The water in your pool may be too cold for a quick dip, but the water is ready for some planning ahead. Before the summer heat arrives, get your pool ready for fun in the sun.
After a winter of disuse, your pool needs a little primping to be usable this summer. Rosie Romero, one of the hosts of Rosie on the House, an Arizona-based home improvement radio show, offers these tips for your pool preparation.
“Before things start to heat up and everyone wants to use the pool, take some time to inspect it, maintain it and upgrade it so it’s ready for summer,” Romero says.
If you keep a cover over your pool, clean the pool cover before taking it off. Remove dead leaves, dirt and branches first so they don’t fall in the pool. Then before storing the cover, it’s also good practice to hose it off and allow it to dry thoroughly.
After removing your pool cover, check out the pool’s pump, skimmer and circulation system to make sure they are in working order and do not need any repair. Check water levels and filters.
“If you don’t drain your pool for the winter, call your local pool service over to test for total dissolved solids like calcium,” Romero says. “That test will determine whether you need to drain and refill your pool this year.”
Review safety rules
If you have children, review pool rules and inspect your pool gate before the swimming season begins. Check around the pool for any repairs you might need to make, especially to handrails, diving boards, ladders or slides.