5 Tips for Winterizing Your Pool

Swimming Pool Winterization Recap: Top Mistakes to Avoid

The days of lounging around the pool and enjoying summer barbecues are slowly giving way to the onset of fall. With changing weather, it’s important to be prepared and aware of what a new season means for your pool. Learning how to properly close a pool for winter is integral to prevent costly leaks and damage and keep your pool ready for next summer. Follow these 5 tips on how to winterize a pool to help make the process quick and painless!

1. Start to winterize your pool once the temperature begins to consistently dip below 18 degrees Celsius. Closing your pool before the weather gets cooler might result in algae developing.

2. Thoroughly clean your pool. By using skim nets to remove floating debris and a vacuum and pool brush to tackle the bottom of the pool, it will be much easier to balance any chemicals and prevent algae growth throughout the winterizing process.

3. Don’t completely drain the water. Instead, lower the water level a bit but keep it just under midway or above on the skimmer. A higher water level makes sure there is no added pressure from weather changes and the liner remains in place and in good condition.

4. Flush the pipes and any other equipment when closing the pool to make sure they don’t rupture. Doing so will prevent a major headache because frozen water can expand and create a lot of damage. 

5. Check on your pool periodically during the winter to make sure the water level is still where it’s supposed to be. This way, any possible cracks or leaks won’t cause a big surprise when you take the pool cover off again in warmer weather.

13 Pool Maintenance Tips Every Owner Needs to Know

From summer pool parties and weekend barbecues to a quick workout, swimming pools can improve your day-to-day happiness and increase your home value. However, there are a number of things a homeowner must do to keep their pool clean, safe, and well-maintained. That is why it pays to develop a strong basic understanding of pool maintenance. 

To help you stay on top of things, we reached out to pool maintenance experts from Huntington Beach, CA to Victoria, BC and asked them to share their best advice. Here are their top 13 pool maintenance tips for ensuring your pool stays in good condition for years to come.

1. Designate your service day routine. To properly care for your pool or spa, you must test and balance your pool water once a week to keep ideal pool water chemistry at all times. Keeping your chlorine, pH, and alkalinity at consistently ideal levels will ensure your pool water, pool equipment, and pool finish are healthy, clean, and safe. – Pool Heaven

2. Familiarize yourself with your pool’s equipment. Doing so will help keep your pool clean and safe, and you can avoid smaller problems from becoming much larger and more expensive ones. You can learn about your equipment by consulting with a local pool professional, but it would also be helpful to speak with the previous homeowner about your new pool’s equipment, equipment warranty, and quirks/intricacies. – Spring Clear Pool Service

3. Clean the pool filter as required. Just like a home furnace/AC, many homeowners do not check and clean/replace their filters as often as they should. In a pool, this can lead to any of the following problems: heater not working; salt system not working; low chlorine levels = green pool; unable to vacuum/clean debris from the floor of the pool. All of the above eventually lead to a pool that is not desirable so better to check and clean the pool filter as needed before this happens. – Lakeshore Pools & Hot Tubs

4. Circulate that water. One commonly overlooked aspect of pool maintenance that has a huge impact on the clarity of pool water is circulation. Circulating the pool water is helpful for a plethora of reasons: it disperses the chemicals evenly throughout the pool, discourages algae growth on surfaces, and pushes water through the filter, removing small debris. We like to see increased run time on the primary circulation pump in the summer months, to the tune of up to about 1 hour of run-time per 10 degrees of air temperature (in Fahrenheit, at the hottest point in the day) for a single-speed pump, and potentially even longer for variable speed. – Poolwerx Redlands

5. Consistency is key. When it comes to pool maintenance, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Set aside time each week to check your pool’s chemistry, empty baskets, brush the walls, and remove debris. In the spring and summer, a pool can turn dirty very quickly, especially after a monsoon, so be prepared to give your pool some TLC. – Blue Iguana Pools

6. Test your pool water consistently. Pool water should be tested regularly, but the most important part of testing the water is to be disciplined about when you are doing this chore. Choose TWO days of each week such as Monday / Thursday, Tuesday / Friday, or Wednesday / Saturday – at the same time and write down your results. This simple hack will ensure your pool chemistry is safe and ready when you are. – Claropool

7. Winterize your pool. Maintaining your pool during the summer season is very important, but it is even more important to keep it healthy in winter. Taking the necessary steps to winterize your pool can save you a lot of time and money on repairs at the beginning of the next season. In short, buy a water test kit to ensure your pool’s water chemistry is balanced, drain the excess pool water, and get a reliable cover to protect your pool from debris. – Toronto Pool Supplies

