If the long winter months have left you a bit out of practice with your pool maintenance skills, don’t fret. Our handy list will help you open your pool like a pro. Read on for step-by-step instructions that will have you enjoying your pool in no time.
1. ORGANIZE YOUR TOOLS
Having all of your chemicals and tools on hand before readying your swimming pool for spring makes the process flow more smoothly. Start by ensuring all of your tools — your pool brush, vacuum and telescoping pole — are in good condition. Next, make sure you have enough pool chemicals and test strips to at least get you started.
2. CLEAN YOUR POOL COVER
Your pool cover likely took a bit of a beating over the winter. Winter storms can leave it littered with debris and excess water. Brush away dead leaves, dirt and other debris and then use a pump to clear water from your cover before removing it from your pool. Clean any remaining residue off of your cover and allow it to dry before packing it away for the season.
3. INSPECT AND RECONNECT
Perform a quick inspection of your pool, looking for cracks and other types of damage. Examine the pump, pool filter and heater and make all necessary repairs before reconnecting them. It’s also a good idea to give all plugs, connections and skimmer baskets a once over. Pool accessories such as ladders and handrails can also be installed.
4. ADD WATER AND RUN FILTRATION SYSTEM
Before activating your filtration system, be sure to swap your winter plugs with your regular drain plugs and re-attach all hoses, pipes and connections removed when closing your pool. Add water as needed to get your pool back up to its normal level and then start up your filtration system. Add a metal sequestering agent (such as Sequa Sol) and then let your pool circulate for 24 hours. Once that time has elapsed, it’s time for some testing with your handy test strips or a test kit. Check the water’s pH levels, total alkalinity and sanitizer levels. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions when measuring and preparing your chemicals or speak with the experts at your local pool supply store.
6. DO SOME SPRING CLEANING
Your pool will not be sparkling clean after months of inactivity, so now is a good time to brush down the walls and vacuum the bottom. This will help get rid of any algae or bacteria that formed over the winter. Allowing your filtration system to run continuously will help complete the process more quickly.
7. SHOCK YOUR POOL
This final step — shocking your pool — is very important because it helps keeps your water clean. Add two pounds of shock for every 10,000 gallons of water and then allow your pool’s circulation system to do its work. It may be necessary to “shock” your pool daily for the first few days to help eliminate the buildup of organic contaminants that can occur over the winter. Finally, add some algaecide and a clarifier to complete the cleanup process.
WCI POOLS & SPAS
WCI Pools & Spas is one of the top providers of in-ground swimming pools and above-ground swimming pools in Iowa. We’re also your one-stop pool supply store with all of the items you need to open your pool for spring. Visit our Ames or Urbandale showrooms to find the perfect pool or message us with any questions you might have.