Tips for Opening Your Swimming Pool

Spring is here, and the days are getting warmer. You know what this means – it’s time to get your pool ready!

In this article, we look at tips for opening your swimming pool so you’ll be enjoying it in no time.First, let’s look at the area around your pool and what’s necessary to get it open.

The Pool Area

It’s time to clean up any leaves or plant debris on your pool deck, patio and garden beds. Why the beds? This helps keep any debris from blowing into your pool.

In addition, prune your trees and hedges so nothing overhangs your pool so you don’t end up cleaning out leaves every day.

Look at Your Pool Supplies

If you haven’t bought your pool opening supplies, the time is now.

First, check your expiration dates on all your old pool chemicals. Properly dispose of ones that are out of date.

Take the Cover Off

We bet your pool either has standing water or leaves on it. You do want to clean these things off the pool cover before taking it off. This helps keep them from getting into the pool.

Use a pump or shop vac to remove the water and a blower or sweeper to get rid of the leaves.

After you take the cover off, be sure to clean it, rinse it off and let it completely dry before storing it.

Take a Long Look at Your Pool

Now is the time to inspect your pool. Are there any leaks or cracks? Is any equipment worn or damaged? Do you have stains?

Don’t forget to look for any problems around your pool as well.

If you have a vinyl liner, inspect it for holes or tears. If you have them, get them repaired as soon as possible so they don’t get any bigger.

Clean your liner as well.

If you have a Gunite pool, check for and repair cracks.

Perhaps you have a fiberglass pool. Inspect for damage, noting that hairline cracks are normal and don’t usually leak or affect your pool. Larger cracks? Call a pool pro.

Check the Filter Cartridge

Remove the top of your filter and check the cartridge. If you have a sand filter, refill it as indicated.

Fill Your Pool

Using your garden hose, fill your pool midway so you can clean the debris from the bottom of your pool.

You also want to vacuum and brush the walls to get rid of algae.

Turn on Your Filter

Run your filter for 12-24 hours. This helps the new and old water mix together before you add chemicals.

Bring us a sample of your water for testing.

We will then provide you with a detailed printout of the chemicals you need to balance your pool.

Check Safety Equipment

Spring is a good time to assess your safety equipment. Make sure all is in good working order before your first swimmer jumps in.

If you need help opening your pool for the season, you can count on the expert service staff at Townley Pool and Spa to help. Contact us today!

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