8. Treat your pool like it is your pet. Feed it: add chlorine weekly or every few days (3.0 to 5.0 ppm). Walk it: run the pool pump to circulate it and prevent algae and bacteria (run it as long as possible in the season). Clean up after it: keep your filter as clean as possible for best water quality (when the gauge on top goes up by 10 PSI it is time for cleaning). – SwimmingPoolLearning 

9. Add borates to keep your pool clean. Borates help stabilize your pool’s pH level, prevent the development of algae, give your pool water a soft and shiny appearance, allow you to use less chlorine, and prevent swimmers from getting dry skin and itchy eyes after swimming. – Platinum Pools

10. Circulation, filtration, chemistry. The more you run your pump, and the better you filter, the fewer chemicals you’ll need to sanitize and the better water quality you’ll have. This may sound repetitive, but maintaining your pool is literally this easy. – Easy Pools

11. Clear cloudy pool water. The best way to clear cloudy pool water is to run pool pumps and chlorinators for around 4 hours a day in winter and 8 hours a day in summer to keep the water clean and safe. It is common during late spring when the weather and water start to warm up for pool water to turn cloudy. This is because the chlorination system may still be in winter mode (4 hrs. per day) when the weather starts to warm up and this can lead to low chlorine levels. This means that the warming pool water will have low chlorine levels that cause cloudiness in the water. – The Pool Stain Removers

12. Don’t forget to clean your baskets. Empty your baskets to make sure you have a proper flow and your motor doesn’t overwork. – Master Touch Pool Services

13. Maintain a proper water level in the pool during the winter months. If your water level rises in the pool or on top of your winter cover, you must pump the water out. Pump as often as needed and try your best to pump before the winter freeze. As for the water that remains inside your pool, periodically check that the water is below the tile line. Serious damage to your tile and coping may result if this task is overlooked. – South Shore Gunite Pools & Spas

Originally published by Redfin

Swimming Pool Exercises & Workouts to Lose Weight

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A backyard pool offers more than a relaxing oasis on a hot summer day; it’s also a great resource for effective at-home workouts that are fun and gentle on joints! Swimming to lose weight doesn’t have to be trudging through unending laps (although laps can still be a great option). Rather, exercising and losing weight by swimming should be a fun way to switch up your regular workouts and give your joints a break. There are innumerable benefits of swimming including for weight loss, relief from an injury, and increasing flexibility. Different pool exercises can offer different benefits and, with so many to choose from, you’ll want to take full advantage this season. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few swimming pool exercises that are great for anyone looking to stay healthy, gain endurance, and burn some calories.

Leisurely Laps

You don’t necessarily need intense pool exercises for weight loss; swimming laps in the pool is just as effective and super easy! Different strokes target different areas of your body so pick one that is comfortable for you. Go at your own pace with frequent rests and water breaks. A helpful tip: when swimming for exercise, hold onto a flutter board for added stability or to give your arms a break. At an average of 500 calories burned per hour of moderately-paced swimming, burning fat can be relatively easy and enjoyable.

Walking

If you have sore joints, walking in the pool is a great alternative to walking outside or on a treadmill. Start in the shallow end, making sure that with each step, your heels touch the pool floor. Engage your core while letting your arms swing gently back and forth. Once you feel comfortable and are ready for a bigger challenge, start walking in shoulder-deep water. The resistance of the water means this exercise will provide a full body workout.

Water Aerobics

Doing water aerobics is good for weight loss. Swimming in waist deep or deeper water is great for resistance training and for strengthening the major muscle groups in your body. Although many aerobics classes are done as a group in a public pool, there are many awesome follow-along videos on YouTube that will teach you how to swim to lose weight that you can access from the comfort of your own backyard ! Incorporate a pool noodle or light weights for some added intensity.

The Bicycle

Treading water is a staple when learning to swim, and it makes a killer cardio swimming workout for weight loss as well! It’s more difficult than you think and engages all muscle groups. For a twist, sit on a pool noodle in deep water while treading your legs in cycling motions as if riding a bike. Keeping balanced will take lots of effort from your abs and legs.

