Ever since you have a swimming pool, you probably always anxiously await that moment when summer arrives and you get to use it once again. However, as it has not been used for months, the pool needs to go through some preparation steps before you jump in the water. Instead of making this an overly complicated chore or getting it wrong, follow the instructions provided in our article. Here, we will show you how to properly prepare your pool for summer, helping you enjoy a clean and safe space to swim in.
To make the reopening of the swimming pool a stress and hassle-free project, there are a few items you need to gather up first. Assuming that you are a conscious pool owner who has already gone through the winterizing procedure, you can confidently rely on all the information provided in this article to finish this task in no time.
What you need to gather:
An important purpose of the pool cover is to protect the water from dirt, leaves, and all residues brought by the passing of fall and summer, seasons during which your pool has not been used. Before you can actually get started with cleaning the pool, you should use a leaf blower to get rid of all these residues that have been left behind. Also, check to see if water has gathered on the cover as you have to get rid of it prior to actually removing the cover. Otherwise, you risk the dirty, contaminated water falling into the pool.
Now that you are prepared for this step, cleaning the cover of dirt and debris, and removing any water gathered on it, you can take it off. After removing it, take your time and thoroughly clean it, wash it, and dry it prior to storing it in its rightful place. What we recommend you do after it dries is to sprinkle a layer of talcum powder on it. This way, you prevent the cover from sticking when it is stored. Also, go for a cold storage space for it.
After removing the cover, your first action is to check the water level at the skimmer. You must do this before continuing to ensure that the pump will function properly. For the water level to be alright, it must be at the middle of the skimmer opening, this way ensuring proper circulation. If it is not at that level, you obviously have to refill it until it reaches the middle of the skimmer.
Now you have to check the pool equipment to see if it is in a good working condition, more precisely the hoses, filters, and pump. Follow the guidelines provided in the manual offered by the manufacturer for each piece of equipment. Also, you should check for loose bolts in ladders and loose tiles to make sure everything is alight. After performing these check-ups, proceed to turn the circulation system on and run it for approximately 12 hours, allowing it to clean the water.
When about 12 hours pass since you have started the operation of the circulation system, you can turn to checking the water chemistry levels. This is the final step you must go through, and what you must do to accomplish it perfectly is check water hardness, alkalinity, and most importantly, the pH level. In case the pH level of the pool’s water is higher or lower than 7.4 – 7.6, take proper action to remedy the problem in order to create a safe swimming environment. You can test water chemistry using one of the following methods – either take a sample to a professional lab and wait for a few days, even weeks for the results to come in or better test it yourself with a pool water test kit which provides answers in a matter of minutes.
Now that you are set and done, you can start using the pool, swimming in the clean water and cooling off during this hot season. Just make sure that you perform regular maintenance work – remove leaves and other debris that falls in it before swimming, check pH levels weekly and regulate them if needed, and get rid of any dirt and debris in the water with a pool cleaning device. Doing this ensures that eczemas or any other skin irritations do not appear, as the environment you swim in is clean.