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Premier Pool Service will Open Your Pool

Now that the cold season is over, pool owners prepare to open their swimming pools for the warmer seasons. Even though the sun is shining and the water is warm, the pool isn’t quite ready for swimmers yet. Premier Pool Service is here to provide tips, on what to expect when you open your swimming pool, with the following easy-to-read instructions. With a little bit of work, you will be on your way to having a clean pool and a stress-free spring opening! Let us show you how to open a pool with this fail proof list of tips!

If you are a new pool owner or are taking care of your pool for the first time, you may want to call Premier Pool Service and request our Pool Opening Service. Premier Pool Service will be happy to send one of our trained and certified technicians to your house and have them assist you with opening your pool. They will also provide tips on how to easily open your pool in the future.

1. CLEAN THE POOL COVER

If you have a winter cover or a solid safety cover, the first thing you will want to do is sweep or blow all the leaves off of the cover before removal. This will not only lessen the amount of debris in your water, but will make for a happy closing next winter!

2. REMOVE THE POOL COVER

With an extra set of hands, if available, remove the cover from your pool. It is inevitable that a little water and debris will fall into the pool from the cover, and this is OK. You will be shocking and vacuuming the pool, so a small amount of water and debris won’t hurt anything.

3. STORE AWAY THE POOL COVER

After removing the pool cover, you will want to lay it out and brush away the remaining debris. Once the cover has dried, sprinkle both sides with Alkalinity Up or calcium powder to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Fold the cover loosely and store in a cool, dry place.

4. RAISE THE WATER LEVEL BACK TO NORMAL

Use a garden hose to fill the water level in your pool back to its normal level. This is typically around the middle of the skimmer opening or halfway up the tile.

If you didn’t winterize your pool, you can skip down to Step 9.

5. RECONNECT YOUR POOL EQUIPMENT

If you arranged for your pool to be serviced for freezing temperatures over the winter, you will want to reconnect all the pool equipment. This includes reconnecting your filter, pump, heater, and any other disconnected equipment.

6. REMOVE WINTER PLUGS AND RE-ATTACH DRAIN PLUGS

Make sure to take out all the winterizing plugs from your swimming pool equipment. This may include your pump, filter, heater, booster pump, and pool cleaners. Remember to reinstall each regular drain plug.

7. TURN YOUR SYSTEM BACK ON

Now is the moment you’ve been anticipating, you will want to start turning most of your pool equipment back on. This includes priming the pump and turning on the circulation and filtration system. If you have an air relief valve on your filter, make sure to open it to bleed the air from the system.

8. TEST YOUR POOL CHEMISTRY

Once the filtration system has run for multiple hours, you will want to test your pool water for pH, Total Alkalinity, and Chlorine levels using a good test kit. Ideal levels for these chemicals should be:

  • pH: 7.4 to 7.6
  • Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
  • Chlorine: 2.0 to 4.0 ppm

9. REGULATE YOUR POOL CHEMISTRY

It is now time to begin regulating your pool chemistry to safe, comfortable swimming levels. You will be able to control the pH and chlorine levels in your water by adjusting the Total Alkalinity.

10. TIME TO ADJUST THE pH BALANCE

When the Total Alkalinity is within its proper range of 80-120 ppm, you can now adjust the pH balance in your pool. Bringing the Total Alkalinity back to a normal range should have pushed the pH level close to normal, as well. If the pH is not between 7.4 and 7.6, not to worry.

11. TEST AND REGULATE CALCIUM HARDNESS

Your pool’s calcium hardness level should always be above 150 ppm. If the calcium hardness is too low, you can bring it up by adding Hardness Plus.

12. BRUSH AND VACUUM THE POOL

After your pool chemistry has been regulated, there will still be some remaining dirt and debris from the colder seasons. Now is the time to thoroughly brush and vacuum your pool, giving special attention to areas near pool steps, ladders, or additional equipment you mat have.

13. RUN THE FILTRATION SYSTEM OVERNIGHTFiltration will filter out all the dirt, debris, algae, and bacteria still floating in your pool after brushing and vacuuming your pool.

14. SHOCK THE POOL

Shocking the pool will eliminate nearly all the remaining bacteria and contaminants in your water after the winter off season. Shock products will quickly and effectively shock your pool. Be sure to read the instructions to determine how much you should add to your pool.

Contact Premier Pool Service with any pool maintenance needs you might have. We offer multiple cleaning packages, as well as upgrades, repairs and installations. We are more than qualified to open and close your pool when the seasons change. Call Premier Pool Service Today!

Pool Care Tips from Experts

Pool professionals always want to express how important pool care is for your swimming pool. No one wants to have a swimming pool that is dirty and filled with algae, and you can avoid such things by keeping up pool care. There are a select amount of things that you should always do to keep up with your pool care. Pool experts have gotten together and designed a list of pool care tips that you, a pool owner is Austin, Texas, can keep up care on your pool with.

Pool Circulation

Keeping your swimming pool water circulated is important because the dirt and debris that has fell to the bottom of your swimming pool gets stirred up and you can scoop up the dirt with a skimmer. Turning your pool pump on is important and leaving it on for 4-6 hours, but not for a full day. The contaminants that have floated to the top of the water is easier to sweep up and out of the pool; therefore, keeping your swimming pool cleaner,

Chemical Balance

Keeping all the chemicals balanced in your swimming pool is another important factor to keep your swimming pool clean. Keeping chlorine balanced is critical because this chemical is the one that helps fight off algae and other contaminants, however if there isn’t enough chlorine then the algae will slowly take over the swimming pool. Keeping pH levels controlled ensures that your swimming pool doesn’t turn a cloudy grey color.

Empty Skimmer Baskets

Being in Austin, Texas there are a fair amount of trees and during the fall season all the leafs from the trees. Leafs often fall into swimming pools and clog up skimmer baskets. When the leafs just fall into the swimming pool it is easy to collect them with a skimmer. Skimmer baskets fill up with leafs and dirt as well, which need to be emptied regularly. Skimmer baskets are helpful for collecting the debris that fall into your pool, but if they’re not emptied they can overflow and stop collecting debris which then makes the swimming pool dirty.  

Pool Equipment

There is certain pool equipment that can help you keep your swimming pool clean, such as the pool vacuum. The dirt and debris at the bottom of your swimming pool can easily be collected with the pool vacuum. Making sure that the pool equipment you use is properly bonded with the pool helps with the safety of your swimming pool. This ensures that the body of your swimming pool lasts longer.     

Clean Pool Regularly

Weekly pool care is what keeps your swimming pool clean. Having a regular pool care schedule is the most effective way to keep track of cleaning your swimming pool. Checking on chemical balance in your swimming pool water and skimming the debris and dirt of the top of the swimming pool. Another regular pool care tip would be to brush the sides and bottom of your swimming pool for any dirt that has stuck to the side.

Lastly, there is always the option of hiring a pool service company to come out and clean your swimming pool. Premier Pool Service is a reliable team a has many pool experts that are eager to clean your swimming pool. If you live in Austin or Westlake, Texas area, Premier Pool Service can help free up your time and work on pool care  so all you’ll have to worry about is relaxing next to your swimming pool.