Before you know it, spring will be here and winter a thing of the past. Don’t leave your pool opening and backyard revitalization to the last minute.
Once the snow is gone for good, it’s time to start taking a closer look at your swimming pool and backyard, slowly bringing it back to life and ready to use once the weather allows.
In this article, we take a closer look at the steps to take when preparing your pool and backyard for spring.
Step 1: Consider Pool Accessories and Upgrades
Whether you’re new to opening a pool or not, you’ll need to first consider any pool accessories you have. Having the necessary equipment when opening your pool will make the process easier. If you’ve had the same old pool skimmer for five years, it might be falling apart. Getting up-to-date equipment means you’ll be able to clean your pool better. Also, check to make sure you have all the necessary testing equipment and chemicals.
For the basics, you’ll need a way to test and adjust pH, chlorine, and total alkalinity. If you have an above-ground pool, you may need special cleaning equipment depending on the material of your pool.
Step 2: Examine Your Pool
Inspecting your pool before you run out to the pool supply store can save you a lot of back-and-forth trips. If your pool needs special equipment, take note of that. While looking at your pool, make sure to examine the water. If it has a green tint, you’ll most likely need shock to clear it up.
Take pictures of your pool’s water before heading to the pool supply store or bring a sample with you. You can show a professional the pictures/sample and they can help you find the right equipment and supplies to get the job done right.
Step 3: Clean Your Pool
Now, you’re ready to begin opening your pool. We recommend you start opening your pool at least one week before you’d like to use it. This will give you enough time to clean and add chemicals. To start cleaning, use your pool brush to gently scrub the sides of your swimming pool. Afterwards, skim any leaves or twigs in the water.
During this time, you may want to add a shock treatment to your pool for algae growth. Once the algae clears, run your pool vacuum for 24 hours to clean up the grime on the bottom of your pool. Make sure to check your filter to see if you need to replace it as well.
Step 4: Test and Add Chemicals
Now that your water is clean, you’ll need to adjust the chemical levels and ensure that it is balanced and safe to use. Taking the time to adjust your pH, chlorine, and alkalinity will help you maintain clean water throughout the season and create a safe environment.
The easiest way you can test these levels is with a test kit. It’s possible to pair a test kit with a chemical kit to streamline the process. Your pool’s pH should be around 7.3. Chlorine levels should fall between 1 and 3 parts per million. Your total alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 parts per million.
Step 5: Spruce Up Your Backyard
Your swimming pool experience is about so much more than just the pool. It’s about the oasis that you have created in your backyard living space. After the snow has cleared, you may need to spend some time bringing the other aspects of your backyard back to life as well.
- Use soapy water, a hose and a rag to wash furniture
- Use a hose and/or pressure washer to clean your deck, patio and siding of the house
- Collect any debris from your backyard, such as garbage, rocks or sticks
- Repair any damaged areas or things that could be replaced
- Make a plan for the grass, gardens and landscape in your yard
- Add lighting, BBQ and various accessories/essentials
Every backyard is different. What your backyard needs to be prepared for spring may differ from the next.
Pool Opening Help in Brainerd and Bemidji
If you’re opening a pool for the first time, coming to talk with a professional can make the process an enjoyable one. Visit Midnight Sun Pools n’ Spa in Brainerd or Bemidji for pool opening help. While you’re here, you can ask our professional and courteous staff any question you may have. For more information about how to keep your water clear and clean this year, visit our blog.