It’s that time of year. Summer will be here soon and that means you should start getting your pool ready as soon as possible. You may be starting from the very beginning, such as setting up a pool for the first time. Perhaps you are cleaning up a pool that’s been sitting all winter. Both ways require time and effort.
If you can, try to get a friend or family member to help you. It will be easier if more than one person is doing the job. If you’re setting up a pool for the first time be sure to take all of the necessary steps. The ground needs to be level, the pool built and the pump set up. Starting in Early May or perhaps April will give you plenty of time. If you are willing to start that early that is.
After leveling the ground and setting up the pool, you need to fill it with water. Some local fire departments will fill pools. If not, you will probably have to do it yourself. Be patient. It can take several days. If you use a simple garden hose to fill your pool do so in small intervals. 30 minutes at a time should be good. You don’t want to burn up your water pump so this step is very important.
If you are simply getting your existing pool ready for Summer you don’t have quite as much to do. It still takes time though. Take your pool cover off early in the season. More than likely the water will be green, murky and stinky. Make sure you have all of the supplies you need to clean your pool. If not, make a list of what you need and head to the store.
You will need the recommended pool chemicals, filters and possibly some pool cleaning tools to scrub the bottom and edges of the pool. Around the same time you start cleaning your pool, make sure the pump is also working properly. Check the hoses to make sure there are no clogs and that everything else is in working order. It may need cleaned up a bit. Once you’re sure the pump is ready to do its job, start using it immediately. Let it run constantly until your pool water is clear. After that you can turn it off for a few hours each day.
Throughout the Summer you will need to use the pool chemicals often. Shock will probably be one of the most used ones, especially in the beginning when your pool water is a gross, green mess. Make sure to have plenty of it to keep your pool clean and clear all Summer.
Lastly, wash the pool cover before you store it. Buy a cleaner specifically for pool covers or just use a good quality soap. It’s important to take good care of your pool and pool accessories to keep everything in good condition as long as possible. Keep up on the maintenance of your pool. You’ll want to enjoy it for many Summers!
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