You’ve been dreaming about it for months now. Spring is in the air and before you know it you’ll be busting out the flip-flops, sunscreen, and floppy hat. But before you can plan your lazy days by the pool, there may be some clean up involved before. These simple and easy 6 pool tips will help you get your indoor pool cleaned and ready for summer.
1) Major maintenance
If you didn’t take advantage of winter months to do major pool maintenance, there’s no time like the present. Most of these require draining the pool, so be aware. Major projects include:
- Cleaning, painting, or resurfacing the bottom of the pool
- Checking the filter and pump for any cracks or other problems
- Repairing any damage to the deck of the pool (chips, cracks, etc)
- Grease/oil diving boards, bolts, and other movable equipment
- Check ladders, railings, and stairs for repairs and then repair them as needed
- Check your gas heater (if you have one) for possible leaks
If you already did all these major projects or don’t need to do any major projects, your spring cleaning will look different.
2) Start with Color
Is the color of your pool looking less dive-in-blue and more gag-me-green? Look for any debris in the pool. Any junk that has collected in the pool will change the color from that come-hither-blue to something repulsive. Keeping your pool free of any debris will keep your color nice. Clean the surrounding area as well. Once the area around your pool is sparkly like the kitchen after a cleaning commercial, you can remove the cover and clean the pool. Being an indoor pool, you won’t have leaves or sand, but you may have other fun surprises in there.
3) Check the filter
Now that your pool is clean, check your filters. Rinse your filters off. After your filters are clean, put them back in and turn them on. You also should top off your pool’s water level. Check your filters for problems; they could be causing any color problems in your pool. Using a broken filter is like using a dirty sock to strain your spaghetti, gross.
4) Test it
Testing water can be tricky business. Call the Pool and Spa Experts. We can come out and test your levels for you. We’ll test the mineral content, its alkalinity, pH level and chlorine level. We can balance your water levels for you as well, but if you’re feeling like doing it yourself:
If the pH levels are between 7.2-7.4: your water’s pH level will let you know how much chlorine to add. Use soda ash to increase the pH level in your water and muriatic acid or sodium bisulfate to decrease the pH level.
If your total alkalinity is 80-120: The alkalinity acts as a buffer to the pH. The alkalinity levels will be correct if your pH levels are correct. Muriatic acid will decrease it and sodium bisulfate will increase alkalinity.
Calcium hardness from 150 parts per million to 250 parts per million (ppm): Is your water hard or soft? The hardness or softness of the water will have effect this. Soft water will absorb more calcium than the hard water. If you don’t add enough calcium in the water, the water may take it from other sources, like the grout in your tile (ruining your pool!). You can adjust the calcium levels by adding calcium chloride.
Don’t dive in just yet! Clean your filter daily until the water turns back to your come-hither-blue (the one you dream of). Once the color has returned, CANNON BALL!
6) Keep it up
All that is left is to do on going maintenance to prevent any big problems. Using a leaf net instead of a hand skimmer can keep your pool cleaner. Checking everything regularly will help you stay aware.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or concerned, feel free to contact Pool and Spa Experts and we can be your guide to pool nirvana.