At first glance, it may seem like a bit of a hassle to deal with, but you’d be surprised how much of a difference it will make if you give your pool a thorough spring cleaning before opening it for the year. Besides being cleaner, it can also save you on some of the maintenance throughout the summer. Also, you don’t have to put in all of the work yourself; you can call a pool maintenance service instead. Whether you choose to do it yourself or call in the pros to do it for you, here are some of the tasks that you need to complete before opening your pool.
Dirt and grime and algae have probably built up over the winter all over the sides and steps of your pool, so it’s time to get rid of all of that. The first thing to do is brush it down. When that’s done, you can run the filtration system and backwash your filters when you’re done. When you’re all done, replace the filters. There will be plenty of other smaller parts to clean once you’ve finished with the pool itself. For instance, you’ll have to clean the skimmers, the pump baskets, and the cleaner bags as needed.
If you kept water in your pool all winter long, you’ll definitely need to skim off the surface layer of leaves, flowers, and anything else that managed to sneak in. Whether you keep the same water or drain and refill it every year, you need to check your pool chemistry. Most people use basic test kits that measure pH and Chlorine concentrations, but if you can find a more complete kit, you will have better pool chemistry overall. You should also check to see if you have high TDS (total dissolved solids) in the water. Keep in mind that you should also be checking your pool chemistry throughout the year, if not your water quality.
Obviously, you will be using the pool more than you did in the winter, so make sure your equipment is running long enough to reflect this change. You may not have had anything running during the day, but it’s important to do so now.
The best energy-saving tip we have for you in the pool maintenance department is to tune up your pump motor. Make sure all seals are intact and apply new silicone to reduce the chance of air leaks. It does this by helping keep rubber parts supple. If the pump has lubrication ports, lubricate the motor. Finally, turn it on to make sure that it works properly.