When the weather warms up, getting your swimming pool in shape for the next season is necessary. You’ll be able to swim more often this summer if you take the time to prepare your pool for the next season. Preparing swimming pools in spring is easier than you might think, even if you aren’t sure where to begin.
Whether it’s a solid or flexible one, the winter cover needs brushing or blowing clean of any dirt before you remove it. When you remove it, the amount of debris that falls into your pool water reduces as a result of this, but some debris will still fall.
Give it a thorough cleaning after you remove the cover—after all, it’s been exposed to the weather for a long time. Remove any remaining leaf litter and completely dry the area before using an alkaline powder, such as talcum powder, if necessary. Store your pool cover in a cool, dry location that doesn’t have excess moisture.
If you find that the water level in your pool is getting low, you can use your garden hose to top it off. When the water level in your wall skimmer reaches the skimmer, your pool is properly filled.
It’s time to reconnect your pump, filter, and heater if you took them out before the winter. If you put in any winterizing plugs ahead of time, be sure to remove them before the season ends. Before putting them back together:
In order to keep your pool water clear, you must first remove any metals that may have accumulated throughout the winter. Afterward, you should test your pool water for total alkalinity, pH, calcium hardness, and chlorine levels. To get the most accurate results, use a high-quality testing kit.
If you’ve been dormant for a long time, things may not be quite right when you get started, but that’s no big deal. Before retesting, check the total alkalinity and use acid or alkaline treatments to make any changes that are needed.
Adjust your pool water’s pH level as needed. A tiny amount of tinkering may be required, but getting the total alkalinity under control should accomplish most of the work. Adding additional acid or soda ash should help you get the desired pH. The therapies should be dispersed throughout your body for at least 4 hours after they have been added.
Wait at least 24 hours before treating your pool for calcium hardness if these values are within an acceptable range. You can get pool hardening treatments online or through a local pool supply store. Overly soft water can damage your pool and its equipment. If it’s too firm, calcium deposits will form.
No matter how meticulous you were when removing the cover, there will be dirt and debris on your pool’s steps and ladders. Run your filtration system overnight after brushing and vacuuming to get rid of the bulk of the gunk.
It is common practice to shock swimming pools in spring with a significant amount of chlorine. This will help get rid of any bacteria, chloramines, or algae that might have grown over time.
If you’ve ever dealt with chlorine before, you know it can damage your clothes. You can wear protective clothing and gear when handling chlorine. Using the manufacturer’s directions, mix your chemicals in accordance with your pool’s size. Make sure you know the difference between granular and liquid shocks before you begin preparing for them.
Pour the shocking solution into your pool in accordance with the directions, which may include dispersing it around the perimeter or pouring it near the jets. After that, you’ll typically leave it alone for at least one night, if not several. This will also allow the flushing out of any remaining particles.
Check all of your levels one last time after the shock treatment and make any final adjustments. This is critical before you expose your pool to the public, as the wrong levels can be hazardous to anyone who uses it. Shocking will be ineffective if the pH level in a solution is too high. If the water levels have been properly stabilized, you can finally open your pool for the spring season.
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