Winter is a tough time for pool owners. You stare at your covered and unused pool, hoping for the day that the frost begins to melt and you can relax in the cool water. With the first signs of spring come the excitement and the chore list. Before opening your pool, you’ll need to make sure you have the equipment and supplies, like the best pool cleaners and chemicals available, to make the process go smoothly. Here’s a checklist to get you started this spring.
Covering the pool helps prevent debris from getting into it over the closed period. You’ll first want to pump or siphon any water that’s accumulated on top; simple enough! When you and a friend have pulled the cover off and it’s all dry, sprinkle on talcum powder or another similar product. This will help prevent mold and mildew from building up over the summer. Nothing’s as bad as a smelly cover, so make sure to do a thorough job sprinkling.
Make sure that if your pool is grimy you use pool cleaners and rinse the base of your pool thoroughly before you put in your water. Read cleaner instructions and dilute as the companies recommend.
Next, you will want to raise your water level back to normal. You can use a regular garden hose to do this. Eyeball it and turn off the hose when it gets to the middle of the skimmer.
Equipment and Pool Chemistry
If you winterized your pool, there are a few more steps to take than if you didn’t. Winterizing means disconnecting your pump, heater, and filter. You will now want to re-connect. Clear antifreeze from drain lines and dispose of it responsibly. You will also want to take plugs out of any of your equipment that required them during the winter. Your skimmer and return lines should be the last things unplugged, as you will want to triple check that all the antifreeze has been cleaned out prior to use.
At this point, you will want to turn all your equipment on. Once the water has circulated for a few hours, use test strips to get the pH level, chlorine, and total alkalinity. Start adjusting the alkalinity first. Adjust the pH level with soda ash or dry acid. You will finally want to balance the calcium levels. When all of your levels are in order, you will soon be on your way to swimming and having fun!