Everyone’s already feeling the San Diego summer heat, seeking ways to stay cool while staying in their respective properties. There’s no better way to deal with the heat than to have a refreshing dip in the pool!
Opening a pool isn’t an easy task. You can risk the health of swimmers and the pool itself if you rush and ignore the proper steps. Luckily, you have a guide that can walk you through the process to prepare your pool for summer.
Steps to Make Your Poor Summer-Ready
Get ready for the hot and lazy summer afternoons by preparing your pool correctly. If you own a pool, you already know that you should never empty it unless you do structural work.
Don’t drain the pool as it can cause significant problems that will have you needing a replacement. Have enough attention to detail and proper care for the pool at all times.
Remove everything that will get in your way.
Prepare your pool by removing all the debris around the pool or within its vicinity that may cause problems for your filtration system. Remove the pool cover as well, and get rid of all the leaves and dirt on it.
Don’t let the dirt fall onto the water. This is generally a two-person job, so ask for help to do this. Remove it, clean it, and then store the cover properly. Take out any winter plugs and clean the rust spots as a result of colder seasons.
Inspect what you have to do.
Before doing any work, analyze the issue at hand. Assess whether you just need maintenance, additional construction, or even new installations. A one-time fix is relatively easy, but you have a big problem if there are bigger issues to resolve.
Observe the paint and the concrete surface around the pool area. Check on the tiles and see if you need to address something. Check if there are any cracks or other worrisome situations.
Ensure that all equipment is working properly.
Turn on all of your equipment to test they work properly. Test the filtration system and see if it’s working well. If you have a heat pump, observe its heating system. Thoroughly rinse the filter, especially if you haven’t used it in a long time.
Address any issues.
If you saw that you need repairs and replacements, don’t ignore it just because you want to use the pool. It is imperative to remove hazards first and foremost.
Repair cracked and broken concrete, repaint peeling surfaces, and fix what is broken. If need be, buy new equipment and replace systems that are no longer functioning. Additionally, ensure that the bolts for ladders and handrails are complete and lubricated.
Clean the pool.
Clean out all the strainer baskets in the pool and brush the walls and pool floor. Use a skimming net to remove debris, leaves, and pollen out before they go to the bottom. It’s handy to use a pool vacuum to help you clean and prepare your pool. Wait for the water to become completely clear before you go jumping in. The filter must be cleaned every day until the water is so clear that you see the pool floor.
Have an expert check the water.
Have the water professionally tested. It’s possible to take a water sample to a pool store, and the expert can test it for you.
As an individual who owns a pool, it is your responsibility to ensure that the pool is safe. The mineral content, alkalinity, pH levels, and chlorine levels must be at a safe and correct level. Prepare your pool by adjusting accordingly and following their instructions. Don’t swim in untested water because you will be risking your health.
Keep maintaining the pool.
You can expect that the pool will be used so often during the summer, so maintenance is key. During the whole season, test the chemical levels often, clean the filter at all times, and vacuum the pool. Keep it full of water because water naturally evaporates.
Maintaining the pool means attending to its surroundings, too. Make it appealing, but avoid trees or bushes that drop leaves and seeds to the pool.
Need pool maintenance or repair in San Diego? Contact Cherry Pool Services
If you’ve found yourself needing pool maintenance while you prepare your pool for the summer, reach out to the experts. Whether you need construction, checkup, or regular maintenance, Cherry Pool Services will provide the solutions for you.
Since 2003, we’ve provided quality service and proper maintenance to all clients. No issue is too big or too small for our experienced staff. Call us on 858-999-1004 or send us a message.