It’s been months and months since you’ve used your pool. That also means it’s been quite a while since you performed any pool maintenance. If you’re feeling a little out of practice, not to worry. Our tips will have you back up to speed in no time.
1. CLEAN YOUR POOL COVER
Old Man Winter can really take a toll on your pool cover. Reverse the ravages of snow and ice by ridding your cover of debris and then pump all excess water off of the surface. Remove the cover and wipe it down with a damp cloth. Let it dry before packing it away for the season.
2. INSPECT POOL FOR DAMAGE
Before you do anything else, take some time to look for cracks and other types of damage. It is far easier to deal with small repairs before your pool is fully filled. Take a look at the pump, plugs, connections and skimmer baskets too and make any needed repairs before turning on your filtration system.
3. RECONNECT ALL EQUIPMENT
The next step is to reconnect all of the equipment that was removed when you were winterizing the pool. Items such as the pool filter, pump and heater can all be reconnected and ladders and handrails installed. Change out your winter plugs with your regular drain plugs and re-attach all hoses removed before the winter.
4. RUN FILTRATION SYSTEM
Don’t activate your filtration system until you’ve made sure the plumbing lines have no air in them. This job can be rather complex, so you may want to have a professional blow out the lines for you. Once your lines are air-free, you can switch on the filtration system.
5. ADD AND TEST YOUR WATER
After adding water to get your pool back up to its normal level, it’s important to let the water rest for at least eight hours before doing any testing. Be sure to have test strips or a test kit on hand to check the water’s pH levels as well as the total alkalinity and it’s chlorine and calcium levels. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when measuring and preparing all pool chemicals.
6. DO SOME SPRING CLEANING
Your pool will likely need some TLC after months of no use, so be prepared to brush down the walls and vacuum the bottom to get rid of algae and bacteria. Allow your filtration system to run overnight to complete the cleaning process.
7. SHOCK YOUR POOL
Now that your pool is clean, it’s time to shock your pool. Add two pounds of shock treatment for every 10,000 gallons of water and then run the circulation system for a few hours. Finish off by adding some algae prevention treatment to prevent re-growth.
VAN DORN POOLS & SPAS
Our goal at Van Dorn Pools and Spas is to help our clients to maintain and enjoy their pools all summer long. We not only sell above ground swimming pools and pool accessories, but we’re also a pool supply store offering everything from chemicals to cleaning tools. Whether you’re pool shopping or need to stock up on pool essentials, we’d love to see you. Drop-in at any of our three locations Monday through Saturday.