Spring Is Just Around The Corner: Prepare Your Pool!

With the worst of winter behind us, and warmer temperatures ahead, in-ground pool owners are anxiously awaiting the days with their treasured relaxation, socialization, and enjoyment of their backyard pool. The amount of time re-opening an in-ground pool largely depends on how well it was maintained over the winter. Aggressive weather and freezing temperatures can make pool maintenance difficult, however there are a number of steps you can take to ease this process. The amount of pool cleaning chemicals needed to add to the in-ground pool largely depend on the condition of the pool after the winter. Dirtier pools require a higher dose of chlorine, and other bacteria killing chemicals, especially those that kill algae, which can grow quickly in still water. It is best to consult a pool maintenance professional when testing chemical levels, and adding solvents, as in-ground pools have delicate balances that are required for optimal conditions.

 

An often-forgotten component for re-opening your pool is obtaining correct levels of calcium hardness with 150 ppm to 250 ppm (parts per million). This depends directly on water hardness, as the softer your water is, the higher the levels of calcium it will absorb from its surrounding environment. A lack of calcium can ruin pool materials, such as ceramic tile, and many natural materials, such as stone and marble. The calcium hardness levels can be adjusted through using calcium chloride. PH levels can also be an issue, and pool water should fall between 7.2 to 7.4. The pH level controls how much chlorine becomes hypochlorous acid once it is in the water. Using soda ash can increase pH levels in the water, while muriatic acid and sodium bisulfate can be used to decrease pH levels. Similarly, total alkalinity levels should range from 80 to 120. Alkalinity levels directly correlate to pH levels —pH levels will maintain consistent levels, if the level of alkalinity is within a proper. Sodium bicarbonate can be used to increase alkalinity levels, and muriatic acid can be used to decrease it. While it is important for pool owners to understand all the necessary components of pool maintenance and preparing, it is best to leave the chemical balances and intricate cleaning processes to professional, who is trained and experienced in providing the best recommendations for your pool and your unique needs.

After the water is properly chemically balanced, cleaning the pool of debris and dirt is the next step. Use your pool scoop to remove all the natural debris and leaves left from fall and winter. Brushes can be used to scrub the sides and the bottom of the pool of dirt and mud. Regular cleaning prevents the buildup of algae, removes dust and dirt particles, and keeps the pool surface smooth. Having a properly working filter ensures that you get optimal pool conditions, and an enjoyable swimming experience for friends and family to share.

For more information on how to re-open your pool, or to have one of our experts help you choose the products and services you need, contact Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs. Our address is 27 Heritage Rd, in Markham, Ontario. You can also reach us by phone at (905) 294-8030 or e-mail at online@seawaypoolsntubs.com.

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