Although it may still be a while before the weather is warm enough to jump into your pool, you need to start getting your pool area ready as soon as spring rolls around. Here is what you need to do during spring cleaning to get your pool read.
Start By Cleaning Around Your Pool
Before you deal with your pool itself, you need to clean around your pool. Trim and prune all the branches and trees that are near your pool. This will help keep the spring blossoms in control and will prevent limbs from hanging over your pool in the summertime.
You should also rake up all the leaves that fell over the winter. BE sure to get the leaves that may be hiding under the bushes near the pool. The more effectively you clean up your landscaping around your pool, the less debris you will have to fish it out of your pool later on.
Don't forget to clean away leaves and branches that are growing too close to your pump and filter as well.
Clean Your Pool Cover
Next, you need to clean your pool cover. If your pool cover has water on top of it, use a pump to remove all the water from on top of the cover. Just be careful and make sure that you are only removing the water that is on top of the cover, and not the water inside of your pool.
Once the water has been removed from your pool cover, sweep any leaves and debris off your pool cover. Then, quickly spray your pool cover off with your garden hose to remove any remaining debris.
Finally, take the cover off your pool. Lay it on a solid surface and clean it with some basic dish soap. Make sure you remove any scum and stains from the cover. Allow it to dry thoroughly and then fold it up and store it inside until next fall.
Clean Your Pool
Now that your pool is exposed, it is time to clean your pool. Start by using a leaf rake and lift up any leaves or twigs that made it through your cover. It is best to remove this debris before running your vacuum as large debris can clog and damage your vacuum.
Next, put your vacuum into the pool and set the valve to the waste position. Let your vacuum do its work until your pool looks cleaner. If your pool is low, you may want to put your garden hose in your pool and fill it up while your vacuum is doing its work.
After you are done vacuuming your pool, let your filter run for at least a day to clear up your pool before doing anything else. Once your filter has cleared your pool, add any necessary chemicals needed to balance out your pool and put your spring cover on it.
Keep in mind that you don't need to do all the steps above all at once. You can spread these steps out over multiple weekends. Just make sure that you clean your pool and balance the chemicals before it starts to get warm on a consistent basis; algae thrives in warm weather, so you'll want your pool ready by the time it starts to be warm consistently where you live.
For more information, contact a company like Brown's Plumbing, Pumps & Spas.