Summer is so imminent; you can almost touch it. The endless sunny days are just around the corner, and everyone is excited. If you have a pool in your back garden, then you are probably even more enthusiastic.
Before you settle back into months of pool parties and celebrations, here are five ways to prepare your pool for summer.
- Clean out the pool cover.
Depending on where you live, over the winter and spring months, your pool or pool cover may have collected a significant amount of leaves, debris, or more. So, your first step to prepare it for the summer months is to clean off anything that has built up over the past few months.
Additionally, even though you will be putting it into storage for the foreseeable future, make sure you clean the pool cover thoroughly before storing it and ensure that you fix any rips or tears in your pool liner. That way, when you take it out again at the end of the season, it will be in tip-top shape.
- But, keep cleaning throughout the season.
Once the pool cover is off, it is essential to maintain the cleanliness of the pool throughout the summer months. After all, no one wants to dive head-first into a dirty pool, no matter how beautiful a job your swimming pool designer did.
Get into the habit of skimming the water for leaves, bugs, twigs and other debris each morning. Also, utilize a pool vacuum to sweep the floor and walls of your pool. By allowing it do its job for an hour a day, it will purify your pool without much effort on your part.
That being said, before vacuuming, you will still have to use your skimming net to gather any significant items at the bottom of the pool. Additionally, brush the walls and floor of your pool with a pool brush to loosen any algae. This will make it easier for your vacuum to clean it up.
Last but not least, remember to empty your strainer baskets at least once a week. Throw away whatever has gathered in the basket (there are different ways to properly dispose of garden rubbish you collected from the rest of your outdoor area, to which you can add the pool waste). Then rinse the baskets with an outdoor faucet to clean it thoroughly.
- Add a pool ladder (and maybe a slide).
If you haven’t yet installed a pool ladder, this summer is the time! While many pool owners often overlook this addition at first, they are a fantastic help when you (or your guests) need some assistance getting out of the deep end.
To install a pool ladder, speak with a general contracting company in Dubai (or wherever you live) to ensure that you are getting the correct one for your pool’s size. By hiring a professional, you can be assured that the unit is attached to the edge securely.
If you have children (or are just a big kid at heart), you might also want to consider adding a slide to your pool!
- Install an eating and sitting area.
No one wants the hassle of going in and out of the house to get drink refills or extra snacks. If you have room in your pool area, this year, install an eating and sitting area.
Depending on the size of the entertaining space, you may be able to install a full-on bar and seating area, or perhaps just a rolling cart that lives off to the side. However, wherever your space and budget sits on this spectrum, it will be a welcome addition to your pool area.
- Organize your pool towel section.
One of the smaller aspects of the pool life, but just as important, is the towels! Before you start having weekly (or daily) pool parties, it is time to organize your pool towels. If you don’t already have a storage section for your towels, this needs to change.
To decrease the chances of having a big pile of wet towels on your floor, start by fixing up a pool towel hanger. These are easy to DIY on your own; simply use a wooden pallet and affix some hooks to the bottom.
For even more organization, restore an old cabinet that can be home to your pool towels. The cabinet should be located near the pool so that they are within easy reach for when you get out.
How are you preparing your pool for the summer months? What tips and tricks do you have for getting the most out of the space? Let us know in the comments below!
Rachel Hennessey manages the Pools and Landscaping Division of Hennessey LLC. She also works on Tender and Pre-Qualification and brings in new business to the company’s Construction, Interiors and Civils Division.