We all love that first big cannonball into the crystal-clear waters of our pool in the summer season. However, it’s a highly-anticipated event that can cause extreme stress for some. Have no fear! The Mast Water Technology pros are here! To help you keep your cool this summer, here are six steps you can take to get ready for those blissful and relaxing afternoons in the sun. Are you ready to dive in?
Remove Any Leaves and Winter Debris
During the fall and winter seasons, your pool will pile up leaves, dirt, and other general weather buildup. Before you take the cover off, it’s always a good idea to blow off any remaining leaves or debris off the pool cover and around the deck. If you see any water on top of the cover, use a pump to remove it so that excess doesn’t get into the pool.
Remove the Pool Cover: When you take the cover off, give it some time to fully dry before you put it into storage. Try spraying it off with a hose and then lay it out to dry. Before you store it, sprinkle a small layer of talcum powder over the cover which will help to prevent binding or sticking while in storage. Another helpful tip- the cooler the storage, the better.
Have a Professional Check Your Water
It is a good idea to get your water tested. Come into Mast Water Technology and bring a sample for us to test. We will tell you if your water needs to be adjusted at all and by how much.
Prepare the Pump
Clean the pump and check to make sure all your equipment looks good. Check your hoses, pumps, and filters. Allow the circulation to run for 8 to 12 hours.
Check the Pool pH Levels
Time to put those chemistry classes to good use. You will need to balance your pool’s chemicals. The pH level indicates the acidity of the water. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14, where pH 7 is neutral. The ideal pH level for a pool is 7.4. Make sure you check the pH level, and the alkalinity. Fill the test tube from your pH kit with the water you retrieved. Add the test-specific amount of agent and cap tube and shake. Add chemicals in proper order to balance the water.
Make Sure the Water is Clear
Although you may be tempted, don’t get into the water until it is completely clear. You should clean your filter every day until you get these results. It may take up to a week. You also might have to add chlorine to keep it at the correct level. Once you can see the bottom of the pool, you’re in the clear. Cannonball!
For the remaining months of summer, make sure to keep your filter clean, test the chemical levels every day, and try to vacuum the pool once a week. It is also a good idea to have a professional test your water once per month. Give us a call at Mast Water Technology in Platteville, Wisconsin! We’ll make sure your summer is filled with games of Marco Polo, chicken, and diving board tricks. Swim on!