10 tips on maintenance for the seasonal opening your swimming pool.
It’s that time of year again to “spring” into action and open up your swimming pool ready for swimming weekend BBQ’s, parties. (Well almost…)
The warm weather may not be here just yet but it’s only just around the corner and besides, are you going to let a little thing such as the cold put you off swimming?
When you are ready to open your swimming pool read the 10 tips below on summerising your swimming pool.
Remove the debris cover from your swimming pool.
It is better if 2 people or more remove the winter debris cover.
Carefully remove the winter cover and place the stainless steel anchors in a bag.
Spread the winter cover out on the garden and clean loose debris and leaves with brush and a hose. Let the winter cover dry off to avoid mould staining.
After the cover has dried off fold up and store away with the anchors in a dry storage area.
Top up the pool water.
Cleaning the stone copings and the pool surrounds.
Begin the pool maintenance, but before you do anything with your swimming pool, brush in sections with a water/light chlorine solution.
Be careful when using chemicals, and wear protective clothing when mixing to manufactures instructions before using.
Brush onto the coping and the pools surrounds and once treated gently hose down avoid splashing yourself and other objects like plants etc. Next gently pressure clean and brush the copping and with water.
Brush the swimming pool walls down.
Begin with cleaning the tile band (Waterline) using the correct pool tile & liner cleaner.
Gently brush the pool walls using a pool brush to remove any green algae and other materials.
Check pool pump
Before priming and starting the pump, check the pump basket for leaves or debris then empty the basket.
Once the pool pump is circulating the pool water check for leaks
Swimming Pool filters.
Do you know how old the filtration media is (usually sand)?
When it was last changed?
Filter sand becomes less and less effective over the years as the sharpness of the sand becomes rounded over time and less efficient in removing particles and other matter.
Your pool would benefit from periodic changes of filter media at least every 3 to 5 years depending on how much the pool is used and other factors.
Use regular back washing and rinsing during the use of your swimming pool.
Use a leaf net for cleaning off the surface.
Remove any surface debris or leaves off the pool water with a leaf net and dispose.
Vacuum the pool floor.
Connect the pool cleaning equipment together. Fill the pool hose with pool water, place the hose in the skimmer with the skimmer basket still in, or attach to the vacuum point. Begin vacuuming the swimming pool.
Shocking, super-chlorinate, oxidising.
These terms all means the same, but most people say “to shock the pool water” because that is what a dose of chlorine does to any algae or bacteria. It’s the same as when you add bleach (which is composed of 5% chlorine, the rest is a carrier) to your kitchen.
Add the chlorine to the water and mix.
When mixing the chlorine granules remember to add chlorine to water and not the other way round). Obviously the amount you add depends on the condition of the pool water, and how effective the winterising treatments were, shock the pool water the pool appropriately and follow the chemicals instructions remember to have the filtration system running.
Testing the water is in balance.
For the chlorine to work effectively the pH, has to be at the correct levels between 7.2 and 7.6. Total Alkalinity need to be at the correct level (80-120 ppm) and Calcium Hardness levels, so use a test kit to check there preferable before you add the chlorine. Remember do not mix different swimming pool chemicals and always read the manufactures instructions.
Retest the water after 24 hours.
After the swimming pool cover has been removed, allowed to dry and stored away, the pump and filter has been checked, the pool is circulating, has been cleaned, the pool water tested and shocked, leave the pool running and retest the waters pH and chlorine level after 24 hours and dose the water as necessary. Once you have the swimming pool in a balanced condition, continue to regularly maintain your swimming pool to keep it healthy and crystal clear.
Enjoy your swimming pool.