Ten Tips To Spring Clean Your Pool!
While it’s important keep up a cleaning schedule throughout the year, it’s still not too late to give your swimming pool some much-needed attention – and now is the perfect time to ramp up preparations before summer hits.
“It’s easy to let maintenance fall by the wayside during the cooler months, which can mean pool water isn’t as clean and healthy as it needs to be,” says Swimart Australasian manager Chris Fitzmaurice. “In spring, our pool technicians often report they are treating pools that have turned green over winter.”
Even if you have kept up regular maintenance, it never hurts to give your pool a thorough clean. Here Chris offers a step-by-step guide on how to get your pool back into tip top shape:
1. Test the water
Chris recommends having the water professionally tested. “The first step is to take a sample into a Swimart store in order to check the health of your pool,” he says. “This indicates whether you need to adjust the pH, calcium and total alkaline levels.”
2. Run the filter and pump
It sounds obvious but if you’ve switched it off over winter, now’s the time to turn your pump on and let it run for a few hours. This will help filter out any debris and dirt left in the water.
3. Check equipment
While the pump is going, have a look at your filter, skimmer box, and the pump itself; are they all working efficiently? Are there any blockages, or calcium build ups forming on any bits of equipment?
4. Balance the water Although the water might look clean after being filtered, the minerals and pH could still be out of whack and these are crucial to the health of the water.
5. Give it a shock
Spring is a good time to give your pool a good shock of sanitiser. Dose your pool according to instructions, then keep pump running and don’t let anyone in the pool for a day or so. After shocking, you can then return to sanitising your pool as normal.
And if your pool is in really poor condition and looking decidedly pond-like – don’t worry, all is not lost! Here are Poolmart’s tips for turning your pool from green to clean:
6. Check chlorine levels. If below 0.5ppm you need to shock the water with a large dose of chlorine to 10ppm. Ensure the filters are running and don’t use the pool until the chlorine level falls below 3ppm
7. Lower the pH levels by adding acid. Then add a copper treatment to kill the spores. Aim for a pH level of between 7 and 7.6. Heavy rain, lots of swimmers and animals such as dogs can increase pH levels.
8. Use a quality algaecide to kill algae.
9. Brush pool walls to remove algae. Then vacuum loosened algae from pool floor the next day.
10. Make sure your filter is working effectively. Pool water will not clear up if you have a filter that doesn’t work properly. It doesn’t matter how much shock you put in the pool if you have a poor filter. Your Swimart technician can check your filter and other equipment and advise what the next steps should be.
Simple steps to a sparkling spa
Guarantee your next dip is a relaxing experience rather than a slimy one with an easy-to-follow basic spa care routine.
1. Bye-bye bacteria
Like a swimming pool, it’s important to sanitise and disinfect spa water. Steve Dempsey from Splashes Spa World in Terrey Hills recommends a form of chlorine specific for spa use. “Lithium hypochlorite is the most effective bactericide for spas,” he says. “Ordinary chlorines such as liquid chlorine can corrode equipment while bromine can damage jet housings and heater elements if levels get too high.”
2. Just to clarify
A cloudy spa can be caused by poorly balanced water, not enough sanitiser, unclean filter cartridges, calcium imbalance and more. “Make sure the filters are clean,” says Steve. “You should be cleaning them fortnightly – and we recommend draining your spa at least every three months.”
Excess bubbles are usually caused by detergents and body lotions that wash off into the water. “It’s important to never use household cleaners to clean your spa,” says Steve. “Follow a careful maintenance program and encourage guests to shower, suit and all, before entering the spa.” Persistent foaming may also be a sign of low sanitiser levels, so it is important to check your water balance whenever it occurs.