Spring is near and pool season is right around the corner. Water Works Pool & Spa Service is looking forward to the season as much as you are and we want to help you get ready to enjoy your pool. Here are a few steps to ensure your pool is ready to swim:
1. Remove leaves and debris from your cover. It’s been awhile since the pool was winterized and there’s a good chance leaves, sticks and other debris has found its way onto your cover over the course of a few months. It’s best to remove as much as possible from the cover before the pool is opened or inevitably it all ends up in the water. The less organic material in the pool, the better!
2. Remove water from a solid or automatic cover. The accumulation of snow over the winter leaves hundreds of gallons on a solid or automatic cover. Use your cover pump to remove the water prior to your scheduled opening. It can take hours to pump the water from your cover and if you’ve scheduled an opening and haven’t removed the water, you may occur additional charges or have to postpone the opening until the water has been removed.
3. Raise your water level. Some seasons we have enough precipitation over winter that raising your water level to operating condition isn’t necessary, Mother Nature has taken care of it already. However if your water level isn’t up to operating condition at the time of opening, you’re not ready yet. In order to turn the circulation pump on, begin filtration, heating, and balance chemicals, the water level needs to be at operating condition. Again, failure to do so at your scheduled time of opening could result in additional charges or postpone the opening until the water level has been raised.
4. Have all of your supplies and chemicals available poolside. Make sure to have all supplies including return eyeballs, suction fittings, skimmer baskets, hoses, ladders and handrails, chemicals and any other items that are set aside for winter be available at the time of your opening.
5. After opening, continue to balance water chemistry. If your pool has a mesh safety cover, the water will typically open green. Water Works Pool & Spa Service will add three pounds of granular chlorine shock, and one quart each of a phosphate remover, and metal stain and scale inhibitor. We’ll also add any chemicals you provide to help balance Chlorine, PH, and Alkalinity. It’s important the first week after your pool has been opened to monitor the water chemistry and balance as needed. Also continue to add chlorine to 5 – 10 ppm until the pool has cleared up. If after a week of continued balancing and chlorine treatment your pool hasn’t cleared or remains cloudy, it may be necessary to replace the filter cartridges or the filter sand.
Contact Water Works Pool & Spa Service for all of your swimming pool service needs. We specialize in the repair and replacement of equipment, vinyl liners, plumbing, and water chemistry. We also provide regular maintenance service based on your needs, whether it’s weekly, every other week, or monthly. If you’re looking to purchase a house with a pool, contact us for a thorough inspection first. (608)575-8986 or email@example.com.