7 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Backyard Pool for Summertime
Who doesn't love a bit of summertime fun in the backyard pool?
But before you take that refreshing dip, some attention to
preparation and maintenance is in order. Before the summer sun
beats down, take these steps to get your backyard pool
Backyard Pool Maintenance in 7 Easy Steps
Ready to open up that pool for summertime fun? Here's how:
- Get the dirt out. Skim any debris
out of the pool and empty the basket. You can make your job much
easier by cutting back any trees that overhang the pool, or
investing in a good pool cover.
- Vacuum it up. Set up the vacuum and
take your time in cleaning the pool. Run the vacuum in slow,
parallel passes, much like mowing a lawn. Clean the sides
thoroughly as well, using a nylon brush attached to the vacuum
hose. If you have a concrete pool, use stainless steel
- Test the pool for proper pH. If the
pH is below 7.4, correct with soda ash. If it's above 7.6, add
muriatic acid. Turn to lithium-based chlorine if the chlorine level
is less than 1 part per million, and use an alkalinity increaser if
the alkalinity level is less than 90 parts per million.
- Fix the filter. Turn the valve to
"backwash" to clean out your filter. There are several different
filters available for backyard pools; make sure you know which kind
you have, and consult the manufacturer's instructions on how best
to clean it. If you aren't sure, a swimming pool professional can help
- Clear it out. Turn the pool system
off, and don't forget to close the skimmer valve. Open the trap and
remove any hair, lint, and debris that has accumulated there.
- Does your pool have a chlorinator?
If it does, now is the time to replace the chlorination sticks. How
many you need depends upon several factors unique to your pool, so
read the packaging instructions carefully.
- Keep it safe. Before you declare
open season on your backyard pool, make certain all safety
precautions have been taken. Drain covers should be in place, and
the latches on your fence gates should be in good working order. If
you have pool alarms, set them now. Brush up on basic CPR and
ensure that rescue equipment is in good shape and within easy
Your backyard pool is now ready for summer fun. Make a
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