It’s the beginning of a new season! No, we don’t mean spring, we mean swim season. As the weather warms up here in Spring, Texas, many pool owners are getting ready to begin the process of opening their pool. However, if you don’t know where to begin, opening your pool can be quite a hassle. At Champions Pool Repair and Service, we know that you want to begin enjoying your pool as quickly as possible, so we’ve laid out some tips to help you have a stress-free opening:
- Circulate the Water for 24 Hours
Before testing or adding any chemicals, circulate the water in your pool for a full 24 hours. After months of not being used, the water on the top of your pool may be different than the water at the bottom of the pool. Testing the surface water before circulating may lead to inaccurate test results, so be sure to give your pool some time to circulate before proceeding with opening.
- Test All Systems
Nothing ruins your first swim of the season quite like discovering that a piece of equipment doesn’t work. When beginning the opening process, test all systems to ensure everything survived the winter months. Run the heaters, booster pumps, pumps, blowers, and any controls you use for your pool for at least 30 minutes to make sure that everything is running efficiently. If you notice any issues with your equipment, enlist the help of a trusted pool company, such as Champions Pool Repair & Service, to get your pool ready in time for your inaugural swim.
- Balance All Chemicals
When opening your pool, make sure all chemicals are balanced. As Spring, Texas’ leading pool experts, Champions Pool Repair & Service recommends:
pH levels: Keep the pH levels between 7.2 and 7.4.
Total alkalinity: The total alkalinity of your pool should be between 80 and 120.
Calcium hardness: The calcium hardness in your pool should range from 150 ppm to 250 ppm.
Chlorine: Aim for a chlorine level between 1 ppm to 3 ppm.
If you notice that your chemical levels are off, a trusted pool service store can help ensure all chemicals are balanced for optimal swimming conditions.
- Inspect All Pool Barriers
Now that the water is warmer, pets and children will be more eager to spend time outdoors. Ensure their safety by inspecting all pool barriers as part of your opening process. Check all barrier locks to make sure they are functioning properly and trim away any tree limbs that allow children or pets access over these barriers.
- Check All Pool Products
When opening your pool, be sure to check the expiration dates on the bottles of all your pool products. Throw out any that are past the displayed date. You don’t want to use products in your pool that won’t work properly when you need them. Your local pool supply store can provide you with all the products you need to replace anything that was past its prime.
With the help of these tips, your pool will be open and ready for endless family fun in no time. As a leading pool service store in Spring, Texas, Champions Pool Repair & Service can help you with all your pool opening needs to make the process a breeze. Give us a call at (281) 355-8504.