Opening up your Swimming Pool after Winter
Winter can seem like exceedingly long time of cold weather since the last summer season was enjoyed by the pool side. There is plenty of work to be done before the back yard pool is ready for another summer season by the pool side. If you do it correctly the pool will be in great condition as the warmer weather rolls around. You will need to do some pool maintenance in order to get it ready for you and your family relaxation and enjoyment by the back yard pool side.
Being ready for these tasks will ensure you have your pool ready on time. You can do them a few weeks before it is warm enough for the dip and swimming to start. That way you have the necessary time for repairs and replacing parts if necessary. If you have a heater pool then you may already be using it. If not already using it then you need to give it some time for the water to get to the tolerable /desired temperature. Even in the summer months in some regions, the pool heater is kept on to keep the water right temperature for night time as well swimming.
Pool fencing requirements for Australia by Law.
Swimming pool fence gate safety.
Source: Kids Health SCHN.
“Inadequate pool fencing remains a major contributing factor in the rate of drowning among children under 5 years of age.
Key pool safety requirements in NSW are outlined below. The Office of Local Government is responsible for administering these laws. To make sure you meet your full legal responsibilities, please contact your local council for more detailed information.
Please be aware that the pool fencing laws relate to NSW only – there are different laws in other Australian states and territories”.
You should have a sturdy cover on your swimming pool.
Before you remove it you want to remove any dirt, debris, or water that has accumulated on the top of it. Otherwise you risk those things being dumped into the water remaining in your pool. A shop vacuum works very well to remove these elements from your cover. If you have trees close by the pool then there will likely be more leaves and bark falling onto the cover that should be removed with care to avoid necessary cleaning work of the inside of the pool. Pool usually a located clear of trees, to minimize the cleaning effort and the pool water maintenance.
Also remember to wash the pool cover off with soap and water before you put it away too.
There could be bacteria and algae that has grown on it over the winter months. Make sure you allow the cover to completely dry before you fold it and store it. Failure to do so can result in mildew forming on it.
Even if you did everything correctly to prepare your swimming pool for winter you need to check it all again. Sometimes there is damage that results due to the colder weather setting in. Look for leaks and cracks in hoses that can pose a problem for you. Check the filtering system and the pump over. If you have a heater for your swimming pool make sure you carefully inspect it as well.
Even with the cover on the swimming pool there can be bacteria and algae inside the pool area. This is the perfect time to give it a very thorough cleaning. You can use a robotic cleaner on the sides and bottom or you can do it by hand. Vacuum the bottom of the swimming pool as well. If you had to drain all or some of the water from the pool add it back in at this time.
Once your water level is where you want it you need to test it out. Finding out the Ph levels at this time will allow you to decide what chemicals to add. If you have left over chemicals from the season before make sure they have froze or gotten damaged over the winter. If you discover they have then toss them out so you can be sure what you do add to the water will be effective.
If you have lights, ladders, and non-skid mats to put out then do so before anyone gets ready to use the swimming pool. It can be easy to forget these items but they need to be in place for safety. Check the screens on these items as well to be sure nothing is loose. You want everything to be in perfect working order for the swimming weather that is right around the corner.
Get into the routine of keeping all of your supplies for the swimming pool in one central location. That way you will know exactly where everything is when it is time to get ready for the swimming season. Take your time to set things up correctly this time of the year as well. That way you can focus on enjoying your swimming pool instead of dealing with one problem after another.
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