Some pool owners wait until the summer to open their pool but they are missing out on many warm days that are perfect for poolside fun. Besides, it’s better to find out in spring that you need Swimming Pool Pumps Parts than right before your first summer barbecue. Of course, pool owners know the usual steps to opening a pool. First, clean the pool cover, then get the water levels right, de-winterize the pool, start up the pump and filter, then vacuum and clean the pool.
However, getting through the process is made much easier with a checklist. It can mean the difference between getting the pool ready to go for the season and avoidable problems rearing their head later on.
The following checklist will help get you ahead of the curve when it comes to swimming pool maintenance for either an above or in-ground pool.
- Set the pool timer for the season. It may be beneficial to run the pool a bit longer the first few days to get it ready for the season, but the timer should be handled well ahead of time to avoid disaster.
- O-rings in the pump lid, backwash valves, and pool filter should be lubricated before running the pool.
- Remove debris, leaves, and other material from the pool pump basket. If there are any cracks or damage, replace the basket as soon as possible.
- All pool equipment should be checked for leaks but most notably, check the pool pump, filter, and valves. Pogue Supply offers great deals on swimming pool pumps parts. Check out their website if you find any cracks or leaks in your pool equipment to save on repairs and replacements.
- The pressure gauge for the pool filter should be at zero when the pump isn’t running. If you find the gauge isn’t at zero when the filter is off, it may be time to replace it. Too much or too little pressure could lead to an expensive fix, but replacing the gauge is relatively inexpensive.
- Clean the pool filter and backwash ahead of time. While it’s sure to get gunked up while opening the pool, it’s important that everything is as clean as possible to get the best result. Cartridge elements should be cleaned, as well.
- For salt chlorination systems, the salt cell needs to be checked for calcium buildup and cleaned out if there is buildup present. If the damage seems beyond repair, it could be a good idea to get a new cell for the season.
- Empty the skimmer basket to allow water to enter the filtration system.
- If you have an automatic chlorine feeder, it should be refilled with chlorine tablets. Also, remember to adjust the settings as needed, especially when opening the pool.
- Check your pool cleaner and ensure it doesn’t have any cracks or broken parts. In many cases, a broken or cracked part doesn’t mean a whole new cleaner. Instead, check for deals on replacement parts to get the most out of your pool cleaner.
- The pool should then be skimmed and brushed. Skimming removes floating debris while brushing the walls and floors will get the dirt that settled during the offseason out of difficult corners. Using the pool cleaner again after this process can be helpful for the cleanest results.
- Test and balance the pH levels in your pool. A water test kit will detect what chemicals need to be added to get the best balance for your pool water.
When running through the checklist, make a list of the parts or new equipment you need then check out Pogue Supply. Their online inventory includes a long list of items that can save pool owners a ton of money in repairs.