Before you can dive in and cool off, there are some simple steps that need to be followed in order to prepare inground pools for the swimming season. These pool owner tips are ideal for spring, so that you to have the pool ready for use as soon as the weather is right. Here’s what you need to do in order to prepare the pool for opening:
Removing and storing the cover
First, you need to carefully remove the pool cover. Use a broom to sweep off any leaves and debris that may have settled on top of the cover. You will want to lay the cover out on a flat surface, preferably on pavement rather than grass, and give it a good cleaning with a cleanser and water. Allow it to dry completely before folding it up neatly and storing it away in dry, safe place.
Cleaning the water with a chemical open
This may be the most time consuming part of opening up for the season. You will need to ensure that the water is clean and safe. That requires the use of proper chemicals. Rinse the filter, assemble the filtration system, and clean out the baskets. Top off the water level before balancing the chemical levels. Test the pH levels, the alkalinity, the calcium hardness, and the chlorine. It can take about a week to get the water just right. This includes cleaning the filter daily.
Cleaning the pool
With the cover off and the chemicals balanced, you’re ready to clean the pool. Use the skimmer tool to remove surface debris. Even with the best cover, you’re likely to have some small branches or leaves floating around. Dirt and debris are likely to have settled at the bottom of the pool, as well. In order to remove them, you will need to run the pool vacuum.
Plan on spending about a week to get the pool prepared. These simple pool tips should be used every April to ensure that it’s ready for the summer. On the first hot and sunny day of the season, you’ll be ready to relax in the water.