Spring is the perfect season to open your pool again. To prepare your pool before you open it, consider these things:
1. Check Your Plumbing
A leak coming from a pad can result in serious pool problems. So, make sure everything is in good condition. You can check with a pool expert to assess for potential cracks or leaks. This is important, especially when you’ve been through harsh weather.
2. Inspect Your Pressure Gauge
A pressure gauge is small, yet it is a vital part of every pool. Note that the filter functions with pressure, so you must check if the pressure is too low or high. Your gauge should be between 8 psi (pounds per square inch) to 25 psi. When the reading is abnormal, call a pool expert to check it.
3. Run Your Pool System To See if Repair is Needed
With the help of a pool professional, prepare your equipment prior to running your pool. Steps may include changing drain plugs and detaching winterizing plugs. Once your chlorine system, heater, filter, and pump are running, inspect everything to ensure it is in good condition.
4. Remove Your Pool Cover Carefully
Remove the pool cover without dumping debris. To do that, follow these steps:
- If dry leaves are over the cover, use a blower or pool brush to keep them away. If wet leaves are on the cover, use a leaf rake instead.
- Use a cover pump so you can remove water that is on your pool cover. Position the pump at the center of the cover and ensure the cover is tight. The weight of your pump will lead water to it, so all the extra water is vacuumed.
- Ask help from a friend and family member and have them grab the cover sides. Slowly carry the whole cover away from the pool. Then, place it somewhere it can dry quickly. Once the cover is completely dry, sprinkle some baking soda on it to prevent mildew and mold build-up before folding it for storage.
5. Consider Making a Safety Plan for Your Pool
Before you open your pool for your family or friends, think about safety. A safety plan should include the following:
- Study CPR in case of emergencies and place CPR instructions close to your pool.
- Have a medical kit ready. It should be readily accessible as well.
- Creating pool rules to make sure pool users are aware.