool chemical levels after backwashing the filter. Follow the instructions on the kits to conduct the tests and add the recommended amount of acid or chlorine.

  • Step 6. Test your salt level

    Standard pool test kits won’t tell you how much salt is in your pool. After winter and heavy rain, you want to make sure it’s at the right level before you go swimming. Use the salt test strip kit to check your salt levels. Follow the instructions on the kit and if needed, add as many bags of salt recommended for your size of pool.

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