How to make a splash this pool season
Well, we did it: we survived another Canadian winter. While we certainly didn't freeze this year, we still can't wait for some hot weather. If you have a pool to help you keep cool this summer, even better. But, getting the pool swim-ready can be a daunting task, especially if you're opening it yourself.
The reopening process starts the moment the pool is closed. Snow or rain can raise the water level or sink the cover. Since heavy debris can fall in, it's better to remove it immediately rather than waiting till the spring. Reopening the pool means reversing the instructions for closing it. The following is a handy checklist:
Take the supplies and chemicals out of storage and replace those that have exceeded the expiration date. Uncover: Remove the cover, and then clean it. Allow it to dry to prevent mildew before folding and storing it for the summer.
Reinstall or reassemble the pump, filter, and other removed items.
Deck: Reinstall ladders, diving board, and other deck fittings. If used at closing time, most of the petroleum jelly used to coat exposed metal fittings will have weathered off. Use a dry terry cloth towel to wipe off the remainder if necessary.
Remove the plugs and replace return outlet fittings.
Refilling the Pool:
Bring the water level up to normal.
Restore circuit breakers, switches, and time clock trippers to normal operating positions.
Restart the circulation equipment and clean the pool.
Balance the water chemistry and check the levels frequently during the first few days until they stabilize.
Run the circulation system 24 hours straight for three days or until the water has cleared completely. Depending on how dirty the pool became over the winter, the filter must be backwashed frequently during this period. Test and adjust the pH and total alkalinity. You can reduce the pump operating time in one-hour increments once you've got the water in shape. Treat the water with an algaecide. After several hours of operation, test the chlorine level and adjust it as needed. If the chlorine level is high, do not use the pool until it drops to normal levels.
If they were removed at the pool closing, raise the underwater lights from the bottom of the pool and install them in their niches. Turn on the electric power and start up the support system. Check for leaks and proper operation. If you find any problems, consult the owner's manual or contact a local pool service company. Have the heater professionally serviced before you use it.
If you don't want to attempt this yourself, there are plenty of local companies who will get you in the swim with a minimum of effort and fuss. Then, when the mercury soars, you'll be able to perform the first cannonball of the season!
With info from poolsandspas.com