Warmer weather, longer days, and beautiful blooming trees and plants are just some of the seasonal delights we may look forward to now that spring is here. Spring’s coming means the start of spring pool openings for many pool owners. Just because it’s sunny does not imply the pool is ready for use yet. By following these simple instructions, you can have a swimming pool that is clean, healthy, and safe in no time at all.
Here are some tips to consider for your spring pool openings.
Clean the cover
After a long winter, thorough cleaning of your pool cover is in order. If you have not cleaned the cover since last fall, you could be in for a big surprise. Even if you did some clearing throughout the cold months, you’d likely need to do more. Before removing the cover, you should remove any standing water or debris.
The most critical component of removing your pool cover is ensuring no debris from the cover ends up in the water. In certain cases, it may take many hours to remove all of the debris from the pool cover.
It’s important to deal with standing water if your pool has a sturdy cover. It would be best if you did not submerge solid pool covers in water during the winter months since this can cause the cover to collapse. Consider purchasing a pump specifically designed to remove water from a pool cover that has a solid cover.
Remove and store the cover
Removing the cover and laying it flat after cleaning ensures that the cover is completely clean. Wipe it down with a broom to remove residual leaves or other debris. This is the most important phase. Allow ample time for the cover to dry before re-using it. For it to be completely dry, you’ll require at least two days of no precipitation. Any folds or creases that can collect moisture need smoothening out. To preserve it for the following winter, fold the cover when it has dried completely.
Keeping the cover in good shape can make closing your pool much easier in the fall; therefore, it’s crucial to take care of it.
Inspecting, cleaning, and filling the pool
You must thoroughly inspect your pool once you remove the winter cover to ensure that it hasn’t sustained any damage. Inspect the pool filter for tears and clogs. Before turning on the pump, check if the skimmer baskets and filter are clear. Keep your pump running until you are confident that there’s no pool damage.
You can now fill your pool with water after a thorough inspection and any necessary repairs. You should have lowered the water level in the pool by several inches when you shut it down. As soon as it’s warm enough, you should bring your swimming pool back to the proper water level. When your pool hasn’t been refilled or maintained for months, it’s most likely lower in water than when you left it. Regular tap water is also ideal for filling a swimming pool. Garden hoses are all that you need.
Brush and vacuum the pool after filling it with water. Taking the time to clean the pool before adding any chemicals can aid their effectiveness. Check the floor and walls for any signs of debris and dirt that may have built up over time.
Balancing the water and adjusting chemicals
A pool opening kit contains all the chemicals pool owners will need for their spring pool openings. Opening kits usually include the following: test strips, algaecide, multi-purpose pool shock, and pool maintenance pills. In addition, they provide step-by-step instructions on how to conduct alkalinity, calcium, and pH tests on your water.
There isn’t much difference between balancing your pool while it’s open and balancing it when it’s closed. To begin with, you’ll have to spend a little more time figuring out how the water will react to your body. Over the winter, the water balance can change dramatically, and the addition of tap water will aggravate the problem.
It would help if you shocked the pool after a long winter without maintaining the water. Following each shock treatment, thorough vacuuming and brushing may be necessary if your pool has developed algae. After adding the necessary chemicals and getting the alkalinity, calcium, and pH levels where you want them, you are ready to chlorinate the pool.
Professional Spring Pool Openings
In the long run, you’ll save a lot of time, headaches, and money by following these tips on spring pool openings. Swimming in a healthy, clean, and sparkly pool will be easy. Of course, Southern Poolscapes, a gunite pool company, can speed the procedure! Contact us anytime.