It’s officially summer! Even in Florida, where you can run your pool year round, you might want to do some “spring cleaning” before the pool goes into overtime during the hot summer months. Here are a few tips on what to do before your official pool opening.
Remove any water or debris that has accumulated on the pool during the cooler months. There are various ways to do this. Some people use a leaf blower, while others use a sort of vacuum to collect the water and debris. However, you want to make sure that the dirty water on top of the cover does not mix with the clean water inside the pool.
Empty any water tubes you were using to secure your cover, and make sure they are completely dry. Once the water and debris are removed, tightly wrap the cover and store it away.
Check the expiration dates and seals of the pool supplies that have been sitting around all winter. Throw away anything expired or not stored properly, and replace with new supplies.
Connect any pool pumps that have not been used for a while to make sure they still work. Repair pool pumps if needed. Check and clean out all the filters to make sure there is no lingering debris. Clean the walls of the pool and the surrounding areas. Check for any leaks or cracks in your pool equipment, and examine all of the fuses, wires, and circuits. Basically, check to make sure anything that runs on gas or electricity or that can be plugged in still works.
Add water to pool if needed, and turn on the filter to run for up to 24 hours, to make sure the old and new water is mixed before checking the water or adding chemicals.
After the filter has been running for a while, it is likely that the alkaline, chlorine, calcium, and pH levels are not correct. Verify how much is needed for your pool and add the proper amount. If you are unsure about this step, consult with a professional. Once the pool has gone through a full filtration cycle with the newly added chemicals, retest the water with a pool water test kit to make sure the water balance is correct.
You can dust off and bring out any deck equipment you had stored in the garage over the winter. Be sure to wipe everything down and shake out the deck umbrella. This step also includes any first-aid or safety equipment that should be readily accessible in case of an emergency.
Do these steps ahead of time so when the warm weather arrives, your pool is ready for use. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy.