Tips to prepare your pool for swim season

Spring is just around the corner on the Gold Coast, in fact, with our unseasonably warmer weather it’s easy to feel like winter has already wrapped up for the year.

Let’s help you get your pool clean, safe, and comfortable for swimmers.

Inspect your Pool Equipment:
Now is an ideal time to check all pool equipment including your pump, filter and chlorinator. Make sure they are in good working condition and that there are no leaks. Replace or repair any damaged components.

Remove Debris from the Pool:
Use a skimmer net to remove any leaves, bugs, or debris that may have accumulated on the pool surface.

Check and Adjust Water Levels:
Ensure that the water level is at the appropriate level, ideally halfway up the pool skimmer opening. Top up as needed, backwash to reduce levels if they are too high.

Clean and Vacuum the Pool:
Use a pool vacuum to clean the pool floor and walls. This will help remove any dirt or algae buildup. Brush the walls and steps as well. Even if you have a robot cleaner it’s a good idea to do a full manual clean to ensure you clean the entire surface in one go prior to testing and adjusting the water chemical levels.

Test the Water Chemistry:
Use a water testing kit to check the pool water’s pH, chlorine levels, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. Adjust these levels as needed:

  • pH: 7.4-7.6
  • Free Chlorine: 2-4 ppm
  • Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm
  • Calcium Hardness: 200-400 ppm

Shock the Pool:
Superchlorinate or shock the pool with a chlorine shock treatment to eliminate any bacteria, algae, or contaminants. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the product you’re using.

Run the Filtration System:
Turn on the pool pump and filter system. Let it run for about 8-12 hours so it can process the chemicals you’ve just added. Reduce back to your usual seasonal run times the following day.

Backwash the Filter:
If you have a sand or DE filter, backwash it according to the manufacturer’s instructions to clean out debris and improve filtration.

This is a general guide, and the specific steps may vary depending on your pool type and location. Our maintenance team are always happy to answer questions and, can not only test water in-store, but guide you through the chemicals you’ll need to balance your water again. We also offer mobile pool servicing packages for complete convenience.

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