The scorching summer heat may have you contemplating whether it’s time to open up your pool for the summer. But before you can take a dive into the pool and feel the water cooling you down, there are a few precautionary steps you need to take.

These steps help keep you and your swimming pool in perfect health, ensuring that the pool keeps working properly and has the right amount of chemicals added. Read on to learn how to open your pool for the season:

 

Clear Away The Debris:

Even if you had invested in a pool covering and kept it on during the winter, you might find your pool covered with various debris.

After you clean up the outside and surrounding area of the pool, you should carefully take off the pool cover. You can use a vacuum cleaner to clear away any debris from the pool surface or use a mesh net to scoop stuff out of the water. These may include twigs, branches, rocks, and plenty of dirt. All of this needs to be cleared out before you can begin using the pool.

 

Brush The Walls, Ladders, And Steps:

Once you think the water is clean, it may be tempting to jump straight in, but first, you need to clean the other features of the pool. Use a brush to clean the ladders, steps, and walls to prevent any slippage due to algae. Brushing the pool will also give it a shiny new look, making it seem more inviting.

 Test The Water's pH, Alkalinity, And Chlorine Levels:

Don’t Empty the Pool:

Homeowners may consider emptying their pool during the off-season and refilling in the summer, but this can create many problems. Firstly, if you have a vinyl liner, emptying the pool will leave it exposed, causing it to dry and form leaks. Moreover, it may also lead to cracks in the liners and walls.

An empty pool in a high water table has the risk of lifting off the ground without the weight of the water anchoring it. In such a case, you may even have to get the pool replaced altogether.

 

Test The Water’s pH, Alkalinity, And Chlorine Levels:

Your pool’s water should be tested for its alkalinity level, pH, and chlorine level, especially if it’s been some time since you last used the pool. Ideally, the pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6, the chlorine level between 2 and 4 ppm (parts per million), and the alkalinity level between 100 and 150 ppm.

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