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.