Is your pool ready for summer?

Break out the beach towels and sunscreen because summer is officially here! Break out the beach towels and sunscreen because summer is officially here! In areas of the country where temperatures climb during the summer, having a swimming pool can be a blessing and a great place to spend warm days. It can also be […]


Break out the beach towels and
sunscreen because summer is officially here!

Break out the beach towels and sunscreen because summer is officially here! In areas of the country where temperatures climb during the summer, having a swimming pool can be a blessing and a great place to spend warm days. It can also be a great point of appeal for owners who are putting up their homes for sale. However, opening a pool for the summer requires a little work, and knowing which steps to ensure it is safe and clean can prevent problems that may arise in the future.

Work with what you have

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when opening their pool for summer is emptying it out first, according to MSN Real Estate. When owners uncover their pools after the long winter season, the water will look murky and dirty, and most individuals are tempted to drain it and clean the bottom of the pool. This can be a problem and create risks that owners may be unaware of. For example, empty pools that sit on a high water table may pop out of the ground if they don’t have the weight of the water holding it in place, the news source explains. This may require owners to replace their in-ground pool completely.

Instead, owners should begin by cleaning out all filters and cleaning out baskets to make sure all systems are free of debris.

Make sure the chemicals are balanced

Before putting chlorine and other chemicals in a freshly opened pool, it can be helpful to take a sample of water to retailer that specializes in swimming pools to have the water tested, the news source explains. The test will reveal how much mineral content is in the water and the levels of other chemicals that are present. This can be helpful because it will give homeowners are starting point when it comes to adjusting their chemicals and knowing how much to add to their pool. Individuals who are opening their pool for the first time may also want to speak with a professional about how much chlorine to use, the best ways to clean and maintain it and potential dangers to watch out for.

Most professionals recommend adding chemicals, cleaning out filters and allowing the pool to run while it is still covered. This can help save individuals from doing extra work, because it is likely that uncovering a pool too quickly will result in leaves, pollen and debris in the water. As a result, it may take longer to clean it.

Thinking about buying a home with a pool? Check out this article first! Is that swimming pool safe? What home buyers should know.

Lindsay is the the Senior Manager of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and recently welcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016. Lindsay and her two Joes love spending their time playing with their cat Rory, watching sports and vacationing in Cape Cod.

2 Comments

  1. PoolGear Plus
    June 29, 2012

    If you aren’t sure what pool chemicals to use when you’re getting your pool ready for summer, consider buying a pool opening kit. Everything you need to maintain and open your pool comes in a handy-dandy kit with instructions! So easy!

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