For pool owners, the spring means one thing: another pool season is just around the corner. But before you start dreaming about lazy, summer days by the pool, review some pool opening tips to help get you (and your pool) get ready for the upcoming season.
Here are the top 5 pool opening tips:
1. Check the water.
Of course, when opening your pool you will need to chemically balance the water. But before you get ready to tamper with the alkalinity, take a moment to check the water while the pool cover is still on.
This way, you can evaluate the current state of the pool water and determine what chemicals you will need before you get started. (It is much more aggravating to go through the trouble of uncovering your pool and then realize that you are lacking some necessary chemicals.)
To quickly check your pool’s water, use test strips to evaluate the total alkalinity, pH, chlorine, calcium hardness, and stabilizer (Cyanuric acid) levels.
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2. Test all of your pool equipment.
Before you open your pool, it is a good idea to do a thorough assessment of all of your supplies and equipment to ensure that everything is in proper order for the season ahead.
For example, you may have all of the chemicals you need to balance your pool – but are any of them expired? Also, take a look at your filtration and pump systems (and your heater, if you have one): is any of the equipment broken? Are there any parts that need to be replaced?
The general rule of thumb is to run all equipment for 30 minutes to be sure that it is fully operational.
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3. Remove debris before taking off the pool cover.
During the off season, you secure your pool with a winter cover or a solid safety cover. But this cover also becomes a magnet for debris pile up. When opening your pool for the season, it is important to first clean off the pool cover. This will not only make it easier to remove, but it will also prevent unwanted debris from falling into the pool.
To get rid of the debris, use a sump pump first to drain off excess water. Then clean off any residual build-up, take off the cover, and leave it outside to dry.
To prevent mold and mildew from growing, make sure that the cover is fully dried before you fold it and put it in storage. Also, take care to store in a place away from insects and moisture
4. Brush and vacuum the pool.
After you have taken care of the pool cover, there is another step before you start to balance the pool’s water: you must clean the pool itself. Making this extra effort will help to prevent algae and bacteria from building up on the pool’s walls. A clean pool will also help the filtration system to run more efficiently.
Brush the floor and walls of your pool, then use a vacuum to remove all accumulated debris.
Before you move on to shock the pool, it is also recommended to allow the filtration system to run for 24 hours to cleanse it.
5. Verify the safety of your pool environment.
When opening your pool for the new season, there is more to consider than the state of the water. You must also consider the safety of your pool area.
Especially if you have small children and/or pets, ask yourself: are the pool barriers secure? Do they offer sufficient protection?
Now is also the time to reinstall any ladders, handrails, or other pool accessories that you may have dismantled in the off season. Lubricate the equipment’s bolts and screws to ensure they are stable and secure for the summer (and to allow for easy disassembly at the end of the summer).
The next pool season is just around the corner, but before you can relax poolside this summer, you must go through the necessary steps to open your pool.
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