Nothing can make you look forward to summer like the thought of a dip in your backyard pool. In order to make sure your pool is ready for a long, hot summer you need to make sure the proper spring maintenance is completed, which can take some time, so it’s important to get started early.
It would seem that removing the cover would be a simple task, but you may be surprised by how much water has accumulated on the cover. Rather than allowing this to just drain into the pool, you should use a small pump to remove the water. The cover should then be folded and put away after it is completely clean and dry.
The first step of your swimming pool maintenance tasks is to remove all the debris that has collected on the surface of the pool. There’s probably quite a bit of foliage and other debris on the pool’s cover, so rake and brush it off before removing the cover to prevent more debris from getting in the water.
It’s possible that algae or dirt is on the walls and floor of the pool, so be sure to vacuum all the pool surfaces and skim the water.
After cleaning the pool surfaces and water, check the filtration. Depending on what type of filter you have, the cartridge or the sand might need to be changed. Make sure the pipes, valves, and rings are all properly adjusted and lubricated before you begin filtering.
If you didn’t disassemble the pump before the winter, do so now and check all the parts. When reassembling, be sure all the pipes are tight. It’s also a good idea to use a sealant like Teflon tape on any threaded parts.
Chemical Balance Check
Next, it’s important to check the chemical balance of the pool. The easiest way to do this is to have a professional test it or to buy a test kit. The alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 ppm. The pH level should be between 7.4 and 7.6. Once those levels are correct you can add chlorine at 1 to 3 ppm.
Is It Ready?
Once all these tasks have been completed you’ll need to clean the filter daily until the water is clear. You may also need to add chlorine to keep the level correct. Now with proper summer maintenance that includes weekly vacuuming, a clean filter, and chemical level testing, you’re ready to enjoy your pool throughout another sweltering summer.