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03 Jul Spring is Just Around the Corner: How To Prep Your Pool For the Swimming Seaso


The days are slightly warmer and the sun stays in the sky a little bit longer each day.  Winter will soon be but a memory to be stored away for next year. With spring blooming on the scene, there are several critical steps every pool owner should take to ensure a fully prepared pool can be opened for the start of the swimming season.

Here’s a handy list to help you tackle the steps necessary before you hop in to sparkling waters:

-Before you remove the swimming pool cover, be sure to gather any collected debris so that it doesn’t get into your pool. Also, if there’s any standing water from recent rain or runoff, try to pump it off!

-The cover should be cleaned, dried, and stored safely for use next winter.

-If you notice that your pool water is below normal levels, add water and bring up to its proper level.

-Any items or equipment that protects against inclement winter weather like freeze plugs should be removed and stored for safekeeping.

-It’s best to also make sure that your pool filter is clean before starting up any equipment! After removing any materials, turn your filter system on and check for any leaks.

-The water quality is the next thing to address, after removing any large plant debris that’s made it’s way into your pool, all dirt and algae should be sucked up with your pool vacuum.

-For the water chemistry, let your systems run for approximately 8 hours before taking a reading on the current chemical levels. This can be done with an at home kit, or you can take a sample of water to your local pool professional store. You should test for pH, total Alkalinity, and Calcium Hardness.

-After understanding what your current water chemistry is, add the necessary chemicals to balance your pool. Give your pool a days rest or so in order to circulate the chemicals.

-While this is happening, inspect the surface area, pool tile or plaster, all equipment, and toys used in the pool and make sure that nothing aged or broke over the long winter. Once done with this, you should be good to go to enjoy your pool!

After a long winter of snow and ice, it’s great to look forward to that first hot spring day when the water is warm enough to jump in. Follow these steps or talk to one of our professional staff members at Aqua Pool about more detailed steps to ensure a problem free, season opening pool day!

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03 Jul Ready, Set, Spring!

With winter weather waning, the spring season is just around the corner and with it, prime swimming season. It may still be a tad early in the Northeast but you can organize and prepare yourself for the tasks needed to get your swimming pool in tip-top shape for all of your family and friends to enjoy.

After a long season, there are several critical steps in opening your pool correctly to ensure the health of both swimmers and the pool itself.

1.            Don’t Empty

There’s a prevailing myth that you should empty your pool to replace the water for a clean slate but we are here to tell you that this is not true. In fact, draining your pool can actually run the risk of damage since an empty pool is susceptible to popping out of the ground.

2.            Clean, Clean, Clean

The biggest thing you can do to get your pool primed and ready for swimming season is to clean out any dirt and debris that has made its way into your waters. This includes checking your filters, skimmer baskets, removing any plugs, plus a good sweep and thorough scrub of the walls and floor for any excess build-up.

3.            Fill Up

Next, you’ll need to make sure to adjust your pool water to its appropriate level to accommodate evaporation and the change in weather.

4.            Circulate

Starting up your pumps and circulating your water is key to moving and mixing your water for a proper reading of your water’s chemistry for the next step.

5.            Water Testing

Testing your water should be next on your agenda. You should test your pH levels, for Total Alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorine levels. Plan to adjust accordingly to balance your water. Balanced water typically means a pH reading between 7.2 and 7.4, a TA between 80 to 120, a calcium hardness between 250 to 300ppm, and a chlorine reading of 1 to 3ppm.

6.            Run Your Systems

After removing all winterizing plugs and re-assembling any necessary components that were removed and safely stored for winter, you should lubricate any valves, tighten all bolts, and prime your pumps for running your system for th season. After adjusting your water chemistry, you’ll want to hold off on jumping in until your pool water has had time to circulate after the addition of any new chemicals.

7.            Get Ready to Enjoy

After other housekeeping tasks like properly storing your pool chemicals, your winter cover, and cleaning the deck area around your pool, you should be in pretty good shape to wait the warm weather to arrive, sit back, and relax poolside!

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