With winter ending and spring beginning, you may already be planning how you can get outside and enjoy the weather. However, you know that spring is an important part of the year as a pool owner for other reasons. Spring signifies that it’s time to start preparing your pool for swimming. Over the winter, your pool probably has built up a bit of debris and maybe a little algae that you’ll want to clear before taking a dip. All Seasons Pools & Spas has made a guide on how to get your pool ready for spring.
Step 1: Assess Your Pool
Both in-ground pools and above-ground swimming pools need care when spring rolls around. Your first task is to assess your pool’s situation. Some people may experience more algae growth during the winter due to different climates. Some people may have more debris or a higher water hardness after winter. No matter the situation, it’s important to look at your pool before beginning to make sure you have all the supplies you need.
Step 2: Clean Your Pool of Debris
In this step, a good pool brush and vacuum will save you a lot of time. Begin cleaning your pool by brushing down the sides. Make sure to remove as much debris as you can while brushing but also make sure not to scrub too hard. Once you’re done brushing, you can skim your pool of any leaves and twigs that found their way in the water. Finally, run your vacuum for a full day to clean up the debris brushed off the sides of your pool. If you have algae in your water, you will need to clear it up first by using a Shock treatment before cleaning.
Step 3: Add Chemicals
After you’ve made your pool spotless, you’ll want it to stay that way. In order to keep your pool in tip-top condition throughout spring, you’ll need to balance your water. The three main levels you’ll want to adjust are pH, chlorine, and water hardness. These three levels play the largest role in the overall health of your water. Your pH should be somewhere close to 7.3, your chlorine should be between 1 and 3 parts per million, and your water hardness (or total dissolved solids) should be between 150 and 400 parts per million. Maintaining these levels will help you get the most of all your swim sessions throughout the spring.
Step 4: Consider Pool Accessories
No pool experience is complete without some fun pool accessories. You may have accumulated quite the collection during your time as a pool owner. When opening your pool for spring, give all your pool accessories a quick rinse with a hose to get them clean for the pool season. Doing this extra step will help maintain clean and crystal-clear water.
Get More Information About Pool Care in California
Taking care of your pool can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. With All Seasons Pools & Spas, you can open up your pool this spring with ease. We have multiple locations throughout the Sacramento area so come on and visit us. We’d love to help you with what you need. If you’d like to read more about pool care and maintenance, check out our blog for more information.