Spring Pool Checklist
Spring is here and summer is fast approaching. It is time to get your backyard pool ready for the first plunge. Before anyone ventures into the water, there are some basic checks you need to make to be sure it is safe. You want to be sure your pool is one where family and guests can relax and have fun. If you make the checks now, you will avoid problems later.
Basic Spring Pool Checklist
1. Test the water. When pool water heats up, it provides the perfect environment for the growth of algae which thrives at water temperatures above 60 degrees. The pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6 in order to keep away algae. This is also the swimmers’ comfort level. If the pH is to low or too high it can cause the swimmer to rash out or their eyes to turn red. Proper water analysis leads to proper chemical treatment which leads to a backyard pool that is safe to swim in.
Neutral pH also protects equipment. An acidic pH too low could do damage to motor seals, pump O-Rings, etc.
Water must be sanitized in order to be safe. Using a chlorine source is what keeps the water safe for people to swim in and keeps algae from growing.
2. Clean the filter. Thoroughly clean the filter using Backwash Filter Cleaner®. We recommend this be done twice per season, once in the spring and once in July.
- Check for any other issues that may arise. Check your maintenance equipment including your vacuum and pool brush bristles, because those can damage your liner. Check your vacuum hoses to see if there are any holes and check to see if your pressure gauge is working correctly.
- Perform a safety inspection. Before anyone steps into the pool, check:
- Do you have safety equipment, such as a buoy or life hook, readily accessible?
- Are your fences secure with no holes? Are they up to code? Do your gates work as they are intended to?
- Check general equipment, like the ladders and diving board, to be sure they are secure with no loose bolts.
- Electrical inspection. This is incredibly important and can make a difference in life or death if any lines are not properly connected or grounded.
At Anchor Pools, we can perform these recommended services for you. We are available for opening and closing your pool as well as for weekly maintenance. Contact us for more information.