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
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 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
Shock the pool? What is that, and how and
when is it done?
Shocking, 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!