Do you really know all the little steps involved that lead to a successful pool opening?
Opening and maintain your pool is a huge task that’s not for the faint of heart. Sure, you can handle the main job of taking off the cover and starting up the filter come spring. But do you really know all the little steps involved that lead to a successful pool opening? Keeping the pool in tip-top shape throughout the whole season takes a lot of commitment, time and energy – something you as a NJ homeowner may not have due to work, family and other household chores. Let’s check out the reasons why you should hire a professional pool service to open and maintain your pool:
Your pool professional has vast expertise in opening pools. To get them ready for the season. These tasks include:
- Removing all covers and plugs
- Reconnecting pump to filter
- Inserting drain plugs
- Backwashing the filter
- Testing the heater
- Checking for leaks
- Installing handrails, diving boards and ladders
- Adding chemicals
- Analyzing water samples
- Making adjustments as needed
- Removing cover and storing it properly
It takes a lot of work to get a pool ready for summer that’s been lying dormant all winter. There could be cracks in the decking, filter problems, holes in the cover or leaks that all may have occurred as the result of a harsh winter. Those issues need to be addressed before the pool can be enjoyed by all.
Keeping up with the pool chemicals, water quality and debris removal for your pool is a daily and weekly chore that you can’t ignore. You can set up a regular maintenance schedule with your pool professional to visit the property each week. During these visits, your professional will:
- Test water to ensure chemicals are at the right levels
- Add chemicals/shock as needed
- Skim surface debris
- Check that the filter is working properly
- Vacuum the pool
- Conduct tests for levels of chlorine, pH, alkalinity, calcium and stabilizer
- Clean pump and pump basket
- Provide pool repair as needed
The peace of mind you get from having a professional take care of pool maintenance cannot be measured in money. The price of hiring a professional compared with dumping good money after bad by trying to attempt maintenance always ends up being lower in the long run. If you take on these chores yourself you could be spending a big chunk of your summer weekends on maintenance. This involves going to the pool supply store, searching for the products you need, and troubleshooting the application once at home – only to find that your pool starts to turn green repeatedly throughout the season and you don’t know why. For the record, this happens when algae overgrowth starts to take over.
Not to mention you have to deal with any motors that burn out, a vacuum that may go on the fritz or a pump that may get clogged. All the while, precious time is ticking and the sun is shining while your family stands in the wings waiting to jump in that pool. Who has that kind of time to devote to pool maintenance? Your local pool pros can have the whole weekly job done in as little as 20 minutes, freeing you up to attend to more important things, like enjoying summer barbecues with friends!