As spring arrives and we start to see temperatures on the rise, homeowners across the east coast are spending more time outdoors. As everyone is shaking off the winter blues, there is always an ‘out with the old, in with the new’ feeling this time of year. Homeowners are spring cleaning, starting to tackle home improvement projects, and starting to invest more time in their properties. For homeowners considering adding pools to their home, spring brings a planning and designing stage. For homeowners with swimming pools, there is pool spring cleaning that needs to get done as well.
In order to make sure your swimming pool is ready for summertime, there is spring pool cleaning and a checklist of items that needs to get taken care of during this time of year.
Pool Spring Cleaning: To-Do Checklist
- Drain water off of pool cover
- Removed pool cover/store if needed
- Restore water level to normal
- Reconnect pool equipment
- Remove winter plugs or any winterization plugs
- Turn system back on
- Test water chemistry levels
- Adjust pH balance
- Brush and vacuum pool
- Run filtration system
- Shock the pool to eliminate bacteria
When it comes to swimming pools, it is important to know there is a lot of spring pool maintenance, and year round maintenance required. Over the winter, a pool’s chemistry changes and will need to get adjusted before being able to enjoy. Water levels will also change, whether they rose or depleted, they will need to be regulated accordingly.
As part of the spring pool cleaning process, be sure to protect the pool’s tile and coping. It is also a good time of year to activate equipment. You do not need to necessarily wait for the first week of summer to begin this process. Simply removing the cover in the spring many homeowners choose to do, since looking at the water from inside the home is a much more welcoming sight that it being covered all winter long.
The heat does not need to be on during the spring months, since heating the pool when the air is still cold gets very costly. But that does not mean you cannot open it before Memorial Day. However, earlier opening means earlier maintenance, as soon as you open the pool. It is a good idea to allow things to start to open up and get running, and getting an earlier start on balancing chemistry levels, regulating water, and making sure everything is functioning properly. For homeowners with hot tubs, those are able to be enjoyed earlier in the spring and can be heated more efficiently. That is an important thing to keep in mind for those who are currently designing a new pool, hot tubs will allow for more use throughout the seasons.
If you are interested in building or designing a new inground swimming pool this season, or would like to learn more about the pool spring cleaning process, please feel free to contact us.