Five Simple Tips for Getting Your Pool Ready for Spring
It’s the time of year that just about every pool owner looks forward to: spring is finally upon us. So now, you’re probably looking forward to weather pleasant enough for swimming. You might have to wait awhile (or not!) for weather truly warm enough, but fun times are on the horizon! With that in mind, it’s time to get your pool ready for spring, so that you can be set to really enjoy it by the time summer arrives.
In order to help you out, the pool pros at Pleasure Pools have compiled a list of the five most important tips for getting your pool ready for spring.
Check for Leaks and Cracks
Examine the edges of your pool, particularly around the drains, lights and intakes. Because of the tendency of the ground to freeze and expand during the winter, the sides of your pool can crack from the pressure. While this is especially true in colder climates, here in south Louisiana we’re not off the hook either. In our warmer climates, there’s a good chance your pool was filled with water all winter, in which case you should look for bubbles or dark spots.
If you find any of these problems, you should have them repaired right away, before they worsen and cost you thousands of dollars—or permanently destroy your pool.
Make Sure Your Pump is in Good Working Order
Winter can also do a number on your pump. When your pump isn’t used, its seals and rubber and plastic parts can dry out. Its electrical components need to be cleaned and checked (make sure you turn the power off first), as do its filters and pumps (you need to turn them on to check, but not to clean). You should check with a pool supplier to find out what kind of lubricant you need, and then apply it to the O-rings.
Some filters may need to be replaced as well. Lift the cement pad at the bottom, and check for leakage. Make sure you repair any leaks before they worsen!
Chemically Treat the Water and Brush the Pool
The most important piece of advice here is to read the labels on chemicals and make sure you use them properly. Since your friends and loved ones will be swimming in the water too, you want to make sure that you don’t expose them (or yourself!) to dangerous levels of chemicals. After you add the chemicals, allow the water to circulate a day before you add a shock treatment—which raises the chlorine level to above 5 parts/million.
After you test the water balance, you should make the proper adjustments to the level of calcium and alkalinity to ensure that the pH level is between 7.4-7.6.
After you’ve done all this, you should scrub all the parts of your pool thoroughly to make sure that it isn’t slimy—that’d be awful gross to swim in.
About That Pool Heater
Pool heaters don’t require that much maintenance compared to other parts of your pool, but if you’re lucky enough to have one you should check to make sure that calcium hasn’t been building up inside its tubes, restricting the flow of heat. This would be a big waste of money on electricity and do nothing to keep your pool warm.
Finally—Clean Around the Pool
Now that you’ve put all this care into your pool staying nice, you’ll want to make sure that its surroundings don’t muck it up. Clean off your pool chairs and other furniture to make sure people aren’t getting into the pool dirty, and get rid of any leaves and other debris that might wind up in the pool. It also doesn’t hurt to trim back any branches nearby that might drop their leaves in your sparkling pool on a windy day.
Of course, if all that sounds like too much work, the trained staff at Pleasure Pools is happy to handle these springtime chores for you. We have years of experience planning, building, and maintaining beautiful pools and spas in the New Orleans area so we’d love to make your life easier with one of our worry-free maintenance plans. With all these essential tasks taken care of, you’ll be ready for what pool owners everywhere truly love to do: enjoy the pool on that first nice day!