It may not feel like it, but spring is here and pretty soon it will be time to open your pool. Most people want to have their pool open for Memorial Day, but others may open theirs sooner, or even a little later. Regardless of when you decide to open your pool for your family to enjoy, there are still proper ways of going about it.
Properly cleaning your pool allows for a clean and safe swimming environment for you and your family. We have broken down for you, how to open your pool this spring.
- Uncovering the pool– You may have noticed that over the winter your pool cover has accumulated water from melting snow or rain. You can either use a submersible pump, or a siphon to get as much water off of the cover as possible. After all water is drained, you can remove the pool cover. Be sure to clean and dry it before you store it so mold does not accumulate.
- Fill up your pool– Before covering your pool; you should have drained some water from it. Using a hose, bring the water levels back up to their normal level. You will want to make sure to remove winterizing equipment or plugs, and reconnect your pool equipment. If you used antifreeze to protect the plumbing you will want to make sure you drain it. Turn on your filtration system.
- Cleaning and balancing your pool– You may notice some ugly stains have built up on your pool liner. Add Metal Free to the water and allow 2 hours of circulation. After several hours, check the levels of your pool. Their levels should be at
- pH – 7.4 to 7.6
- Alkalinity – 80 to 120 ppm
- Chlorine – 2.0 to 4.0 ppm
- Brush and vacuum your pool– Once you have allowed the chemicals to activate, you will want to vacuum and brush the algae that has accumulated. You will want to pay close attention to the details to ensure that you are getting your pool as clean as possible.
- Shock your pool– After allowing the filtration system to work over night; you will want to shock your pool to remove the remaining bacteria.
If at any point you would like to make sure you water is at its proper levels, bring a water sample into your nearest Viscount West location. We will assist you in finding pool chemicals that you need to ensure you water is safe, and ready to be enjoyed!