Did you close your pool once the temperatures dropped? It is generally recommended that once the temperature of the water is consistently below 60 degrees, it is okay to close the pool. (Of course, investing in a pool heater can delay the need to close the pool!) Once the water temperature drops below 60 degrees, microorganisms and algae can no longer grow. Decreasing the likelihood of algae growth helps with the overall chemistry of your pool water and causes fewer issues in the spring when you re-open the pool. For example, if you close your swimming pool too early, while temperatures are still in the 80s (or even 70s), your pool will be green once those temperatures return. Opening a green pool requires more chemicals to correct which will cost you time and money.
If you closed your pool for the winter, you may be ready to open it up again now that Springtime right around the corner and the temperature in Florida keeps rising! So what exactly is the best method for re-opening the pool?
First, you’re going to want to reduce the amount of debris that will end up in your pool after removing the cover – so make sure you drain and clean the pool cover before you remove it. After removing the pool cover, lay it out to brush away the remaining debris and give it a good cleaning. Next, grab your pool skimmer in case any debris managed to find its way into your water, and skim it out! Then you can raise the water level back to normal.
Next, reconnect your pool equipment. This includes reconnecting your filter, pump, heater, and whatever else you disconnected. For above ground pools, you will need to reconnect the flexible plumbing lines to the pool equipment and skimmer. If you used winterizing plugs, make sure to take them off as well! If you removed your pool ladder, diving board, step rails, slide, or other accessories for the closing season, go ahead and reinstall them as well.
Now, you can set up and run your filter and pump, and turn your system back on. After all this sitting, you will also want to eliminate built-up metals, test your pool chemistry, and shock the pool. If you are not sure if you are working your equipment correctly, or would just rather not deal with the hassle, make sure you give Blue Ribbon Pools a call. We can either give you the knowledge you need or come out and do this for you!
Give our Blue Ribbon Pools team a call today at 386-366-9000.