Maintaining your steps or ladders is just as important as any other type of pool maintenance, such as balancing its chemicals or regularly removing debris.
Trouble-Free Exits and Entries
Ideally, you should never have to think about your pool’s steps or its ladders. They should simply always be there ready to perform the function for which they were designed: To provide a wide angle for getting in and out of your pool without any trouble.
The steps of an inground pool are relatively simple to keep clean and they provide a much safer way to get in and out of the pool, especially for young children, elderly swimmers, or anybody else who may have trouble navigating the pool’s ladder.
You also want to make sure your steps are not so smooth that they can cause swimmers to slip and fall as they are using them. If necessary, you can apply sandpaper-like stickers to the surfaces of your pool’s steps to make them safer for swimmers.
Improving the Safety of Your Pool
Ladders, however, require a little maintenance in order to provide optimum functionality.
- Check to make sure that your ladders don’t have any loose or sharp edges. Any protrusion could potentially cause scratches, cuts or abrasions to swimmers as they are getting into or out of your pool.
- Look for rust on metal ladders. While most pool ladders are made of stainless steel, the screws, bolts or other attachments may be made from iron or another material that could eventually rust.
- Check the tightness of your ladders themselves. If they become loose or unattached, they could break free, causing an accident that could cause injury.
Simple maintenance of your pool’s steps and ladders will keep your swimming exprience fun and safe.