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5 Ways to Get Your Pool Ready for Summer

5 ways to get your pool ready for summer 5 Ways to Get Your Pool Ready for Summer
There is only one thing that makes summers bearable in the d Arizona summer heat: a swimming pool. With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to get your pool up to speed and ready before your eager swimmers are ready to dive in.

Whether your pool has been covered for winter, vulnerable to whatever the elements brought in the off-season, or drained for upgrades, there is always work to be done prior to swimming season. Maybe there have been changes to your pool that you’ve been waiting to make but just haven’t had the time, energy or financial means.

Well, now’s the time to make those changes before your pool works overtime for the summer. Chances are, if you have a pool, it is used almost on a daily basis during the summer months, which means it needs to be in tip-top shape before anyone dives in.

While getting your pool ready to go can seem intimidating, it really comes down to five easy steps.

These five steps include:

1. Re-do
2. Add
3. Replace
4. Restock
5. Clean

These steps are full of options that you can customize to whatever pool space you’re working with. If you follow these steps now, your swimmers will thank you later.

1. Re-do


The few weeks before summer is the perfect time to re-do part of your pool. Whether it’s the pool surface you’ve been dying to switch out or the coping that really needs an upgrade, now’s the time to make those updates.

Surfaces

The three basic options for a pool surface are tile, pebble and concrete. Tile is the most customizable of these options as you can select your own individual color and pattern. On the other hand, pebble allows for long lasting durability as well as giving your pool comfort with an extra layer of texture to walk on. The simplicity of the last option, concrete, gives you the opportunity for a simple finish as you can then add detail in other places like patterned tile around the edge of the pool.

Coping

While you may have never heard this term before, there’s a good chance you’ve seen coping around a pool. Coping is the material around the edge of your pool that gives it a border or barrier between your deck and the water. Your options for coping are stone, slate and flagstone. Stone coping is the most traditional of these choices, but comes with the flexibility of multiple color options and provides a strong base for your border. If you want a more natural look, slate coping is the material for you. Slate coping takes a little more TLC as you can expect it to flake before it settles as well as requiring a seal guard to keep water penetration from affecting the durability of the slate. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you are looking for coping that is low maintenance and has a long lifespan, flagstone is the best pick for you.

2. Add


Adding something on to your pool could be just the pick-me-up it needs before ‘round-the-clock swimming season. The options are really endless but we’ve divided them into categories based on who you are trying to please:

Adults

For the adult in the house, consider a new beach entry or waterfall. Beach entries bring the ease of the beach to your own backyard. With an easy entry for old and young guest as well as a great area to relax in the water, you can’t go wrong with a beach entry. Another option would be the smoothing sounds of a waterfall. There are so many different types of waterfalls you can install that will each bring their own rejuvenating ambiance.

Kids

If the audience you’re trying to please still wears water floaties or is all about throwing pool parties, these options may be the direction you take. Installing a slide will provide your kids hours of fun this summer as they cool off with the gust of water shooting them into the pool. Depending on how serious you are about your slide, you can have one permanently built into your pool-scape, or there are other portable options that you can put away during the off season. For more spring in your kids’ entertainment, you can enter the splash zone with a new diving board. Adding a diving board gives your kids the opportunity for endless hours of cannon ball contests and dive-offs. With the addition of a slide or a diving board, you’re guaranteed to bring the water park to your backyard.

3. Replace


After you add your exciting new pool feature, it’s time to replace anything in your pool that is out of service. If your pool was drained for the off season, change out any underwater lights. Next, check your pump to make sure it’s functioning correctly. If it’s not working properly, look into a new pump. Some of the newer pumps can use up to 90% less energy than older models. Lastly, check your deck to see if it needs to be replaced. While decks can last between 15 to20 years, once they start looking cracked, stained, or worn, it’s time to replace. Lastly, check your pool maintenance items such as your brush and net to make sure they’re still in good condition from last summer, or you’ll need to replace those too.

4. Restock


Another thing to do before the pool is ready for eager swimmers is to make sure you’re stocked up on everything you’ll need for the summer months ahead. A good place to start is by purchasing a chemical start-up kit. These kits often come with everything you need to take care of your pool including: pool shock, stain away, clarifier, algaecide and many other key items. To make the rest of your family happy, you also might want to stock up on a good collection of pool toys, floaties and rafts.

5. Clean


After long fall and winter seasons, the last thing you need to do before your pool is ready to go is to clean it. Clean the water, clean your filters. Clean everything! Unless you were vigilant about netting your pool during the off season, the top of your water is probably covered with leaves and other debris. Start by using a net to clear out the surface level clutter as well as emptying out the filtration baskets. Then, take a water sample to your local pool supply store so they can test the mineral content along with pH and chlorine levels. Once you get a report back, you can balance the chemicals yourself. It may take a few days for the water to clear out and get to the right levels, so wait until you can see the bottom of the pool floor before jumping in.