Spring is here! Now is a great time for you to get your pool ready for the season. You don’t have to wait until summer is here before you open your pool for use. With the right preparation and a little extra TLC and suggestions from your local pool installer, you and your loved ones can start swimming in no time.
If you have a pool liner, now is a good time for you to see if it needs to be replaced before you open your pool. A damaged pool liner can create major repair issues in the future. Assess its condition for cracks, chips and other problems. If you don’t feel comfortable with checking your pool liner or you don’t know how to do so, contact your local pool installer for assistance. If your pool does not have a pool liner, you can proceed with the following steps.
Remove your pool cover so you can clean it. Dirty pool covers are not very pleasant to look at. They can turn you off from swimming. Carefully wash your pool cover so you can store it safely until it’s needed again during pool closing season.
Gather up your pool accessories and safety devices. These items often include ladders, chairs, baskets and etc. Replace these items to their proper locations so that you can use them as needed once you open your pool.
Check the water’s pH and chemical balance. Make sure that it has the right chemistry. Never go for a dip in any pool that has not been properly treated, or you risk your health.
Replace the pool filter if necessary. Since this is the start of a new swimming pool season, you should make sure your pool has a new filter. Using an old, dirty filter can cause your pump to work harder than it needs and could result in premature pool pump failure. If you’re using a sand filter, you should check the sand to ensure that it is still good enough for use. If the sand filter seems a little low, you should add the appropriate amount of sand to it before you open your pool. Avoid using poor quality or the wrong type of filler, or you risk damage to your pool pump. Don’t forget to replace the cartridge every two to five years, unless specified otherwise by your pool’s manufacturer.
Pool Electrical Components
Double check all electrical components. This includes the lights, pool heater, and pumps. If there are electrical issues, don’t attempt to fix them yourself. Hire your local pool installer to fix them.
Now it’s time for you to flood the lines. Take your hose and use it to flood your pool’s lines. Pay special attention to the way the water flows into the pool. You may need to adjust the pool pump to ensure that you have the right flow of water.
Pool Water Chemistry
Double check your chlorinator. Also, take a good look at the pool water. If some of the water is from last year you may notice algae in it; you’ll need to add some algaecide to it to take care of the problem. Skim off algae film and remove as much algae from the water with a net. You should consider backwashing the pool to be safe. Do not allow anyone in the water before you’ve had the opportunity to shock and chlorinate the pool water properly.
Getting the pool ready for the season is not always an easy task. Many people prefer to hire their local pool installer and pool maintenance company to do the work for them. If you don’t want any delays in opening your pool for the spring season, contact Hutch Pools at (615) 384-4594.