Spring is right around the corner, and it couldn't come a minute too soon. Just think of all the picnics, pool parties and backyard barbecues to come! With spring on its way, it’s time to open up your swimming pool once again.
Because opening your pool for spring isn't as simple as pulling back the cover and jumping in, here's a little refresher course:
Cleaning Off Safety Covers
A lot of debris can accumulate on top of your pool's safety cover during winter. As the snow melts, there will likely be all sorts of leaves, twigs and other debris that will need to be cleaned from the cover.
- If you have a solid safety cover on your pool, use a cover pump to remove any standing water that is on top of the cover. Let the cover dry before removing other debris.
- Use a leaf blower to remove debris like leaves and grass.
- Use a long-handled broom to gently brush away twigs, pine cones and other debris that is too heavy for a leaf blower to whisk away.
Proper Cover Removal and Care
Removing the safety cover from a pool is usually a two-person job. Covers can be heavy and awkward to handle on your own, so having someone to help you is a plus.
- Start by unhooking the cover from the anchors that secure your pool's solid or mesh safety cover to the pool deck.
- Hold one corner of the safety cover, and have someone else hold the corner on the opposite side of the pool. Together, walk down the length of the pool toward the other end, and fold the cover.
- Remove the cover from the pool area and spread it out on your driveway or a gently sloping section of lawn.
- Hose off the safety cover to remove any lingering dirt or debris. Let the cover dry completely before folding it. This will prevent mold and mildew from growing while the cover is in storage.
- Once it's dry, carefully fold up the safety cover and store it in a cool, dry place like a basement or garage.
Getting the Pool Ready
Now that the safety cover has been removed from your pool, you can turn your attention to the pool itself. There are just a few steps to go before it's ready for swimming.
- Inspect and reconnect all pool equipment that was winterized, including the pump and filtration system.
- Skim and scrub the pool to remove debris.
- Shock the pool to get rid of algae and bacteria. Shocking involves oxidizing the water with a large dose of chlorine.
- Use a test kit to check pool chemistry balance. The recommended levels include a total alkalinity of 80 to 120 ppm and a pH level between 7.4 and 7.6.
- Raise the water level of the pool to the recommended level, which is halfway up the skimmer opening.
Following these steps will help ensure a long life for your solid or mesh safety cover and help as you prepare for the swimming season.