Proper pool maintenance, which
provides swimmers with healthy, clear water, requires a modest
investment of time. Improper maintenance requires perhaps more time, if
you count the long moments you will spend fretting over green water or
worrying about swimmers who complain of stinging eyes and itchy skin.
Pool upkeep is not a mysterious or difficult proposition. Once a
basic understanding of the process is achieved, you, the pool owner,
take control of the situation to prevent problems before they happen or
correct those that do occur. The following questions and answers will
take you through the basic steps to understanding your pool.
What do I need to do to open my pool in the spring?
When the weather starts getting warm enough, begin by removing the
pool cover. Hose off the cover thoroughly and lay it out to dry before
storing it. Next, reconnect the pump and filter, checking that any
winter plugs are removed from the pool's inlet and outlet and that the
filter equipment is complete, with skimmer baskets, etc. Add water to
the pool to bring the level up to the proper height, usually to the
middle of the skimmer opening. Then take a slow and thoughtful walk
around the pool, checking the pool and accessories (such as the ladder
and deck) for damaged or loose parts and any other problems that may
have cropped up. Now you're ready to shock the pool.
Shock the pool? What is that, and how and when is it done?
or super-chlorination is simply the addition of extra chlorine -- three
to five times the normal dose -- to kill off the small percentage of
pool contaminants that survive routine chlorination. Shocking is also
used to counteract a buildup of contaminants when the chlorine has been
reduced, as over winter or following heavy use. Swimming must not be
allowed until the chlorine level returns to normal (between 1.0 and 2.0
parts per million). Super-chlorination can be done at any time, but is
best done after sundown to avoid sunlight which will more quickly
dissipate the chlorine.
Call Swim Things or email us to schedule your pool opening, pool closing or pool maintenance for your Kansas City pool and let us worry about the details as you ENJOY your pool!