It’s that time of the year when you need to get the pool ready for summer.

The school is almost over and the kids will start spending more time at home. You can bet that their boredom will eventually lead them to jump in the pool. After all, the weather is getting hotter by the day. What better way to cool off than to splash around in the pool.

Of course, that means you have to make sure that your swimming pool is ready to be invaded after it was not used during the cold winter months. It certainly takes more than emptying it or refilling the pool with water. Here are some of the things that you need to do in order to get the pool ready for summer.

  • Do not be too quick to empty the pool – unless it is really necessary. The only time it is okay to do it is when you have to clean the bottom (since leaves are stuck there) or structural work is required. Other than that, do not drain the pool. This could endanger the pool from being lifted off the ground – especially when it sits on a high water table.
  • Clean the pool by putting the filtration system together. Clean the baskets and remove the plugs that were placed when the pool closed for the season. While you are doing this, keep the pool covered so the debris will not get into it.
  • Add more water to reach the appropriate level. Make sure you clean the filter before turning it on. There are filters that you have to take apart to clean it thoroughly. If you have a sand filter, you have to set it to backwash so it cleans out the sand. Only then should you return it to the normal setting.
  • Get in touch with a water professional to test the water. You can take a sample and send it to the swimming pool store for testing. This will allow you to check the water for mineral content, alkaline, pH, and chlorine levels. This will help you identify how many chemical should be added to the water.
  • Refill your chemicals. Once you know the chemical levels, you can start refilling it. The pH level should be between 7.2 to 7.4. The alkaline level of the water should be 80 to 120. Calcium hardness should be 150 ppm to 250 ppm. Chlorine should be 1 ppm to 3 ppm.

That should completely help you get the pool ready for summer. Do not be too quick to jump in. You need to let the chemicals settle and blend in the water first. You still have to filter the water until the water looks really clean. This process usually takes a week to complete. Make sure you check the chlorine level because the filtering process could bring it down.

One more thing, make sure you do not remove the cover until the water is clear. That way, the debris will be kept out of the water.