5 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Swimming Pool
With summer fast approaching, what better time to prepare your pool for the warm weather ahead? Spring cleaning your backyard pool is essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable swimming experience. Neglected pools can become a breeding ground for bacteria, making it potentially harmful to swim in — not to mention unappealing to look at.
That’s why Backyard Paradise Luxury Pools has compiled some top spring cleaning tips to get your pool in good shape. With our advice, you can look forward to crystal-clear waters all summer.
Why is spring cleaning your pool necessary?
During winter, algae and other contaminants can quickly grow in your stagnant pool water, causing discoloration, reduced visibility, and even health issues such as rashes and skin irritation. Regular spring cleaning of your pool is essential to ensure its longevity and readiness for use on hot summer days. Failure to do so can cause damage and lead to costly repairs.
The top 5 spring cleaning tips
Scoop up any debris
Although flowers and foliage can add to the natural beauty of your backyard, they can also accumulate and cause filter clogs in your pool.
Fortunately, removing this debris is a simple process that doesn’t even require getting wet; all you need is a long pole with a net to fish out any floating debris from the surface. However, if the debris has settled at the bottom of your pool, it might be best to seek the assistance of a professional pool company, such as Backyard Paradise Luxury Pools. We have access to specialist equipment – such as powerful vacuum cleaners – that effectively removes hard-to-reach debris from the pool floor.
Brush off any winter dirt
If left unused, your pool can accumulate a layer of grime over time. Removing this requires a telescopic pole with a stiff-bristled brush attachment, and some elbow grease. The best technique is to begin vigorously scrubbing at the shallow end, using the brush to clean the dirt from the sides and bottom of the pool. Then, systemically work towards the deep end and push all accumulated dirt toward the main pool drain.
Check your filter
Your pool filter is an essential component of your pool’s circulation system and removes debris and other impurities. To inspect your pool filter, turn off the pump and remove the filter cartridge. Check for any visible debris or damage, such as cracks or holes.
If the filter cartridge is dirty, it’s time to clean it. First, you need to soak or spray the cartridge with a cleaning solution — after allowing the solution to rest for several minutes, simply hose away the debris. The experts at Backyard Paradise Luxury Pools can advise on the most suitable cleaning products to use for your pool and can backwash the filters as needed to ensure it’s done correctly.
Assess the water chemistry
Assessing the chemistry of your water is crucial for ensuring a clean, sanitized, and bacteria-free pool. While home test kits can help to monitor the pH of your pool, they don’t provide a comprehensive picture of the overall water chemistry. For a more accurate assessment, it’s recommended you contact our team. We can test all chemical levels — including chlorine, alkalinity, pH, and calcium hardness — to guarantee they are in a safe range for swimming.
Test your entire pool system
You should perform a thorough visual inspection of your pool, checking for any visible signs of leaks or damage. It’s crucial to test your entire pool system to ensure proper function. This includes checking the pump, heater, and other pool equipment to identify any potential issues before they escalate.
Weekly pool maintenance from Backyard Paradise Luxury Pools will detect any issues before they escalate, ensuring all parts of your pool system are working as they should be to help extend the life of your pool system.
Extra tips for spring cleaning your yard
- Prune your trees – Overhanging foliage or branches can be a real nuisance; trimming them keeps them away from your pool to prevent filter clogs.
- Clean pool equipment – Floats, toys, and accessories make any pool day much more fun, but be sure to rinse them before use so that no dirt ends up in your pool!
- Wash your deck or patio – Use a pressure washer or scrub brush to remove any dirt from your deck or patio to make the space more inviting for summer gatherings.
- Neaten up your lawn – A well-manicured lawn can enhance the look of your pool area and make it a more pleasant place to relax. Be sure to mow your grass and remove any weeds that may have grown over winter.
- Organize your shed or garage – Spring is the perfect time to declutter and dispose of old items taking up storage space. This will make it easier to find your pool supplies when you need them and will make your yard look more organized.
Backyard Paradise Luxury Pools is a pool design, construction, and maintenance company, specializing in outdoor living. With over 30 years of industry experience, our skilled team can quickly help to get your backyard pool in perfect shape for the summer. For more information about our services, get in touch with our team or complete a request form today — we operate throughout The Woodlands, Lake Conroe, and the surrounding area.« Back to Help & Advice