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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!

Getting Rid of Algae from Your Pool

We all know what that green swamp like water is when you open your pool up for the summer, and if you don’t you’re in for a real treat. That green swampy consistency floating in your swimming pools is algae, a form of bacteria that has subtly taken over your swimming pool because there was an imbalance to your chemicals in your pool water, or the chlorine levels were too low to fight of the bacteria. Do not fret, there is a fast pace solution to getting rid of algae from your pool.

The easiest way to keep your pool clean and algae-free is to destroy the algae spores before they develop into full-on algae blooms. A good circulation system, proper sanitizer levels, weekly shocking, and routine brushing should kill most of the algae spores before they become a problem.

If algae is already growing in your swimming pool cleaning it up is an easy task. The easiest method of getting rid of algae is to fight back with the proper chemicals. You’ll want to undergo a shock treatment to start the cleaning process of your swimming pool. Getting rid of algae takes some time depending on how advanced the bacteria has grown. There are different levels and strengths of algae, but the sooner you catch it the easier it is to get rid of it. This is why keeping up with your pool maintenance is so important.

  1. First, you’ll want to take the initial steps of scrubbing or brushing down your swimming pool. Make sure you’re getting all of the bacteria that is stuck to the walls of your swimming pool off, so it is floating around and the filter can pick it up easier.
  2. Shocking your pool is the next step, now depending on what your chlorine levels look like will determine if you use a shock that contains chlorine or not. Chlorine is the chemical that is able to break down the bacteria and makes your swimming pool look good as new again.
  3.  After you’ve shocked your swimming pool, which should take a day or two to process, keep your pool filter and pump on for a full 24 hours. This will help clear out all the algae and keep your swimming pool circulating well enough to clean it out.
  4. If your swimming pool is still cloudy after you’ve shocked it all you need to do is keep your pool pump running; by doing this the water is circulation and should clear up with in the next day.
  5. Once that is finished and your swimming pool is clean, keep up with your pool maintenance. Making sure your pool chemicals are all balanced and there is no dirt or debris stuck in your swimming pool.

The main cause of algae growth is having contaminants in your swimming pool, like dirt, leafs & other debris. Premier Pool Service is also a valued company in dealing with algae situations & we offer multiple weekly service packages, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning your swimming pool; We will do it for you!