As a pool owner, summer is one of the best seasons of the year. It’s the perfect time for relaxing and spending quality time with friends and family while also enjoying the outdoors. But after a long winter without using your pool, there is some prep work required to get it ready for summer.

Below, we’ve outlined a few basic steps that you should take to prepare your backyard pool for the hottest months of the year.

Start with a quick clean

Begin the prep process by removing your cover and doing a quick visual assessment of your pool and equipment (including the pump). It’s likely that the water will be discoloured, but don’t worry too much at this point.

The goal at this point isn’t to completely clean the pool but simply to remove any large debris (which could block your filter). Instead, focus on skimming the top to remove leaves, twigs, and other debris. Once that’s done, make sure to clean out your filter and skimmer box.

Top up the chemicals and add water

Now is the time to get your pool’s chemical and water levels back to an appropriate range. It might be tempting to drain the entire pool and start fresh, but there’s no need to do this. Instead, you can add fresh water from a garden hose and use the right combination of chemicals to get your pool nice and clean for summer.

If your pool is particularly murky or filled with algae, you may need to shock it with a dose of chlorine. The appropriate amount will depend on the size of your pool and the type of chlorine you’re using, so make sure to consult us if you have any questions.

Test and adjust levels

Once you’ve added the chemicals and water, turn on your pool equipment and allow it to run for about 24-48 hours. From there, you can test the chemical levels with a pool test kit from your local pool or hardware store (or the one we supplied with your pool purchase). You’ll also want to assess how much salt is in your water with the salt test strips.

Depending on the results, you may need to adjust the chlorine, calcium, pH, or salt levels. Before adding anything to your pool, have a chat with Affordable Pools to make sure you purchase the right products and use the correct amounts.

End with a deep clean

After you’ve confirmed that your pool is damage-free and in good working condition, you’ll want to do a final clean. This entails vacuuming the bottom of the pool, and cleaning around the outside of the pool.

If you’re thinking about buying a pool or upgrading your current one, get in touch with the team at Affordable Pools today. We’ll help you design and install the backyard pool of your dreams, whether it’s an semi-inground or above-ground pool, creating an incredible gathering place for years to come.