Well my friend, the wait is over – it’s pool season! Whether you have taken the bull by the horns and will be opening the pool by yourself this year or you have enlisted your trusty pool service to do the honors, we have compiled five tips that you can do to help make the pool opening process a breeze.
1. Check the Weather: Virginia loves a good weather curveball so it can be tough to determine just when to open the pool for the season. We recommend waiting until the weather hits a consistent 70 degrees. Many pool owners like to wait until May to open however there are a few benefits to opening in April. The largest benefit is probably the algae growth! The few hot days in April and beginning of May and a covered pool make great conditions for algae to grow at warp speed. Opening the pool in April can eliminate a lot of the extra work it takes to clean the algae. Another benefit of opening a pool in April is the pollen control. Pollen has already taken the stage this Spring and loves water that is not circulating. Getting your pool open and circulating in April gives you an upper hand on the war with pollen and keeping your pool clean and clear. Either way, keep your eye on the 10-day forecast and be on the lookout for that 70 degree streak.
2. Assess the Chemicals: There is nothing worse than getting to a certain point and realizing you have to stop because you don’t have what you need. Before you take any steps in opening your pool we recommend that you take a quick inventory of what pool chemicals you have on hand and what chemicals you need to purchase. Be sure to pay close attention to expirations dates and properly dispose of any chemicals that have expired. And while you’re at it, take a peek to see how much of each chemical you have left. With this information in hand, you should be able to take one trip to the pool store and acquire everything you need for a smooth and successful pool opening.
3. Clean your Pool Area: Taking the time to clean your pool decking and brush off a majority of debris from the cover will save you time from having to clean it out of the pool later. Sweep up fallen leaves, stones and brush from both the cover and the pool decking and properly dispose before opening the pool. This also gives you a nice clean area to work in when it is time to clean and fold the pool cover.
4. Use a Sump Pump: Whether you are opening your pool on your own or you are just wanting to help prepare it for the pool service to open it for you, using a sump pump to drain the water from the pool cover before you take it off will make it easier to remove. Even with most of the water drained we recommend enlisting a friend to help you remove the pool cover because they can be heavy. A friend can also help in avoiding a lot of debris spillage into the pool.
5. Take Good Care of the Pool Cover: While we are on the topic of pool covers, it is important that once it is removed for the season, you take some time to clean it before you fold it. Cleaning it will help prevent unwanted growth of bacteria while it is being stored. Once it is cleaned, fold it loosely. Again, we recommend a friend for this job since pool covers are often large and can be cumbersome to fold on your own. Once the cover is cleaned and folded it is ready for storage. Store your pool cover in a cool, dry area such as a basement or garage. Taking these few extra steps will help keep your cover in good condition year after year.
Now you are ready for a smooth and successful pool opening. Happy swimming!
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