How to Open Your Pool in the Spring
It’s spring! That means sunshine, comfortable temperatures, spring cleaning, and getting your yard ready for spring and summer fun. One of those yard to-dos is preparing your pool for the season. Here are our tips on how to open your pool in the spring the right way.
First, clean up the yard around the pool
Create a clean work area by doing a quick spring cleaning of the deck and yard surrounding your pool. Remove fallen branches, leaves, or items that could be tracked into your pool. Look for bugs or rodents and deal with their removal now so that you don’t have to worry about them later.
Then, check for wear and tear
Wear and tear is a normal part of life. Do a thorough check of the pool for cracks and check all pool equipment, such as the ladder, safety rails, slides, diving boards, and rescue supplies. This will help to ensure everything is in good working order.
Also, do a check of your decking and patio around the pool. If you notice damaged parts, replace them now.
Survey your chemical supply
The next area you need to survey is your supply of chemicals. The last thing you want is to find that you’re out of one of them right when you need it.
Keep a checklist of what to have on hand. Our recommendations would be a testing kit, chlorine, shock treatment, chemicals to adjust the water balance, algaecide, and filter cleaners.
Remove the cover and do an internal inspection of the pool
Now, it’s time to remove the cover. But, wait! First, remove anything on the top of the cover or you’ll have to deal with all of that mess getting into your water. We always encourage our Team Pool Works Pools & Spas customers to work smarter, not harder!
For example, if there is water on the top of the cover, use a pump to remove it. Sweep away any remaining debris. Next, remove the cover and give it a good cleaning. Hose it down and use a cover-specific cleaner. Allow it to dry, then roll up tightly and store it away from bugs and rodents.
Now you can inspect the interior of the pool for any damage, plugged drains, calcium build-up, and other issues. Inspect your pump and filter and replace them if needed. If you have pool lights, you can reattach them or replace them as needed.
Fill the pool, clean away debris, and turn on your filter
At this point, you’re ready to add more water! Grab your hose and fill the pool until the water line is at the designated level. Use a pool skimmer and brush to clean any remaining debris from the water and pool floor.
Once the water is clean, turn on your filter. Let it run for 12 to 24 hours. This will give the water a chance to properly circulate. Once you’ve completed this step, you can move on to…
Finally, do a water test
The water test is critically important to the safe opening of your pool, and it’s a good idea to let a professional handle the first test of the year for you.
Which is where we come in!
With 40+ years of experience, we’ve been helping homeowners across the Lakeland region with all their pool-related needs. If you need help opening your pool this year, just let us know.
Contact Team Pool Works Pools & Spas by calling our office at 863-967-2863 or simply by sending us a message.