Updated June 2021
A clean pool is a safe pool. Keeping our pool maintained and hygienic works to
- protect our pool equipment
- save on avoidable repairs, and
- prevents the build-up and growth of bacteria and algae
But when holidays come, how do we keep our pool and spa pristine while we’re away? We’ve got all the tips.
And Happy Holidays
Holiday Checklist For Pool Safety
Pool Safety & Compliance
Set pool alarms, double check gate latches and make sure your barriers and fences are in place and compliant to Australia Government Standards. Our handy Pool Safety Checklists >here will help.
Clear The Decks
Remove any pool equipment, furniture and debris to keep the entire area clean and clear.
Check Water Chemistry
Test the pH and alkalinity so they’re properly balanced with correct sanitiser levels. Put extra tablets or sticks in the chlorinator or chlorine floater along with extra swimming pool algicide to keep the water clean and pristine.
Set the pool pump to run at least 8 – 12 hours for each day you’re away to keep the water clear. From automatic pool cleaners to robotic cleaners and creepy crawlys, cleaning your pool every day – even when you’re away – is still important. Program your pool cleaning system to start 15 minutes after your pool pump starts, then let it run for 2 – 4 hours daily.
Use A Safety Pool Cover
Consider covering the pool in your absence with a mesh safety cover. This saves on losing water, helps keeps your pool clean by catching leaves and debris, and discourages unwelcome visitors from using your pool or falling in. Definitely don’t use a solar blanket, as it warms your pool, prevents your skimmer operating properly and actually becomes dangerous if someone or an animal falls in.
Find A Friend
Bribe Entice a friend or neighbour with pizza and easy access to the pool to stop by regularly for pool checkups – preferably someone who already knows how to maintain a pool.
Provide this as a simple Pool Checkup Checklist
- Empty skimmer basket
- If pool is uncovered, skim the pool surface of any leaves and floating debris
- Check the filter pressure
- Perform simple water test
- Check water levels
Going For More Than A Month?
If you’re heading away longer than a month (lucky you), think about hiring a professional pool cleaner for your pool maintenance.