From Anna on April 28th, 2008 in Landscaping
It’s a searing-hot day, and after relaxing in the warm shade of your patio, you stroll over eagerly anticipating a cool dip in the swimming pool. But unfortunately, you’ve forgotten to prepare the pool for summer. Although it may seem hard to believe with the wet spring we’ve been experiencing, summer is quickly approaching. Along with flowers, spring brings certain chores that can’t be put off forever. Properly preparing your pool is one of those more unfavorable chores and can be quite time consuming.
First, you should uncover your pool and clean out all of the debris. Once you have a clear picture of what you’re working with, it’s time to get down to business. Before you spend a lot of time and money on treating and preparing the water, evaluate the overall condition of the pool. How is your lining? Is it holding up okay, or is it becoming cracked and beginning to leak? It may be time to refinish the pool or replace it before it becomes worse.
Next, purchase a vacuum system. These handy tools can vacuum the average pool in 30 minutes or less. This includes removing algae from the floor and walls.
After sitting all winter, it is important to test the ph level of your water. It is likely you will need to shock the water with a high dosage of chlorine and alkalinity increaser. The ideal ph range is somewhere between 7.4 and 7.6.
Don’t neglect your pump in your maintenance routine. It is important to regularly backwash your pump. Most pumps have a valve that allows this. This process cleans out any harmful sediment that tends to build up over time and clogs your pump. Most pumps include a hair/lint filter that also requires frequent cleaning.
Once your shock treatment is complete and your pump is operating correctly, make sure your water level is where it should be. Add the necessary amounts of chlorine for maintaining clean water. Fire -up the heater or get the solar blankets in place and get ready to enjoy your pool!
With all the maintenance they require, pools tend to carry the bad reputation of being more trouble than they are worth. A good landscape contractor can perform the regular maintenance in less than an hour, allowing you more time to enjoy your pool. After all, how much is your time worth?
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