Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means it’s almost the official start of swimming season. Before you take a dip in the pool, however, you’ll need to treat it to a little TLC. Taking care of some simple seasonal maintenance items now can save you from more serious headaches down the road. Let’s start by removing and storing your pool cover.
Store the Cover
Make sure the cover is dry before you fold it and store it for the season. This will prevent mold and mildew from growing during the summer. Before you store it, inspect it for any damage and use a wet-dry vacuum to remove dirt and debris.
Perform a Safety Inspection
Check to make sure ladders are properly secured to the pool. Tighten the bolts if necessary. Inspect the fence around your pool for damage, and make sure the latch on the gate locks properly. Finally, clean the pool deck with a pressure washer and/or deck scrubber to remove any slip and fall hazards.
You should always clean the pool filter at the start of the season, and then at regular 6-month intervals after that. Use a net and vacuum to clean out any lingering debris in the pool as well.
Test and Treat
Now for the most important step. Balancing the pH of your pool early in the season will prevent algae from growing as the temperature warms up. Start by testing the water and bringing it to your local pool supply store for analysis. They can tell you exactly how much you need of each chemical to balance the pH and mineral content of the water. After you’ve shocked the pool with chemicals and given them time to set, test the water again. If necessary, use additional chemical treatments to correct any imbalances.
After you’ve shocked the pool with chemicals, wait to use the pool until the designated amount of time has passed. This will typically take about twenty four hours. Once the chemicals have had time to set, you’re ready to swim!