11 April 2018

5 Tips to Preparing Your Pool for Summer

It’s probably after the long, hibernation period of winter and your swimming pool has now turned into a green-ish tub with some alien-like organisms swimming around. Okay, I exaggerated there, it may not be that bad but before reopening your pool for summer, you will want to start by cleaning any floating debris, leaves, and branches. You will also want to restore the pool’s proper chemical balance. Needless to mention to experienced pool owners, pool maintenance and cleaning can for sure be an expensive undertaking. This is one of the reasons most pool owners prefer DIY. And if you have the time, equipment, and the energy, why not save a couple of bucks? Here are 5 tips to preparing your pool for summer.

#1 - Clean the Pool and the Filter
The first step is to remove the cover from your pool. Next step, concentrate on the skimming leaves and any other debris. At this point, a good number of people will be disgusted by how the water looks and probably smells. It is important that you get rid of all the debris before you get to the filter to avoid clogging. The third step is to clean the filters by running cold water through them while brushing off any large and visible debris, this should continue for several minutes depending on the size of your pool.

#2 - Add the Cleaning Chemicals
This is the point where you turn on your pool equipment. In most cases, even after turning on the filter pump, it will not process the pool water. When this happens, you can prime the pump by removing the lid and adding water to get the system going. You can now go ahead and add 1 pound of chlorine per every 500 gallons of water. This is known as shocking the pool. Let the system run for the next 24-48 hrs.

#3 - Chemical Balancing
This is perhaps the most important part when it comes to pool cleaning. It is important that before anyone dives in, you test the water chemical levels. Alkalinity, chlorine, pH, and calcium levels should be measured. Below are the recommended ranges. Ensure you use a pool chemical test kit for this.

Chlorine: The optimum levels are 1.0-3.0 ppm. After shocking the pool with chlorine, the CL readings may be high.

PH: The recommended water pH levels in pools are 7.4 to 7.6. Sodium Bicarbonate is the best when it comes to balancing the Ph levels when they appear to be lower than this while Sodium Bisulfate is used to reduce the Ph when these levels are high.

Calcium Hardness: The recommended optimum Calcium Hardness levels in pools are 200-400. To reduce the calcium levels, you can use pool flocculant. In case you have soft water, use calcium chloride to bring the calcium levels to this recommended range.

Alkalinity: Alkaline plays a huge role in balancing and stabilizing the ph levels in a pool. The required optimum range is 80-140 ppm. Add sodium bisulfate when the alkaline levels are high and to increase alkalinity, use sodium carbonate.

Balancing these chemicals is an important step in preparing your pool ready for summer.

#4 - Monitor the Water and Filter Color
To ensure that water flows through the system efficiently, it is important that you keep removing any debris from your filter. While doing this, it's important to keep a closer eye on color changes on your water and filter. Before you are ready for the final step, ensure that the water is crystal clear and that all the chemical levels are balanced.

#5 - Vacuuming and Scrubbing
To ensure that your pool is in good order, you will need to vacuum, skim and scrub. Once you are satisfied with the results, add the necessary pool accessories such as the ladders and solar covers.

Doing this some weeks before summer will give you enough time to do some other maintenance routines such as trimming and mowing around the pool. Hiring a professional pool service still remains the best way to expect a swimming-full summer. And if you come from anywhere near Gold Coast, Australia, Trojan Pool Services is a recommendable company to approach for professional pool services, commercial and residential.

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