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Before closing your pool for the season, going on holiday, or just when you know you won’t be using it for a few weeks, simply run through the below tasks.

The information stated within this document is for reference only, and is not intended to be used as a basis for exact pool and pool water maintenance. Please contact us for exact maintenance requirements and to set up a schedule for your specific pool.

 

  • Test and adjust Calcium Hardness
  • Test and adjust for Total Dissolved Solids
  • Test the total alkalinity, which should be in the range of 120-150 ppm.
  • Chemically clean the filter
  • Visually inspect tile, grout, sealant, and other exposed elements of pool
  • Conduct Langelier Saturation Index evaluation and adjust as necessary
  • Test your salt levels if you have a saltwater pool
  • If you have a vinyl liner – check for holes and tears and make any needed repairs as soon as possible
  • If you have a concrete or fiberglass pool, check for cracks
  • Check the seals in your motor and pump
  • Check all handrails, steps and other safety equipment to be sure that it’s in proper working order

The information stated within this document is for reference only, and is not intended to be used as a basis for exact pool and pool water maintenance. Please contact us for exact maintenance requirements and to set up a schedule for your specific pool.

 

  • Test and adjust Calcium Hardness
  • Test and adjust for Total Dissolved Solids
  • Test the total alkalinity, which should be in the range of 120-150 ppm.
  • Chemically clean the filter
  • Visually inspect tile, grout, sealant, and other exposed elements of pool
  • Conduct Langelier Saturation Index evaluation and adjust as necessary
  • Test your salt levels if you have a saltwater pool
  • If you have a vinyl liner – check for holes and tears and make any needed repairs as soon as possible
  • If you have a concrete or fiberglass pool, check for cracks
  • Check the seals in your motor and pump
  • Check all handrails, steps and other safety equipment to be sure that it’s in proper working order

The information stated within this document is for reference only, and is not intended to be used as a basis for exact pool and pool water maintenance. Please contact us for exact maintenance requirements and to set up a schedule for your specific pool.

 

  • Remove any large accumulation of debris on the bottom with a leaf scoop.
  • Feed the pool with chlorine or other sanitizer to satisfy its requirements either manually or automatically.
  • Check that the water level is high enough for the pump to operate correctly.
  • Test and adjust sanitizer level (may require more frequent testing depending upon bather load and environmental conditions)
  • Visually inspect pool water for clarity, colour and visible contaminants
  • Remove floating leaves
  • Test and adjust pH (may require more frequent testing depending upon bather load and environmental conditions)
    • The pH should be in the range 7.4 – 7.7 if the pool has a vinyl or tile finish. The range should be 7.3 -7.5 if the pool has a fiberglass finish. The range should be 7.4-7.6 for a unite swimming pool. If the level is too high, then adjust it down using pH decreaser. The correct dosage is located on the label.
    • If the pH is too low, then add pH increaser. Again see labels for dosage. If the pH has dropped possibly so has your total alkalinity.
    • Don’t correct your pH more than once a week.
  • Test chlorine levels in the pool water:
    • Free chlorine levels should be between 1-3 ppm
    • Free bromine levels should be between 3-5 ppm
  • Test and adjust Alkalinity
  • Test and adjust Oxidizer and Stabilizer levels
  • Clean the tile at the water line
  • Check filter pressure and backwash only if required
  • Check water level and adjust as necessary at the prescribed rate of 1” (25mm) per hour
  • Add a preventative dose of algaecide as necessary
  • Shock the pool as per label instructions. This treatment restores the sparkle to the pool water and destroys germs and organic contaminants (can be done once every 2 weeks)

We’ll have another post in the next few days covering the monthly maintenance tasks.

The information stated within this document is for reference only, and is not intended to be used as a basis for exact pool and pool water maintenance. Please contact us for exact maintenance requirements and to set up a schedule for your specific pool.

OPENING YOUR POOL

  • Remove, clean and store the pool cover
  • Thoroughly clean and vacuum the pool
  • Add water to the desired height at the prescribed rate of 1” (25mm) per hour
  • Test water balance, pH, Calcium Hardness and Total Alkalinity levels
  • Inspect electrical service, filters, skimmers, drains, ladders, diving boards, plugs, gauges, and other important components of the system
  • Lubricate fittings, valves, o-rings, and plugs
  • Inspect tile and grout installations, and clean tiles and skimmer with cleanser
  • Take a sample of pool water to a pool water expert for analysis
  • Clean and inspect pool deck
  • Skim pool water surface and vacuum pool bottom
  • Backwash filter if necessary
  • Shock pool water to breakpoint levels
  • Adopt a routine maintenance program for the season
  • Add algaecide as required
  • Pool Maintenance 2-3 times a week:
  • Empty skimmer and pump basket (may require more frequent cleaning)
  • Vacuum the pool two to three times a week. Brush the sides and bottom of your pool, even if you have an automatic pool cleaner as this will loosen dirt and other particles that may adhere to pool finish.

In Victoria, the design, construction and installation of swimming pools, spas and their safety barriers are subject to strict building requirements under the Building Regulations 2018. Any home-owner who engages in building a pool or spa and associated safety barriers must familiarise themselves with the regulations.
Pool and spa owners have legal obligations to maintain their safety barrier at all times. Non-compliance, for any reason, can increase the risk of drowning and lead to prosecution.

Swimming pools and spas in Victoria must comply with the following requirements:

 

Summer is the time of year when people become envious of pool owners. Having a pool in your own backyard can be very rewarding on those sweltering hot summer days. Benefits of having a pool include:

 

Exercise
Swimming pools are a great way to get exercise for adults and children. Whether this includes swimming laps, walking up and down or just playing around, it all benefits the bodies physical health and increases the heartrate. The support of the water puts less strain on the body, meaning way less pressure on muscles and joints. For this reason, swimming is an excellent alternative for people with arthritis and sore joints.

 

Relives stress

Swimming has an effect on our brains that reduces stress and anxiety. Getting in the pool is perfect way to unwind after a busy day.

 

More time with family and friends

If you’re staying home more often and going out less, then you’re naturally getting more time with your family. You can entertain in your own backyard with family and friends.

 

Teach your kids how to swim and importance of water safety

Your home swimming pool is the perfect place for family swimming lessons. It’s the environment that your kids are familiar with and accustomed. Your kids are more likely to know safety around water.