Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer

Spring is here, even if the temperatures aren’t quite showing it yet. It’s time to start thinking about opening your pool for summer in order to stock up on the supplies that you will need. In case you’re not really sure where to start, here are the steps you need to take in order to get your inground swimming pool summer-ready!


Remove debris from your cover.

If your pool cover is covered in leaves, those leaves will end up in your pool unless you remove them first. Use a blower, rake or broom to clear your pool cover of any debris before beginning the cleaning process.


Remove the cover.

When it comes time to remove your cover, the important thing is to make sure that it is clean and dry before putting it into storage.


Clean and vacuum the inside of the pool.

With your cover removed, it’s time to take a good look at your pool and make sure that it is as clean as possible. Remove any floating debris with a skimming net and remove any extra dirt and debris with a thorough vacuuming.


Make sure your water level is good.

Your inground swimming pool’s water level should be at about the halfway mark of your skimmer opening. If the water does not reach this level, it will need to be filled more.


Check your equipment.

A lot can happen over a long winter. You need to make sure that each part of your pool is functioning correctly, including your filter. But don’t forget that things like diving boards, slides, and pool decks can also take a beating in the winter that may require a fix in order to be safe before you take a dip. Make sure that everything is inspected so that the swimming experience can be clean and safe for everyone!


Check your pool’s chemical levels.

You need to be sure that you have the correct levels for:

  • Chlorine
  • pH
  • Calcium
  • Bromine
  • Stabilizer

If these levels are too far off to be fixed with some adjustment, your pool may need to be drained and refilled. This usually happens every 3-5 years.

Once your pool is opened, remember that it needs regular maintenance! If you have any questions about closing your pool for winter or what tools you will need to keep your pool clean and functional during the upcoming summer, give us a call at (412) 741-4774.

Buy Your Pool its Own “Watchdog”

You keep a close eye on your belongings – and now you can keep a better eye on your pool than ever before.

The Pool Watchdog Swimming Pool Safety Cam helps you easily keep watch on your pool when you’re not home. The wireless camera works with your internet router to give you a picture in full-color, with night vision and motion detection included. Installation takes just minutes.

For busy parents, the Pool Watchdog is a great tool for keeping kids safe. You can come and go from the pool area while never letting children or other swimmers go unwatched. If someone trips the motion detection on the camera while you are away from home, you can set the system to give you text or email alerts.

There is a Watchdog app available for both Android and iOS operating systems, which you can use to view a live stream of your pool while you’re on the go. You can also stream footage to a computer or television screen.

This product is great for winter, as it can show you if any debris has landed on your pool cover while you are away fro the holidays. Plus, it’s weatherproof, so no matter what the weather, your Watchdog will keep an eye out for you.

For more information on pricing and getting a Pool Watchdog camera of your own, call Professional Pool Services at 412-741-4774 or send an email to


Make Chlorination Simple with a Salt Generator

Not using a salt generator for your pool? Save yourself the trouble of buying, hauling, storing and adding chorine to your swimming pool.

Salt generators use a small amount of regular salt and the process of electrolysis to create chlorine for your pool. A fantastic benefit of salt generators are that they make your pool water become softer, which is easier on eyes and skin for swimmers. There is no more “shocking” water with granular chlorine. Plus, this chlorine can be used over and over again.

It is still important to maintain your pool when using a salt generator, and making sure that the proper amount of chlorination is taking place. PH levels will also rise as chlorine is added to the water, and it is important to keep a healthy level.

If you have questions about salt generators or would like to purchase one for your pool, stop by Professional Pool Services and we’ll be happy to help!