How to Open and Close Your Swimming Pool in the Spring and the Winter

by Pool Builders on 07-26-2011 in Articles

How To Open A Pool In The Spring

Remove the leaves and debris from the pool cover with a leaf net, pump off any excess rain water with a submersible pump. Remove winter debris cover, clean and dry thoroughly; then buy replacements if necessary. Remove expansion bottle from the skimmer and then refit skimmer and collar assembly and basket. Reinstall ladders, diving board, and other deck fittings. Turn on the power to the pool system. Start and check system. Check for leaks or drips. Make sure any grounding straps or wires are properly connected to the pump and any other components that need them. Make sure pump primes properly. Check for proper flow.

Backwash the filter thoroughly. Check your pool water by using a test kit and make necessary adjustments using All Swim chemicals.

How To Close Your Pool For Winter

In winter as water freezes, care must be taken to stop damage occurring to the pool as well as the expensive pool equipment. Pool steps and diving boards should be removed and stored and all the pool equipment drained and serviced. In order to ensure the water stays clean and sparkling through the winter, make sure that the Ph is correct, shock dose the pool with All Swim shock granules and add the required amount of liquid winterclear - a longlife winter algicide (5 litres per 12,000 gallons). The pool must be kept clear of leaves otherwise they will stain the liner, this can be carried out by the use of a leaf net or by the fitting of a winter debris cover.

The skimmer must be winterised to prevent it being damaged by ice, this is carried out by first removing the skimmer flap or floating collar assembly as well as the skimmer basket. A plastic bottle securely tightened and weighted with stones is then placed in the skimmer - this acts as an expansion bottle and in freezing weather will be compressed by the ice instead of cracking the skimmer body.

The pump, filter and heater must all be drained but before doing so make sure the filter has been well backwashed to prevent the solidifying of dirt in the filter media over the winter period.

The pump has two drain out plugs, one on the bottom of the pump strainer pot and the other on the impellor housing, these need to be removed and then the pump is then best removed and stored in a warm dry atmosphere for the winter in order to prevent condensation attacking the pump windings. The filter is then drained by opening the plug at the base.

If a heat pump is fitted, the two unions should be loosened and a hosepipe inserted into the top connection to enable the heat exchanger to be flushed out with clean water.

Regular monitoring of the pool water is essential, as rainfall with increase the level of water in the pool. If the water level rises to coping level and subsequently freezes, it could cause litting of the pool coping stones.

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