DIY Tips

Mid-spring Pool audit

20 October 2016

We’re already halfway through spring and judging by the weather in many parts of the country, it looks like we’re in for a long swimming season. The excitement is building for those of us who are keen to get back in the water at the first opportunity. But there are a few things that need to be done before the pool is ready for a dip. Now is a good time to get the pool ready so when that first hot spring day hits all you have to do is dig out your swimmers, find the pool toys and dive in!

Mid-spring pool audit

Swimming pools have long been an integral part of this Australian life. In fact, we have the highest (per capita) rate of pool ownership in the world with about 13,000 new pools built nationally each year. They’re a big investment that can add immense value to a home. They can also cost tens of thousands of dollars. Swimart’s Australasian manager, Chris Fitzmaurice is urging householders to protect their asset (and their family’s summer fun) by ensuring it's in tip top condition.

"For most people, having your car serviced regularly by an expert is second nature," he says. "And while all car owners are capable of checking tyre pressure, radiator water and oil levels, they usually leave the full service to a professional mechanic. Similarly, while it's easy to look after your swimming pool if you have adequate tools, equipment and basic knowledge of water chemistry, the bigger challenge that pool owners face is that most consider clear water to equal clean water – and that's not always the case.

"Granted all pools are different – as are their maintenance needs – but they do share one key thing in common: the secret to their health and longevity is routine care."

Regular maintenance of your pool and its equipment throughout the year will ensure it's always working at its optimum level. In addition to making sure the water chemistry is correct, habitual maintenance and checks enables any parts that are failing to be corrected or repaired – before the whole unit requires costly replacement.

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Swimart's mid-spring pool audit tips 

Here's what you need to do to ensure your pool's ready to dive into as soon as the first hot day hits:

  • Thoroughly clean the pool and vacuum the walls and floor
  • Check the pump is working properly and organise a full pool equipment service by a licensed pool and spa technician
  • Check or replace fittings and check for leaks
  • Check the chlorine and pH levels every two weeks
  • Empty the skimmer basket when full
  • Occasionally check the water level is half way up the skimmer box opening
  • Occasionally check the pressure gauge on the filter is not indicating 'backwash'
  • Turn the pool lights on for at least 30 minutes a week to prevent build-up of moisture within the light and wiring

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