Spring Pool Care
Spring is here, and it’s time to get your pool ready for the warmer seasons. Before you enjoy your pool, you should make sure it’s clean and safe to swim in during the warmer weather. Though all pools are different, there are a few universal maintenance tools that can be used to keep your pool clean. Here are five tips to help with pool cleaning and maintenance.
Test Your Filters and Plugs
Before you remove the pool cover for the season, make sure there are no missing plugs or pieces essential to the pool’s filtration system. Checking the filters prior to opening the pool also gives you the opportunity to get replacements, if any, before the pool is filled again.
Next, add water to your pool if need be. It is usually not necessary to completely drain your pool, unless it wasn’t covered over the colder months or there is a certain reason to do so. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you add the recommended amount of water to your pool. Do this before turning anything back on. This is also the time to check for any leaks or issues with the equipment.
Once you have checked for any missing plugs, received necessary replacements, and added the water, you can now check the water. Use test strips to figure out what needs to be balanced. This includes the pH and chlorine levels. When everything is started back up and running, you can add the necessary chemicals to make sure all the levels are where they should be. Make sure the pump is running before you add the chemicals and only add a small amount at a time. Doing this will help mix the chemicals throughout the pool, so when you test your pool, you get an even read throughout. You should keep your pump running during the day.
Checking chemical levels should be done throughout the pool season as temperatures increase and more people enjoy the pool.
Clean Your Pool
Once the water is tested and the filter checked, the next step is to add necessary chemicals to ensure the water is clean and safe. Run the pool cleaner and vacuum, or manually clean debris from your pool to get rid of any dirt that has built up over the colder months. Don’t just clean the inside of the pool. To add some sparkle and shine, clean the outside area as well — go the extra mile for the squeaky clean look!
Now that you’ve done all the work to make sure your pool is clean and safe to swim in, it’s time to enjoy. If you are not sure how to complete any of these steps, you can always contact a professional or check the manufacturer’s manual.