There is no better activity in summer than swimming. If you can afford a backyard swimming pool, there are some guidelines on how to maintain it post-season and how to prepare it for opening pre-season. Here are just some of the most important ones.
Keep it filled
It is not wise to drain the pool once the season is over, because it can cause constructions problems later, and enormous amounts of water get unnecessarily wasted. It is always a better option to get a cover and simply cover it once you no longer intend to use it.
This is, actually, a thing to think about before getting an open pool in your backyard, but may be useful to have it in mind at all times. Think about what are the advantages and disadvantages of having the pool just where it is.
It there any tree nearby? Will there be leaves in the water during autumn? It is too close to your walking path in your yard? Do you have any fence around it during winter? Are there any pets in your neighbourhood that might fall in if you do not protect the pool properly?
First thing first, clean up any leaves and debris, using a leaf bag. They will most certainly appear, even if the pool was covered all along.
You need to clean up all the filters and pumps, to check if they have been damaged and to replace what needs replacement. Some devices, hoses, filters and pumps may have worn off, so if not sure, it is always better to replace them before any damage occurs.
While working around the pool, keep it covered, but once you remove the cover, clean it and store it properly. Do not leave it lying on the grass, as it will kill the grass and take up free space you need for the summer.
In case you are not sure how to do all this, it may be better to call a professional to do it for you.
Water level and quality
If the water level has lowered during winter, top it off.
Before you start using the pool once again, you need to make sure water in it is of the right quality. Take a sample to a local swimming pool store, because they can test it for you, and tell you the levels of chlorine, alkanity and pH value, and which you need to adjust and how much. They can also offer you advice on it, as well as recommend products for it.
When it comes to using chemicals on your own, there surely will be instructions with them, but general guidelines are the following: keep pH level between 7.2 and 7.4, alkanity between 80 and 120, Calcium hardness between 150 and 250 (parts per million), and chlorine between 1 and 3 ppm.
Swimming can officially begin once the water becomes clear and you can see the bottom of the pool, which usually takes about a week.
Once you start using the pool, you need furniture around it. While the usual towels are a must, you need more solid elements. It is nice being in the sun while in water, but once you are out of it, you need some shade. Use sunbeds and umbrellas to create and complement the summer atmosphere in your backyard. Why not use Branded Umbrellas? That way you bring in the element of sophistication. You can also use shade sails, pergolas, marquees and retractable shade canopies, as well as poolside freestanding structures.