Memorial Day weekend is traditionally pool opening weekend for many families. Nothing defeats a scorching summer day like a refreshing dip in the pool, but pool preparation is no fun task. As any pool owner knows, it takes a significant amount of labor to keep a pool clean, safe, and fun. There are many steps to preparing a pool for summer, refer to this list for tips and reminders.
A thorough visual inspection should be conducted first. Evaluate the perimeter of the pool and deck for any cracks, tears, or other damage sustained in winter. This is an excellent opportunity to clear debris around the pool/deck area. The pool cover is vulnerable as well, so make sure to check for tears.
Scrub and Clean
Prior to cover removal, discard as much waste as possible from it. While the cover is on, scrub the deck so that any chemicals or residue land on the pool cover and not in the water. Retaining a clean deck is visually appealing, sanitary, and safe.
Removing the cover
After the deck and cover are clear of debris, the cover can be removed. This is not a solo project, have someone assist with the removal. Once the cover is off it should be housed down and stored.
Do not be alarmed if the water level in the pool is inadequate. Undoubtedly the water level will be lower than it was when you winterized it, which means you will have to refill it. Keep in mind that people and objects raise water levels, so don’t overfill the pool.
Inspect and Reinstall Equipment
Once the cover is properly stored, ladders, pumps, heaters, and other equipment should be assessed and installed. Ladders should be stable enough so that people exiting or entering the pool are secure. Maintenance equipment should be assessed for deterioration.
Skim The Water
Since the filter and pumps can only do so much, it is a good idea to skim the water for debris. Allow the vacuum to clean the pool floor while you skim the surface for rubbish.
Add Appropriate Chemicals
Once the water is cleared of debris it may still be murky. Adding the appropriate chemicals will make the water clean. Always follow safety instructions and measurements when adding chemicals a pool. Testing the water frequently can ensure long term sanitation.
After chemical treatment, it is recommended that you allow 24 hours to pass before entering the water, which gives the pump and chemicals a chance to do their thing. Allowing the chemicals and pumps to clean the pool thoroughly is important. Once the water is cleared for occupancy the last step is the one you take into the pool.