The backyard has become one of the most idyllic places in our lives. It’s the very place that any family can enjoy the outdoors on their property. If you are thinking of ways to make your backyard an oasis for your family, a backyard swimming pool complete with a patio and deck could be for you. If you’re wondering what’s in store for pool maintenance, here’s a look at reopening your swimming pool in spring.
Remove the Pool Cover
First, you should have utilized a pool cover to protect it from autumn leaves and winter freeze. If there is substantial standing water on top of the pool cover, you might need to clean it up with a cover pump. Then, sweep, blow, or vacuum up dirt and debris.
Be sure to get a second person to help you roll it up off the pool if it is a very large swimming pool. Once removed, you can lay it flat, remove any remaining dirt, spray it down, and let it dry. Add talcum powder on both sides before rolling it up and storing it away to prevent mold and mildew.
Refill the Pool
The next step is simple: take your garden hose and fill up the swimming pool back to its normal water level, that being up to ⅓ or ½ of the skimmer opening.
Reconnect the Pool Equipment
Every fall before the first frost hits, one should properly winterize the pool, which means disconnecting the pool filtration system and replacing its normal drain plugs with winterizing plugs that contain antifreeze. In spring, you’ll let all the antifreeze drain before removing the winterizing plugs, replace them with the regular kind, and reconnect all components of your pool filtration system such as the pump, filter, heater, etc.
Test the Pool Water
Now that the pool water is up to the right level and circulating again, it’s time to test the water and create the right chemical balance. With a handy test kit or test strip, you can balance the pool chemistry accordingly in this order:
- Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm
- pH: 7.4-7.6
- Calcium Hardness: 200-400 ppm
- Chlorine Level: 2.0-4.0 ppm
Before handling the chlorine, however, clean the pool first!
Clean & Shock the Pool
One can clean the pool with a pool vacuum or sweeper. Then, one should use a chlorine shock to shock the pool, following all product instructions. After 24 hours, you can reattach the automatic pool cleaner if you have one.
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