Simple Solutions to Common Pool Opening Issues
Owning a pool is truly one of life’s pleasures. Not only will a pool help you to cool down during those hot summer days, but it will bring hours of fun to family and friends, or can be an attractive element for business.
Pools, however, need an investment of time and energy to ensure they are properly maintained and their waters are clear and sparkling. This is particularly the case after winter when a few important procedures need to take place to get your pool ready for swimming.
As winter moves into spring, the time will arrive to start getting your pool in tip-top condition for summer.
There are a number of important maintenance procedures that you will need to perform to achieve this. Here’s a checklist of what you need to do:
Remove Your Pool Cover
A pool cover is the perfect way to ensure your pool remains as clean as possible during the winter months. Since our winter was rather mild, this task should only take a few minutes.
Remember to remove any standing water and dirt carefully to avoid having it drop in your pool. You might need a small pump to remove any water. As you drain it away, tighten your pool cover. This helps water to gather in one area, making it easier to pump away.
Don’t forget to fold and store it carefully, so it’s ready to cover your pool at the end of the year.
Inspect pool equipment
Inspect all relevant equipment, including the pump, filtration system, and any other accessories. Replace any accessories showing their age, for example, pool brushes. These need to be in excellent condition to perform their tasks properly.
Conduct a thorough safety inspection
Check all electrical fittings and wires, especially those on the pump and filtration system itself.
Reassemble all the relevant equipment
This can include your pump, filtration system, chlorination system or pool heater if you have one installed. Check seals on all plugs and threaded connections. If air can get into the system, it will not work properly.
Replace all threads on connections that show signs of age – or, at least, every two years – using Teflon tape. Remember to never over-tighten any connection. Re-lubricate any seals and O-rings that require it. Now reassemble the whole system so it is ready for operation.
Check the pump and filtration system before starting it up for the first time. Start by setting the system to drain to waste. Once water begins to flow out of the waste pipe, it can be set back to the filter position. Now you are ready to run the system for an extended period of time. When you do switch it on, take note of the pressure gauges.
If the pressure rises above 30psi, switch off the system immediately and make sure all return side valves are in the open position. Alternatively, if the system will not prime and the pump will not suck water properly, check for any air leaks.
Once everything is in working condition, it is now time to clean your pool. This might take some time, especially if some dirt has managed to work its way under your pool cover.
Finally, check and balance the chemistry of the pool water. Always use a good quality testing kit and remember to replace the reagents every season. Follow the provided instructions and add the relevant chemical to ensure a proper pH balance.
As a pool pump and filter operate in a complex system, problems can occur. Common problems to be aware of include:
-Drips within the system. Tighten relevant fittings to stop these. If the leak doesn’t stop, contact a pool professional.
-Constant sand in the pool near or underneath the return jets. This often indicates an underground pipe leak or if you are using a sand filter, that the filter itself may have a crack. If the system is losing water as well, contact a pool professional. These problems are relevant to DE filtration systems as well.
-Not enough pressure in the system. If you are using a sand filtration system, you may need to change the sand in the filter to fix this problem.
-Air bubbles in the water coming out of the return jets. Your system has an air leak. These are often found near the skimmer box. Consider contacting a pool professional to fix this problem as it may require some digging.
-Strange noises from the pump. This often indicates it is in need of a service.
-Pool losing water. There could be a number of reasons for this, again call in a pool professional to isolate the problem quickly and effectively.
Getting your pool in shape for summer can sometimes be a tough job. Calling in a pool professional is the best way to ensure the task is done cost effectively with a quick turnaround time. If it’s been a few years since you’ve had an inspection done, now is a good time!
At Pleasure Pools, we pride ourselves on our ability to get your pool in perfect condition for summer. We have the knowledge and the expertise to help you, as well as the passion for achieving the best results.
Remember, your pool brings so much pleasure during summer. A place to cool off from the summer sun, a place for your children to have some fun and a place for family to spend quality time together.
Of course, this can only happen if your pool is in good shape before summer begins! Contact us at either of our convenient locations for professional advice & assistance.