Pool compliance certificates – getting your pool ready for summer
With the winter months well and truly behind us, it is now time to get the pool ready for those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer ahead of us. There are lots of things to think about, from pool compliance certificates to the safety of your water quality. Here are some quick tips to make sure your pool is in tip-top shape before you and your family jump in.
Make sure you have current pool compliance certificates
If it has been more than three years since your last certification, it’s time to get it checked again. Swimming pools need to be regularly checked and awarded a certificate of compliance. This can be done through your local council or with a private certifier with a swimming pool compliance accreditation. If you’re not sure if your pool has been certified in the last three years, you can check with the Swimming Pool Register NSW. It is essential to get this done for any pool or spa on your property. Once it is done, your pool compliance certificate will last another three years.
Clean up and check water levels
Clear all leaves, dirt and debris from around your pool and from the pool cover. Remove any dirt, debris and bugs from the water and give it a good vacuum. If you have completely neglected your pool over winter, it may even need to be drained and refilled, but seek professional advice before tackling this task yourself. You should also make sure your pool water is safe to swim in. Keeping the water free from algae and micro-organisms will ensure your family and guests are protected from a range of nasties, from skin irritations to tummy bugs. The chemicals in the water need to be balanced to achieve a suitable pH level for safe swimming. You can do the testing yourself with a water testing kit or take a water sample into a professional for testing.
Check pool fence safety
New laws have come into force around Australia raising safety standards for pool and spa fencing. You need to be prepared to ensure you are pool fence safe. In NSW, from the 29th of April 2016 pool/spa and pool fence certification became a legal requirement. PoolCC are a leading provider of professional pool fence inspections in Sydney. They can appraise your pool and spa style and make appropriate suggestions for suitable products for your safety barriers and advise on any improvements required.
With these few steps your swimming pool will be ready for summer in no time. Don’t forget to keep up the barrier, gate and fence maintenance during the season, ensure the pool surface is kept clean and check the water quality levels regularly. If you need any help or advice regarding pool compliance certificates, give PoolCC a call today on 02 8005 6167. And most importantly – take the time to sit back beside your pool, relax and enjoy the Australian summer with your family!