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How to Start Up Your Pool After Winter: Your Complete Guide

In this article, we aim to simplify the process of starting up your swimming pool after the winter break. As the colder months are behind us, it's time to prepare your pool for the sunny days ahead. Here's a quick outline of the steps to follow:

  • Remove the Pool Cover
  • Refill Water if Required
  • Clean Out Dirt and Debris
  • Super Chlorinate
  • Add Algaecide
  • Test the Water
  • Clean the Filter
  • Add Clarifier
  • Shock the Pool Again

Remove the Pool Cover

Start by removing any leaves and debris that have accumulated on the pool cover using a pool scoop or leaf net. The goal is to prevent as much debris and stale water as possible from entering the pool. Once the cover is clean, remove it and lay it out to dry. Brush away any remaining debris and sprinkle both sides with Alkalinity Up to prevent mould and mildew. Store the cover in a cool, dry place, and if you're using a roller, consider adding a protective overcover.

Refill Water if Required

Check the water level in your pool. Ideally, it should be around the centre of the skimmer opening. If the water level is low, refill the pool to the appropriate level.

Clean Out Dirt and Debris

Use a pool scoop to remove any leaves or debris that have settled at the bottom of the pool. Don't forget to empty both the skimmer and pump baskets.

Super Chlorinate

Turn on your pool equipment, including the pump and the circulation and filtration system. If your filter has an air relief valve, open it to bleed out any trapped air. Shock the pool using a chlorine shock product to raise the chlorine level to at least 3.0 ppm. If you're using granular shock, mix it in a bucket before adding it to the skimmer.

Add Algaecide

Introduce a high-quality, long-lasting algaecide to your pool water. This will help you get ahead of any potential algae outbreaks as the weather warms up.

Test the Water

After running the circulation system for several hours, test the water for pH, Total Alkalinity, and Chlorine levels. The ideal levels should be:

  • pH: 7.2 to 7.6
  • Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
  • Chlorine: 1.0 to 3.0 ppm

Clean the Filter

If you have a sand filter, perform a backwash to clean it thoroughly. For those with cartridge filters, hose down the cartridge and inspect it for any signs of wear and tear. It might be time for a replacement.

Add Clarifier

To bring back the sparkle to your pool water, add a good-quality clarifier. This will help bond tiny particles that might be making the water look cloudy, making it easier for the filtration system to pick them up.

Shock the Pool Again

Finally, shock the pool once more to eliminate any remaining bacteria and contaminants. Run the pool for 24 hours straight and vacuum any remaining debris. Retest the water, and make sure the chlorine level is under 3.0 ppm before diving in.

By following these steps, you'll ensure that your pool is ready for the swimming season ahead. Happy swimming!

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