Our first two articles covered the vital topic of pool safety (see Part 1 & 2). The topic we’re going to turn to next is related to safety but focuses on a specific area: pool maintenance. Making sure that your pool water is sparkling clean will help your guests feel more comfortable in the water. It will also provide them with a healthier swimming environment, as well as make your post-party pool cleanup a little easier.
Shock Your Pool a Week in Advance
When you see the date of the party approaching on your calendar, you’ll want to take some specific actions to make sure the water is ready for your big day. One week before the event, add the recommended amount of pool shock for your size pool. The amount you use can also depend upon the current condition of your water. Water that’s cloudy even after a shock may need an extra dose of shock treatment. For pools with measurable combined chlorine or noticeable algae in the water, you’ll want to add even more. If you’re not sure exactly how much you should add, call your pool supply retailer and ask to speak to someone with expertise in pool chemistry.
Clarify Your Pool Water
Giving your pool a clarifying treatment is also a good idea. This treatment can give your pool filters a break so they won’t have to work quite as hard during the party. The clarifying solution works to get rid of solids that are suspended yet invisible. These solids can cause cloudiness in the water. After the treatment, your water will likely look sparkling clean.
Another great additive for your pre-party pool prep is enzymes. These can get rid of hair, skin, oils, and other contaminants that make their way into the water. They’ll give the chlorine and sanitizers in your pool a boost and help them to perform at their optimal levels during the party. These powerful enzymes also work to prevent staining on your pool’s interior surfaces.
Limit Pool Traffic Before the Party
You may want to keep your use of the pool in the days leading up to your party to a minimum. Then you’ll be able to let the extra chemicals you’ve added to the pool water do their work without interference. It will also give you a chance to make sure that the chemicals are working as they should.
Keep it Covered
If you have a pool cover, this is a great time to use it. Adding that extra layer of protection to your pool can keep it from accumulating bugs, dirt, and debris that will make the pool look dirty when your guests arrive. Adding a solar cover or a set of solar rings to the surface of your pool during the heat of the day can also help warm your pool water up, so it will be at a pleasant swimming temperature for your guests.
Use a Leaf Net Skimmer
Even if you do have a cover on it, your pool could still end up accumulating some debris. If it does, just break out your leaf skimmer and take care of the problem. Do this every day to keep debris to a minimum for the day of your pool party.
Now that you’ve got the water preparation steps down, it’s time to consider pool accessories. That’s the topic we’ll tackle in our next article.
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