8 Areas to Check to Ensure Your Pool is Ready for Summer

As the weather begins to warm up, we start counting down to summer. It will soon be time to spend long summer days splashing around in the pool. However, is the pool ready? Here are eight areas to check to ensure your pool is ready for summer.

1- Pool Coping

The pool coping area is the area that surrounds the outer edge of the pool. Its purpose is to protect the pool wall and shell. The area also helps to prevent slips and falls. Clean the area and check for cracks and chips in the tile. If using stone, add more when needed.

2- Waterline Tile

The waterline tile has a two-fold purpose. First, the tile protects the shell or liner. It prevents freezing and other damage. Second, it is a garbage collector. It keeps sunscreen, pollen, body oils, and other stuff from forming around the edge of the pull. The tiles need to be cleaned and checked for damage.

3- Deck Area

To prepare the deck area, first, walk around the area and note any stains, cracks, dirt, discoloration, or other problems. Next, remove any debris from the deck. A powerwasher or a blower will make the job easier. It will prevent any further staining from occurring. Once the deck is dry, make any necessary repairs.

4- Swim Jets

Swim jets are a great addition to any pool, especially for those who want to use their pool for more than hanging out on a floating chair. Swim jets create a current in the water. The current can create a space for water aerobics, and depending on the pool’s size, activities such as boogie boarding could be possible. Check your jets at the beginning of the season for strange noises, poor water circulation, and leaks.

5- Drains

Pools have a system of drains. The main drains are at the bottom of the pool. There are usually skimmer drains found around the top of the pool. Use the leaf test to test the main drains. Place a leaf on the drain; if it moves, the drain is not working. Check all drains for clogs, and clean the skimmers.

6- Balance the pH

Balancing the pH level is a must. A pH level that is too high or too low can cause skin and eye irritations. A pool’s pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.8. At the beginning of swim season, it may be necessary to shock the pool to treat bacteria and algae that formed over the winter.

7- Driving Rocks/Boards and Slides

Driving rocks/boards and slides are fun additions to any pool. At the beginning of the season, check all hardware. Run your hands over the slide and board to check for jagged surfaces. Check the top and bottoms for cracks or other signs of wear and tear. Make sure the diving board is aligned.

8- Lighting

To check if your lighting system works, turn them on. LED lights tend to last a while, but halogen bulbs or older lights may need replacing. If the lights work but appear to be dim, clean the lights to remove any build-up.