Spring Break a Bust? Open your Pool for a Family Staycation.

inground fiberglass poolsOur best wishes go out to you and your family as we navigate the “new new” of staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Every year, we offer the best tips for opening your pool and kicking off some spring and summer fun. In this post, we tap into some previous advice from our expert advisor, The General

When Should You Open Your Pool?

Depending on where you are in the U.S., it can still be cold in spring, but in this current situation, we’ve heard stories of pool owners in Indiana and Michigan opening up their pools, turning up the heat and giving their kids an alternative to excessive screen time. 

 

No one would blame you for cranking up the Bob Marley to remind yourself that every little t’ing is gonna be alright, cracking a cold one, and opening up the pool. But let’s make sure with the help of The General that you’re taking the proper steps to ensure you’ve got “no worries, mon!” 

Your pool opening and closing schedule will vary based on where you live. Once you’re past the danger of a damaging freeze, it’s safe to kick it into gear. For those of you reading this post that are still considering a new pool and trying to learn about pool ownership, you might find this resource on inground pools useful. You’ll also find that a local pool builder or dealer is a great resource to guide you through the process. If you’re ready to connect with a pool dealer near you, we can help you find one.

At Thursday Pools, we always recommend that it’s best to have a pool  maintenance pro come and open up your pool, but there are still some things you can do to get the ball rolling so you’ll be in the swim ASAP.

What you’ll need to get started.

Remember having everything you need to do the job right within an arm’s reach will help opening your inground fiberglass pool go smoother. Here’s a short checklist you can use to make sure everything is close by:

  • soft broom
  • pool chemicals 
  • safety goggles
  • chemical resistant gloves
  • test strips
  • garden hose 
  • cover cleaner or car wash soap
  • a good friend to help
  • ice cold beverages to celebrate a job well done

Once you’ve gathered all the tools you need to start the job, here are a few steps The General recommends to make it easy:

  • Check your water level. Even with your pool tightly covered, water will find its way out over the winter. Your water level needs to be mid-way up your skimmer before you remove your pool cover. Groundwater levels are often at their highest in the spring (especially if you got a lot of snow in the winter). If you don’t keep your groundwater pressure equalized, you can cause catastrophic damage to your fiberglass inground pool. 

 

  • Remove your pool cover. After you’re sure your water level is correct, pump off any water on top of the pool cover. Make sure you’re pumping AWAY from your pool so you’re not just adding more groundwater around it. Some pumps can take a bit of time to pump off the water, and others might try to suck up anyone who gets too close. It’s good practice to know which kind of pump yours is.

 

 

 

A leaf blower can help get surface level debris off the cover. The soft broom will come in handy during this step, allowing you to sweep away dead leaves and other debris that collected through the winter months. After that, the process depends on which kind of pool cover you have. 

 

    1. Automatic pool covers. You’ve heard The General speak the virtues of automatic pool covers before, and hopefully you have one. Your pool opening is sure easier if you do. Make sure you’re opening it gradually with your touchpad, checking to make sure your cover isn’t sticking or crooked in the tracks as you go.
    2. Standard winter covers. Your winter cover needs to be properly removed, cleaned and sanitized to store away for your fall pool closing. Be sure to check with your cover’s manufacturer for removal instructions–each one is different. Removing it the wrong way can cause unwanted debris to fall into your water and contaminate it, making it more difficult to get your water healthfully balanced.
  • Check your equipment. Once your water is at the proper level, your cover is off, and you’ve skimmed off any large debris from removing the cover, you can turn on and check your pool equipment. Pumps, filters, filter media, skimmer baskets and lights that have been sitting idle in the elements all winter might need tuning up or replacing. You’ll want to look for any cracks in the pump housing near the O-ring because cracks can cause air to get sucked into your pump. The time to find that out is now, before swimming season is in full swing.

If you’re doing maintenance yourself, you may need some additional supplies such as thread seal tape and pool gasket lubricant so you can lubricate any O-rings. 

Most professional pool opening services will do a complete check and alert you to any problem areas or necessary repairs. If all is working well, leave your pump on and let the water circulate for at least 12 hours.

 

  • Check your pool water chemistry. Once your water has had a chance to circulate, you’ll need to test it to see where you’re starting out in terms of water balance. This can be very challenging at the start of the season. Whether or not you have a pool service pro open your pool, you might need help getting your water balanced after a long winter. Many swimming pool professionals provide a free, computerized water analysis that tests for many more water balance factors than a standard home test kit. 

Water chemistry is one of the more complex aspects of pool ownership. Thursday Pools highly suggests that you have a seasoned, knowledgeable professional take care of your water. It’s also recommended to have your pool water professionally tested on a regular basis so that you’re keeping track of all the necessary components of balanced and healthy water. If you get your water properly balanced when you’re opening your pool, you’ll have an easier time keeping your water chemistry balanced throughout the swim season.

  • Give the pool a spring cleaning. Now is the time to give your pool a good cleaning before the swim season gets underway. Start by scrubbing the pool walls. That soft broom we mentioned or a sponge are best to use when cleaning your pool walls. Avoid abrasives such as sandpaper and steel wool that can damage the finish of your pool. After you’ve given the walls a good cleaning, it’s time to vacuum. Start from the shallow end and work your way down the slope of the pool. Be sure to clean thoroughly around the steps and other crevices where debris can accumulate.
  • Inspect your safety equipment and pool accessories. Your handrails and lifesavers need to be swim-ready by the time you are. Take time in the spring to inspect, maintain or replace safety equipment, fiberglass pool accessories and even outdoor furniture so you can be ready to relax poolside on opening day!

Remember your goal is to walk into a backyard paradise and enjoy it all summer.

Opening your pool is a great opportunity to reflect on the things you’re grateful for and the fun times yet to be had. Arguably, there has never been a better time to have your own backyard paradise.

If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration to make pool time even more fun, then you may want to check out a couple of our latest innovations. 

 

 

 

The Sandal, the World’s first fiberglass beach entry pool 

 

 

And the Cortona, the world’s first Sunken Living Area fiberglass pool

 

About Thursday Pools

Thursday Pools designs and manufactures fiberglass pool shells that are handcrafted with the highest standards and craftsmanship. Our one-piece, inground fiberglass swimming pool manufacturing facility is based out of Fortville, Indiana. At Thursday Pools, we aspire to be the world’s most respected fiberglass pool manufacturer. Our innovations, commitment to quality and beautiful designs set us apart. Thursday Pools is the creator of the world’s first beach entry (or zero entry) fiberglass pool, as well as the world’s first fiberglass sunken living room pool. Get inspired about a backyard swimming pool oasis of your own and get a free estimate on the fiberglass pool of your dreams today. Making that dream a reality is easier than you might think. Thursday Pools: your weekend starts early with us!