Preparing Your Swimming Pool for Spring

Person testing their pool water.

It’s almost that time of year again. If you’re already dreaming about lazy days by the pool, we’ve got your back. Check out our comprehensive list for getting your pool ready for use this spring.

1. Clean Pool Cover

The winter months bring with them storms, snow and ice, so it’s likely your cover is in need of a good cleaning. Start by removing debris such as dead leaves and twigs from your cover and then use a pump to drain all the water off of it. After removing the cover, set it aside to dry. You may need to wipe it down before storing it away for the season.

2. Inspect Pool

Look your pool over before moving on to any other steps. This is the perfect time to look for cracks and other signs of disrepair. You should also make sure the pump, plugs, connections and skimmer baskets are in good shape. Deal with any and all problems before turning on your filtration system.

3. Reconnect Pool Equipment

Once your inspection and any necessary repairs are complete, it’s time to reconnect equipment that you removed for the winter such as the pool filter, pump, heater and automatic pool cleaner. You can also re-install ladders and other such accessories and replace all winter plugs with your regular drain plugs. Now is also the time to re-attach any hoses that were removed.

4. Ready Filtration System

Next, check to be sure no air is in the plumbing lines. If you suspect there is air present, it’s a good idea to have a professional blow out the lines. This job requires quite a bit of know-how, so we recommend hiring an expert to handle it for you. Once this is done, it’s time to turn on your filtration system.

5. Test and Treat Water

After topping up your levels to the normal height for your pool, let the water sit for eight hours before testing. When it’s time to evaluate the water, use test strips or a test kit to test pH levels as well as the water’s total alkalinity, it’s chlorine and calcium levels and hardness. Follow manufacturer instructions when measuring and mixing your chemicals and add them as needed to achieve balanced water.

6. Clean Up

It’s a good idea to give your pool a quick clean by brushing down the walls and then vacuuming. This will get rid of any algae or bacteria that formed over the winter. Allow your filtration system to deal with any excess algae overnight.

7. Shock Your Pool

After allowing the filtration system to do its work, it’s time to shock your pool, using two pounds of shock for every 10,000 gallons of water. Run the circulation system for a few hours and then add an algae prevention treatment to the water. This will ensure a good and clean start to your swimming season.

Pool Brite

As Amherst’s top pool supply store, Pool Brite has everything you need to open your pool for spring from pool accessories to parts. If you’re not a pool owner yet, but you want to be, visit our Amherst showroom to see the many great above-ground swimming pools and in-ground models for sale.

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