Jumping Jacks and Squat Jumps

Both of these are great swimming exercises for weight loss and muscle toning. Because the water in the pool creates natural resistance, it will be more effective than doing these exercises normally. It will also be less jarring and more comfortable on joints. For jumping jacks, stand with your arms at your sides and your feet a shoulder-width apart. Jump while raising your arms overhead and landing with your feet out slightly before reversing the movement. Take breaks when needed. For the squat jumps, start in a squatting position with your arms bent in front of you before forcefully jumping off of the pool floor. Return to the squatting position and repeat. Interchange the two exercises for a full cardio workout!

Chlorine Alternatives for Your Swimming Pool

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With the approaching of summer, it is no surprise that the demand for chlorine is increasing. Due to the high demand this season,  we are facing a chlorine shortage in Canada. In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to stay home. The more time we spent at home, the more demand there was for home improvements, such as backyard swimming pool installment. Now, chlorine pricing rates have spiked and people are looking for chlorine alternatives for their hot tubs and swimming pools.

Chlorine is considered one of the most common products to treat a swimming pool; it improves water quality by eliminating harmful fungi and bacteria. However, there are chlorine substitutes for swimming pools that are just as effective when it comes to making pool water suitable for use. Below, we have listed some safe and effective alternatives to chlorine for swimming pools that are sure to clear up the troublesome microbes in your pool water.

Ozone

This gas is considered a great eliminator of viruses, fungi and bacteria —an ideal pool water treatment option. This product takes little energy to function and it does not leave residue. 

To use this non chlorine option in your pool, an ozonator device is required, which captures oxygen from the air, breaks down these particles, and directs the ozone into the water. It is necessary to leave the device on for 6 to 8 hours daily.

Salt water

Salt water is a natural way to treat a swimming pool without chlorine. Salt is less aggressive on the skin than chlorine, causing less irritation of the skin, less eye redness, and less dryness of the hair. Treating pool water with salt is a process that involves fewer chemicals and provides a self-cleaning aspect that stands out among non chlorine pool treatments. It is worth mentioning that the artificial smell characteristic to chlorine pools decreases when opting for a non chlorine-filled pool. That is, this resource is a natural alternative to pool chlorine.

Non-chlorine shock

Another non chlorine alternative is the chlorine-free shock—a quick and cheap alternative. Chlorine-free shock is another effective chlorine substitute for water treatment. It takes about 15 minutes for the pool to become swim-safe and you can add it directly to the pool water at any time.

PHMB

The last alternative for cleaning the swimming pool without chlorine is PHMB. For those who use contact lenses, PHMB is part of their cleaning solution. This option is extremely effective; it is immune to UV rays, pH and temperature variations, and there is no odor! It is a great choice if you have just filled the pool and have not yet added any treatment products.


For more information on how to navigate the COVID-19 chlorine shortage, please visit: https://torontopoolsupplies.ca/blog/tips-to-navigating-a-chlorine-shortage/.

Can I Swim in a Pool During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Is it safe to swim in a pool during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic? Will the coronavirus spread in the swimming pool? These are questions that may be swimming through our minds as we worry about the potential banning of our favourite cool-down activity during the sizzling days of the summer season.

The short answers are, yes, you are safe from the coronavirus in public swimming pools, and, no, there is no evidence that coronavirus spreads in swimming pool water. The chlorine in swimming pools acts as an effective disinfectant, and mere exposure to water should weaken the virus, as any virus in water is diluted. So it is unlikely that you would be exposed to an appreciable concentration of the coronavirus in the pool, even if you were to swallow an appreciable amount of pool water.

However, there are COVID-19 swimming pool safety measures that can lower “low risk” to virtually “no risk”:

  • Keep at least a 6-foot distance away from people that are not in your immediate household—the way you would outside of the water
  • Try to go to outdoor swimming pools more often as they have better ventilation than indoor swimming pools
  • Try to avoid indoor areas in general, such as locker rooms and bathrooms, by changing into your swimwear and taking showers at home
  • Bring your own pool accessories (goggles, floaties etc.) or sanitation wipes to clean borrowed ones
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after eating, drinking, or touching things
  • Hand sanitizers might not be as effective on greasy skin, so be sure to wipe off your sunscreen before using hand sanitizer and then reapply the sunscreen when your hands are dry

Despite already being vaccinated, there are still people that remain unvaccinated, so everyone should practice these safety precautions. The most important things to remember are physical distancing and keeping clean. If you follow these guidelines, you should be able to participate in your session at the swimming pool, COVID-19-free and fun-filled!

