Spring is here! And that means, pool season is about to start. There is nothing more exciting than gearing up for the upcoming pool season and we want to make sure you are ready. When the time comes to open your pool, you want to make sure you have what you need to open it as soon as possible.
Prepare for your Opening
- Set a date. Set a date and time to have your pool ready for swimming and plan your opening and pool maintenance schedule accordingly.
- Never drain your pool. Unless you don’t have a choice, never completely empty your pool. Emptying your pool, even in the winter, may cause damage to the pool preventing you from opening when you are ready.
- Purchase everything you need. Before you even take the cover off, head to your pool dealer and pick up all the chemicals you will need such as your acids, bases, chlorine and testing kits to properly test your water.
- Check your tools. Take an inventory of all your tools including skimmer, net, and vacuums to make sure everything is in working order before you begin.
Get Down to Business
The Pool Cover
- Remove any debris from the top of your pool cover and then remove the cover, cleaning it thoroughly and storing it away for next winter. A pool cover that stays in good shape will do a much better job of protecting your pool making it easier for you to open it next year.
Top off the Water
- Chances are the water level in your pool has dropped over the course of the winter. Take your hose and fill it to your pool’s optimal level.
Clean the Water
- Using your brushes and your vacuum, give your pool a good scrubbing making sure to remove all the dirt and debris that may have worked its way into the pool over the winter.
Prepare your Equipment
- Head over to your pool’s pump and filter system. Test the system to make sure that everything is in working order and give the filter a good cleaning to start your pool off right.
Test Water and Balance Chemicals
- Using a testing kit, check the pH, alkalinity and the calcium hardness levels of your pool. Remember, your target levels for pH are 7.2 to 7.4 and your alkalinity levels should be from 80 to 120 ppm. Based on your test results, add the proper acid or base to your pool. For this first test, you may want to take a water sample to a pool store and have them test it. Often the tests are free and will be more thorough compared to many home tests.
- Now that the water is properly balanced and ready, you can add shock or chlorine to the pool. Remember, your goal is to reach a chlorine level from 1 ppm to 3 ppm. Follow the directions on your chlorine to determine how much you should add based on the size of your pool.
Check your Pool Daily
- In the week before your official opening, check the water and your pool’s system every day. Regularly testing the water makes sure the chemicals are coming into balance. Adjust your chemicals accordingly.
Never take shortcuts when it comes to your water when first opening your pool. Shortcuts can result in poor water quality that isn’t fit for swimming. In the long run, this could delay your first swim date and may require more work on your pool’s water and system than originally planned.