Purchasing and installing a brand new pool is an exciting time for any homeowner. You can cool off in summer, host pool parties and they offer endless amounts of fun for the kids.
But when it comes to pool care, it starts immediately.
Here at Hi-tech Pools & Spa we know, without the proper care and attention, your pool can quickly become discoloured, unappealing and unsafe to swim in.
So before you break out the pool noodles and flamingo floaties, we urge you to take the time to read over the essential care elements that you should adopt from day one.
Ensure Your Pool Meets All Legalities & Compliance
You cannot just install a pool and dive in. It is essential to have a secure fence and signage for safety reasons and there are heavy fines for non-compliance (not to mention the obvious safety risks).
Under Northern Territory legislation, you are required to have a barrier that includes fencing or the wall of a house that will prevent children under five from accessing the pool area unassisted.
It needs to meet the Australian standard or the Community Safety Standard.
While it is not legislated to have signage around your pool, it is a good idea to at least have CPR instructions mounted on the pool fence in case of an emergency.
Get Yourself A Home Testing Kit
The water in your pool needs to be perfectly balanced. If it is not, it can become corrosive and irritating to your skin and develop bacterial outbreaks that can be harmful to your health.
There are three elements that need to be balanced: pH, alkalinity and calcium hardness. Your pool testing kit will allow you to quickly gain a reading on all three.
If you are not confident with adding chemicals, you can take the water sample to Hi-Tech Pools & Spa in Yarrawonga, where we offer a free water test, and we can advise you on the precise amount of chemicals you need for your pool.
The Cleaning Process Begins Immediately
Every day you should scoop up any leaves and debris from your pool and also clean out the skimmer which will gather up any organic material.
Cleaning the algae off the pool walls will keep bacteria at bay and stop your pool from feeling slick and slimy.
There are automatic pool cleaners that can assist you with that. Your filter will also need to be routinely cleaned, so it is a good idea to book a monthly pool inspection and cleaning service to ensure everything is clean and running the way it should.
Have You Considered Your Electricity Expenses
Your pool pump and filter can be one of the most expensive appliances in your home.
Running them around the clock will result in massive electricity expenses, so it is advised to set them on a timer to only run during off-peak periods.
You can also investigate solar power to run your pump so that you are not burdened by a heavy electricity bill.
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