How to Prepare Swimming Pool for Summer

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Nothing is more pleasant in the summer than reopening your pool and going for a swim. However, depending on how thoroughly you’ve maintained it in the winter months, you’ll have an easier time opening it up. To reopen your pool requires no professional assistance, as long as you keep in mind the steps that you need to follow, to ensure a successful and healthy reopening. In this article, we’re going to provide you with all you need to know to successfully reopen your pool for the summer.

Step 1. The Cover

During the winter months as well as the winterization period, the pool should’ve been protected by a cover. No matter which type of cover you utilize, you have to ensure it is properly stored, so you can reuse it the next time you’ll have to close the pool. Therefore, before you jump to the pool, you’ll have to remove all the debris present on the cover, clean it up nicely, and let it dry. Once the process is finished, store it in a dry area, where the sun can’t see it.

Step 2. Large-Area Clean

Once the cover is removed, you’ll have direct access to the pool and the water inside it. If you’ve properly maintained the water during the winter, and you’ve regularly balanced its chemistry, you won’t have too much to worry about. However, if that’s not the case, and you’ve simply let it be, you’ll have some work do to.

You can begin by removing any large debris that you find in the water. Leaves and clusters of leaves might have ended up in your pool, so the need to be removed. You can also start the pump and filter and let them run, to aid in the faster removal of debris. If you wish a more thorough clean, you can brush the pool manually, to ensure the grime is properly removed. Also, you can shock treat the water to ensure bacteria and algae have been properly dealt with.

Step 3. Plumbing and Equipment

Inspect the pool equipment. Although they weren’t used during winter months, you should always check their state at the beginning of each pool season. Since the pump is the heart of the pool, make sure it runs smoothly with no impediments. Check the filter and clean it up, or change the medium if the maintenance process is due, to ensure excellent performance.

If your pool utilizes salt water and you’ve already connected a salt chlorinator cell, inspect it and check how it fares, as well.


Step 4. Water Tests

If the water level has lowered, fill it back up, so it can reach at least to the middle of the skimmer port. This will ensure proper water circulation. Additionally, it is high time to test the water. You can either do this yourself, by utilizing test kits or take a water sample to the local pool authority and have them test the water for more in-depth results.

Step 5. Balance It

Once the test results are conclusive, you should proceed to the next stage, and that is to balance the chemical levels. Keep in mind that pH should be between 7.2 and 7.4, and alkalinity should remain between 80 and 120 to preserve the water’s clarity. You can use clarifiers to make your job easier if the chemical levels are uneven.
To ensure no buildups occur and that your pool system works perfectly, the calcium hardness should stabilize under 250 ppm and above 150 ppm. Additionally, if you wish to keep bacteria away yet still be able to enjoy the water without irritating your eyes and skin, the chlorine level should always remain between 1 ppm and 3 ppm.

Once you’ve placed the correct chemicals into the water, let them sit for at least a day until going to the next step.


Step 6. Vacuum it Up!

Once the chemical levels have stabilized and the filtration system was on for an entire day, you can safely employ the help of a pool vacuum. The best choice would be to use a automatic type since it will work independently from other systems and won’t require your direct supervision. If your budget won’t allow it, however, you can use a pressure-side type or a manual type.

By vacuuming the pool, you’ll ensure that no areas contain grime and algae, nor will small debris become an obstacle in your swimming. Additionally, once this step is done, you can easily switch to routine maintenance, instead of a focused-upkeep. Therefore, the entire process won’t take as long, so you’ll be able to benefit from crystal water and pool entertainment.

Step 7. Enjoy!

With the opening maintenance finished, you can officially consider the pool opened for fun. Just don’t forget to regularly clean it up, and weekly test the water to preserve the sanitization and clarity. Perform regular check-ups on the equipment, and replace any parts that present deterioration.

Final Thoughts

Although the opening process might seem a bit stressful, at first, once you get used to it, it will become a piece of cake. Additionally, as long as you follow the above-mentioned steps, and don’t skip on regular upkeep, the water will remain clear, free from microorganism and pathogens, so you can enjoy it throughout the summer. With proper care, your pool will become a welcomed oasis in the summer heat.

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