Different Types of Pools Needs Different Pre-opening Measures
We have different types of pools and that is why they have different pre-opening measures as well. So here are some guides from My Pool Guy to help you keep your pool ready in no time!
Custom-made sheets that serve as a divider between the water and your pool structure. Check for holes or tears and make any needed repairs as soon as possible. The primary function of the vinyl liner is to hold water. If it is properly maintained, it can last for a very long time. Patch tears or holes, before they get any bigger. Following the instructions of your pool’s manufacturer. If you are not sure about how to make the repair, call or go to your local pool supplier for help. Or consult a swimming pool maintenance company.
Keep your pool liner clean. Dirt and other fine materials accumulate at the waterline. Remove this buildup by scrubbing it with a soft cloth and vinyl cleaner. You can also use a mop or a brush designed for your type of pool liner.
Check for cracks and repair any cracks you find within the season. Checking for cracks should be a standard part of regular maintenance. It’s especially important to check for cracks at the beginning and end of the swimming season. Cracks often develop from ground shifts. Water may be lost as well. Repair cracks with guidelines on the product label.
Hairline cracks are normal; inspect for other damage. Hairline cracks often occur in fiberglass over a period of time. Fiberglass pools have a gel coating, hairline cracks do not tend to leak or affect the integrity of the pool. If you see a major crack or damage,yetr, call a fiberglass pool specialist.
Fill the Pool Water Midway and Clean Debris
Grab a garden hose and fill the pool to the midpoint on the waterline tile or middle of the skimmer weirs. Once it’s at the desired level, you can now clean leaves, twigs and debris from the pool. You can use a wall and floor brush. This is also time to dust off your algae brush and pool vacuum. Also be sure to remove any debris from the leaf basket.
Check the Filter Cartridge
Remove the top of the filter and check the filter cartridge (if applicable). If you have a sand filter, refill it to the indicated level. Check the piping in your filters for cracks or leaks.
Turn on the Pool Filter
Turn on the filter and run it 12-24 hours to mix up the old and new water before testing or adding chemicals. Be sure that you are using new testing strips and not expired ones. To get the best start for your pool, you should bring a water sample to a pool professional for proper analysis. Your pool professional will provide you with instructions for balancing your pool water. They can test the water’s pH level, the alkalinity, the calcium hardness and the chlorine content. In shocking the pool, they may be able to also recommend that you add a stabilizer. You can also use conditioner or algaecide to your pool before it’s ready for the warm weather.
Continue to run the filter for a few days, vacuuming out any debris that has settled. When the water is clear and the chlorine levels have come down, your pool is ready for swimming!
Clean and Repair Pool and Deck Furniture
Be sure to clean and repair any pool and deck furniture so that it is safe for use. Replace any that is unstable or rotted. Also, check all safety rails, slides, ladders, and diving boards. Checking if the bolts are secure.
Rescue equipment should be easily accessible near the pool and well maintained. The equipment should be appropriate, durable, and easy to use. All equipment should be checked before the swimming season begins. Don’t forget to post emergency numbers by the pool.