Our 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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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