When you get ready to open your pool and find a problem that requires repairs, it can set you back and cause later opening. Therefore, you want to make sure you get an early start on the season by starting with spring inspections to identify problems that need to be repaired before the hot summer weather when you should be swimming instead of dealing with maintenance and repairs. The following tips will help you with the early spring pool inspections and repairs that need to be done before the summer opening:
1. Remove the Pool Cover and Inspecting the Surface
The first step to inspect your pool in spring is removing the cover that was installed to protect the pool during the winter months. Once the cover has been removed, look for damage like cracks in pool surfaces or liners. Repair damage to the pool surfaces before you begin with inspecting the plumbing and equipment for signs of damage that needs to be repaired before the summer opening.
2. Remove Any Winter Plugs and Inspect Inlets, Outlets, Drains, and Skimmers
Over the winter months, you may have partially drained the pool to keep water out of the plumbing. When inspecting your pool, remove any plugs, tops, or covers that were installed for the winterization. Once you have removed the plugs, inspect them for obvious signs of damage that needs to be repaired, such as cracks or parts that have worked loose during the changes in temperatures in winter weather. These problems will need to be repaired before you start filling the pool and turn the pump on to start filtering the water.
3. Clear Any Debris in the Water and Service the Pump and Filter
Once you have removed plugs and inspecting the plumbing installations after winterization, you will be ready to begin filling the pool with water. As you begin to fill the pool, look for leaks around areas that have been out of the water during the winter months. Once the water is filling the pool above inlets and outlets, start running the pump. You will want to backwash the filter and inspect the pump equipment for any problems that need to be repaired, such as parts that have been damaged and need to be replaced.
4. Repair Any Wear to Pool Deck Surfaces and Treat the Water
Lastly, you will want to inspect the pool deck surface around the pool for any signs of wear and damage that needs to be repaired before opening. Look for wear of the finish like flaking concrete or cracks. If there are other materials, look for signs of wear or deterioration that can accelerate over the winter months. Once you have repaired the surfaces around the pool, you will be ready to begin treating the water and balancing the PH levels to get it ready for swimming.
Getting an early start on inspecting your pool will ensure that repairs are done before you are ready to open your pool for the hot summer weather. If you have identified one of the problems that need to be repaired before summer, contact a pool repair service to get the problem taken care of before summer is here.