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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring Into Summer


Ready, Get Set, Swim

         Easy spring swimming pool start up can be achieved with a yearly maintenance and inspection checklist.  This checklist should systematically include areas in and around the pool and items used for the pool during the season.  Having an early “to do” list will allow you to be enjoying your pool instead of working on it.

The Poolscape

          Most pool environments not only include the pool itself but the surrounding areas also known as the poolscape.  The deck and patio areas need to be inspected for repair and cleaning.  An early warm spring day is perfect for pressure washing and cleaning the walkway / patio areas and patio furniture. If there is an outdoor kitchen now is the time to be sure it is in good working order.  Easter dinner prepared outside by the pool even if it is too cold to swim can be a memorable experience if you are ready.  This is a good time to add on that fire pit or the outside shower you have been wanting.  Be sure to check your fence gates that they are self-closing and latching.

Equipment

          De-winterize the pool equipment once the threat of freezing has passed to confirm that all your circulation equipment is working properly. The cover can remain on the pool until you are ready to swim.  However if you need equipment serviced you can schedule and repair before the spring rush which could delay a successful and prompt opening.   Consider upgrading the pool equipment especially if it is aging to an energy efficient system.  Many states offer rebates on newer equipment in addition to the money you save over time which can actually pay for the upgrade.  Your pool professional can help consult on what your needs are and proper sizing of equipment. 

Give the filter a thorough cleaning as per the manufacturer recommendations.  If you have chlorine generator be sure to clean and inspect the cell. The colder water may give error codes but these should subside as the water warms.  Consult your owner’s manual to see what temperature you unit works properly at. Order any mineral cartridges for mineralizers.  

Inventory and Pool Chemicals

          At this time take an inventory of your cleaning equipment and chemical supply.  Brushes, hoses and nets left outside in the sunlight become brittle and may need to be replaced.  Safety pool alarms need the batteries changed.  If your winter pool cover was damaged over the winter have a plan to either replace or repair when you remove it.  Safety covers that need repair will need the hardware removed before sending in for repair.  It is much easier to remove the hardware now.  Make a list of your chemical supply and note how much you have.  This will be handy when you visit your local pool supply store.  You can also mark each container with the level of product and take pictures to show your pool professional.

Clean the bathtub ring at the pools water edge and also inside the skimmer throats and basket area.  Brush under ladder steps and behind ladders.  A thorough brushing of the pool will help lift any bio-film that may have developed during the winter.  The last item to check off is the pool water quality.  Have your pool water professionally checked so that you have the peace of mind that the water is safely sanitized for swimmers and properly balanced to protect your investment and give you many hours of enjoyment. Jump in, have fun!

Wendy L. Purser

NC Contractor, NSPF Certification Instructor, CPO, CPI, APSP CBP,

Aquatic Engineering Technologist AS