It is officially March and spring is just around the corner! With spring comes increased temperatures, vegetation that blooms, and the thought of being able to start swimming again. After many months of your pool not being used, it’s now time to start thinking about what you need to do to get your pool ready for the upcoming swim season. This is always a great time at Pool Services Technologies because just like you, we own swimming pools and love being able to relax in them, host barbecues and pool parties. The key at this point is knowing that there is more maintenance that is required when the pool water is warm and we want this blog post to highlight all that needs to be done.
Most importantly, if you haven’t already, you will need to increase your levels of chlorine in the swimming pool. Typically during winter, you can get away with 1 part per million chlorine but that won’t be enough when the water gets warmer. At this point, we recommend increasing your chlorine levels to 3 parts per million to prevent algae growth. The other major change that will need to occur is your filter run times. Typically, during winter you can decrease your run times a few hours but they will need to be at their max during the warmer months. Most family size pools will need to run at least eight to twelve hours.
After the winter we just had in the San Diego area which included a lot of rain the flowers will start to bloom, wind will pick up and pollen levels will increase. When this happens it is extremely important to monitor your swimming pool as much as possible. You might need to brush down the steps, benches, and sides of the pool more as well as netting out the debris in the pool. We also recommend keeping an eye on your skimmer and pump baskets too. Increased debris in your swimming pool can eat up your chlorine and add phosphates to your swimming pool. Skimmer and pump baskets that are full decrease filtration and could cause issues to the pump/motor.
At the start of spring, we also recommend inspecting your filtration equipment for proper function and leaks. This is always the best time to do any repairs that might occur during the middle of summer. Please keep in mind to also check your pool water for calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, and cyanuric acid too.