Get Your Pool Sparkling For Summer!

Despite the mild April we’ve had so far in the north Houston area, anyone who’s lived here through a summer season knows the heat is coming very soon. There’s no better way to cool off than with a dip in the pool, so here are some tips to get your backyard oasis ready for lots of splashing fun!

• “Wash” your pool. This can be done with attachments to your regular pool net’s pole, like a rounded scrubber brush and a flat sweeper. Brush around the water line with vigorous strokes to wipe away any pollen and dust build up, ensuring you get in the crevices of the skimmers and around steps and ladder entry ways. Use the sweeper to go over flat surfaces like steps and then brush down the pool’s sides, sweeping everything towards the middle drain. This will help remove buildup that could cause stains and circulate the pool’s chemicals better.

• Clean tiles. Hard water stains build up along the water line and around water features over time. If yours are an eyesore, get a pumice stone and scrape away the stains, using diluted muriatic acid to help lift them (while wearing protective gloves!). For tougher stains, you can hire a professional to sand blast your tile to get it back to new-looking.

• Clean the filter. After a winter of collecting fallen leaves and other debris, your pool’s filter could use a thorough rinsing. Follow your pump’s manual and wash out the filters using a garden hose, then replace and add the appropriate media to re-coat the filters.

• Thoroughly clean out skimmer baskets. You may need to scrub them with the above-mentioned round brush to be sure to get in between all the spaces. Take a look down the skimmer’s drain and with the pumps off, reach down and remove any debris.

• Take a water sample to your local pool store and have them test it to determine which chemicals you’ll need to add to get the water to its optimum swim-ready state. It is likely that some algae has bloomed and your pH and chlorine levels may be off. Water hardness levels may also need modification.

• Set your pump timers and double-check that they are turning on and off at the desired times. A quick rule of thumb to set your pumps: take the first digit in the temperature and add one – this is the number of hours your pumps should run. For example, if your water temperature is 82 degrees, eight plus one is nine, so your pumps should run for nine hours a day.

Summer is just around the corner! Get your swimming pool ready for the fun days ahead!

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