Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Pool
It’s finally Spring! The days are growing longer, the flowers are blossoming, and pool owners all across the city are gearing up for the much-anticipated spring break. Pool Spring Cleaning is a must for your pool!
One thing we know for sure is that many people don’t give their pool much TLC throughout the winter months, and now that spring is here, it’s time to get the water back in shape. However, before you can host the season’s first belly flop competition, you must first ensure that your pool is clean.
For starters, there is a misunderstanding about pool chemicals and sanitizers. They are not intended to keep your pool clean; rather, they are introduced to keep the water and you clean, and they deteriorate with time, necessitating the addition of more. You’ve come to the right place for a fantastic pool Spring cleaning!
Here are some tips for spring cleaning your pool this season. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the team at Leak Science today!
Clear Out Clogged Drains
This is one of the most common worries among pool owners, and for good reason. A clogged drain can cause your water pump motor to burn out, costing you a lot of money to replace or repair. When you’re preparing your pool for summertime, be sure to clean out debris from the pool and clear any drains to prevent clogs.
Eliminate Algae Growth
If your pool has become a horrible shade of green, it’s because algae has taken over. And unless you’re intending on making your own biofuel, you’ll want to deal with it before going for a dip. Because of the algae buildup in the pool filter, water flow might get restricted, which can lead to costly mechanical difficulties.
Cloudy Water Can Be Avoided
Pool water should be crystal clear and glitter in the sun; however, excessive use, chemical imbalances, or defective mechanics can cause your pool water to cloud up. Your dingy pool may be transformed into the backyard star it was meant to be with a thorough spring cleaning and expert chemical treatment.
Add Chemical Treatments to Keep Water Safe
Getting ill over spring break is one of the worst things that can happen. Remember that water is the preferred home of certain annoying little creepy crawlers that aren’t visible to the human eye, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungus, which can cause:
- Infections of the ears
- Itching or rash on the skin
- issues with the lungs
- Algae, bacteria, fungi, and viruses won’t be able to make your pool their permanent home if it’s kept clean
Be sure to call your local pool cleaning service to help add the right balance of chemicals to keep your water safe.
Clear Leaves, Twigs, and Other Debris from the Water
If you kept a pool cover on over the winter, there hopefully shouldn’t be too much debris in the water. However, if this is your first spring cleaning, there may be a lot of leaves, twigs, and dirt.
A deep leaf net is a fantastic instrument for gently lifting rubbish from the bottom and removing it. Before you start vacuuming, you should remove as much debris as possible.
Clean the Sides and Bottom of the Pool
It’s time to brush the floors and walls once you’ve cleaned up the trash and vacuumed. Look for any damage on the sides and bottom. If you see any cracks forming, be sure to contact a pool leak repair company right away!
Remove the skimmer baskets and clean them. Clean or backwash your filter next. It’s possible that your filter’s cartridge element needs to be replaced.
Examine the Whole System and Make Any Necessary Repairs or Replacements
Read the instructions that came with your equipment and follow them. The instructions below are broad in nature, and some or all of them may not apply to your specific equipment.
Reassemble your filter after cleaning or backwashing it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Look for any evidence of damage on the filter, pump, heater, and any other equipment. Everything, including all outlets, lights, and electrical panels, should be tested. You want to make certain that everything is in good working order.
All fittings in the system should be inspected and, if required, replaced. Use a decent grade grease if your pump motor has lubrication ports. To maintain the rubber supply and reduce the risk of cracking, apply fresh silicone to seals.
Clean the Rest of Your Pool’s Toys and Equipment
You’ve undoubtedly seen that the ladder, diving board, handrails, and even the inflatable rings, floats, and other items aren’t in perfect condition by now. Get ready for the finest opening party ever by giving them a thorough scrub!
Clean out your pump basket before starting the engine, and then prime the pump with water. The o-ring on the pump lid should be greased with a pool lubricant. Use Vaseline sparingly. Replace the pump cover and tighten it. Before or after the pump, all valves should be opened.
Start the filter pump after that. It should reach prime, at which point you should release air pressure from the system through the port on your filter, as directed by the manufacturer.
Your Pool Should Be Examined, Cleaned, and Filled
Once the pool cover has been removed, it is critical to thoroughly inspect your pool for any damage that may have happened during the winter. Check for obstructions or rips in your pool filter. Before turning on the pump, make sure the filter and skimmer baskets are clear. Check the liner for rips and damage if you have a pool with a vinyl liner. At this point, if any repairs are required, take care of them right away. Start your pump only once you’re confident there’s no harm to the pool.
You’re ready to replenish your pool after it’s been inspected and any necessary repairs have been made. You should have decreased the water level by several inches when you closed your pool. It’s time to refill your pool with the proper water level for the next swimming season. Your pool will most likely be lower on water than you left it after months of being covered with no replenishing or upkeep.
Brush and vacuum your pool once it has been filled. Keep an eye on the walls, floors, and steps, since they tend to collect debris. Cleaning your pool thoroughly can help the chemicals work more effectively once they’ve been introduced.
A Thorough Spring Pool Cleaning May Extend the Life of Your Pool
According to experts, failing to properly manage your pool may reduce its lifespan by half, and failing to maintain it at all can reduce it by a fourth. We hope these tips for spring cleaning your pool have helped you learn how to properly care for your pool. And remember, if you see any cracks or damage in your pool, be sure to get it repaired right away!
Cleaning your pool on a regular basis is an important element of a proper maintenance program, so don’t consider it a cost but rather a means to protect your investment. We usually have to work with a tangle of hundreds of feet of plumbing flowing in different ways to and from your pool, as well as all around it. We are highly familiar with and understand pools and spas, so we know what to check for while looking for a leak.