Before your pool’s cover is removed and your pump and filter begin circulating the water, it’s a good idea to have a maintenance plan in place for the season and to do a thorough examination of your pool.
Here are some helpful tips for what to do after your pool is opened:
- Properly store your winterizing equipment. Keep your pool’s cover in a dry, cool place that is free from any rodents or wildlife
- Check the surfaces of your pools for any damage or discoloration that may have occured over the winter. For vinyl liner pools, make sure there are no rips or holes in your liner, and check the top bead of the liner to make sure it securely in place and there are no spots where the liner has “slipped out” of place. For concrete/gunite pools, examine the surface for any cracks, as well as check for any rough spots where the surface feels sharp or jagged.
- Observe your pool pump for any strange noises or an excess of air bubbles accumulating in the pump some bubbles are okay, but if your pump appears to be sputtering because of the air, bring in your pump for a diagnosis or give us a call to come check it out.
- Before swimming, bring in a water sample to The Swimming Pool Store for a free, fast, and accurate analysis so that any problems with your pool’s water chemistry are quickly solved. Plan to bring in a water sample for testing at least once every two weeks, or when you notice any issues in water quality.
- Have a plan in place for chemical maintenance. Know what kind of sanitizer (chlorine, bromine, etc.) that you’ll be using for daily maintenance and make sure you have a home test kit that, at the very least, tests for chlorine (or other sanitizer) and pH. You should also have a weekly shock and algaecide that you use to keep your water clean and safe. For chlorine pools, we suggest adding a weekly dosage of Multi-Magic Plus Shock and Phoenix Poly-60 Algaecide.
If you haven’t opened your pool yet, give us a call at (860) 673-6118 to schedule a professional opening. As always, we are happy to answer any and all pool and spa questions you might have. Give us a call or schedule your pool opening online.