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When summer finally gets here, the last thing you’ll want to do is stress over your pool opening. Now that it’s starting to get warm enough, households across the state are beginning to get their preparations in place early, and there’s no reason your family should be left behind. Instead, by using the following advice and taking the necessary steps, your Florida pool should be good to go in no time at all.
All Seasons Pools, your Jacksonville pool company, wants to stress just how easy it is to get your pool in working order. Even if you’ve been discouraged in the past, we can help you get control of your pool and really turn it into the space of your dreams. Let’s start by teaching you how to prepare a pool for summer swimming and fun.
Before you can open your pool for the summer, you’ll need to get rid of all the debris that have accumulated in the water over the last few months of disuse. The same goes for any kind of buildup that may have occurred around the edges of the pool. You’ll also want to clean off the pool cover, if you have one, as well as the surrounding deck and patio. The important thing here is to be thorough, as a clean pool is not only beautiful, but it is also safe.
If you’re new to figuring out how to prepare a pool for summer, odds are you don’t have a pool cover. Buy one immediately. Not only can these keep debris from getting into your pool, but they can even potentially save you some money on your energy bills by helping to naturally regulate the temperature of your pool’s water. They’re also relatively cheap, so buying one should be a no-brainer. Just keep in mind that if you do have a pool cover already, you’ll want to clean it thoroughly and let it dry completely before storing it away.
After the pool has been cleaned, you’ll want to make sure any special fixtures in your pool are still structurally sound. This means you need to walk around the pool and test all ladders, steps, rails, diving boards, etc. to find any loose nuts and bolts or other signs of potential future concern. As long as you’re diligent, your pool’s fixtures should be fine.
According to what kind of pool pump you have, you may need to also adjust your pool’s water levels. Check with your pool pump guide, or a representative at All Seasons Pools, a Jacksonville pool company, to make sure your water levels are compliant.
Along these same lines, you should make sure you even have the right pool pump to begin with. The type of pump you need, however, will change based on the size, shape, and type of pool you happen to own, though we tend to recommend Jandy pool pumps for most homeowners. It deserves emphasizing that, when learning how to open a pool for summer, especially if for the first time, it’s always best to get an opinion from a trained professional to make sure your pool equipment is appropriate and is in 100 percent working condition.
Before testing your chemical levels, you’ll want to start up the pump and let it run uninterrupted for about eight to 12 hours. After this time has passed, check the pH levels in your pool. The optimal pH level is 7.4, which is the same pH level of our eyes. However, anything between about 7.2-7.8 should be good enough. Add the proper chemicals to the water until you’ve balanced your pH accordingly.
By following these few simple steps, your pool should be up and running in no time at all. Problems may still persist, however, or you may have some additional questions on how to prepare a pool for summer. If so, please feel free to contact a representative here at All Seasons Pools to learn more.
We would also like to take this opportunity to personally invite you our Summer Beat the Heat Cookout on Saturday, May 21 at our Sanford Office, starting at 10:00 a.m. We’ll have those from the WDBO 96.5 radio station on site promoting the event, so definitely come out and enjoy some free food, games, prizes, and the best values you’ll find this year on a new pool.
Additionally, for every pool sold, $500 goes to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. Buyers will also get the opportunity to choose up to three free pool accessories from a wide range of items to go with the new pool purchase. These items include:
We look forward to hearing from you soon, and hopefully you’ll be at our cookout on May 21!
All Seasons Pools has been a trusted pool expert for Orlando, St.Augustine, Jacksonville, The Villages and other Atlantic coast communities since 1979. Started by John and Diane Watts, they specialize in creating amazing and unique backyard retreats for families to enjoy, including top-of-the-line custom pools and amazing outdoor living areas. They work hard to fulfill their motto to “leave every customer with a smile.”
As members of the Association of Pool & Spa Professions and Florida Swimming Pool Association, they put a strong emphasis on being strong, reliable builders and staying up-to-date on the latest pool industry technology and design trends. Visit their swimming pool gallery to see pools ranging from signature and geometric designs to natural forms.