Your family pool is an investment. Take care and take advantage of it!
Better Business Bureau Serving Metro Atlanta, Athens & Northeast Georgia has tips and ideas for you to make the best of the warming weather and all of the fun to be had by the water.
Getting Your Pool Ready
Memorial Day is typically the kick off to summer swimming season. But, are you really sure that your pool is ready to dive into? There are several steps to take before you throw your first of many pool parties to come. BBB suggests pool owners take these five steps:
- Remove, clean and properly store the pool cover
- Raise the water to the recommended level based on the type of your pool
- Reconnect any pool components you disconnected for Winter
- Start with a clean slate. Consider a professional pool cleaning to get rid of mold and stains.
- Check the pH level of your pool’s water and adjust with the proper chemicals as necessary
These steps are crucial to ensure that your pool continues to run smoothly during the spring and summer months.
According to the American Red Cross, more than 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. The Red Cross suggests owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:
Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.
Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses from the Red Cross.
Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.
Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”
Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses from the Red Cross.
You can find more safety tips by visiting poolsafely.gov/parents/safety-tips/.
Make Sure to Maintain
Once your pool is ready to go, don’t neglect the necessary weekly maintenance.
Weather conditions, environmental contaminants and bather load can dramatically change the chemistry of the water within as little as an hour. By checking the chemistry of your pool/spa between service stops you will keep your water clean and clear throughout the summer.
Your pool can make a picture perfect backdrop for any occasion! Stumped on ideas? We’ve got a few for you:
Movie Night: Consider renting a projector and projection screen to host a backyard movie night. Grab inflatable floating chairs your guests can lounge on in the pool while watching a favorite film.
Date Night: What’s better than a candlelit dinner by the pool? Invite your favorite couples over to enjoy a meal and a midnight swim.
Birthdays & Holidays: Celebrating a summer birthday or hosting the 4th of July bash? Throw some balloons in the water and let them float for a festive vibe. Break out the grill and BBQ your favorite vegetables and meats for your guests.
To find trusted businesses and services providers to help you make this season of swimming a splash, look no further than bbb.org.