Opening your pool

Doing it the right way can mean the difference between a summer of fun and a summer of headaches! Follow these easy and important steps to ensure a smooth, carefree pool opening in the spring. And remember Tarson Pools and Spas is always ready to assist with information tailored to your specific pool care needs.

  1. Removing the Pool Cover For existing pools, start by removing the pool cover. Drain any water collected on the cover away from your pool. Clean the cover with a mild detergent and water to prevent sticking and odors, then store it in a dry, sun-protected place.
  2. Filling Your Pool Fill your pool to the middle of the skimmer opening, which is essential for proper water circulation.
  3. Checking Pool Equipment After your pool’s circulation system is operational, add a clarifier to help maintain clear water. Look for products containing polymers designed for pool water clarification.
  4. Getting Your Water Tested Allow the pool water to circulate for 24 to 48 hours before testing. Collect a water sample from elbow-depth using a clean plastic container. Take this sample to a Tarson Pools and Spas location for a detailed water analysis. Modern computerized water analysis systems provide accurate and almost instant results, offering personalized instructions for balancing your pool water.
  5. Testing Sanitizer and pH Levels You can perform basic water tests using a reliable test kit or test strips. Here are the ideal ranges for a balanced pool:
    • Free Chlorine residual: 1.0 to 4.0 ppm
    • Total Bromine residual: 1.0 to 4.0 ppm
    • pH: Ideally 7.4 to 7.6 (Acceptable range is 7.2-7.6)
    • Total Alkalinity: 125 to 150 ppm (or 80 to 150 ppm for saltwater pools)
    • Calcium Hardness (plaster pools): 200 to 275 ppm
    • Calcium Hardness (other types): 175 to 225 ppm
  6. Routine Maintenance Consistent maintenance is key to a healthy pool. This includes regular cleaning, balancing the water chemistry, and ensuring your filtration system is functioning properly. There are various systems available for pool maintenance, including traditional chlorine-based methods, non-chlorine alternatives, and salt-based systems. Choose the one that best fits your pool type and personal preference.

Additional Tips for Pool Owners:

  • Regular Cleaning: Skim your pool daily and vacuum it weekly to keep it free from debris.
  • Filter Maintenance: Clean and backwash your pool filter regularly to ensure efficient operation.
  • Seasonal Care: Pay attention to seasonal changes and adjust your pool maintenance accordingly, especially during heavy use in summer or closing down in winter.
  • Safety Measures: Always store pool chemicals safely and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • Energy Efficiency: Consider using a pool cover when the pool is not in use to reduce evaporation and save on heating costs.

Remember, a well-maintained pool is a source of joy and health benefits. Regular care not only keeps the pool inviting but also extends its lifespan.

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