'Bet you're good and ready for your first plunge in your beloved backyard pool. Before you start splashing, though, you'll need to take care of these to-do's.
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Use a pool hook to snag any large branches that have fallen in, then dip out leaves with a pool net. Crank up the filtering system to get the water circulating and, before adding any chemicals, give it time to complete one full cycle.
When you do add chemicals, make sure you follow instructions precisely. And don't skimp on the chlorine. In fact, most pool pros recommend what they call “shocking” the water every couple of weeks with 3-to-5 times the normal amount of chlorine. Some advise doing that even more often if your pool gets a lot of use.
You'll also want to add an algaecide from time to time to keep greenery from spoiling your swim. That's especially true in windy and rainy climates where airborne spores tend to end up in the pool.
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