Gear up for the Summer: Pool Maintenance

There’s no better time for a pool party than in the peak of summer, so there’s no better time to get your pool cleaned up than in the season preceding. Before you set up some benches, tiki torches, and giant umbrellas, make sure that your pool has already recovered from the ravages of winter and all geared up for you and your family to have some fun in.

Check Water Level

Look at the skimmer to see the water level. The pool’s pump should function properly. If the water is just halfway up the length of the skimmer – adjust, if otherwise. Check to see if the pumps are working, or may need some repairs. Do this by testing the circulation system, which you can do by running it for about eight hours.

Balance Chemicals

Make sure that the water’s chemistry is balanced. Get a pool test kit to do this. Ideal pH should be between 7.2 and 7.4, alkalinity from 80 to 120, calcium hardness from 150 ppm to 250 ppm and chlorine content from 1 ppm to 3 ppm. You might want to enlist the help of a professional when adding chemicals.

Check Safety Measures

Are your pool’s ladders, steps, and handrails too slippery? Do you even have a first-aid kit handy and stocked? How about cleaning equipment? Optimize pool safety measures everywhere from the poolside to the depths of your pool.

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