Healthy living

Tips for keeping your spa or pool healthy

All swimming pools and spas need regular maintenance.

  • Keep the water clean and clear.
    • Leaves and similar material should be removed daily.
    • Vacuum regularly to remove dirt, sand and debris.
  • Clean the skimmer and pump baskets regularly.
  • Ensure the water is properly treated, and contains the correct levels of chemicals.
  • Always follow the instructions on pool chlorine containers in relation to safe handling and disposal of the product.
  • Only a spa or swimming pool fitted with a filter and automatic chlorinator (including salt) is safe to use.
  • Keep the pool and spa surfaces in good condition. Repair any cracks in the shell and tiled surrounds.
  • Ensure the surrounds drain away from a pool or spa and do not collect puddles. Clean surrounds regularly.
  • Keep pipes, filters and motors in good working order.
  • Clean filters when required.
  • Service all pool equipment according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Ensure all electrical equipment is maintained in good condition. All repairs should be performed by a licensed electrician.
  • An automatic pool cleaner will help keep the pool clean and free of debris.
  • All top-up water should be added via the skimmer box with the filtration system running.
  • Hire a trained swimming pool and spa technician each month to keep your pool and spa safe to use.

Where to get help

Advice on water treatment is available from:

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