5 Reminders before opening your pool this spring
As the weather starts to warm up, it's time to start thinking about opening your swimming pool for the season. With Spring around the corner, it's important to make sure you're prepared for a summer of swimming. Here are five reminders to help you get your pool ready for swimming:
Check the chlorine levels and pH balance in your pool water. It's important to make sure both of these levels are correct before swimming, as too much chlorine or acid can be harmful to your skin and eyes. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for adding chlorine or acid to your pool and to test the levels regularly. This will help ensure that your pool is safe for swimming. The pH balance of your pool water should typically be between 7.2 and 7.8. If it falls outside of this range, you can use pH increasers or decreasers to bring it back into balance.
Clean your pool filter. A dirty pool filter can cause your pool water to become cloudy and can also reduce the efficiency of your swimming pool pump. Make sure to clean your filter regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions. If it's been a while since you've cleaned your filter, you may need to replace it altogether. The longer you wait to replace a dirty filter, the more damage it will do to your pool pump so it's best to replace it before it becomes too dirty. While you're at it, also clean the skimmer basket and check your pump for any leaks.
Remove any debris from the pool. Leaves, bugs, and other debris can be harmful to swimmers if left in the pool. If you have a pool cover, make sure to remove it and clean it regularly. If you don't have a pool cover, use a net to remove any large debris from the pool before swimming. Typically, you should also vacuum the pool floor and sweep the sides of the pool every week or two to keep it clean. This will help keep your pool looking its best all season long.
Inspect your pool equipment. Make sure to inspect your pool pump, filter, and other equipment regularly and replace any worn out parts as necessary. Pool pumps typically last 3-5 years while filters can last 2-5 years, so it's important to keep an eye on them. If you don't have the expertise to inspect and repair your pool equipment, consider hiring a professional to do it for you. We don't want any swimming pool-related accidents this summer!
Have fun! Swimming is a great way to stay cool and get some exercise during the summer months. Make sure to enjoy your swimming pool safely by following these five reminders. This pool season is going to be great!
Opening your swimming pool is a big job, but following these five reminders will help make it a little bit easier. With a little preparation, you'll be ready to enjoy a summer of swimming in your own backyard! Feel free to contact apoolandspa.com for any of your swimming pool needs.