Getting fired up and ready for lazy days by the pool can be achieved by opening your pool before the official start of summer. It’s a good idea to open your swimming pool in the spring. The weather is warm enough to enjoy your pool before the actual swimming season begins with spring pool openings. When it comes to making sure that your pool is ready for your upcoming parties and get-togethers, you should consider a few things.
Here are some helpful tips for spring pool openings:
Drain the pool’s cover of any remaining water
Assuming your pool cover is in place, the first step is to drain any water that may have accumulated. A submerged pump for the pool cover will greatly speed up this procedure. You don’t need to do this when using a mesh pool cover.
Clear the area of any fallen leaves or other trash
Once you drain water from the cover, use a blower, leaf net, or brush to remove as much debris as possible. Your work will be much easier if you can keep this mess from dropping into the pool when the cover is lifted.
Raising the water level
When it’s cold outside, many swimming pools lose water. Add enough water using a garden hose.
Run a water chemistry test on your pool
Your pool water’s pH, chlorine, bromine, and alkalinity need testing to ensure swimmers’ safety and a clean environment. Self-testing kits for swimming pools that make use of test strips make it simple and accurate to check the water quality. Consider versions with color-matching readouts that are digital and automatic for the right results.
Correct chemical imbalances
The results of the analysis will tell you what chemicals you’ll need to add to the water to make it swimmable and safe. For chemicals, the best places to buy them are at pool supply stores, garden and home stores, hardware stores, or online.
- The sun’s ability to burn off chlorine is inhibited by cyanuric acid.
- Adjust the water’s calcium hardness using calcium chloride
- Decrease pH with sodium bisulfite and muriatic acid
- Increasing the pH using soda ash
Make sure that the filtration and circulation systems are running at all times. Keep in mind that you should clean the filter every day. You also need to add more chlorine to the water.
Removing the cover
When the water is clear, you can lift the pool cover. This occurs roughly a week after adding the chemicals. Carefully remove the pool cover once you’ve seen the bottom of the pool. Brush off the debris and dust and place it someplace flat and safe. Let the cover air dry before dusting with talcum powder to avoid mildew and mold growth. During the off-season, store the cover in a cool, dry location.
Vacuuming the cover
It’s time to vacuum the bottom of the pool to get rid of the leaves and other debris that have accumulated on its surface. To make life easier, you might consider purchasing an automatic pool cleaning machine. Cleaning the pool’s floor with robotic vacuums and scrubbers removes debris and dirt. Find cleaners that do not need a filter system, booster pump, or hose to be connected to.
- Skim the surface of the pool.
- Use a pool skimmer net with a long handle to remove twigs, leaves, and bugs from the water.
Inspect the safety equipment in your swimming pool
Your local building and code departments are the best people to contact to ensure that your swimming pool is in accordance with local regulations. Swimming pool safety is a major concern in many communities, and most towns require or recommend the following:
- Installing a camera around your backyard pool keeps away trespassers, curious kids, and pets.
- If a non-swimmer, pet, or child accidentally falls into the water or jumps in, a pool alarm will go off.
- An additional layer of security is provided by using a self-latching, self-closing gate that has a pool gate alarm
- Pool and spa facilities need a fence at least 4 feet high to ensure their safety.
You’ll need to keep up with a few regular chores to keep your pool gleaming clean after the spring pool openings:
- The bottom of the pool requires vacuuming at least once weekly.
- The filter should need checking and cleaning
- Every two to three days, check the water’s composition.
- Use an automatic pool leveler or a garden hose to add water to the pool
Professional spring pool openings
You’ll save time and money by following these simple steps to open your pool. You’ll be ready to swim in a sparkling, clean, and healthy pool. A pool service company like Coconut Pools & Spas can help you get the job done faster. Our staff are professionals at spring pool openings and will complete the job. You don’t have to wait weeks for your pool to be ready to use. Contact us today.