There is a lot that goes into getting your backyard pool ready for the swimming season. It is much more involved than simply removing the cover and taking your first plunge. It is essential that you open your pool properly so that you are ready for those lazy summer days that are just on the horizon. Metropolitan Pools is here to share some tips to help you open your pool the right way for this summer season.
Do Not Completely Drain & Empty Pool
You never want to completely drain your pool. It can lead to a number of problems that aren’t easily fixed. For instance, if you have a vinyl pool, it will cause the vinyl to weaken as it gets dry and will damage it beyond repair. It can leave you needing to fully replace your vinyl liner. Keep a portion of the water in your pool even if you live in a cold climate.
Clean Pool Water
It is time to make sure the water gets cleaned in your pool. You will need to put the filtration system together and clean out the baskets. You need to remove any plugs that could get in the way of it doing its job. You can leave the cover on while you are letting the water start cleaning through the filter.
Fill Up Pool with Water
If the water level in your pool has lowered, this is the time to put some more in. You want the water level to be where you want it for the summer when you’re getting the pool ready for swimming. Before you turn the filter on, make sure it is clean and then turn it to the normal setting.
Test Pool Water Quality
You want a complete mineral test done on your water as you start the season off. You can as a pool company to do it for you. They can give you a clear picture of the mineral content, alkalinity, pH, and chlorine levels. This will help you gauge what steps you need to take in adjusting the chemicals. The chlorine and pH need to be tested on a regular basis.
Balance Pool Chemicals
It is vital that you balance the chemicals in your swimming pool so that you can enjoy it. The pH in your pool should be 7.2-7.4. The total alkalinity should be between 80 and 120. The calcium hardness should be between 150 ppm to 250 ppm. Chlorine should be between 1ppm to 3 ppm.
Wait for Cloudy Pool Water to Clear
You can’t go swimming just yet; you need to wait for the water to completely clear first. The filter should be changed daily throughout this process. This should take you up to one week to complete.
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If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the process of getting your pool ready for the summer months, you can turn to Metropolitan Pools to help you maintain your swimming pool. We will ensure it is properly prepared for summer. Call us today!