Spring Cleaning for Your Pool

May 08,2020

Spring is here, and now is the best time to start cleaning your pool in preparation for a busy summertime beforehand.  In this guide, we'll go through a number of the techniques you can use to maintain your pool sparkly clean and enjoyable for the swimming season.


The Pool Cover


The pool spring cleaning process begins with removing the pool cap.  Eliminate rain in the cover with a small pump.  Tightening the lid by pulling the borders supports the water to pool at a central site.  Using a broom, eliminate as much dirt, leaves, and other debris out of the top of the cover as possible.  Fold the sheet to one end of the pool and remove it.  Lay the sheet at a sloping area of the yard and clean the surface using a garden hose.  Allow adequate time for drying before folding and storing the cover.


Pool Pump & Filter Cleaning


Wrap plastic tape around the threaded plugs that fit into the pool filter, pool pump, chlorinators, and connections.  Add the sticks and hand twist.  Reattach hoses and reinstall pool pumps, skimmer baskets, and pressure gauges.    Assemble the filtration system while inspecting components.  Pay close attention to tubes that might have become brittle throughout the winter.  Replace hoses if needed.

 Pool filters require comprehensive cleaning now if not completed the prior fall.  There are several different procedures for cleaning sand filters.  Soak the screen in a sand filter cleaner or utilize a backwash filter cleaner.  Either way, don't run pool pumps on a regular cycle before completely backwashing and rinsing.  Manufacturers generally advise replacing sand over three years old.  Filters, including diatomaceous earth, also require soaking using the suggested pool cleaners.


Fixing the bottom of the pool


Fill the pool to the average water level, turn on the pool filters, and then track the water flow.  Before vacuuming dirt out of the pool's bottom, place the filter system to"waste"   In case filtration systems do not have this attribute, detach the hose between the filter and pump.  Attach a backwash hose directly to the pump—sterile filter baskets as necessary during the process.

For above-ground pools, then attach the hose and wand to the vacuum and place the device into the water.  Attach the skim-vac adapter into the other end of the tube.  Hold the adapter over the return, which forces water in and air from the hose.  Slide the adapter into the skimmer.  With the siphon started, gradually move the vacuum head across the bottom of the pool.


Cleaning and Chemical Treating:


Use a brush and one of the recommended top pool cleaners and gently wash the walls around the perimeter of the above ground pool.  For tile or granite pools, utilize commercial tile cleaners. 


The surface pool cleaner also works well for cleaning out skimmers:

clean ladders, steps, and faceplates at the time.


Following the manufacturer's directions, check the pool water quality.  Replace kit reagents every spring before starting this process.  Normal alkalinity levels range between 80-120 parts per million or ppm.  Add 1 pound of baking soda for every 10,000 gallons of water, which raises alkalinity ten ppm.  Average calcium levels range somewhere between 180-220 ppm.  Use one pound of calcium for every 10,000 gallons of water, which increases levels around five ppm.  Run the pump for about eight hours, permitting thorough substance flow.

Assess the pH level, which is typically located between 7.4 and 7.6.  Boost the pH using sodium carbonate or soda ash.  Decrease the pH with muriatic acid or sodium bisulfate.  Some pool owners also add clarifiers at the moment.  Permit another eight hours for chemical flow.  Hyper-chlorinate or jolt the pool using one pound of granulated calcium hypochlorite or five gallons of household bleach for every 10,000 gallons of water.