Well, its that time of year once again. That’s right spring is just around the corner and time to get the pool back
in shape after a long down time. Below are a few things that you should be getting done over the next few weeks.
Get a complete water test! Have your pool service company or pool supply store do a complete chemical
test of your pool water.
Pay special attention to the stabilizer/conditioner; stabilizer bonds with the
chlorine so it doesn’t burn off too rapidly. Stabilizer levels should be maintained between 50
to 100 ppm.
Total alkalinity is the chemical balance that tunes in the ph of a swimming pool. Too high
and the ph will tend to stay high (could cause scale to form on the pool walls). Too low and
the ph will swing rapidly from low to high depending on the ph of what is added to the pool.
Low alkalinity and ph can cause etching of the pool plaster.
Get the filter cleaned. It doesn’t matter what kind of filter you have the pool will always operate and the
water will be clearer with a clean filter. DE and cartridge filters should be taken apart and cleaned twice
a year. Any cartridges, grids, manifolds or other broken parts should be replaced. It is a great idea when
you have the filter cleaned to mark it on the calendar, flip forward six months to remind you when it is
due again. Sand filters should be cleaned using a sand filter cleaner that is available in most pool stores.
Don’t forget the metal hold: a sequestering agent that helps hold minerals and metals in suspension so
they wont readily fall out of suspension and cause staining in your swimming pool.
If you have really neglected your pool over the winter you may need to have the pool drained and
cleaned/acid washed. This is generally done by a pool professional. You should ask the pool pro about
the process and have it explained to you. Depending upon the age and condition of the pool plaster
results can vary.
Come back and check our site often. Next month we will discuss swimming pool renovations.