Giving your pool and equipment a spring check-up will not only ensure it is ready for swimming when the weather heats up but, will also set you up with a good opening balance for the upcoming Summer.
Every pool is different given the varying sizes, surfaces, filters and chlorinator types, however, the majority of checks are the same. By following these helpful tips, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a clean pool as the weather heats up.
What you’ll need:
- Water test kit
- Cleaning Equipment (pool pole, brush, leaf rake, hose, vacuum head)
- Balancing chemicals
Spring check-up tips for a clean & safe pool.
Check 1: Test and balance the water:
If you have a pool cover, you should remove it then test the pool water or bring a sample into the shop (elbow depth will give you an accurate reading).
*pro tip: Brush or sweep the cover before removing it so the leaves don’t fall into the water.
If testing at home, the main chemicals to check are;
- Chlorine – 1.5 – 3ppm (cover on/cover off),
- pH – 7.4 – 7.6 (Lower for fiberglass surfaces)
- Alkalinity – 80 – 120ppm
Check 2: The filtration system:
Checking your pump and filter for cracks, leaks, and noisy operation is important for when you start to ramp up the hours of operation. Here is a quick checklist for your equipment.
- Pump – check for any water dripping underneath the pump (this would indicate a failing mechanical seal) and make sure the bearings aren’t too noisy. Empty the pump basket and check for any cracks. Ensure the lid o’ring is clean and lubricated.
- Filter – check for leaks at the tank, collar, or through the multiport valve, check the pressure gauge is working and is in the ideal range (backwash/clean if required)
- Chlorinator – Check for any dripping water around the cell housing, clean any calcium build up off the cell (clean with 1 part acid:10 parts water mix), check the terminals are in good condition and free of corrosion or breakage, check cell o’ring is clean and lubricated and the timer is holding the correct time.
Check 3: What chemicals have you got?
Do a quick check of your pool cleaning products and other chemicals to ensure that they aren’t out of date and that you have a good supply of the critical items such as Chlorine (liquid or powdered), Hydrochloric Acid, Algaecide, pH buffer & Salt (if required).
Having a few extras on hand is always a good idea for any extreme weather events or just so you have the ability to quickly treat any imbalances that arise.
Check 4: Check over your cleaning equipment:
- Is your pool pole (and wishbone clip) in good condition? Does it extend all the way? Does it lock?
- Are there any holes in your leaf rake (scoop)? Is it cracked or broken?
- Check your pool brush to make sure the bristles aren’t coming out.
- Do you have all the wheels on your vacuum head? Does it attach to the pool pole securely?
- Are there any holes in your vacuum hose?
Check 5: Start the pump, then clean & shock the pool:
Once you’ve got everything you need, it’s time to clean the pool! Start the pump and manually vacuum the bottom of the pool and brush any step areas to remove built-up dust. Empty the skimmer baskets. add the pool chemicals that are required to balance. At the start of the season, it is a good idea to give the pool a chlorine shock and then run the pool pump for at least six hours.
Regular maintenance costs far less than fixing any issues.
To get the most enjoyment out of your pool this season, make sure you keep it clean and free from debris and make are the chemicals are within safe limits. Adjust the balance and filtering times as needed to accommodate for more swimmers or hotter temperatures.
By taking these small steps every few weeks to care for your pool, it will be easier to maintain in the long run, and more enjoyable for the whole family as well.
Call us to set up a regular maintenance schedule or just a one-off service to get your pool ready for when you are!