Getting your pool ready for summer

By March 18, 2015 Maintenance

The anticipation is over. After a long, cold winter, the sun is shining again and you can’t wait to get back into the pool. Here’s some expert advice on preparing your pool for summer.

Here are some simple steps to getting your pool ready for the summer season. Remember that Swim Blue can take care of prepping your pool for summerr, and offers a variety of maintenance options to keep your pool ownership worry free.

1 Remove the pool cover

Clear the cover from leaves and debris that might have collected over the winter. If the cover has water on the top, drain this off. Do not feed it back into the pool as this could alter the pool water balance drastically.

2 Fill the pool

The water level should be up to the middle of the skimmer opening.

3 Physical cleaning

Remove leaves, sticks and debris with the leaf net. Check that your filtration system is working and vacuum the pool.

4 Test your water

Take a sample of your water to Swim Blue for a complete analysis. The water should be taken 18” down and away from the returns. Use a clean plastic water sample bottle available at you dealer and not a “pickle jar.”

5 Test Reagents

Make sure that your test reagents are new to get an accurate reading from your home test kit. Swim Blue will be happy to do all of these tests for you.

6 Balance your water

Some pool owners have purchased more sophisticated test kits or test strips which can test for alkalinity, stabilizer, hardness, as well as pH and Chlorine. Otherwise, take a water sample to Swim Blue and adjust your pool water chemically as follows:

  • Adjust Alkalinity: Adjust Total Alkalinity to 80-125 ppm for plaster pools; or to 125-150 ppm for vinyl pools. Total Alkalinity should be adjusted before adjusting he pH.
  • Adjust pH: For chemical efficiency and swimming enjoyment, pH should be 7.2 – 7.6.
  • Test Stabilizer Level: Measure the amount of pool water stabilizer or cyanuric acid. Make sure the pool has at least 30 ppm. to prevent loss of chlorine from the sun’s ultra violet rays.
  • Check Calcium Hardness: The desired range is 150-280 ppm. At this point we recommend adding a sequestrian agent before shocking the pool. If dissolved metals have made their way into the pool water during the winter or are present in the make-up water, they will stain the pool after a shock treatment. Metasol will hold these metals in solution and prevent discolouration.
  • Shock Treatment: This is necessary to oxidize water soluble organic matter that the filter cannot remove. It can either be accomplished by super-chlorination with Pool Shockor non-chlorine oxidizers such as Oxy-Out. Shocking should be carried out every 7 to 10 days during the swimming season.
  • Algaecide: At the beginning of spring, the weather can be very unpredictable. Unseasonably warm or cold periods may occur and neglect of the pool water can lead to algae. The addition of a poly algaecide safeguards against this.
  • Chlorine: Adjust your chlorine level to 1.5-3.0 ppm. and maintain a regular chlorine addition of 60 gms per 50,000 litres or 2 oz. per 10,000 gallons.
  • Bromine: Adjust your brominator to a bromine level of 3.0-5.0 ppm.

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