17 March 2021
Re-Opening Your Pool for Easter
The world is finally starting to open up again and in the UK outdoor public swimming pools are set to re-open as soon as 29 March. For those of us lucky enough to have a swimming pool at home, we could be diving back into our pools by Easter because the pool re-opening season is here! Re-opening your garden pool is one of the most exciting moments of spring and is even more so given that many of us have been confined to home and exercise has been limited to indoor activity or a daily walk.
Pool service engineers take the load off owners’ shoulders – they will get the pool serviced and running in a matter of days but it’s a very busy time of year for servicing companies, so do plan ahead. Here are a few considerations for this re-opening season.
Set a firm date for when you want your pool re-opened – you may have a special occasion coming up that you want to mark with a little pool party with your immediate family. Servicing can be done during the week or weekends to suit your schedule. If you have a regular service engineer that you have worked with for years and have a trusted relationship (which is how we operate), you don’t even need to be present when the service takes place.
Booking your Service Well in Advance
Don’t wait until you’re almost ready to use the pool before booking. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to ring your service company and ask them to open your pool this weekend! If you wait to the eleventh hour, there will be a long list of clients booked in ahead of you which will be frustrating especially if you have a special occasion you want to celebrate around the pool.
Because we are coming out of lock down and everyone is eager to get their pools open, this year is busier than usual so do get your booking in now. A comprehensive re-opening service will cover a range of things including removal of the winter cover, cleaning and storage; inspecting the plant room equipment and making any corrections or repairs needed; then perfecting the pool water chemistry.
Check Plant Room Access
While this is a small thing, it will improve efficiency - ensure that your service engineer has clear access into your plant room, there should be no obstructions. If the engineer struggles to gain access and move around the plant room comfortably, the job will take longer.
Spruce up Your Pool Surround?
Although cleaning the pool surround is not a standard feature of a re-opening service, it’s a good time to get the surround jet washed because winter weather can tarnish the surround. If the stones or tiles have become ingrained with dirt, consider booking the clean at the same time as the service. You will be delighted with how impressive the surround looks after a thorough clean.
Let your service engineer know if anything unusual is going on with your pool ahead of your appointment. For example, if your pool did not receive a service during the winter, the water could have turned green or black. If so, your engineer will need more time to restore the pool water chemistry back to health. If you give the engineer a heads-up, he will not only be able to offer advice, but he will come prepared with any additional tools or materials needed.
If you have yet to book in your re-opening service and you live in London or the Home Counties, contact London Swimming Pool Company today and we will book you in.
For more on making the most of your pool re-opening, visit our blog.
At London Swimming Pool Company, we specialise in swimming pool maintenance, servicing and refurbishment in Surrey, 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.