We just passed the milestone of the first day of spring which means pool season is right around the corner. Now that the snow is gone and spring is in the air, you might be wondering if your pool is ready for warmer weather, or will it be a big algae filled mess requiring a lot of cleanup.
Here are some steps that you can take to prepare your pool now before opening:
- Remove excess water on your pool cover – use a sump pump or pump designed for your winter pool cover to remove excess water and clear your cover of any debris.
- Add liquid chlorine – pop open a corner of your cover and pour in 1 to 2 gallons for an average size inground pool. This will give your water kick start in fighting algae buildup.
- Open your pool before the weather gets too warm – waiting to open your pool late in the spring or early summer may contribute to excessive algae growth due to the warmer weather. Try to open your pool early and get started on balancing your chemicals and vacuuming.
These are just a few things you can do early on to prepare your pool for warmer weather and swimming season. If your pool is typically a pea-soup green in the springtime, you will need to add more chlorine, allow your filter to work, monitor the progress and continue to vacuum. Repeated doses of algaecide and chlorine may be necessary and you should always get your water tested by a professional pool store.
The Swimming Pool Store offers free water testing and recommendations to get your water balanced as quickly as possible for healthy swimming. A little preparation now can go a long way towards clean and clear water when we are ready to open. Contact us with any questions and ask about our pool opening or maintenance programs.