May has arrived, which means it’s time to take that spring cleaning frenzy outdoors. To the pool area, more specifically. With the kickoff to pool season around the corner (Memorial Day weekend, we’re ready for you!) there is no time like the present to get your backyard in tip-top shape. Read on to find out what should be on your pool spring cleaning checklist and how to get your pool ready for swimming season this year.

  1. Give your pool a good scrubbing. After months of not being used, your pool most likely acquired some dirt or similar substances. Dirt and other undesirable objects typically cling to the walls and stairs of your pool. As the weather heats up, those areas may become breeding grounds for algae if not cleaned properly now, so be sure to give them a good cleaning. Once you’re sure you have scrubbed away all threats to your pool, run the filter for a few hours. This will ensure any lingering bacteria is removed.
  2. Clear the water. Once your pool is open you may notice debris and dirt in your pool. Be sure to give your pool water a good cleaning before allowing swimmers to have their fun. A good vacuum and skimming session may be just what your pool needs to start the season off right. These tools will remove the last remains of winter from your pool and get it ready for you to embrace that summer fun.
  3. Test the waters. Now that your pool is clean of potential algae outbreaks and has been cleansed of winter debris, it’s time to get those chemicals in check. Be sure to have your pool water tested professionally before making any changes to the water. You’ll want to see what needs to be changed in order to achieve that perfect balance necessary for a sparkling oasis. Remember your pool chemicals will need to be updated constantly throughout the swim season, not just at the beginning, in order to maintain optimal shine.
  4. Don’t forget the filter. The filter may be one of the most important tools your pool needs to keep running. Be sure the filter has been thoroughly cleaned and checked for damages before starting it up. You may also need to replace a few items to ensure it remains its top condition throughout the entire swimming season. Remember that after months of little to no use, the filter may need to be primed with water or another lubricant before it’s first use. Account for all potential scenarios to avoid drawbacks with beginning your pool season.
  5. Clean up your poolside gardens. While this may seem to be the last thing you want to do, poolside gardens will need attention too. As the weather changes and plants come back into season, they will need some primping to return to their former fully blossomed glory. You may also find the need to clear out weeds and other unwanted plants from this area to give your yard the look you desire.

As you begin to prepare for the hot weather, remember these tips to get your pool ready for the swimming season. There is nothing better than being prepared for the first warm summer day and being able to take a dip in your pristine pool.