It is that wonderful time of year again. Time to get our pools ready for the upcoming summer season!
Here at The Pool House we have your back on all the things you will need from pool chemicals, to robotic cleaners & equipment. We're here for you Monday-Friday from 9AM until 5PM, and Saturday from 9AM until 1PM. Stop by and see us at 13041 Asheville Hwy. in Inman, South Carolina.
We wanted to take some time to share some of our pool spring cleaning tips:
1. Hello pool cover. If you've had the pleasure of having a cover over your pool since last season lucky you. But, now we have to clean & protect it for seasons to come. First, start by draining as much water off the top as you can before removing it. You can use a LITTLE GIANT for this and we've got it at the store! Remove the debris collected over the last few months via a skimmer as much as possible so it doesn't get in the pool when the cover comes off.
2. Goodbye pool cover. Once the pool cover is off, clear off any remaining debris/trash from the cover. Once our wonderful pool cover has dried, fold the cover up (but not too tight) and store in a cool, dry place for the next off season.
3. Scrub a dub dub. Scrub off all the dirt from every side of the pool. While you're doing this be sure to add shock and algaecide! Might as well do it now before we treat it with chemicals (Step 7 below)!
4. Hello water bill. Use a garden hose to fill the pool. While the pool is filling, you can remove winterizing plugs from the return jets and skimmers and open all necessary valves. Put all other plugs back into the pump, chlorinator, heater, etc. Make sure to clean out the baskets before you turn on the pump. Fill the water level in your pool back to its normal level. This is typically at least up to the skimmer opening or halfway up the tile or liner.
5. All systems go. Now we're ready to turn our 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. @ThePoolHouseKnows ProTip: A variable speed pump (yeah, we sell those) will save you lots of energy and cash. Lubricate the motor if it has lubrication ports. Check all seals and apply new magic lube (yep, that's in stock at the store). This will help keep the rubber parts soft, and minimize the chance of air leaks. Turn on the pump and ensure it primes properly.
6. Let's clean that pool some more, the 2020 way! Get yourself a maytronics robotic pool cleaner. I'm telling you people if you own a pool you have to own this cleaner. It does all the work for you DAY & NIGHT. Save yourself from the back pain. The rebates are insane too LINK.
7. How's your science?
Now it is time to check our chemistry. Once the circulation system has run for 24 hours, let's test our 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
We can do this for you at ThePoolHouse. Come by the store and we will do the tests on the water for you and point you to our private label chemicals to get you right.
If you have any other questions about spring cleaning or for your pool in general hit us up on Instagram @ThePoolHouseKnows or Facebook or shoot us an email (email@example.com) on the contact page. We look forward to serving all of your pool neds!