30 June 2015
Summer Pool Maintenance Tips
Summer is finally here and pool owners are rejoicing at being able to soak up the rays while relaxing in their pools. As your pool will be getting more use and because of the hot climate, there are certain things to consider in order to keep the pool in pristine condition over the summer.
Shock the pool after a party
One of the best things about having a pool during the summer months is inviting your friends over for a party. As a general rule of thumb, the more people have fun in the pool, the more likely the water is to be cloudy the day after. Cloudy water represents bacteria - which you want to get rid of as soon as possible. The easiest way to do this is to shock the pool with a heavy dose of chlorine in order to kill the bacteria, then slowly replenish the water over time. Even if you aren’t having any pool parties which increase the bather load, but the pool is being used regularly by your family, the pool water should still be shocked several times over the course of the summer.
Particularly if you have any overhanging trees or vegetation in close proximity, your pool is likely to be susceptible to falling debris carried by the wind. This is not a problem, but it does mean that you have to be more diligent with your cleaning routine than. It’s wise to use a skimming net on a daily basis to remove any debris or insects from the top of the pool - debris is harder to remove when they’ve sunk to the bottom of the pool.You should use the skimming net to pick up large items from the floor of the pool, and subsequently use a vacuum to clean up any smaller items. Be sure to also brush the walls of the pool lightly to prevent any algae growth.
Balance the chemicals
Keeping your pool water balanced is essential at any time of the year, but during the summer when the pool use increases significantly and water loss is more likely, it’s even more important. Check the pH level of the pool on a weekly basis - there are a wide variety of strips and electronic devices available at your pool shop to help you do this. If the pH level gets too high or low, this can cause problems such as stinging eyes, a sure sign that something is wrong with the chemistry. Additionally, check the chlorine levels of the pool on a regular basis and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to determine how much to use.
Pressure wash the pool surround
An unclean pool surround is not only unsightly, but it can also be hazardous, particularly for families with children playing nearby - always keep a watchful eye on children; never leave them unattended when they are in or near the pool. Summer is the perfect time to pressure wash the surround. Remember to sweep away any debris before turning on the pressure washer, otherwise, you may accidentally blast the debris into the pool!
You can handle these straightforward maintenance tasks yourself, but if you prefer to just kick back and relax, a pool engineer will take care of the regular servicing for you.
When the weather is warm there’s nothing better than taking a dip, and hopefully, with these tips, your pool will remain in perfect working order throughout the season.
If you have any questions about caring for your pool or spa call Chris Walker, Head of Servicing at London Swimming Pool Company - 020 8605 1255.