Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tips on Getting Your Pool Ready For Summer

I am partnering with HTH® Pool Supplies to share my tips on how to get your pool ready for Summer, but all opinions are my own.

School is out, which means it is officially summer and time for long days by the pool. We always kick off Memorial Day weekend with a pool party and cook out for family and friends. This means I spend the week before cleaning the deck and area around the pool, getting it ready to open. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for swimmers and you can pick it up during your next trip to Walmart!

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

We have been opening our pool for about 10 years now and each time it gets a little easier. We are always looking for ways to get it open a little quicker so we can enjoy it. We start by using a small pump hooked to a hose to drain the rain water off the pool cover. Next, we use a net to remove the leaves and debris that has fallen over the winter. Once the pool cover is mostly clear, we remove the water tubes from around the edges and remove the cover.


Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

Once the cover is off, we use the water hose to fill the pool up past the skimmer, so we can get the pump going and add the chemicals. Our trusted brand is HTH and this year I am using the  HTH® Multi-Purpose 6 Way TestStrips to determine what products my pool needs to make it safe to swim in.

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

 (Note: Textstrip works with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and any carrier that accepts MMS messaging. MMS-enabled US short codes are able to deliver MMS messages to the following mobile phone carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile.)

It is super easy! Just follow the directions to place the test strip in the water, snap a picture, and text it to 484123. They will ask for the gallons of your pool and then will send you a recommendation of what you need to add to the water. If you do not have the ability to text, you can compare your strip to the chart on the back of the container to determine what you need to add.

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

HTH® has a whole line of products for hassle free maintenance all summer long. You can find them at your local Walmart, along with all your other pool care needs!

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

I am excited to try the new HTH™ Pre-Measured, Water Soluble Pods™, which are similar to laundry pods. There is no more messing or guessing with chlorine tablets and bottles of chemicals. They also practice sustainability by reusing, recycling, and reducing their carbon footprint.

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

The pods are simple to use and you can place them in the skimmer or directly in the pool.* We used 4 each of the Pre-Measured, Water Soluble Pods™ Shock! and Pre-Measured, Water Soluble Pods™ Algae Guard according to the instructions. We placed the Shock! pods in the skimmer and the Algae Guard pods in each of the 4 corners of the pool. They dissolve almost immediately, so you can quickly spread it out using a brush.

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

Our pool was clear and ready to use the following day and we can easily maintain it all summer long with the 4-step program developed by HTH®
  • 1 – Balance
  • 2 – Sanitize
  • 3 – Shock
  •  4 – Prevent Algae

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. I would rather spend time relaxing by the pool instead of spending time trying to figure out the amount of chemicals we need to add. Now that our pool is open and ready for swimming, who wants to come over for a pool party?

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

*When using the PODS, follow these guidelines:

  • Always follow label instructions.
  • It is recommended to use safety glasses and rubber gloves when handling the product.
  • If putting the pod into the skimmer, be sure to only put 1 pod in at a time and wait until it dissolves before adding another pod (or another product) to the skimmer. Be sure to remove all other chemicals from the skimmer before adding in a pod product.
  • Stabilizer PODs can not be added directly to the pool, only to the skimmer.
  • If putting several pod(s) into the pool, be sure to spread them around the deep end and brush to dispense all product.
  • For balancers, you can get into the pool once it’s all dissolved.
  • After adding Shock/Algae Guard Pods, test the chlorine level and be sure to wait until the level is between 1-4 ppm before re-entering the pool.

Having a pool does not have to be a hassle. HTH® Pool Supplies make it easy to get your water ready for Summer!

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