Monday, 28 July 2014

Ten Tips to open your pool for the summer

Summer season is here and your pool will be bustling with life soon. It’s time you started thinking about the best and most scientific way to open your pool for the summer. The following tips should guide you:

1. The first step obviously would be to remove the cover. Make sure you’ve removed the leaves and twigs on the pool cover with your leaf net before removing the cover itself.

2. Make sure the pool cover is free of standing water on it before you remove it. The pool’s probably been lying unattended for sometime now. A hole or two on the pool cover wouldn’t be unusual, so make sure you’re not pumping off the pool water itself through one of the holes or leaks.

3. Summer’s not going to last year long and you’ll need the pool cover later. Make sure you clean and dry the pool cover before storing it somewhere out of reach of children and pets.

4. While you pool was in wraps it might have lost water to evaporation. Check the water level in the pool and add more to make up for the difference.

5. Many pool owners install a lot of gadgets and gizmos like freeze plugs etc. to prevent the pool water and water inside pipes from freezing during winter. Remove them all before opening the pool.

6. The pool filters need to be clean and free of debris at all times. If you’ve not already cleaned your pool filters and pool filter cartridges before shutting down the pool for winter, do them now.

7. Start the pool filters now and make sure you’ve primed the pool pump before starting the pool motor. It is important that you purge out all air from the pipes before opening the pool filters. The air will get compressed while you purge it out from the plumbing, so make sure full pressure is released before you open the pool filter, pool pump or pool chemical feeder.

8. Once you’ve opened the pool filter, check for pool leaks…everywhere – in the plumbing, pool filters etc. This can be a tedious task, especially with the pool filter cartridges; so it’s advisable that you inspect them every time you wash your pool filter.

9. Sieve off all floating impurities from the pool water, if any, using a leaf net or leaf catcher.

10. The final step would be to vacuum off sand, debris, dirt etc. and inspect the pH level of the water. Imbalanced pool water pH can not only harm the swimmers, but also promote algae growth.