Best Swimming Pools in Toronto for 2021

The month of June is already knocking on the door and with it comes the most exciting season of the year: summer. Toronto has several activities you can do during this season and visiting the city’s swimming pools remains a staple. The location and type of pool are important elements to consider when making the decision to enjoy a poolside weekend with friends and family. We have gathered below the best swimming pools in Toronto, including the best rooftop pools, public pools, and hotel pools in the city. Check it out!

NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the locations may have reduced hours and days of operation. 

Public Swimming Pools: 

Pam McConnell Aquatic Center 

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Formerly known as the Regent Park Aquatic Center, the site has three indoor pools, a water slide, and space with therapeutic warm water. As it is a large site, this swimming pool is a great choice when your plans include a large number of people. The location is 640 Dundas St. East. 

Alex Duff Memorial Pool 

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With a 25m Olympic-size swimming pool and space for children, the Alex Duff Memorial Pool is located in Christie Pits Park at 779 Crawford St. West. In addition to being in one of Toronto’s most central parks, the pool also has a waterslide and an access ramp for those who need it. 

High Park Pool 

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Located at 1873 Bloor St. West, the High Park outdoor pool offers a unique space to enjoy the summer. Along with a 50m swimming pool, the place has a family change room and wheelchair access into the pool. High Park stands out for its beautiful landscape and the interactive amenities that surround the pool. It’s definitely worth checking out! 

Hotel Pools: 

The Sheraton Center Hotel

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The Sheraton Center Hotel has the largest indoor-outdoor pool in downtown Toronto. Although the hotel is private, access to the pool is available for the general public to enjoy it in comfort and safety. The Sheraton hotel swimming pool is located at 123 Queen St. West and prices vary according to your preference of days and times established at the time of purchase. All pricing and availability information for the use of the swimming pool can be found at this link

Cabana Pool Bar 

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With an amazing view of the waterfront, this hotel swimming pool stands out for having unique pools built along Lake Ontario. The Cabana Pool Bar also offers access to drinks and good food which results in a unique experience for those looking for luxury, comfort, and fun. It’s located at 11 Polson St. along the Polson Pier. 

Rooftop Pools:

Thompson Hotel Rooftop 

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This charming hotel, located at 550 Wellington St. West, boasts breathtaking 360-degree views over Lake Ontario and a rooftop pool that’s ranked as the best in Canada. The rooftop swimming pool’s panoramic skyline views might make it stand out when you’re choosing from the best swimming pools in Toronto. The Thompson Hotel also hosts pool parties from time to time.

Fun Swimming Pool Activities & Games for Kids

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The weather is starting to warm up and the backyard pool season is just beginning. Although intermittent COVID-19 stay-at-home orders may restrict your usual summertime plans, days spent around the pool are sure to provide you all the fun and relaxation you need. There are so many fun things to do in the pool to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied all summer long! Check out this list of swimming activities for kids for some inspiration.

1. Marco Polo

This one’s a summertime classic and a staple swimming game for kids! The rules are simple: one swimmer keeps their eyes closed throughout the game and calls out “Marco” periodically. The other children must respond with “Polo” to reveal their location. The objective is for “Marco” to tag one of the other swimmers, at which point the roles will be swapped. A fun additional rule you may want to add is that the other swimmers are allowed to get out of the pool to move to another location; however, if “Marco” suspects that someone is out of the pool and shouts “Fish out of water!”, that player is automatically caught.

2. Sharks and Minnows

In this game, one player is a “shark” while the other players are “minnows”. The shark starts the game in the middle of the pool, with the minnows gathered on one end of the pool. When the shark yells “Shark attack!”, the minnows must swim to the other end of the pool without being tagged by the shark. Every minnow who is tagged becomes a shark, making the game increasingly difficult for the leftover minnows. The last minnow standing gets to become the first shark in the next game.

3. Basketball or Volleyball

These team games are even more fun in a swimming pool! All you’ll need is a net or a hoop and a volleyball or basketball to transform your backyard oasis into a court. You can divide into teams and play a competitive game, or just relax and pass the ball back and forth. Basketball and volleyball are great swimming pool activities for kids and adults alike.

4. Noodle Joust

In this game, two children are placed on pool floaties. Using swimming pool noodles, the children try to unbalance and overturn the other’s floatie until one falls in the water and the other is named the victor!

5. Scavenger Dive

Using coins, diving sticks, or anything else that sinks, have the kids jump into the pool and try to collect as many items from the bottom of the pool as they can. The swimmer with the most items wins!

