The Fourth of July weekend is only two days away. Maybe you’ve already got the ribs for the barbecue waiting in the fridge, and a sack full of ice in the freezer for your ice chest of sodas and other drinks. (If you don’t, do your shopping now and beat the rush!) But have you made sure that your swimming pool is ready for the holiday pool party?

Pool Party during Independence Day

Here are a few tips to get ready for your pool party:

  • If the weather is hot in your area, it’s safe to pull off the pool cover a day or two early so that the water isn’t steaming when it’s time for the kids to start doing cannonballs.
  • Have you been paying attention to the pH? In hot weather, it doesn’t take much time at all for your pH levels to get out of balance, so make sure to check every day; give yourself enough time to get it dialed in before all the swimmers show up. Remember, you want it to be at about 7.2 to 7.6, just a little on the alkaline side.
  • Are your chlorine levels where they need to be? Don’t let algae get a toehold! Also, when you have a lot of swimmers in the pool, you want to make sure that it isn’t over- or under-chlorinated. Too much and the kids will have sore eyes. Too little, and you’ll have a breeding ground for germs.
  • Make sure to clean debris out of the filter. A clogged filter won’t do you much good. Once you make sure it’s in good working order, run the pool pump and cleaner.

If you’ve done all of the above, then you can probably kick back and wait for the fireworks to start. Enjoy your pool party with friends and family, and have a good Fourth of July!