Opening your swimming pool during the summer will require the least level of effort if your pool has been properly maintained during the fall and winter months. The following article will discuss the general procedure for your swimming pool opening.
The first thing you will need to do to have a successful swimming pool opening is clean the area around the pool. Your deck will likely collect a lot of debris over the winter months and as such you will need to sweep or hose the area so you are sure to remove all items from the deck and pool cover. When you remove the cover from your pool you will likely notice that the water is not in ideal condition. If however, you properly closed your pool for the winter and treated the water accordingly, the task of conditioning the water should be very straightforward.
Providing you remove your pool cover properly you should have fairly clear water.
Many pool owners remove underwater lights when they close their pools. If this is the case, you will need to re-install the lights before restoring power to your pool and pumps. Once you have restored electricity and started the support systems you will want to thoroughly check for leaks to be sure your pool is operating properly. Should you come across any problems it is advisable to contact a pool service technician. In any case, you should have the pool heaters and pumps serviced by a professional before your swimming pool opening.
Finally, you will need to check the pH of your pool water. It is advisable to super-chlorinate at the beginning of the swimming season as well. Many pool technicians advise running the pump all day and night for the first few days of the swimming season to ensure that pool water is properly pH balanced and free of contaminants. Finally, treat your pool water with a good algaecide, test the chlorine levels, and make the necessary adjustments.
Some General Tips
Reopening your pool in the summer is much easier if you carefully monitor and maintain your pool over the winter months. Rain and snow can affect water levels in your pool and can also damage the cover. Be sure to watch water levels and remove any heavy debris from your pool cover to avoid damage. Moreover, it is a good idea to check your supplies at the end of the season to be sure you have everything you need for the reopening in summer. Take an inventory of your supplies and chemicals and stock up on anything that is short.
Also, your winter cover should be removed, thoroughly cleaned, and dried before storing it for the summer. A wet cover can develop mildew and mould which can eventually contaminate your pool water and make reopening much more challenging.
In many cases, reopening you pool can bring with it some unforeseen problems. If you have come across some issues and you’re not sure what you should do to resolve them, here are some troubleshooting tips.
First of all, if you notice that your filter tank, pump, or any visible pipes are leaking you should first try tightening all visible fittings. This will usually resolve any major issues but if the leaking continues you should contact a pool service technician.
Another common problem pool owners encounter upon swimming pool opening is that they find sand in the pool near the return jets. This kind of problem may indicate that you have a leak underground but is most likely associated with problems with sand filters. If your sand filter is cracked, then sand is likely moving throughout the whole system. Water loss from your pool indicates an underground leak and you should contact your pool service professional. If however you are not losing water then the problem is likely with the sand filter. Check for cracks or have it replaced.
In some cases, problems with the DE filter can lead to DE in your pool near the return jets. In such cases, your DE filter is likely cracked and faulty DE filters need to be replaced or repaired. Similarly, if your DE filter isn’t functioning properly (i.e. low water pressure or ineffective pool filtering) it is recommended that you backwash your filter. If the problem persists try an acid wash or contact your pool professional.
Finally, if you notice that air bubbles are mixing with water coming out of the return jets then you likely have a suction line leak. The first thing you want to check is the suction line under the skimmers. As this procedure may require digging next to your pool it is probably advisable to contact a professional. Suction line leaks are usually more difficult repairs so unless you are very experienced it is best not to attempt this repair yourself.
Remember, opening your pool can be easy and straightforward if you maintain your pool.