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The best swimming pool care and safety tips

Spring is just around the corner, and if you have solar pool heating already installed at your Melbourne, Sydney, or Brisbane home, then you will be able to dive straight in due to the extended swimming season it brings. But before you and your family can take advantage of your warm pool, you need to ensure that your pool maintenance is taken care of so that you can can enjoy it without the stress. Routine maintenance also helps to keep your pool operating safely and efficiently throughout the year. Whether you have solar pool heating installed yet in Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne, or you are still considering it, here are our top tips for taking care of your swimming pool that will help you save time, money, and effort.

Do your general filter routine maintenance check regularly
A check of your pool’s operating system will ensure that it operates safely and efficiently, so there are some areas that you should regularly take a look at. These include ensuring that each suction outlet cover and skimmer cover is in place, screwed in correctly, and unbroken. Your filter pressure gauge should also be in perfect working order as per the manual, and make sure that your pump and filter o-rings are in good condition and sealing properly as they should be. Remove any debris from your skimmer baskets, the pump strainer basket, the main drain cover, and the pump motor air vents. Be sure to follow any other suggestions in your owner’s manual that will help to keep your pool in top condition.

Invest in family safety
While you take care of your pool maintenance, it is also important that you take care of your family’s safety by ensuring that you have all the safety essentials within easy reach. Most homes should have instructions for resuscitation close by, however, it is not a bad idea to go through these safety steps regularly, especially if you have younger members in your family. It is also important that your children learn how to swim, and what they should do if they have cramps or there is an emergency in the pool. Regularly inspect your pool gate to ensure that there is no place small people can get through, and that your gate locks properly. Also ensure that you have safety rings or a safety vest close to your swimming pool, as these could one day save a member of your family from drowning.

Keep pool chemicals out of reach from children and pets
We have previously mentioned tips for ensuring your pool is clean and hygienic, however, it is also important to ensure that you keep your pool chemicals in a safe and secure environment, away from pool equipment and your family members. Pool chemicals can be hazardous to your health so proper safety precautions should be taken at all times, which means storing in cool, dry, well ventilated areas, out of direct sunlight. You should store your chemicals carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions, and ensure that you keep them in their original containers so you don’t accidentally mix them together. If you spill your chemicals, don’t try to save them by putting back into the container as this can cause major problems. Other things to keep in mind, never store oxidisers and acids near each other, never store liquid chemicals above powders or solids (don’t stack containers generally), do not store chemicals in an area above your head, and do not store your pool chemicals near petrol, gas, fertiliser, herbicides, grease, paints, tile cleaners, turps, or any other flammable materials. Whenever you use chemicals, make sure you wear the appropriate protective gear including gloves, footwear, and eyewear. When using the pool chemicals, always use clean metal or plastic measuring cups for each type of chemical, and keep moisture away from them. You should also avoid exposing chemicals to any heat or flames. It is a lot to remember, but it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to using pool chemicals, so keep a list close by of what you should do in case of an emergency.

Utilise your solar pool heating
The installation of solar pool heating at your Melbourne, Sydney, or Brisbane home as a host of benefits, and while it is free to run, a solar or thermal pool blanket is a great way to help reduce the heat loss overnight. They not only help to keep heat in, they will reduce water evaporation and help to keep leaves and debris out so your general pool maintenance and cleaning is much easier to keep up with. In doing so, you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying your perfect swimming pool.

Enjoy your pool throughout the year with solar pool heating for your Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne home from Sunlover Heating. If you would like more information, call our solar pool heating experts today on 1800 815 913.