When you live in the Northeast, it feels like the winter lasts forever. But once you make it through January, spring is just around the corner! If you’re a pool owner, you know what that means—it’s almost time to open your pool for the season.
Start off your swimming season on the right foot by avoiding these four common blunders when opening your pool, so it stays in pristine condition all summer long!
1) Not balancing the right chemicals first.
You may be tempted to just dump all your chemicals in the water when you rip off your pool cover after a long winter. For the sake of your pool, however, you need to take it one step at a time and stabilize the most important chemical levels first!
Start by balancing your pH and alkalinity (since these elements can cause the most damage), then move on to your calcium and cyanuric acid levels. Once these major chemicals are taken care of, then you can continue with shock and other treatments.
2) Forgetting to brush your pool.
Vacuuming isn’t enough to remove all the grime and debris that accumulates on the surfaces of your pool all winter. You’ll also need to brush the walls, tiles, floors, and steps to make sure the water is safe enough for your first swim.
Go through this process once a day for the first week after opening your pool to improve circulation and filtration and ensure that it’s truly clean!
3) Incorrectly adding the shock.
Using shock correctly is essential to guaranteeing it will be fully effective without damaging your pool. Shock tablets should be dissolved in warm water, then poured into your pool, ideally around dusk (sunlight burns shock faster, making it less potent).
Putting shock directly into your pool can damage your liner and equipment, as it is a highly concentrated form of bleach. Also, if you put it in through the skimmer and have an automatic chlorinator, you risk producing a lethal gas and causing an explosion by mixing it with chlorine.
4) Not cleaning your pool cover.
When you go to open your pool, carefully remove the cover and lay it out on the ground. You’ll want to clean it separately, before you get started on your pool, to avoid dumping all that debris in the water and doubling your workload!
For solid covers, use a hose and brush to wipe clean. For mesh, a leaf blower is your best bet.
If you’re worried about damaging your pool or making it unsafe when you open up for the season because you’re not quite sure what you’re doing, leave the job to the professionals! The team at VistaPro Pools & Spas has the skill, experience, and tools necessary to repair and rehabilitate your pool, ensuring it’s ready for you to enjoy when the sun starts shining.
Give us a call to learn more about what we can do to keep your pool in excellent shape for years to come!