6. Fruit Basket

One player stands on the edge of the pool facing away from the water with their eyes closed. The other swimmers are in the water touching the edge of the pool; these swimmers must secretly choose a name of a fruit. The player standing outside of the pool calls out names of fruit. Once they call out the fruit a swimmer has chosen, that swimmer must try to get to the other end of the pool without being tagged. The player who is “It” cannot see whether the swimmers are swimming and can only turn around if they think they hear someone swimming. They can then jump in and try to catch them! The round continues until someone is caught. Categories can be switched up from fruit to colours, animals, and anything else they think of!

Interesting Facts about Swimming Pools in Canada

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With the weather warming up, it seems like summer is right around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about opening up your backyard pool, grabbing your sunscreen, and enjoying some relaxing days in the water. In case you haven’t started planning that far ahead, this compilation of interesting swimming pool facts is sure to get you in a staycation state of mind.

  • The first heated swimming pool was built in 1st century Rome by Gaius Maecenas. Maecenas is best known as the patron of the famous poet Virgil and the political advisor to the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus. The pool was heated through a furnace-based central-heating system and was surrounded by lush gardens, villas, waterfalls, and other luxuries. 
  • The most expensive pool ever built is the swimming pool at the City of Stars Sharm El Sheik Resort in Egypt. At 23.83 acres, the City of Stars pool also measures to be the largest pool in the world. It’s filled with saltwater from nearby underground wells and is big enough for swimmers and sailboats to occupy it. With natural landscaping and sand surrounding the pool, it truly is a paradise.
  • The first natural pool in Canada opened in 2018 in North Edmonton. The Borden Natural Swimming Pool cost $14.4 million to build and became the first chemical-free outdoor pool in Canada. An interesting fact about the pool’s water is that it does not use any chlorine or salt; instead, it fully relies on plankton, aquatic plants, gravel, and sand for cleaning.
  • The Queen Elizabeth Pool, built in Edmonton in 1922, is the oldest swimming pool in Western Canada. After undergoing extensive renovations in 2011, the pool remains open today for public use.
  • Statistics show that the swimming pool industry took off in the 1950s. Although luxury hotels in Canada began to install indoor swimming pools for the enjoyment of guests in the 1920s, the Canadian pool industry gained traction when the demand for privately owned backyard pools in Canada grew in the 1950s.
  • A backyard inground pool can add about 8 percent to a home’s real estate value. Statistics show that a swimming pool can add a six-figure increase to a home’s resale value. This is especially true if the home is higher priced and in a neighbourhood with a large number of inground pools.
  • Swimming is the most popular organized sport for children in Canada. Over 1.1 million children are enrolled in swimming programs at local pools yearly. This is largely due to the valuable safety training and life skills gained from swimming lessons and the low cost.
  • Kitsilano Pool in Vancouver was opened in 1931 and remains the longest outdoor swimming pool in Canada and North America. Because it’s built ocean-side, the amazing view of the water makes it a perfect swimming pool destination. It even offers a shallow section for children, a deep end for casual swimmers, and roped-off lanes for swimming laps.
  • Quebec has more swimming pools per capita than almost anywhere in North America. Swimming pool statistics in Canada show that Quebec accounts for over 40 percent of pool installations nationwide. For reference, with one in every 26 houses equipped with a backyard pool and about one pool for every 15,000 residents, Quebec boasts more pools per capita than California.
  • Swimming has a multitude of health benefits! The Canadian Red Cross states in their brochure, “Facts and Figures Canada”, that swimming pools can provide restorative and healing environments. Besides being a good outlet for exercise, swimming engages every muscle group and can help develop good posture, alleviate stress, and even provide low-impact therapy for some injuries or health conditions. 

Tips to navigating a Chlorine shortage

We are ready to open our backyard pools for a second summer of the covid19 pandemic.  Last year saw more new pools built than the last decade of construction. Families are trading their vacations for staycations and using their backyards as playgrounds to burn off energy. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that with the increase in backyard pool use, there will also be shortages of pool parts and chemicals.  Everyone needs chlorine and the supply is having trouble keeping up with the demand.

Consider upgrading your sanitation system

If you’ve been contemplating upgrading your sanitation system this may be the final push that makes you commit.   Perhaps the cost has been one of the factors keeping you on the fence. Consider the price of chlorine is likely to increase sharply to reflect the demand on the now strained supply. If you are building a new pool, these new state of the art systems – salt generators, UV, and Ozone sanitizers – require less chlorine that a chemical feeder system does. 

