How to Streamline Your Pool Opening this Spring
As the temperature rises and summer gets closer, there's a certain excitement in the air. With hot weather nearing, it's the perfect time to open your swimming pool with the help of your local pool supply store. While swimming pool maintenance for re-opening your pool can often feel like a tall task on its own, the team at Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs offers pool opening services and all the equipment you need at our online pool supply store and in our GTA showrooms to streamline your pool opening.
To learn more about opening your pool efficiently and effortlessly, read on.
Step One: Getting Started
Before starting the process of opening your pool, you should have equipment ready to go, such as a garden hose, a skimmer net, a pool brush, shock treatments, and test strips. By having all of your equipment nearby, swimming pool maintenance and cleaning will be efficient and effortless. You can quickly clean your pool cover, skim debris and residue in your pool, and guarantee that all of your equipment is in excellent condition.
Step Two: Change the Filter Cartridge
Once your pool is free of debris and residue, the next step is to change your filter cartridge. Ideally, a filter cartridge should be replaced every one to three years, depending on how often you use your pool. When you swim in your pool after applying tanning oil or sunscreen, you may have to change your filter cartridge every year. If you need a new pool filter or cartridge visit Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs in either Newmarket or Markham for help picking out the right part.
Step Three: Shocking Your Swimming Pool
After you refill your backyard swimming pool, shocking the water is the next essential step in opening a healthy and balanced pool. Swimming pool shock kills algae spores and bacteria that are lingering in the water. Once you apply the shock treatment, you need to let it sit for 24 hours to allow the chemicals to settle and disperse evenly. If you're unsure what chemicals you need to open your pool and guarantee clean water, visit Seaway Pool & Hot Tubs, your local pool supply store. In-store or online, we supply all the products for cleaning your pool.
Step Four: Testing the Pool Water
After shocking your pool water, you must test it to confirm all the chemical levels are balanced. For reference, alkalinity in your pool should be between 80 and 120 ppm, the pH level should range from 7.2 and 7.8, and the chlorine level should be between 1 and 3 ppm. If you aren't keen on testing your pool water yourself, don't worry. Our team provides in-store or virtual water analysis to help you accurately understand your test readings and best next steps. Don’t forget to stock up on test strips, you’ll need them to easily monitor your water chemistry all season long.
Step Five: Final Touches
Once you shock and test your pool, leave your filtration system running to ensure that all cleaning agents are dispersed evenly. When the water is crystal clear, you're all set. Install any accessories you may have, like pool lights, ladders, or steps. If you don't have any pool accessories but think it's time to add some, visit our website to see what we have to offer.
If you have any queries about where to begin with cleaning agents, chemicals, or opening your pool this spring, our trusted team is here to help.