3 Tips for Prepping Your Pool for the Perfect Party

There’s more to throwing a pool party than music, games, and guests. Your pool area needs to be prepped and ready, too. Use the following tips to make sure your pool is party-ready in no time.

Safety First: Provide the Appropriate Safety Gear

Before the party begins, make sure to stock your pool area with basic safety gear. Every pool area should include the following:

  • First-aid kit
  • Lifesaver rings
  • Pool depth markers
  • Stair rails

If your pool party includes kids, you can’t always count on parents bringing the appropriate safety gear. It’s always a good idea to have life jackets or other child-friendly flotation devices available in various sizes.

Keep It Clean: Clear Any Debris or Mess

Make sure all patio furniture is in good repair, and clear any debris from around the pool. All walkways should be clear as well; you don’t want anyone to accidentally trip and injure themselves at your party.

Before your guests arrive, make sure to clear out any debris from the surface or bottom of your pool. It’s easy for bugs, leaves, branches, and such to collect on the water’s surface, even with regular upkeep. You’ll want to clean any tiles as well if you haven’t done so recently.

Balance is Key: Have a Chemical Testing/Balancing Check-up

Nothing ruins a party like irritated eyes or skin. If your pool’s chemicals are out of balance, you risk irritation, illness, and property damage.

The chemicals in your pool must maintain a proper balance in order to be effective. Pool owners need to pay attention to the following chemical levels: cyanuric acid, pH (or acidity/alkalinity), free chlorine, calcium hardness, and total alkalinity.

If any of these levels are out of balance, your pool and swimmers suffer. Owners should test their water once a week with a kit and balance the chemicals accordingly. Before a big pool party, you might consider having a professional maintenance check-up to make sure the chemicals are balanced, your filters are clean, and your pool is operating at full capacity.

If you’re in the market for a new pool, or if you would like to learn about our professional maintenance and cleaning services, contact Robert Allen Pools and Spas today.

Safety and Maintenance Tips for Indoor Pools

Safety is paramount when maintaining an indoor pool, especially when you’re using chemicals to clean and sanitize the water. Common sense can take you a long way, of course, but keep in mind these additional tips for pool maintenance, so you can be sure all your family and friends can enjoy your pool safely, year-round.

Chemical Safety

Basic pool maintenance involves handling chemicals that can be hazardous without proper precautions. Improperly handling chemicals can lead to chemical burns as well as other health hazards if toxic fumes are inhaled. Pool chemicals are designed to dissolve in a large body of water, which means they are often quite concentrated to begin with.

The following safety tips can help you handle your pool chemicals safely:

  • Store chemicals in a cool, dry place, out of the sunlight and away from children and pets
  • Containers should be secured and locked when not in use in a well-ventilated area
  • Oxidizers should never be stored near acids
  • Chemicals shouldn’t be stored over-head, and liquid chemicals shouldn’t be stored above solid or powder chemicals
  • Store chemicals in original containers and do not use any contents in unlabeled containers
  • Don’t ever store pool chemicals near anything flammable, such as paints or gasoline.
  • Never mix chemicals
  • Carefully read and follow manufacturer recommendations
  • Always wear protective gear when handling chemicals and only use these substances in a well-ventilated area

Pools that aren’t treated with chemicals attract disease-causing mosquitoes and bacteria, so be sure to maintain the proper pool chemistry at all times.

Pool Maintenance Safety

When it comes to performing maintenance tasks on your indoor pool, follow these safety tips:

  • Take care around filters, pool pumps, and mechanical components—these are electronic devices. Electronics and water do not go well together, so don’t ever plug in an extension cord around your indoor pool.
  • Don’t let guests use the pool when the suction drain cover is broken or missing.
  • Don’t use an aluminum vacuum handle in your pool.
  • Don’t enter the pool while you are running a utility pump.
  • Wear protective gear while performing maintenance tasks on your pool, and wear a swim cap or pin up your hair if it is long.

Contact Us

To learn more about our pools and spas, contact Robert Allen Pools and Spas in Reno, Nevada. We are experts in pool and spa safety and here to make sure you and your family are safe in the water.

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