Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Get Ready for Summer} {Regular Tests for Healthy Pool}; It's Vitally Important to Give Your Pool a Health Check before You Plunge In

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Get Ready for Summer} {Regular Tests for Healthy Pool}; It's Vitally Important to Give Your Pool a Health Check before You Plunge In

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom

WINTER is officially over and the first good dose of warm weather

this week means it's time to make sure your swimming pool is ready for summer.

And it's not simply a case of buying new togs and jumping in the deep end - swimming pool experts advise it's important to give your pool a vigorous health check before taking the plunge.

Mike Sheridan of Jim's Pool Care in Mountain Creek warned that while a swimming pool might appear sparkling clean after a long winter of no use, "it might not be healthy and the chemical balance could be way out".

"There could be a lot of phosphate in the water which has collected over the winter and if they aren't killed off properly, the pool will go green and it becomes an expensive job to fix it," he said.

Unbalanced swimming pools can also be a breeding ground for all sorts of germs.

Thankfully, preparing the pool for the summer season only requires a few simple procedures.

The first step Mr Sheridan advised people to take now that the weather had warmed up was "turn your chlorinator and your pump back up".

"In winter, a pump normally only runs for four hours while it is needed to run for eight hours a day in the summer months.

"A chlorinator is also down during the winter months and it would be a good idea to correct this," he said.

Heavy rains and lots of swimming created a need for the pump to run more often as "you need to turn the water over more".

While it was still too early for the Bureau of Meteorology to make strong predictions for the kind of summer we could expect, living in Queensland means there is sure to be a couple of scorchers.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jeff Callaghan said all the signs indicated we could expect an "average summer".

"We seem to be sitting between an El Nino and La Nina at the moment - with the El Nino dry and hot and the La Nina cooler with more rain," he said.

"At the moment it is neutral and there are no strong influences, but we will have a better idea after October when we have the southern oscillation figures which determine whether it is El Nino or La Nina. …

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