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10 Pool Maintenance Tips

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Open Your Pool for Swimming Season

Maintaining your pool year-round will save you some sweat come swimming season.
Maintaining your pool year-round will save you some sweat come swimming season.
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If a pool is properly winterized, it can easily be reopened come swimming season. Most importantly, don't remove the pool cover until you've cleaned the area around the pool. Sweep or hose away debris to prevent it from getting into the pool. Next, use a garden hose to fill the pool to its normal water level. Reconnect everything that was disconnected. Water will need to flow through the circulation system, so open the skimmer line valve. Test the water for its pH level, then shock the pool. It'll take a week or more before the pool gets balanced and becomes swimmable. Leave the pump running 24 hours a day, and reduce the run by only an hour or two each day until the water is balanced.

Related HowStuffWorks Articles

Related HowStuffWorks Articles

  • Aboveground Swimming Pool Care
  • Considerations to Make Before Installing a Swimming Pool
  • How Swimming Pools Work
  • How to Incorporate a Swimming Pool Into Your Yard
  • Swimming Pool Cleaners

Sources

  • Donegan, Fran J. and David Short. "Creative Homeowner Pools and Spas: Ideas for Planning, Designing, and Landscaping." Creative Homeowner. 2003.
  • Ramsey, Dan. "Trouble-free Swimming Pools." TAB Books Inc. 1985.
  • Rist, Curtis, Vicki Webster and Editors of Sunset Books. "Sunset Swimming Pools and Spas." Sunset Publishing Corporation. 2005.

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