It may be hard to believe, but we promise warmer, brighter days are just around the corner! It feels like we’re still shovelling our way out of mid-February’s record-breaking single day snowfall, but spring is almost here. If you’re a first-time pool owner and are unsure about how to get your pool ready for the summer, then simply follow these tips from Purewater. Even though it’s only early spring, these steps will help you kickstart your pool opening!
Why an Early Opening Matters
Even though you have to deal with winter debris, it is much easier to open your pool early. This is because algae won’t settle in when the water is still cold, and you’ll avoid the risk of staining. Plus, why wouldn’t you want to extend the pool season as long as possible? The last thing you want to be doing on the first warm, beautiful, swim-ready day of the year is starting from the top with your pool opening checklist.
Remove Winter Debris
Once the snow begins to melt, head out to your backyard and remove debris like fallen branches so they don’t end up in your pool. Now is the time to inspect your pool cover (if you use one). Are the waterbags and deck anchors intact? It’s really important that the tarp is secure, because melting snow and ice will cause it to shift if it’s loose. If you are missing anchors or waterbags, replace them with appropriate equipment. If you try to MacGyver the situation, melting ice could cause major damage to your pool cover.
Getting the Water Ready
You can reuse water from on top of your tarp by running it through a pre-filter. Chemical demand is minimal in cold water, so it’s a lot easier to keep the water clean without having to put in too much effort. With variable speed, high-efficiency pumps, it is cheaper and easier than ever to start early, and you can keep the water clean while you wait for the temperatures to warm.
Rethink Your Backyard
If you need something to occupy your mind while you wait for warmer days, why not think about upgrading your pool with water features, lighting, fire features, and more? You don’t need to tear up your whole backyard – most water features can be retrofitted to your existing pool. Since the backyard is such a write-off all winter long, investing in your summer experience is well worth it.
If you have any questions about preparing to open your pool, or spot any problem issues that you’d like to address, get in touch with Purewater, come visit us in store, or better yet, book a seat at our FREE “how to” Pool School on April 29th. Your pool is our business, and we’re always happy to help!