It is time to start getting all of those seasonal accessories ready as we approach spring. Getting your summer oasis up and running so you can enjoy it as soon as the hot weather hits is on the list if you have a swimming pool. There are some things you will need to do to make sure that everything is ready to go if your pool has been dormant all winter. To help you get your pool ready for the summer, we at Metropolitan Pools would like to offer some important tips.
Do Not Empty the Pool of Water
If your pool sits on a high-water table, this is especially important. Especially during the wet months of spring when it is at its highest, draining a pool that sits high on a water table can cause your pool to lift completely out of the ground and may mean you have to replace the entire pool. In order to make sure that they stay anchored, pools need the weight of the water in them.
Clean Pool Thoroughly
Before you are set to use your pool, give your pool a thorough chemical open. When you were closing it up at the end of the previous season, this means doing things such as assembling the filtration system, cleaning out the baskets, and removing any plugs that were placed in the pool.
Ensure Appropriate Water Levels
To make sure it is at its optimal water level, many pools lose water over the winter so give it a quick top-off. Make certain to clean the filter before you turn it on so that you are not cleaning the new water with a dirty filter as well. After you remove the cartridge, thoroughly rinse with the hose. Depending on the filter, you may need to be broken down, clean and then put back together.
Make Sure Pool Water is Tested
In order to make sure it is safe to swim in, take sample of your pool water. You can also seek out professional testing by sending the sample to a swimming pool store or a pro that offers such services. The experts can help you balance the right chemicals in your pool if you are unsure what you need.
Make Sure Water Appears Completely Clear
Until the water is crystal clear, the filter needs to be cleaned every day. This process can take up to week, depending on the state of your pool. Also, until the process is complete, you may need to incrementally add chlorine to the water. It is safe to remove the cover once the water is transparent and you can see the floor of your pool.
To get many more years of enjoyment out of your backyard oasis, vacuum up any leaves and debris that has collected over the winter and perform the regular tests and cleaning regimens over the course of the pool season and expect.