Make sure your swimming pool is the perfect summer hangout by keeping it clean and safe before the summer rush.

The long winter may have taken a toll on your swimming pool, but it doesn’t have to ruin your summer fun. Get your swimming pool into shape; it may not be quick, but it will definitely be worth it.

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Clean your swimming pool

Leaves, debris and dust may have fallen into your swimming pool over the winter. This can be especially bad if your pool wasn’t covered. Using a simple net and a bit of effort, you can scoop out most of the debris from your swimming pool yourself.  You might even need to scrub the sides of your swimming pool to get rid of scum.

Swimming pool vacuums and cleaning equipment can do a more thorough job with less effort.

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Check and maintain your essential pool equipment

Your pool pump and other equipment may have been out of commission for the winter and needs to be checked and tested before you put it to full use again.

Clean out any debris that may have been caught in your equipment and make sure it is in good running order at the beginning of the season to avoid disappointment.

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Test the pH of your water

The chemical balance of your pool is very important and can become a health hazard if it isn’t done properly.

If you aren’t sure how to do this yourself, it is important to get advice from a professional because the chemicals used in your pool can be dangerous if not used correctly.

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Shock your pool

Shocking your pool sanitises the water in the pool. Because the swimming pool is not emptied after each swim, oil, algae, germs and other contaminants can build up in the water. Shocking the pool with a high dose of chlorine cleans the water chemically.

Shocking your pool changes the pH of the water. This means you will have to wait until your swimming pool is at a safe pH level before you can swim in it. Because this is a chemical treatment, getting professional advice is always a good idea.

Get a solid pool cover

While a netted pool cover can prevent children from getting into the pool completely, a solid pool cover keeps your family safe and also helps you maintain your swimming pool.

A solid pool cover can prevent more debris from falling into your pool and also limits the amount of water that evaporates. This means you will have to clean it less often and also have to top up the water less too.