Spring Swimming Pool Checklist

With the hot weather approaching fast, your dreams of relaxing by the poolside are quickly going to come true. If you own a private swimming pool, now is the ideal time to get your swimming pool or spa prepared for the summer season. 


Follow these helpful tips to prep your pool for the first of many summer swims.

Inspect Water Levels In Your Pool - Your pool water level should be around the middle of the opening on your skimmer. If the water level is lower than this, you can use a garden hose to fill it to the recommended level.

Check Your Chemicals - Before testing, use the circulation system for around twenty-four hours first. After doing this, test your readings. Ideal chemical readings fall between the following ranges:

pH Balance - 7.4 to 7.6
Alkalinity - 80 ppm to 120 ppm
Chlorine - 2.0 ppm to 4.0 ppm

If your readings are a little high or a little low, adjust the chemicals as needed based on the total alkalinity.

When alkalinity is higher than recommended, adding sodium bisulfate helps to lower levels. If the total alkalinity is not high enough, using sodium bicarbonate helps to increase alkalinity.

After making adjustments to balance out water pH, wait about four hours before retesting.

Thoroughly Clean Your Pool - After getting the water in your pool correctly balanced, use your pool cleaning tools to vacuum and brush down pool walls, steps, ladders, pool floor, and other pool accessories. If you temporarily removed slides, diving boards, or basketball hoops, secure them in their respectable areas. Turn the water filtration system on and allow it to run overnight. By doing so, you remove bacteria, dirt, debris, and algae still present in your swimming pool.

Shock The Water In Your Pool - When you shock your pool, this is referring to the process of adding non-chlorine or chlorine chemicals to your pool. The reason for doing this is to raise the free chlorine level to destroy and eliminate contaminants that make water potentially unsafe. After shocking the pool, you should wait at least twenty-four hours before using it to avoid exposure to high-levels of pool chemicals.

If you have further questions about maintaining a healthy swimming pool and getting prepared for the hot summer season, asking your pool builder for advice is a sensible way to ensure a fun and safe summer of swimming for everyone.

Residents in the Rockwall, Texas area who are interested in completing professional pool maintenance, or are thinking about building a new pool can rely on the pool builder experts at Hopkins Custom Pools for all their needs. Reach out to speak with one of our experienced pool technicians today.

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