Install a salt generator system

Salt generators reduce your chlorine demand by nearly 50% and they produce clean water that is gentle on the skin and eyes.  Instead of the chemical chlorine, salt (NaCl) is added to the pool water and as it passes through an electrically charged cell the sodium (Na) and the chlorine (Cl) is separated. The naturally produced chlorine is used to kill off any harmful bacteria and keep your pool water clean and clear. 

Don’t shy away from UV and Ozone systems

UV and Ozone systems have been around just as long, but have often been regarded as complex, expensive and even unstable.  These systems have undergone major advances in the last 2 decades, now built as single vessel systems that makes it easy to install and replace as needed. These systems can reduce your demand for chlorine by up to 50% on their own as well. 

How an Ionizer can help

Adding an Ionizer to any existing sanitation system will also help reduce your chlorine demand – by up to 90%! Ionizers help stabilize the pH of your water, which is one of the most common issues that backyard pool owners encounter with salt water sanitation systems. By keeping your pH well balanced, the chlorine is able to do its job more effectively.

Invest in a variable speed pump

Whether you decided to upgrade to any of these systems or not, a variable speed pump will also reduce your chlorine demand.  Salt generators, UV and Ozone all require continuous circulation, making it necessary to use a variable speed pump.  But a chemical feeder will also run much more efficiently with a VSP because the water will never be stagnant. Stagnant water permits bacteria growth almost immediately. Running a single or dual speed pump for 8-12 hours a day means there are 12-16 hours of downtime in which these harmful bacteria start to grow and build up. 

Plan ahead and order early, don’t get caught in the chlorine shortage of 2021.  If you can, consider purchasing a larger supply that you typically do and store it in a dark dry place.  Taking care of your pool water – ph, total alkalinity, chlorine and algae – to ensure that it runs as efficiently as possible will save you money and lost swimming time.  Reach out to your pool professionals today to make your plan for the 2021 backyard pool season.

Get ready for opening day

Spring seems to be here to stay and that means opening day is now in sight. It’s time to take inventory and make your spring cleaning list. You want to have adequate time to get everything you need. More people are staying close to home this year, and many are starting to see the benefits of having a backyard swimming pool.  If this is your first summer operating a pool there is still a lot to do before you dive in.  If you are a seasoned pool operator let’s review some important steps that can save you time and money in the long run. 

Order your pool chemicals

This year it’s extremely important to place your orders early.  With the increase in pool and spa owners and the global shipping delays, it’s time to consider placing those orders a few weeks earlier than you normally do.  Check your inventory, if you have expired or improperly stored chemicals then make a plan to dispose of them safely.  Not sure what you need to get your water ready? There’s more than just chlorine needed to balance your pool, you’ll need to treat your waters ph, alkalinity and calcium hardness as well.  If you’d prefer to have a professional get your pool ready, check out this list of options in your area.

Clean up outdoors

Spring cleaning isn’t just for inside the house. Cleaning up the yard and dusting off the deck will help keep a lot of unnecessary debris out of your swimming pool.  Its best to do yard and deck work while the cover is still on.  Safety is paramount, this is a great time to inspect. To keep your family safe, check on the condition of your ladders, handrails, diving board and waterslide anchors. 

Remove your pool cover

Don’t get ahead of yourself with this task, there are few steps to take before you roll back the cover.  Clean all of the debris and excess water off of the top and let it thoroughly dry out.  The more debris you can keep out of your pool the less work your filters will need to do once they are up and running. Ensuring your cover is dry before you store it away will increase the lifespan of your cover. 

Clean your basin and fill your pool

These two tasks can be done simultaneously.  Using a garden hose, start to fill your pool to operating level. At the same time, use a leaf skimmer and get any surface debris you can. Once leaves and twigs get into the water there will be some breakdown that will contaminate your water before the large pieces get to the bottom. Give the sides a good brushing and vacuum the debris that has settled on the bottom. Your filters will take care of the rest but it’s best to remove anything you can to increase the lifespan of your filter media and the units themselves.

Start filtration

Let the filters run for a day or so to mix all of the new water in with the old and then you’ll want to perform a test to see what needs adjusting.  Before you add chlorine it’s important to balance your waters alkalinity and ph and calcium hardness.  Once these levels are within range its time to shock your pool and wait for the chlorine level to fall.  Once within range, you are good to take the plunge.  

 

Enjoy your backyard pool this summer, but keep a close on your water quality every couple of days.  If you are able to catch things before they get out of the safe range, then you can likely maintain your water without having to close your pool for long.