Preparing your pool in early April is a practical idea. It spares you from working under the hot summer sun, and prevents algae from growing in the warm water. With these simple do-it-yourself steps, you will save on professional cleaning expense and have a sparkling clean pool in no time.
Inspect all your pool equipment and chemicals before starting the job. Replace any broken accessories and expired pool cleaning products.
Remove any water, leaves, and debris from the winter pool cover with a submersible pump, pool net, and pool brush.
Once cleared, you can remove the pool cover without getting any dirt into your pool.
Clean your pool cover according to the manufacturer’s direction and store in a clean, dry place.
During winter, it is common for pool water levels to drop. Use a garden hose or water supply to fill your pool so the water reaches the middle of the skimmer opening.
While waiting for your water level to increase, remove the winterizing plugs from the return jets and skimmers, and open all necessary valves. Put the drain plugs back into the pump, filter, chlorinator, and heater. Make sure to clean your filter before starting the pump.
Turn on the pumping system and check for any leaks. Walk around the pool and look for any leaks in the filter, pump, or the lines themselves.
Skim the surface of the pool with a net to remove any floating dirt or leaves, and vacuum up any small debris from the pool floor. If you use your filter system to vacuum, switch the valve to “waste” so all debris is flushed out straight to the waste port.
Let the pool water circulate for about 8 to 12 hours to remove any undetected contaminants before adding any chemicals in the water.
Use a water analysis kit to check the pH level of the water. Select the right chemicals to bring your pool to a pH level between 7.2 and 7.6. Add chlorine shock and algaecide to eliminate harmful bacteria and organic matter that may have built up during winter. Backyard Ocean has a range of pool chemical kits that are specially formulated to treat your water safely and effectively.
Once your pool is clean and ready for swimming, dive in the refreshing water and reward yourself for a job well done.