The weather as of late has been spectacular and it appears that the cold weather is behind us. As a matter of fact, we can almost be assured that we have had the last freeze of winter 2022/2023. The reason that I say almost is because our latest last freeze on record was on April 13th (1957 & 1997). With that being said, we do know that warm weather is on its way.
What does this mean to pool owners? It means that now is the time to begin preparing your swimming pool for the summer. Algae grows best between pH levels of 7 and 9 and algae growth really begins to increase at water temperatures of 60 degrees. With pool water pH levels being in that pH range, and with pool water temperatures in the Denton area in the mid 60’s, it is important to get started now.
Following are 5 tips to help you get your pool ready:
- Begin the season by testing your water. You can do this yourself or bring your pool water by our retail store and we will perform a computerized water analysis. Many problems that happen when your pool water warms up can be prevented now with the proper water analysis and proper chemical treatment.
- Start the season with a clean filter. It is recommended that you use a filter cleaner/degrease in order to ensure peak filtration. The filter should be thoroughly cleaned now as you are opening your pool, and then during regular 6-month intervals or more if needed.
- Remember that much like an automobile, maintenance is much less expensive than costly repairs due to lack of maintenance. Some pools might have experienced freeze damage. If you notice a leak, missing tiles, or other problems, have them addressed before they cause more problems.
- Commit to a regular weekly pool maintenance program that includes water testing, cleaning skimmer & pump baskets, brushing the pool and the tile, backwashing the filter as needed, adding chemicals as necessary, and rinsing off the coping and the deck. If you need more education in the area of pool care, don’t hesitate to let us know.
- Perform a safety inspection on your pool.
- Safety equipment—Do you have a safety buoy and/or life hook?
- Fencing—Are your fences and gates in good working order and up to code?
- Deck equipment—Have you visually inspected and tightened bolts on the pool equipment—such as ladders & diving boards?
- Electrical inspection—Have you had an electrician check to be sure that your pool is safe?
- Are bond wires connected?
- Are the ground fault interrupters functioning properly?
- CPR—Do you know CPR. If not, then now is the time to learn.
Above all, remember that pools should be a source of fun and relaxation, and they can be if get an early start and then follow the basics of pool care.
If you need help getting your pool ready for this summer, give us a call at (940) 384-7665.