Azalea buds usually bloom to welcome the spring season. Over time, their branches prop out, filling the atmosphere with a stunning display of colors, including red, white, pink, and fuchsia. Unfortunately, spring also ushers in swimming pool cleaning time.
The northern part of the country does not usher in springtime until the warm temperatures have fully engulfed the atmosphere. As such, you can comfortably open your window and breathe in the refreshing spring air. While people are more willing to let in the spring air more quickly, they seem to exercise more caution on when to open up their swimming pools. Most of them open up their swimming pools only when they’re certain that snowstorms have passed.
Lucky for us, late snow isn’t a thing in these parts. We, therefore, don’t have to shovel snow out from the swimming pools as is the case in other areas. Our pools are almost ready for the much-awaited swimming period except for a few tweaks. Below are tips on how to clean your backyard swimming pool in the spring season:
Trimming and Pruning Your Poolscape
During the long growing seasons, flowers and other plants usually bloom every month. Having trees, flowers, shrubs, and grass that grow all year round has its demerits.
You may spend more time pruning, raking, and trimming the mess created by the plants. As such, it’s prudent to get rid of any branch or plant that is more likely to shed twigs and leaves into your swimming pool.
Ensure that the area around your pool is tidy. You can accomplish this by sweeping up the leaves and getting rid of any debris that may be tucked under your trees and shrubs.
Ensure Your Pool Had the Required Water Level
Chances are that the water level in your pool might have plummeted below the required levels. Ensure you fill it up slightly above the optimum level to cater to the water loss when cleaning or due to evaporation.
Remove Leaves, Twigs, and Other Debris From the Water
The flowers, shrubs, and trees around your pool are the main causes of mess in your pool water. You might therefore have to do a lot of cleaning, especially on the first cleaning of the season.
You need to first remove all the debris from your pool. The best tool for accomplishing this task is the deep leaf net. Afterward, you can vacuum your pool to make it cleaner.
Algae in Warm Water
Everyone loves swimming in clear waters. Green-algae can rob you of that chance. Algae tend to clog filters, thereby rendering them inefficient. They also damage pool walls and other pool equipment. Even though algae problems can be remedied, you may end up incurring a lot of costs.
Algae usually thrive in temperatures above 60 degrees. Given the warm nature of this period, chances are that your pool has attained that temperature. One of the best ways of getting rid of algae from your pool is by applying algaecide.
Purchase Testing Kits, Chemicals, and Other Supplies
You may either opt to carry out the maintenance or seek the services of professionals. Nonetheless, if you decide to do the maintenance on your own, then you’ll need to buy some supplies, including skimmers, robotic cleaners, test kits, chemicals, and vacuums. Ensure all your equipment are functional so that the pool cleaning process progresses seamlessly.
Clean Pools Sides and Bottom
Use a chlorine-based cleaner and a sponge or any other suitable material to remove scum and dirt. While at it, ensure you check the bottom and sides of the pool for any damages.
You should then clean out your skimmers and follow that up with a thorough wash-up of the filters. Consider buying cartridges for your filter if they are worn out.
Check the Entire System and Make Any Repairs or Replacements
Ensure that you read and adhere to all instructions that came with your equipment. Here are some general instructions on equipment maintenance that may or may not apply to your equipment.
- When you are done cleaning the filters, reassemble them as stated in the manufacturer’s guide. Assess any signs of damage in components such as filter, pump, heater, among other equipment. In case of any damage, repair or replace the component. Be thorough in your check. Test your outlets, lights, and electrical panels to ensure they are in pristine condition.
- All fittings should be examined and replaced if need be. Use high-quality lubes on the lubrication ports. Also, apply new silicone seals to mitigate any leakage risks.
- Don’t power up your motor until you’ve cleaned the pump basket and filled the pump with water. Use the recommended pool lube to oil up the pump lid o-ring. Open all valves located before and after the pump to allow water circulation in the pool. Moreover, when replacing the pump lid, ensure it is tight.
- Finally, start the filter pump and release air pressure as instructed in the manufacturer’s guide.
Clean the Rest of Your Pool’s Equipment and Gadgets
You can now move to clean other pool equipment such as ladders, handrails, inflatable rings, diving boards, and floats. Ensure you clean them thoroughly such that there is no dust or bacteria on them.