Summer is officially here! As the weather heats up, the storms become more frequent and the pool gets more use. Here are our top tips for surviving summer in your pool!
Keep an eye on your water level. Especially if it's a little more windy than normal. This will cause the pool water to evaporate more quickly. Once the water level goes below the skimmer box, your pump won't work.
Storms & Heavy rain
When heavy rain is expected, lower the water level of your pool to avoid overflowing as this can pull dirt and debris from around your pool back into the water. You will need to drain the excess water from the pool using the waste setting on the multi-port valve on your filter. Simply turn the filter valve (with the pump turned off) from filter onto waste, then turn your pump back on to lower the water level.
If dirt has entered the water, use a floccing agent to clear the pool water. We strongly suggest coming into one of our stores to get the best technical assistance or booking a service to ensure the right result.
After a storm, by allowing the filtration system to run a little extra or even overnight during these times of heavy rain can help keep the pool clear until you're able to correctly balance the water again.
Before times of known heavy usage, ensure your pool water is chemically balanced. Shock your pool with 5lts of chlorine or 500gms granular chlorine for a 50,000lt pool. During heavy use, you should to run the pool without the automatic cleaner attached, this will increase water flow and also prevent swimmers from being tangled in the hose.
Once everyone has finished swimming for the day, remove all debris from the pool such as toys, dirt, streamers, paper, bottle caps etc. Clean out all the baskets, (both skimmer and pump baskets) and leave the filter to run for 24 hours as well as bringing us a water sample for rebalancing!
As per QLD government regulations, every pool must have a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) sign prominently displayed, ideally in eye-sight of the step area as this is the most obvious place assistance would take place.
Knowing how to perform CPR by taking a First Aid course (or getting a regular refresher) is vital in an emergency.
We also suggest reading our checklist that features 8 Pool Safety Checks - The Swimming Pool Gate, Swimming Pool Fence, Around The Swimming Pool Fence, Supervision, Pump, Grates And Suction, Emergency Preparation, Chemicals, Electricity.
We hope these quick tips help you this Summer, we look forward to seeing you in store soon!