Getting your pool ready for use

Getting your pool ready for use

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The garden has been tidied up, the BBQ has been scrubbed, and the alfresco dining experience is upon us as the summer months unfurl along with the parasol and the promise of abundant sunshine.

It’s time to roll back the tarpaulin along with your sleeves and get down to the all important business of preparing your pool for the long and lazy summer ahead.

Follow these ten simple step to getting your pool in tip top condition for the summer season. To get you started we are offering 2L of Tile and Liner Cleaner with all orders over £50.!

1. Begin with the pump room

This is your pool’s nerve centre and as such, requires order and control. Ensure this area is clean and dry, arrange for any repairs to structural damage that may have come to light - especially after a long wet winter - and have a general tidy up.

2. Chemical quality check

Check that packaging for pool chemicals is still intact, labelled appropriately, and still of a quality fit for purpose. Ensure that you have enough of the correct type of chemicals required for your type of pool.

3. Test the electrics

Call your electrician and have him test the pump, heaters and other associated equipment BEFORE you attempt to switch it on.

4. Remove debris

Remove items of debris such as litter, leaves or other, larger, more solid items from your pool water. Your net needs to be long enough in order to retrieve items that may have sunk to the bottom of the pool. Skim the surface of the water, vacuum, and clean out strainer baskets.

5. Brush clean walls and tiles and coping stones The pool’s walls and tiles need careful but thorough cleaning. Select the right brush for the type of material the pool walls are made of as a brush that is too harsh, for example, may cause damage to tile grouting etc. Avoid using household detergents for this task which would be better served with a preparatory tile and liner cleaner.

6. Clean the filters

There are various types of pool filter, all of which need a different approach to cleaning to ensure optimum performance. Over cleaning can actually cause more harm, so consult the manufacture’s instructions for use if you need guidance for this task.

7. Top up and check for leaks

Using a garden hose, top up the water to the required level. Water can be lost through evaporation or leaks in the structure of the pool so now is the time to check for water loss. How do I do this?

8. Test the water

Pool water needs to be clean and healthy, devoid of harmful bacteria and algae. Balance by checking and adjusting Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and pH levels.

Our CoolPool Tester will determine the chemical balance in your pool.

9. Shocking the pool

It may be necessary to ‘shock’ your pool by super chlorinating the water. Treatment of the water in this manner will be necessary if the pool has been over wintered, or after periods of high bather use. The aim is to optimise water clarity and re-establish the sanitiser levels by breaking down contaminants in the water.

10. Reconnect and balance

Open up the recirculation valves to flood the pipework circuit, prime and start the pump and adjust filtration equipment. In order for the pool to be deemed safe for swimming, the water needs to be balanced with the right pH levels. This may take a few days to achieve, during which the pump must be left running. Backwash your filter if the pressure gauge rises appreciably at any time. Reduce the running time of the pump over the days which follow this initial balancing period. Your pool is ready for use when the chlorine level drops below 5.0 ppm, and the water is clear.

Check your pool’s pH daily throughout the season and adjust accordingly to maintain a healthy and safe quality of water in your pool.

Important to note:

Do NOT empty or lower the pool water below the ground water level unless advised to do so by a structural engineer. High ground water levels and surrounding soil pressure may cause the pool to collapse.


Always read instructions on packaging for proper handling, dosing and application of pool chemicals. Distribute chemicals broadly around the pool and never mix chemicals. Regular testing safeguards the balance of your pool and reduces the consumption of chemicals through remedial action.


Check your pool’s pH daily throughout the season and adjust accordingly to maintain a healthy and safe quality of water in your pool.



Help is at hand.


If you are unsure about your pool’s chemistry then get in touch for further guidance and help. Since no two pools are the same, we offer tailored solutions specifically designed to help you get the best from your pool. Get in touch without delay!