Spring has to be one of every pool owner’s favorite time of the year – it’s the time where you can kiss winter goodbye and get your pool ready for endless summer fun. Now, even though you’re excited to uncover your pool and dive right in, you have to get a few things in order before you invite everyone over for that opening pool party. Here are some important and helpful tips to make sure you have everything ready to open up your pool this season.
Drain, Clean, and Remove Your Pool Cover
If you have a winter pool cover, chances are you will need to drain the water that has filled up over the top. The most effective way to drain this water is to use an electric cover pump that sits on the cover and pumps out all the water. You will also want to make sure you sweep or brush off any leaves and other debris that has found its way on your pool cover. Once your cover is all clear, we recommend getting a helping hand to remove the cover. Make sure to store your cover in a cool, dry place until the next time you need it.
Drain and Raise Your Water Level
Once you remove that cover you need to check the pool’s water level. The level at which the swimming pool skimmers operate best is between one third and one half the way up the opening of the pool skimmer. If the level is higher, the water moving into the skimmer is going so slow that debris may pass by the opening without being pulled in. Once you have inspected your pool to make sure it’s clean, simply take a garden hose and start filling up your pool to its normal level.
Check and Reconnect Your Equipment
Key equipment you’ll most likely need to reconnect is the pool filter, pump, and heater. Make sure all your equipment is clean and check for any damages such as cracks before connecting. If everything looks okay, connect your equipment and turn on the circulation and filtration system. This is an important step because you want to make sure all your equipment is working properly. If you have any gates, fences, or ladders to reconnect, make sure you install those properly as well.
Chemically Balance Your Water
You are one step closer to opening your pool. After you have run your circulation and filter for a few hours, you will need to test your pool’s chemistry levels, which will help prevent harmful bacteria and mineral buildup. Key tests you’ll want to perform are checking the pH balance, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorine and salt levels. There are tests you can buy from your local pool store or you can contact Neave Pools to schedule an appointment and we can help you check all your levels. Neave Pools also offers a winter service program where we monitor your water and pH levels to ensure a quicker opening in the Spring.
For reference, your levels should be at:
- pH: 7.4 to 7.6
- Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
- Chlorine: 2.0 to 4.0 ppm
- Calcium Hardness: always be above 150 ppm
Kick-off your pool season the right way and be sure your pool is in great shape for all your friends and family to enjoy. If you need help opening your pool, you can always trust the pool professionals at Neave Pools. For over 44 years, nobody in New York and Connecticut has been trusted more when it comes to pool design, installation, and maintenance than us. Our team of technicians will review all of your pool systems, balance the water and can even review the condition of your pool equipment to ensure its quality. We can run a full inspection of your entire pool area and give any recommendations for cleaning, new equipment, pool features, and more. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for the time that’s best for you.
If you’re in Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.