If you want to enjoy a fun, healthy, happy summer, then you should follow some simple home pool care information. The is really no mystery t taking care of your pool, and care and maintenance should start in the spring, not in the summer when everyone is already using it.
When the weather first turns warm enough for you to do so, remove the swimming pool cover. Before you store the cover for the summer, watch, clean and thoroughly dry it. Once the cover is removed and put away, you need to take a good look around the pool and jot down the things that are going to need repair. If you put off repairs, the damage may be much greater when you finally get around to fixing things.
The next step in the pool care process would be to reconnect your pump and filter, and then you need to be sure that all of the equipment is complete and in good working condition. You also need to remove the winter plugs from inlets and outlets, and you need to make sure that everything is free and clear of obstructions.
You probably removed water per manufacturer’s instructions when you got the pool ready for winter, and how you need to bring the water level back up to normal. This means that you need to fill the pool to about the middle of the skimmer opening.
When the pool is filling up, walk around again and check your ladders, the deck and the rest of the cleaning equipment. You need to take care of things that need to be tightened, replaced, or repaired so that everything is working properly. If you notice that things are unusually slippery, this may be a sign of algae, and it is going to be something you will have to pay close attention to.
Once the pool is filled back to normal, it is time to shock it, which simply means adding a lot more chlorine than you normally would, three to five times more than normal. This will kill any pool contaminants that may survive normal chlorination. In addition, chlorine usually becomes reduced during heavy use or after long periods of time, and you need to super-chlorinate or shock it so that no one will get sick when they use your pool.
By the way, when you are shocking your pool, you cannot allow anyone to swim in it until the chlorine levels are back down to around 1.0 to 2.0 parts per million. You can go ahead and shock your pool anytime, day or night, but it is best to do it when the sun is down because sunlight dissipates chlorine much more quickly.
You can use other chemicals in your swimming pool, such as Bromine which does not irritate the eyes and does not cause odor problems. The downside of Bromine is that it is more expensive than chlorine and that it dissipates even more quickly than chlorine in sunlight.
Whenever you notice discoloration, staining, green water, unusual slipperiness or bad odors, take immediate steps. You should not wait until someone gets sick to do some proper pool care.
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