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5 Expert Tips for Opening Your Pool

Mar 13, 2021

One of the things you’ll love about your Narellan Pools fiberglass pool is the ease of care and maintenance. This also becomes a positive factor when it’s time for opening up your pool after winter. Whether you live in a year-round pool state like Florida or further north where winter can take its toll, spring preparation will help keep your pool clean, fresh, and inviting, no matter the shape and style. Follow these top five expert tips on getting your pool open and ready.

1. Get Organized

Make sure you’ve organized your pool opening tools ahead of time. You don’t want to be running back and forth between the garage, the storage shed, the house, the pool supply store, and the backyard as you work on getting your pool ready for the season. Don’t forget protective gear such as gloves and goggles. Just a few of the other things you might need include:

2. Take Care of Your Cover

While you’re probably eager to get that cover off your pool and get to the good stuff, experts suggest cleaning the cover before you remove it to make the job easier. Get the water off of the cover with a pool cover pump and then remove debris that still remains. Once that’s done, you can rinse it off, let it dry, and store it as you normally would. Your future self will be so glad you took the time to prepare the cover now.

3. Skim Before You Swim 

There will probably be leaves and other items from the cover that end up in the pool, no matter how hard you try for it not to happen. Even before you turn on the filter, skim what you can out of the pool to avoid clogging its filtration system. 

4. Brush Up on Your Chemistry

It’s never a bad idea to consult pool chemistry safety guides, even if you’re an expert pool owner. You should regularly check your pool chemistry, and it helps to occasionally give yourself a quick reminder of pool chemical safety rules.

5. Make Sure You’ve Got the Right Chemistry

Check the chemistry of the pool and determine what needs to be added. While all pools need chemical balancing, fiberglass pools typically make it easier to maintain this balance due to their non-porous, seamless surface. This smooth surface means that fiberglass pools are better at resisting algae. Less algae means fewer chemicals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a pH of 7.4 and we’d request a free chlorine concentration range of 1 to 3 part per million (ppm) for our pools. Other normal ranges for customary pool chemicals include total alkalinity of 80 to 120 ppm and cyanuric acid of 30 to 50 ppm.

Bonus Tip

Don’t go it alone. If you have questions or just need some expert advice when it comes time to open your pool, it’s important to speak to your local pool shop. If you’ve yet to invest in a pool, Narellan Pools can bring your dream to life and equip you with the information you’ll need to maintain and love your pool for years to come.

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