Warm summer days spent by the pool are almost upon us, and if your pool is looking a little worse for wear following a long period of hibernation over winter and spring, now is the time to bring it back to its former glory. With more than 40 drowning deaths occurring daily throughout the world, safety is of critical importance.
In this blog post, Railsafe will share some helpful cleaning tips to help get your pool ready for summer. And if it’s time to upgrade your pool fence, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today so that you can get a head start on the summertime rush.
Pool Cleaning – Getting Ready for Summer
The first thing you’ll want to do is a basic clean-up. Over the winter you might have gotten a little slack in cleaning out debris, especially hair/lint contained within the collector. Switch on the pool cleaner to give the surface a good vacuum, you can also use a steel wool to scrub around the edges to remove any staining.
You should also check the pH level of your pool, ideally it should be between 7.2 and 7.8 and you can raise/lower the pH reading using acids and alkalis. Consult your local pool shop for further advice.
- Check your Pool Filter
The pool filter plays an important role in managing water quality. You should perform a quick inspection of their condition before giving them a thorough wash and clean. It’s also time to return the filter to its normal rate if this was reduced over winter.
You should also check the skimmer basket. The water level should sit at around 50%, and you should get in the habit of emptying the contents regularly.
- Pool Pump
The last thing you want is for your pump to fail as soon as summer comes around. Check to make sure it is still operating as normal. If there are any leaks or damage, have this repaired as soon as possible. It might be a good idea to schedule a service for peace of mind.
Safety First – Essential Pool Area Checks
Now that you’ve got the cleaning and pool maintenance checks out of the way, it’s time to turn your attention towards pool safety. You are no doubt looking forward to a long summer with days spent by the pool with friends, family and neighbours. Help to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time by checking the following:
- The Pool Surrounds
Whether your pool surrounds are made from timber, concrete, pavers or something else it is important to inspect the condition regularly. Check for any cracks or lifting pavers which may pose a trip hazard. Also check the steps to ensure they are in good condition without any rot or corrosion which commonly takes hold during the cooler seasons.
- Pool Fence and Council Regulations
Check your existing pool fence to ensure it is in good condition, with nothing placed against it which could be used by children to climb over the fence. Trim back any overhanging plants/branches, and ensure your CPR/First Aid sign is clearly visible.
It might be a good idea to visit your local council website, or get an inspection done to ensure your pool enclosure is still compliant with current regulations.
- Pool Gate
The pool gate is perhaps the most important factor in preventing accidental drowning deaths of animals and children. Make sure the latch mechanism is operating properly and ensure that the gate is NEVER left/propped open.
Time to Upgrade Your Pool Fence? Call RAILSAFE Today
In carrying out the above safety checks, you can rest assured that all pool users can enjoy a summer dip with safety and confidence. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading to a new glass pool fence, or if you are concerned your current fence may no longer meet regulations, please get in touch with our friendly team today on 9905 8773.
RAILSAFE put safety first, and our high-quality glass pool fences are compliant with all applicable Australian regulations. Make your pool shine this summer, call today for an obligation free quote.