Breaking From Your Routine
If you’re like most pool owners, you probably have a routine you like to follow when it comes to opening and closing your pool. This isn’t a bad thing, and it is nice to have a set schedule that you can plan around. However, there are certain factors that you should weigh when deciding if sticking with your regular routine is the right thing to do. This season, that factor is WARM WEATHER.
Why Is Warmer Weather an Issue?
This past winter has been markedly mild compared to recent years. That, along with the somewhat early onset of sustained warmer weather, can lead to some problems with your pool. If you close or cover your pool for the winter, by this time of year there will be little or no chlorine remaining in the water. Under normal weather patterns, the water temperature would still be cool enough to hold off the growth of algae for several more weeks. However, our warm-up this year means that pool water temperatures will reach the “danger zone” more quickly and a pool with little or no chlorine present could very well become a green nightmare in the blink of an eye. This is especially true for pools that are uncovered or pools with a “mesh” style cover.
To prevent what could be a major issue, we are recommending that pool owners open their
pool a few weeks early this season. The small additional cost of a few more weeks of treatment is far less than the cost of clearing up an extensive algae growth. Some will make the argument that they want to wait for the pollen to fall before they open their pool. While pollen is a concern and can be a little annoying to clean up, it is a “debris” issue and not a “water chemistry” issue. This means that the key to dealing with pollen is simply removing it from the pool. The removal of pollen can be aided by installing a skimmer sock on your skimmer basket to screen out the pollen before it gets to your pool filter. Using a skimmer sock will speed up the removal process and decrease the number of sand filter backwash cycles you will have to perform. All of this saves you time and money when dealing with pollen. If you must choose a battle, choose to battle pollen. Algae is just too stubborn.
What Do I Do Now?
To start the pool opening process, follow these steps.
- Remove pool cover and rake out all leaves and other debris that may be present.
- Fill your pool to the proper water level.
- Start the pool pump and carefully inspect your equipment for proper leak-free operation. If you detect any problems with your equipment, call us for advice. Allow the water to filter at least 24 hours before pulling a water sample.
- Take a water sample. It’s a good idea to pull the water sample before any shock treatment. Always get the sample from at least elbow-deep.
- Have your pool water tested by our Spin Lab for quick and accurate results. We will provide you with step-by-step, written instructions on how to get your pool water clean and balanced.
As every pool owner knows, a little preventive maintenance goes a long way with a swimming pool. Getting started a little early this season could end up being the best thing you do for your pool all year.