In Texas – at least in the Houston area – we really don’t close our swimming pools in the winter. However, we do have some surprises even as late as March with a freeze warning or two. With Spring right around the corner, we wanted to give you a few tips on getting your pool oasis ready for fun!
It’s Not Just About the Pool
It’s time to get to work on the area around your swimming pool and pump. Trim back the hedges and branches, and do a little pruning on your flowerbeds. Remove any dead leaves, clippings and underbrush. This also goes for the pool pump area. Make sure to trim back any overgrown plants close to your equipment.
Check Your Swimming Pool Pump
Without regular maintenance, dust and debris can build up on your pool equipment, especially the pool pump, and that can cause some unforeseen damages. Think ahead for spring with pool pump repairs and upgrades by contacting Pit Stop Pool. We can come to your home and do an inspection on your pool pump before you open up your pool for the Spring.
Clean the Pool
This is where we come in! The only thing that will kill a pool party faster than running out of food is debris inside your pool. To make sure this doesn’t happen, you need to prioritize skimming and scrubbing in your pool maintenance schedule. Most people skim their pools to get rid of items like dead leaves and twigs, but not as many people regularly scrub their pool, and they really should. Regular scrubbing makes sure that your pool never suffers any unsightly and inconvenient algae build up. Keeping algae out of your pool is something that your guests will appreciate, and it will save you from embarrassment.
Maintaining a proper chemical balance is one of the keys to keeping your pool in its best condition throughout the season. Your pH should hover between 7.2 and 7.4. Alkalinity, which helps balance pH, needs to be anywhere from 80 to 120. Finally, your calcium hardness should be between 220 and 350 parts per million, possibly lower depending on your pool siding. Your goal is for your pool’s water to be as clear as a desert oasis. If it’s cloudy, then your balance is off and needs some attention.
Inspect Diving Boards, Ladders etc.
As part of your pool season prep, don’t forget to inspect diving boards, ladders, and handrails for wear and damage. Although a pool is a structure designed for the great outdoors, it doesn’t mean that the add-ons don’t warrant a close look for safety. Clean toys and inflatables that will be in your pool. Surprisingly enough, you can find a lot of dirt or dust on these items.
The final, and probably best, way to get your pool ready for summer is by scheduling regular maintenance. A good pool professional can keep your pool at its best all season long. Residents of Houston should turn to Pit Stop Pool for all their pool maintenance needs. We are proud to offer the best pool maintenance to our customers, year in and year out. Contact us today!