The cooler months have come and gone, and it’s finally time to start thinking about opening your pool for the warmest time of year. This is an exciting moment for pool owners, but getting the pool ready can be a daunting task that many dread. So, to help you along, here are some tips that will hopefully make the process as quick and painless as possible. Keep in mind, an Orlando pool service company like Pool Troopers can do all of this for you and more without you having to stress.
- If you have a pool cover, then chances are you will have to clean it off before you can uncover your pool. There will probably be a lot of debris from fallen leaves and a little or a lot of rainwater. These covers become extremely heavy if there is water on top of them, so your best bet would be to use a sump pump to drain the water first. If you don’t own one, you might find one to rent at your local hardware store or rental store. Once the water is removed, you should have someone with you to help remove the cover. Don’t worry if debris from the cover falls into the water because you will be vacuuming the pool. Lay the cover in an open area to dry before cleaning it and storing it away says Gary of Pool Troopers.
- Reconnect the pool filter, pump, heater, and any other equipment that needs to be plugged up. Replace winterizing plugs with drain plugs. You will also need to replace your ladder and other accessories. Check your ladders and handrails for proper safety and replace any stripped screws that might come loose and cause someone to fall.
- Use a test kit to test your water chemistry before adding any chemicals. Most kits are equipped to test for proper balances of alkalinity, chlorine, pH, stabilizer, and calcium levels. Safety regulations for standard swimming pools are as follows: pH – 7.4 to 7.6; Alkalinity – 80 to 120 ppm; Calcium – 200 to 400 ppm; Chlorine – 2.0 to 4.0 ppm; Stabilizer – 30 to 50 ppm.
- After testing your water chemistry, you can begin adding chemicals in the proper order, but do not shock your pool. This will be done last.
- One of the most tedious tasks involved in opening your pool for the summer is cleaning and vacuuming it, and this should be done before shocking it, since a thorough cleaning will do away with any bacteria left behind. When brushing your pool, always start at the shallow end and work your way to the deep end. Vacuuming should be done next, and once this process is finished, let the filtration system run overnight.
- The final step is to shock your pool, and this is probably the most important step because it helps rid your pool of algae spores, dirt, debris, bacteria, and other contaminants. The general rule is to use two pounds of shock for every 10,000 gallons of water.
- As an extra safety precaution, consider taking a sample of your pool water to a professional and have it tested to see if other steps need to be taken. If they give you the thumbs-up, then it’s time to swim!