When opening a pool after a long winter there are many steps and precautions that must be taken. First things first, all the water should be drained from the cover. Then remove debris such as leaves and worms off the cover. It is important not to let that debris fall off the cover and into the pool. If you have an Automatic Pool Cover, hose it off and then scrub it with a pool brush. GLB Cover Care is a good product to use to deep clean your cover. If you have a winter cover, move it to a smooth surface then apply GLB Cover Care and clean.Then clean the water tubes with GLB Cover Care, this will prevent them from drying out. It is important to store away your winter cover and water tubes in a dark wet place, in a plastic bag and not outside. Hook up hoses to the filter and pump and make sure they are air tight.Then put the plugs in the filter, pump, and chlorinator. Then put on and check all the lids. Lube all the o-rings.Then fill the pool above operating level. Turn the multiport handle to Backwash to drain antifreeze, then turn system off and put the multiport handle back to filter.When you turn the system back on check it for leaks. Lastly, vacuum the pool on waste or filter, depending on how much debris is on the floor. Then bring in your water sample to be professionally tested to start the season. Normally, pools will require to be drained a couple times depending on the Total Dissolved Solids level. When your water chemistry levels are balanced and your pool is ready to go, you will add GLB Sequa Sol and GLB Algimycin 2000/Algae-X.
You should always have you water professionally tested before you close your pool for the winter. That way we can lower your risk of having water chemistry issues next spring when the pool is opened. The pool should be vacuumed before it is closed. Then the return lines should be plugged with new plugs. Blow the lines with air and back them with minimum antifreeze. This will save you in closing cost and future water issues. After removing water from skimmer and lines, place a small gizmo in the skimmer to prevent freeze damage. Remove all hoses from the filter system and turn the multiport valve to Winterize position or in between notches. Then remove all plugs from filter, pump, and chlorinator. Drain water from all equipment, if water is left it will freeze and crack causing damage to equipment. During the winter it is important not to allow more than two to four inches of water on the cover. It will cause damage to winter cover and also to the pool and liner. If it is an above ground cover, do not tie down the cover, you can hang gallon jugs of water to the tie down rope, not the eyelets of your cover. An air pillow can be placed in the center of the pool to keep water from settling in the middle of the cover.
Weekly maintenance is different for every pool depending what type and size. Every pool should have a weekly amount of sanitizer, metal stain control, and algae preventer. This will help prolong the life of the pool and equipment and help it stay clear and fight against algae problems. If a regular maintenance is followed, the easier it will be to take care of. Once a week, you should test your pools water chemistry. The most accurate way to test water is with the test drops and not the test strips. A pool should be vacuumed once a week, and if it has sand filter it should be backwashed once a week as well. The weekly chemicals Angie's Pool & Spa, Inc. recommends is GLB Sequa Sol (metal stain control), GLB Algimycin 2000/Algae-X, and Liquid Chlorine or Oxy-Brite.
It is important to check the clarity of the water every day because pools can turn green or cloudy overnight no matter how clear the pool was the day before. The chlorine level should be checked daily, especially if it has been hot for a long period of time. Chlorinator should be checked as well; tablets will dissolve faster when the water temperature is high.
Important things to know when recommending a TDS Drain:
- Have dry ground around your pool, this means do not drain if we have had a lot of rain in the past few days.
- Weight of water in your pool is what keeps your pool liner in place.
- Draining your pool when ground water is high can cause you to float your pool liner
- Concrete and Fiberglass pools cannot drain when ground water is high this also can cause problems.
- Keep at least 6” of water in the shallow end of your pool.
- Start by placing your filter on waste.
- Then close your skimmer valve leaving only the main drain valve on.
- By draining your pool from the main drain you will suck the heavier water that is more saturated first allowing you to lower your TDS level faster.
- Keep an eye on your pool as it drains you do not want to go below the recommended level.
- If you do not have a sand filter you can drop your cover pump to the deep end and add fresh water to the shallow end.
Backwashing Sand Filter
Adding chlorine tablets...
Vacuuming the pool...
Vacuum on waste/drain...
Ways to help clear up your pool...