We’re at that time. Spring is in full swing and summer is just a few weeks away, it’s time to start getting that in-ground pool ready for Memorial Day Weekend and all the parties to follow. It’s not as simple as taking the cover off and jumping in, there’s a fair bit of maintenance that goes into making that pool ready for social gatherings.
From cleaning, to monitoring the water level, to testing the water, there’s several crucial steps to getting your in-ground pool into swimming and party shape.
You may be impatient to jump in, but don’t sacrifice safety and requirements for fun. There’s plenty of time in the summer after your pool is safe and ready to go.
Below you’ll see the steps in getting your in-ground pool ready for some fun in the sun.
Don’t Empty Your Pool
It will be tempting when you first look at the water in your pool after a winter. But you shouldn’t empty out the contents unless you absolutely have to. The problem that can arise from doing this is that your pool is weighing down the water table and, when the water is removed, it can cause the water table to rise which can be dangerous and cause flooding in your yard.
Instead of draining the pool, hit it with a chemical clean to ensure the water is cleaned of bacteria build up from a season of lack of use. This is sometimes called a “chemical open” where you start the filtration system and chemical systems in the pool and allow it to run for a few days on this cleaning cycle.
Test the Water
Before anyone gets in the water you’ll want to test the levels after a few days of cleaning. In some cases you might want to have a professional do this for you to make sure it’s safe. Get your pH levels between 7.2 to 7.4 and your alkalinity at 80 to 120. Calcium hardness should sit between 150 ppm to 250 ppm and chlorine between ppm to 3 ppm.
How Long Does the Process Take?
The whole thing should take about a week. You need to wait for the water to complete clear of any fogginess before you go jumping in and have the filtration system on every day. During this period, keep the pool cover on to keep out debris and pollen which will slow down the cleaning process.
When Should I Open My Pool?
This depends on your local climate and when you closed your pool in the fall. But a good rule of thumb is to consider opening it and getting it ready for summer use after you’ve had consistent temperatures of 70 and above.
Summer fun is here. Make sure your pool is ready. You can have hiccups so do it early and talk to a professional if you have any questions or concerns during the process. If you live in the Cleveland area, LeasureTime Warehouse can help you with all your swimming pool needs.
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