Summer is fast approaching, which means plenty of backyard barbecues, picnics, and, of course, refreshing dips in the pool. However, refreshing and relaxing may not be the words used to describe your aquatic experience should you neglect to follow a few simple rules for prepping your pool for summer use.
Taking the necessary precautions to ensure your pool is safe will keep your guests healthy, and best of all, give you the piece of mind to actually enjoy your outdoor activity. For example, studies show that installing a four-sided isolation fence can reduce a child’s risk of drowning by 83%. We’ve compiled a list of the top five tips to keeping your pool in working shape:
Clean it up – dirt and debris collect on the cover, in the drains, everywhere. If you didn’t clean your filter before closing the pool for the Winter, now is the time.
Turn everything on– chances are, your pool equipment was not running all Winter long. Check to see that your pump is still in working order and that there are no leaks.
Top it off– if the water level is low make sure to top it off to its full capacity.
Correct your chemicals– this is arguably the most important part of opening your pool. Most swimming pool stores will run a free analysis on your water sample to determine pH, dissolved solids, alkalinity, and chlorine levels. Once you have this analysis, you can adjust the chemicals as needed to achieve optimal levels.
Fix it up– last but not least, check guardrails, ladders, and drain covers to ensure everything is stable and in working order. If you your pool deck and/or steps are slippery, there are plenty of products designed to minimize risk.
A pool adds plenty to your property value as a homeowner, but only if maintained and kept safe for its users. In the long-term, hiring a regular pool service will help keep big costs at bay and allow you to enjoy your pool for many Summers to come. Browse our other blog posts regarding playground and backyard recreational equipment for additional information safety tips.
If you or someone you know has been injured or suffered damages from an unsafe pool, please contact us at 800-676-5295 or head to our website for a free consultation. You and your family’s wellbeing are important to us.