With spring quickly approaching, it’s time to brush up on swimming pool maintenance. Even if you’ve been a pool owner for years, it’s easy to get rusty over the course of the long, cold winter. By following these step-by-step instructions, your pool will be ready for the upcoming warmer weather in no time.
1. Assemble Your Tools
To make opening your pool for the season as painless a process as possible, it’s helpful to have all the tools you’ll need on hand. Make sure your pool brush, vacuum and telescoping pole are all in good condition for the upcoming season and be sure to have the pool chemicals you’ll need — test strips, chlorine, shock treatment and algae prevention.
2. Clean and Remove Your Pool Cover
Remove dried leaves, twigs and any other debris that is on your pool cover. If there is any water on your cover, tighten the sides and then use a cover pump to get rid of all puddles. Remove and empty any side water bags that were being used to keep the cover in place. Lift the cover off and set aside to dry before packing it away.
3. Do a Pool Inspection
Now is the ideal time to give the pool a good once over to make sure all elements are still in good working order. Be sure to check the pump, plugs and connections. Skimmer baskets should also be checked. If any items are damaged, replace or fix them before moving on to the next step.
4. Start Filtration System
Remove all winter plugs and re-attach any hoses that were removed for the winter. Make sure there’s no air in the plumbing lines and then start your pool filter.
5. Fill Pool Up to Normal Level
If your water level looks depleted after the long winter months, check the pool for leaks and structural damage. Be sure to have any problems repaired quickly before the issue can worsen. That done, it’s time to fill your pool to its usual level.
6. Clean the Water
Use your pool tools to remove any debris that has fallen in the water and then allow the water to circulate for a minimum of eight hours before checking the water’s chemistry. The water’s pH levels should fall in the 7.4 to 7.6 range. If they are above or below those levels, pool chemicals must be added to balance the water. Chlorine levels will also need to be adjusted followed by a shock treatment and algae prevention treatment.
National Pools and Spas
As New Jersey’s top pool supply store, National Pools & Spas has everything you need to get your pool ready for spring from chemicals to pool accessories. Not a pool owner yet? Whether you’re shopping for above-ground swimming pools or in-ground models, we’re sure to have what you’re looking for at our three New Jersey locations. Get in touch with us here with any questions you may have. One of our experts would be happy to assist you.