It's spring, and even though it's snowing up north, the southern countries have been heating up for weeks. Together with the continuing 80 degree days, you're longing to get back into your pool. But having gone unused for the past couple of months, the pool has to be cleaned to prepare it for the summer swimming season. You can either employ an expensive pool cleaner or even using these few easy steps, save yourself the money, and you will be enjoying your swimming pool in no time!
1.Wash the area surrounding your pool:
Make the most of the pool cover and dirty pool to wash out the area around your pool. Trim any trees, shrubs, or plants and pick up any dead leaves or debris that has accumulated around the pool. If a cover has accumulated dead leaves, you might use an air blower to remove the debris. Hose off the deck to remove loose pollen, leaves, etc. that have accumulated.
2. If your pool is covered, find it at this time:
Do your best to clean out the pool cover, removing not only debris but also water, before trying to take off the cover. To avoid accidentally spilling the dirty water or debris into your pool when you remove the cover, first increase the water level to the center of the skimmers. Blow off with a blower, as explained above. Afterward, with someone helping you, then grab a corner in the shallow end and uniformly drag the cover in the pool. Clean and dry the cover then keep it in a dry site.
Destroys your pool for signs of damage that may have happened during winter. If you begin cracking, staining, or some other damage, it is ideal to contact a qualified professional to see about fixing these.
First, make sure that you have all of the tools you want to clean out the pool. You will require a pool brush, a skimmer net on a pole, and some kind of vacuum system. Based on your pool system, a few of the chemicals may include chlorine and bromine for sanitizing the water and destroying any germs. You may also require muriatic acid to place the right pH balance. Plug the pool gear:
Close or substitute any of those drain plugs which were opened or removed when you prepared your pool for the winter. These may include but aren't limited to the drain plug on the pump/s along with the filter. Inspect pool filter cartridges or DE grids:
Before starting up the swimming pool, you may wish to inspect your pool filter capsules or DE Grids and the Tank O'ring. If you discover any tears in the capsules or DE grids, they will need to be replaced. The tank ring has to be scrutinized as this is important to the role of the pool filter. When it's torn or flattened, then it could allow pressure to escape from the filter. Always coat the ring using the silicone lube to extend its own life and help in sealing the pool filter. Just skimming the surface:
Use the pool skimmer net on a rod or commercial-grade internet to clean any debris that is floating on the top of the pool.
5. Let 'er go:
After priming, the pump allows your pool filter to operate for a whole 24 hours. After the 24 hour interval, add chlorine shock to disinfect the pool and filter system. Test your water and then adjust the compound in the pool accordingly, permitting the following 24 hours to pass, then examine the water equilibrium again.
6. Checks and balances:
Assess and balance the chemical amounts. There are four degrees; you need to assess: the pH level (7.4 - 7.6), which quantify the base and acid levels, the Alkalinity level (80-120ppm) which quantify the water's resistance to changing pH, the bile hardness (250 - 450 ppm), which measures the hardness of your water, along with the chlorine (1 - 3 ppm) (sanitizer) content. Additional reading on some testers will be for the Total Dissolved Solids, and this number wants to be (250 -1500 ppm)
7. Shock 'er!
The final step is to shock the pool using chlorine to kill off any residual bacteria before use. A fantastic rule of thumb is utilizing one pound of shock chlorine for every 10,000 gallons of water. This should be done weekly if needed. This may also need to be done after rain or more often during scorching summers. These directions are a general principle and need to be adjusted based on your region of the nation. Some areas have tough water, in which others will have very soft water, so check with the local pool store in case you have questions regarding your place.
8. Jump on in and enjoy your pool!