If you closed your Vancouver swimming pool for the winter, now is the best time to start planning to reopen it!
Even though summer is still a few months away, there are a number of steps to take to summerize your pool. By starting early, your pool will be ready for you by the time the warm weather comes around!
What to check before you open your pool:
1. Pool chemicals
It is really important to check your pool’s chemicals. You should ensure that they were properly sealed over the winter months.If the chemicals are no longer useable, then you should pick up replacements now.
2. Safety equipment
Safety should always be a top priority whenever you plan to open your pool. That means checking all your safety equipment to ensure they are all working properly. If there are any issues, make sure the equipment is repaired or replaced.
3. Pool pipes and equipment
It is essential that you inspect your pool’s pipes and other equipment. If you do find any issues, you may have to call a professional for repair. By starting this process early, you can have enough time for any repairs without delaying your pool from being reopened.
4. Pool room
Before you open your pool, make sure that your pool room is clean and that there are no chipped tiles or other damage that could cause injury.
Create a list of any landscaping tasks you want to complete before the warmer season. Then, as soon as the weather allows it, you can start planting. That way, your swimming pool and its surrounding area will be lush and ready to use – especially if you plan to have parties outdoors!
6. Pool deck
Inspect your deck for any chips, cracks or other problem areas. Remember to also look for visual issues as well, such as discolouration.
7. Pool lining
Look for cuts, leaks or other damage to your pool lining.
Steps to reopen your swimming pool for the summer
When the time comes to reopen your swimming pool for the summer, follow this simple checklist:
1. Remove any debris and excess water from your pool cover
Before you can get to your pool, you have to remove your pool cover. To ensure that no debris or dirt falls into your pool, start by cleaning the cover. For more instructions on how to clean your pool cover, take a look at our guide.
2. Remove all winter plugs
Take a walk around the pool and remove any winter plugs and skimmer guards that may still be fitted.
3. Clean the pool
Use a net to skim the pool’s surface to remove any leaves or floating debris. Scrub the walls and stairs of your pool with a brush and empty the skimming baskets of any dirt. After, finish by vacuuming your entire pool floor.
4. Reinstall all pool accessories
Reinstall all your essential pool accessories such as rails, slides, ladders and diving boards. To prevent your bolts from getting rusty, remember to use a lubricant.
5. Check the water level
Even if you winterized your pool, a little water will probably have evaporated, so check to make sure that your water line is exactly mid-skimmer level.
6. Prepare your pump, filter and pool heater
It is nearly time to get your pool water flowing, but first, you must reattach all pump and filter pipes into their respective fittings. While you are refitting, inspect the condition of the sand, cartridge or DE elements and clean or replace them if needed. Lastly, check to ensure your pool heater is receiving power.
7. Balance the water and shock the pool
While your pool has been out of use, it may have been exposed to certain contaminants. That is why it is important to use your water testing kit to ensure your pool balance is correct. If the balance is off, then you may need to make some adjustments.
After you adjust your water balance accordingly, make sure you test it the first few days after you open your pool until the water has stabilized.
By preparing to summerize your pool earlier on in the year, you will be ready to have the best summer experience once the warmer seasons arrive!
If you have any questions about reopening your custom-built swimming pool, please contact us today.