Sunrays bathe your skin as you sit poolside, feet dangling in the refreshing, glistening water; summer bliss at its best. Fast forward three months, your sun-kissed skin has faded to pasty white, and the only pool activity you will be participating in is the dreaded end of season, cleaning overhaul. Procrastination is a popular pastime for you, especially when it comes to attempting labour intensive work. Checking pool cleaning off the to-do list is often impeded by the associated mental challenge, more so than the physical task. Make it easy for yourself, and break the overwhelming task down into manageable pieces by following these few tips.
Prevention is the best cure. Half an hour each week may seem like all too much effort, but you will thank your past self when you don’t get stung with a $500 bill. Think of all the other things you could do with that money (poolside cocktails perhaps?), instead of forking out to bring your pool up to humane hygiene standard. All it takes is a quick fortnightly check of the chlorine and pH levels to help keep your pool sanitation under control. Additionally, turn on the pool filter a few times per week, remembering it only needs to run for half the time required in summer months. Maintaining pool lights is a task that can easily escape slip your mind. Keep the lights and wiring free of moisture by switching them on for half an hour each week. Finally, cleaning the skimmer basket and removing other debris is a non-negotiable. Who wants to come back in summer to a hair ball that has had six months to manifest into a living organism?
Rally the hired help. Bring in a pool technician (or the local pool boy) to do the dirty work for you, so you can stick to enjoying the perks of lazy poolside life. Ensure nasty algae doesn’t build up in the grout or on the water by firstly, giving the grout a good scrub, and secondly, investing in winter algaecides. Make sure to get accurate advice on which products suit your pool specifications.
Keep it simple stupid. Remember the annoying K.I.S.S acronym your mother used to shove down your throat? Turns out she was right. The humble pool cover may be one of the most overlooked accessories for keeping your pool in pristine condition. In the warmer months your pool cover will protect your pool from losing water to evaporation, so you don’t waste money topping up the water level (win!). In the cooler months it prevents extra work, by keeping any debris from falling or being blown in after you have completed your end of summer pool overhaul. Keep the water clean and full with a cover to avoid burning a hole in your wallet purchasing extra chemicals. Covers range from basic to more advanced UV stabalised covers and microbubble, such as those found at fabricsolutions.com.au.
Keeping your pool clean in preparation for the summer swimming season is only as painful and expensive as you make it. Implement any of these tips and come summer, your pool will be ready for you to jump right in.
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