Tips to Get Your Pool Summer Ready!

Here’s our guide to get your pool Summer-ready.

1. Check it all works:

First of all, check the pump and filtration systems are working perfectly. Check the strainer basket doesn’t have any cracks that could potentially lead to debris in the pool. Next, check the pool lighting and see if the bulbs need replacing. You may also need to upgrade or replace any pool equipment – pumps, drain covers, pool covers, brushes, vacuums, leaf scoops or skimmers.

2. Keep your pool full

In fact, top it up!

This is mostly here as a safety message – but no matter how dirty your pool is or how many leaves have made their way to the bottom of the pool, don’t empty your pool unless you get professional help. Emptying your pool can cause it to lift out of the ground, causing significant damage to the structure and surrounding areas.

3. Use a bit of elbow grease:

Spring is a great time to get back into cleaning your pool, particularly if you’ve been neglecting it when the weather’s been rough.

Clean out the baskets and make sure you wash out the filter – a clogged filter prevents the water from flowing freely and wears out the pump.

Make sure you scrub the pool walls (especially if you have grout), by using baking soda and a sponge, or a pool tile cleaner. Don’t use household cleaners, as those chemicals aren’t meant to be swum in.

Give the surrounding areas a good clean too. This prevents any surrounding dirt and debris from getting in the pool when it’s not covered.

4. Balance your chemicals:

The most important part about getting your pool Summer-ready, is balancing the water chemicals.

You should test the following:

  • Alkalinity: 120-150ppm. Test alkalinity before adjusting pH levels, as pH will remain constant if you’ve got the right alkalinity levels.
  • pH: this should sit between 7.2 and 7.6
  • Calcium hardness: between 150-250ppm.
  • Stabiliser level: it should be sitting at a minimum of 30ppm of Cyanuric acid, helping to prevent chlorine loss.
  • Algaecide: add algaecide to your water to eliminate algae growth, particularly if your pool has been neglected during the cooler months.
  • Chlorine: this should be sitting between 1.5 and 3ppm.

5. Shock it:

Shocking your pool, by adding an oxidising compound or mixture to the water, will help to destroy chloramines and other undesirables that build up. This should be done every couple of weeks to keep it looking pristine.

6. Jump in!

Even if it’s not at your perfect temperature yet, after you’ve finished the 5 steps, you’ll definitely deserve a swim in your beautiful Summer-ready pool!


Who should perform swimming pool maintenance at the properties you manage?

5 ways a pool service company in Orlando can help property managers

As a property manager, your job is to keep the property you manage in a safe and habitable condition. You likely keep a large network of reliable plumbers, electricians, carpenters, landscapers and other contractors on hand to make emergency repairs or perform preventative property maintenance. By hiring experts to perform the needed task around your rental property, you limit issues from arising and solve problems quicker.


Property investors in Orlando often buy properties with pools for the added value, higher renting rate and enhanced tenant appeal. But a pool can become a costly and legal headache if it’s not properly maintained—and the property owner is relying on you. That’s why if you manage a property with a pool, it’s important that you hire the right people to care for it.  


Why hire a pool service company?

Hiring a dependable pool service company in Orlando will do more than simply keep the pools at your properties clean. They will also help to: 


#1: Improve Safety

Pools that are not properly maintained can be harmful to the health and happiness of tenants or guests. A reliable pool service company in Orlando will maintain your pool’s chemical levels to help reduce the spread of harmful diseases.


#2: Reduce Cost

Property managers are responsible for managing a rental or vacation property’s budget. With a pool service company in Orlando regularly checking your pool’s chemical levels, you can actually save money by reducing the need for constant maintenance.


#3: Protect Against Liability

Experienced pool service companies don’t just work with different types of pools, but also different types of fences and gates surrounding the pools. They can inform you if there’s an issue with any of these safety measures, to help prevent potential pool-related accidents that you may be liable for.


#4: Maintain Guest and Tenant Comfort 

Pool service companies will often visit the same property multiple times a month, allowing them to be the “eyes and ears” of the property manager. A reliable pool service company in Orlando will communicate and make a note of possible issues that threaten tenant and guest comfort.


#5: Encourage Repeat Guests and Long-Term Tenants

A well-maintained pool contributes to the comfort of the people renting the property, and keeping them happy encourages long-term tenants and repeat guests. This eliminates the money and work needed in finding new people to rent your property—and ensures a steady, reliable source of income for the property owner who hired you.


Properly maintaining a pool requires expert knowledge and regular work. Whether you manage a single family rental property or a vacation home, the team at Fratelli Pool Service has what it takes to keep you, your renters, and the property owner happy. 


We’re fully certified, insured, licensed and experienced pool company in Orlando. In addition to servicing pools for rental properties and vacation homes, we also offer a variety of extra services like pressure washing, deck organization, and more. 


Contact us today to request a quote or schedule a pool cleaning.