Opening Your Pool for Summer
Having an oasis in your very own backyard sounds pretty nice, doesn't it? But the joys of a backyard pool come with some ongoing responsibilities to keep it in good condition and a safe place to swim.
Now is the perfect time to get your pool ready for summer. After all, you don't want to be working outside when it's too hot—you want to be able to get in and enjoy the pool! And you may want to recruit some helpers (perhaps others in the family who get to enjoy the pool) because though it can be a one-man job, having another person could make the process faster and easier.
Already Have a Pool?
The first thing you should do is check all of your pool equipment and supplies. Check the filter and replace or clean it if needed, and check the expiration date on the chemicals and cleaning products and restock as needed before you get started. When you know you are prepared, clean the top of your pool cover and let it dry completely before you store it away. It's best to use anti-mold cleaning products to clean pool covers and store them in plastic bins to keep them away from insects and rodents.
When you have the pool set up, the most important thing is good maintenance. Make sure the pool is cleaned often, the water is free of debris, and the pH balance is checked regularly.
Some general pool safety suggestions are:
- Having a fence around the pool area to keep intruders out and to keep younger children safe.
- Set pool guidelines such as: no diving, no swimming right after eating or when feeling unwell, etc.
- Remind your pool guests to always have a pool buddy to watch over each other during your time in the water.
- Remind your pool guests and yourself to keep electrical devices far away from the water.
- Take care to close the pool when the weather is bad.
- Consider taking first aid classes or CPR training.
Thinking About Installing a Pool?
If you are thinking about installing a pool in your residence, you might want to check with your neighborhood association first to make sure it is permitted. You will also want to check that the pool setup you want will meet safety codes and other standards. After you have everything planned out, check with your insurance agent to see how the new addition will affect your policy rate. Schedule a Personal Protection Review with you agent today.