19 April 2017
Make the most of your pool re-opening
One of the best things about spring is that it signals the start of the swimming pool season. Longer days, warmer weather and sunshine make the season the perfect time to re-open an outdoor pool and get it ready for use. Here at LSPC, we’re already well underway with pool openings for clients as most people prefer to have a professional tackle this. In this blog, we share some important information to ensure your pool opening is done just right.
Uncover the pool
Unless you reside in a country with year-round sunshine, during the winter your pool will have been ‘winterised’, and then protected from the elements by a specially designed pool cover to guard it from the elements. Re-opening begins with the removal of the cover; check the pool for any obvious maintenance issues, for example, leaves and debris in the pool.
Have it cleaned
Assuming that the pool has been serviced during the winter and nothing untoward has happened to the water (eg cloudy, discoloured) during that time, your main task now is to have the pool cleaned. While the winter cover will have prevented most dirt and debris from getting into the pool, some cleaning will still be required, and the service engineer will get this done in a few hours - leaving your pool looking fantastic for summer.
In order for an outdoor swimming pool to stay in great condition, the water chemistry needs to be properly balanced. When the pool was closed down for the winter, your service engineer probably added chemicals to the water to help it get through the colder months unscathed. Now the weather’s warmer and you’re going to be swimming in the pool, it will need to be re-balanced. Your service engineer will test the water and treat as necessary.
How much work is involved in the pool re-opening will depend on whether it was serviced periodically during the winter - many people think this isn’t necessary, but it’s essential to protect the pool from developing problems.
Murky green pool water is a sure sign of chemical depletion which is generally caused by falling leaves sneaking beneath the pool cover, sinking to the bottom of the pool and wreaking havoc with the water chemistry, not to mention staining the pool floor and spoiling its appearance.
A pool in this condition can be restored to its former glory, but it will take several days instead of the typical one day assigned for pool openings, which will get in the way of precious swimming time. In order to get a pool that is in poor condition back to health, the water will need to be chemically treated and left overnight so that the chemicals can work their magic, and followed-up the next day to clear away leaves and other debris. On the final day, tests will be conducted to ensure everything is in good order and then the heating can be switched on.
Outdoor pools are often left slightly emptier during cold weather in order to prevent water seeping out into the open and freezing. When the pool is re-opened, the water will need to topped up to bring it back to the right level.
Address any maintenance issues
The spring is the perfect time to address any bigger maintenance issue affecting your outdoor pool. If the winter was exceptionally cold, the pool, or the plant that services it, may have been damaged by ice or corrosion. Ask your service engineer to give the pool a once-over to check for any leaks, cracks or other issues and, if they find anything, have them dealt with straight away.
Once you’ve opened the pool, had it cleaned, re-balanced and topped up, it’s time to enjoy it once more. All you have to do now is make the most of the sunshine.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool maintenance, servicing and refurbishment, so if you have a pool that’s in need of regular maintenance or a facelift, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice. If you have an older swimming pool that needs upgrading, we suggest planning your refurbishment for the autumn, so all the work is done and dusted before the next swimming season.