The birds are chirping, the temperatures are warming up, and the days are getting longer. It can only mean one thing. Spring is almost here! With that comes a lot of fun as well as the beginning of pool season. To get your pool ready, you have to prep it after it’s been sitting all winter.
There are many things involved in opening your pool which is why many people opt to hire an above ground pool opening service. Let’s take a look at several tasks.
Chances are your pool has plenty of water sitting on the cover. All of the rain and snow from the winter has to go somewhere! Before you even think about uncovering your pool, you need to drain and clean the cover. If you don’t, all of the gunk on the cover will go right into your pool. That’s not the way you want to start off the new season.
The easiest way to get the water off is to buy a pool pump. Once the water is gone, you can use a leaf blower to get rid of the rest of the debris. Forgetting this step will leave you with a pile of leaves and dirt in your pool when you take the cover off. There may be a few leaves that still sneak in there, but it shouldn’t be too bad.
Once the cover is as clean as you can get it, it’s time to take it off. It’s best if you have someone to help you. The cover can be heavy and awkward to take off by yourself.
Once you’ve successfully taken the cover off, let it dry out. Place it on a dry surface. Brush off any leftover debris and let it dry out. Once it’s dry you can fold it and store it. Folding it when it’s still wet increases the chance that mold will form on the cover. Nobody wants that!
When you closed your pool, you let some of the water out. Now that it’s time to re-open it, it’s time to put that water back in. You can either use your garden hose if you have good water pressure, or you can call to get water delivered. People who have well water or live in areas where they can’t fill their pool with hose water will get their water delivered.
Any of the filters, hoses, or pumps that you disconnected for the winter need to be reconnected now. This is a good time to check for any leaks or cracks in the equipment. If you notice something is not right, get it fixed now rather than hooking everything up and then having to disconnect it. This can be a tedious task and is one of the reasons why many people call a professional pool company for above ground pool opening service.
Any drain plus that were detached for the winter need to be re-attached now. At this time also take out any winterizing plugs.
Once everything has been reconnected, turn your filter and any other equipment back on. Check to make sure everything is getting power and working properly. Listen for any strange sounds as the equipment gets up and running. Look for any leaks once things are moving and make sure everything is working properly.
Once you have everything connected, it’s time to test your pool water. This is to make sure you have the right amount and type of chemicals in it to make the water swimmable. You can either buy test strips and do it yourself or take a water sample to your local pool store. Either way, you’ll know what chemicals your pool needs to kick start your new pool season.
Opening your pool for the season is no easy task. If the list of to-do items seems long and time-consuming it’s because it is! Many people hire a pool company for above ground pool opening service. This not only frees up their time but also assures them that the job will be done right.
At Flower Mound Pool Care & Maintenance we can start your new pool season off right with our pool opening service. Our trained and highly skilled technicians will take care of everything so you don’t have to.
We will look for any problems that may have come up over the winter and let you know about them so you can fix them in a timely manner. When people call us to open their pool, many also set up a pool cleaning schedule. This can be done weekly or bi-weekly to fit your schedule and budget. We have a 23-point plan that includes:
We also look at the following issues: