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The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and warmer temperatures are here to stay. What could be better? Getting your pool up and running for summertime fun. Below are some tips to help get your pool ready:

If your pool has a cover, remove it and store it somewhere safe. This might involve more than one person if your pool is on the larger side. Water and debris can also make the cover heavy to move, so you might want to enlist some helpers for the job. You’re also going to want to clean and fold the cover to help avoid it being damaged. If the cover is wet, allow it to fully dry out before folding it and putting it away in a cool, dry, place.

Inspect, re-install, and reconnect all of the parts and equipment to your pool. Doing an inspection on the parts first before putting them back on is key to ensure they’re working properly. Having a professional do the inspection of the circuits and electrical aspects is necessary to make sure that the parts are working properly and protected by Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). It is also recommended to clean and install the drains, make sure there are no leaks, clean off all accessories (ladders, diving boards, rails, etc). If your pool has a liner, make sure to check for rips, tears, and signs of wear.

Prep the pool and the water that goes into it. Now, you’re probably thinking… how do I prep the water and why do I need to do that? Well, it’s important to do so so that the water chemistry levels are correct. That might sound fancy, but really it’s not too complicated. It is recommended to ask your local swimming pool supply store to ask about specific water chemistry requirements. A qualified pool professional can come out and test your water to help adjust chemical-related levels accordingly to make sure it’s safe for swimming.

Prep the area around your pool. As awesome and fun as having a pool is, there are also higher chances of it posing a risk to you and your guests. It’s important to take precautions that will help to prevent accidental slips and falls. To do so, make sure all fencing, gates, and other structures are in good working condition. They should all open and close as well as lock securely. Make sure to take a look at any decking and flooring to assure it’s clear and address any nails or loose boards. You could even go an extra step to install safety signage and pool rules so everyone is on the same page. Also, remember, each state has its own laws and regulations about pool signage and fencing. Make sure to contact your local and state government agencies to ensure that you’re in compliance with any and all requirements.

That’s it! Now, get those pools ready and hop in for a swim.

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