1. Clean it Out: You can prepare your pool for opening by giving it a good cleaning before people start using it. Start this off by putting your filtration system together, cleaning out all the baskets, and remove the plugs you put in when you cleaned your pool before closing it.
2. Add More Water If Needed: If the water level in your pool has fallen over winter, you can fix this by topping it off. Before you start filling it with more water, make sure you clean your filter and turn on your filtration system.
3. Test Your Water: Having a professional test your water is important because they can do a full test of your water sample and tell you what levels you need to adjust in your pool’s water. You can usually take a sample to a pool store or have a professional come to your home.
4. Make Sure All Chemicals are Balanced: Based on your water test, a professional can tell you what your levels need to be at. Your pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.4, total alkalinity between 80 and 120, calcium hardness between 150ppm and 250ppm, and chlorine from 1ppm and 3ppm.
5. Wait for the Water to Clear: after you’ve adjusted your levels, you’ll need to clean your filter every day until the water clears, which can take up to one week. Until the water is clear, you should also wait to remove the cover to avoid additional leaves and debris from falling into your pool.
6. Keep Up on Maintenance: Now that you’re pool is open for the season, make sure you’re keeping up with the maintenance and housekeeping that comes along with it. Remove all leaves and debris from the bottom of the pool, clean the filter often, and test the chemical levels every day.
If you need help getting your pool properly prepared for the summer season, call Sweeney’s Pool Service today. We can help you with any problem you run into, big or small. Give us a call today, or visit our website to learn more about the ways we can help you. Enjoy pool season!