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How to Set Up and Look After Your Swimming Pool

When the weather is hot, there’s nothing more refreshing than a dip in the pool, especially in the privacy of your own garden! If you’re thinking about getting a pool or just need a reminder on how to get set up, we’ve put together this handy guide on how to set up and look after your swimming pool.

 

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Prepare the area

The first thing you want to do is make sure that the area you wish to place the pool in is level. You can use sand to correct the level if needed. Next, lay down your groundsheet. This will protect both the pool and the ground beneath it, as well as provide insulation.

 

What chemicals you’ll need

For the set-up and maintenance of your pool, you’ll need chlorine/shock, pH plus, pH minus, and algaecide. It may be a good idea to purchase a kit which will have all the basics. You’ll also need some testing strips.

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How long does it take to fill?

This, of course, all depends on the size of your pool. It is estimated to be a minimum of four hours, depending on how large the pool is. You should never leave your pool to fill overnight or leave the house while the pool is filling. When filling your pool, you need to be supervising and checking on it frequently.

When can you swim in it?

It is suggested to leave at least four hours between chemical input and swimming. If you’re unsure if it’s safe, test your water and refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. It’s best to add your chemicals in the evening when you know the pool won’t be used for several hours.

How often should you shock your pool?

You should shock your pool approximately every two weeks. It’s best to do this in the evening after clearing the pool of any debris. If in doubt, use test strips frequently and always refer to the manufacturer’s directions.

 

Testing your pool regularly will indicate which chemicals need adjusting, but often the appearance of the water itself can be a good indicator too. Clean your pool of any dirt and leaves and cover it overnight to keep it clean and usable. Now you’re all ready to go, just add your accessories and inflatables, and get ready to make a splash!

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