There is a high chance your pool has had little use over the cooler months. While it may have been protected from dirt and debris by a pool cover, your average pool could benefit from some attention before the summer season arrives.

Don’t wait until your kids are begging you to get in or you’re hosting a backyard barbecue. Follow these tips for getting your pool ready for summer.

Check the working order of your pump

Before you get started on cleaning your pool, check your pump’s working order. You’ll want to check there are no cracks and that the filtration system is working optimally. If you’re are unsure of how well it is operating, it’s worthwhile engaging a pool team to repair or replace any damaged hardware for safe and efficient use.

Clean your pool thoroughly

Before the swimming season kicks into gear, spend the time to clean your swimming pool thoroughly. This can be done with a robotic cleaner but if you what an in-depth clean, it’s best to brush and vacuum the surfaces by hand so that you can get to all the difficult to reach spots.

Short on time? Take a look at these pool cleaning hacks.

Clean out the skimmer box and filter

During the winter months, the skimmer basket will likely have accumulated a fair amount of debris. A clogged filter will prevent your pool water from flowing out freely and will also cause your pump to wear out.

Test your chemicals

Balancing your pool’s chemicals is important to keep it safe for swimming throughout the summer. The chemicals should be checked at the start of the season and every two weeks thereafter. If you’re unsure of the appropriate levels, get your pool maintenance team in or speak to a professional at your local pool shop.

You should be testing the following before you dive in:

  • Chlorine
  • Alkalinity
  • pH
  • Stabiliser level
  • Calcium Hardness

Check your safety equipment

If your pool area has sat unused over winter, it’s important you check your safety equipment. This includes that all pool fences and gates are in working order. Make sure any chemicals or equipment that could pose a danger to kids is stored away correctly.

Clean your surrounding surfacing

Surrounding pool surfacing that hasn’t been utilised or taken care of during winter can be subjected to algae growth and staining. Depending on the material you’ve used, there may be cracks, loose pavers, rot or loose fixings. It’s a good idea to give your surfaces such as paving and decking a thorough clean and carry out any necessary repairs before summer hits.

Give your furniture an update

If you’ve left your poolside furniture out for the winter, it may need some TLC to get it ready for regular use. This may just entail a general brush down and wash or may need a more extensive clean. Tables, chairs, lounges, daybeds and outdoor umbrellas could all benefit from an update.

Check the componentry and tighten where required. Look for mould on any of your upholstery or cushions and replace to avoid spreading. Consider replacing any faded or stained fabric to freshen up your space. You can purchase many fabrics by the yard so you don’t need to replace all your cushions.

Take a look at our LEARNING LIBRARY for plenty of tips about cleaning outdoor furniture.