When you are uncovering your pool after a long winter or preparing to get it ready for summer, there is always a few things you need to be aware of. After being dormant for quite some time, there are vital steps required before the water is safe for enjoyment. When you are looking to install or open your own swimming pool or above ground pool in your backyard, the same rules apply.
Swimming pools are great ways to enjoy your hot summer days, and should always have a lifeguard or adult monitoring during usage. Along with this very important step and precaution, there are also quite a few tips and hints on how to open a pool for summer.
Using this quick guide to opening your pool for the swimming season can prevent accidents and keep your pool maintenance on schedule.
Setting water balance
Water balance is a big part of making sure that the water is safe and clean enough to enjoy. When you are opening a pool for season, pick up a pool chemistry set with testing strips. Testing strips will give you a quick and easy way to test the water for various factors, such as pH, hardness and chlorine levels.
Before testing the water in your swimming pool, uncover your pool by removing your pool cover. If your pool cover has collected water and debris, clear it away using a vacuum before removal. Make sure to store the pool cover safely and someplace clean. By using your test strips you can carefully analyze your water to ensure that your swimmers are safe.
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Pool opening chemicals
Your pool testing kit more than likely has five to six sections that identifies different factors of your swimming pool water. Whenever you are opening your pool for summer, there’s a few guidelines that your water should follow as far as the different chemicals that are active.
When testing your water, make sure that it falls within the following guidelines.
- Total Alkalinity – 80 to 120 ppm.
- pH Level – 7.4 to 7.6.
- Free Available Chlorine – 2.0 to 4.0 ppm.
- Hardness – 200 to 400 ppm.
- Cyanuric Acid – 30 to 50 ppm.
To match your swimming pool’s chemistry and balance your water, it’s recommended that you start with the alkalinity first. When adding chemicals to your water or balancing your swimming pool, always follow the guidelines set by the manufacturer for proper application.
Always add less than more as a general rule of thumb, because you can always continue to apply more to reach chemical balance. When balancing your pool water, start by adding dry acid to balance out the alkalinity of the water first.
After the total alkalinity has been set, begin adjusting the pH of your swimming pool by adding ash or base products. Chances are at this stage that your calcium hardness is too low, which can be remedied by adding proper amounts of calcium.
Remember that the guideline of adding less than more is always rule number 1. Factors like calcium hardness are increasingly difficult to lower than raise, so don’t overdo it.
Open Above Ground Pools
Opening an above ground pool is a fast and budget minded way to swim in a temporary swimming pool. Because most of these above ground units are constructed using pipes or tarps, it’s a good idea to prepare all of your above ground hardware ahead of time.
Clearing out your surface area from debris, preparing your water pump and replacing the in tank filters ahead of time saves time and lets you hit the water swimming. Make sure to brush and clean the tarp or base of your above ground pool before construction, and check each post and panel before filling your pool up.
Open In ground Pools
If you own a traditional swimming pool and live in a cold weather area, there are quite a few steps before you can open your pool for season. If you have taken the steps to prevent freezing in your swimming pool, you will need to clear the antifreeze and remove any winter plugs from your pool.
Before doing this, you will need to reconnect all of your in ground swimming pool equipment. This may include but is not limited to your water pump, water heater and all lines. When connecting your lines, make sure to remove your drainage lines and flush all of your antifreeze from it.
After flushing the antifreeze, you can now remove all of the winter plugs in your equipment and storage pins, and reconnect it to your pool using all the right and correct drain plugs.
Once your plugs and lines have all been properly reconnected, turn your pool maintenance equipment on, and begin the process of balancing your water.
After your water has been balanced, go ahead and scrub and clean the surface of your pool accordingly. Brushing and vacuuming the floor of your swimming pool can keep your water clean and free from contaminants.
You can also opt to choose a shock and swim system that is a quick and easy way to get your water cleaned hours before swimming. Make sure that you evenly disperse the shock system to reach optimum cleaning results.
When you are done you are ready to enjoy your swimming pool safely by opening for the swimming season. Following these steps can help you prepare your swimming pool and open it for the season of fun ahead.