Tips For New Pool Owners To Open Their Pool
If you recently bought a home with a pool, you might be eager to get it opened up to enjoy the end of the summer. For new pool owners, this process can be somewhat daunting. There are many things to consider, and missing something can leave you getting up in the morning to a pool that's full of algae or green water. Here are some tips to help you get your new pool ready for the season, even if there isn't much of it left.
Prep The Cover Before You Remove It
The pool cover tends to collect a lot of debris and water. Before you remove it from the pool, take time to clean it off completely. If there are any puddles of water on the cover, clear them off with a sump pump. Then, brush off any leaves, sticks, or other debris that has accumulated on the surface. Once the cover is cleared, let it dry a bit. That way, you can minimize the risk of spilling anything into the pool when you remove the cover. Don't worry too much about it, though, if you do spill anything into the pool, cause you'll clean the water thoroughly before the pool is opened up completely.
Take Care Of The Cover
Once you've pulled the cover off the pool, you need to make sure it's well-cleaned and properly packed. Lay it out flat on the grass and clean the entire surface. Then sprinkle some mold-prevention powder on the cover before folding it up. When you do fold it, make sure the folds are loose so that you don't risk it cracking in storage. Keep it stored somewhere that's dry and fairly cool. You may also decide that you want to opt for a pool net rather than a cover for the future, since they help with safety without some of the hassle of a normal cover.
Hook Up The Cleaning System
Reconnect the pool pump, the filter, the cleaning system, and the heater, if there is one. As you reconnect each component, inspect it thoroughly for signs of wear. Since this is your first season with it, it's also a good idea to lubricate all of the seals and gaskets with a silicone lubrication product. It protects against cracking and makes it easier to disconnect everything at the end of the season.
Check The Drain Plugs
When winterizing the pool, the previous owners may have swapped the drain plugs out for heavy-duty winter plugs. If that's the case, you'll need to replace them with the traditional drain plugs.
Clean The Pool
Before you can balance the chemicals in the water, you need to make sure that the water is completely clean. One of the best ways to eliminate any debris from the water is to use a pool net. Try to avoid using a shallow net. Opt for a long-handled, deep pool net so that it's easier to reach the entire pool and capture anything that's in the water. With larger nets, you're less likely to leave anything floating in the water, which reduces the chances of additional bacteria growing in the pool.
Test And Treat The Water
Before you can swim, you need to balance all of the chemical levels in the water. The best place to start with that is to test the water. You can use a test kit with strips that provide you readings, or you can take a sample of the water to the local pool care store and have them test it for you. That way, you'll know exactly what you need to add to the water for it to be safe for swimming. Even if the pool water was perfectly balanced when it was closed for the winter, the long period of standing water will alter the chemical balance. You'll need to keep up the testing regularly throughout the summer to keep your pool safe.