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Waking up your pool after a winter nap - the COVID-19 editionin Outdoor Living
Social distancing and employment disruptions have kept family members cooped up at home for almost 2 months now. It’s understandable if they’re going a little stir-crazy! One sure way to break the monotony and get some exercise is to open up the pool. Rest assured that by taking proper care, the CDC says “there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools...”
It takes time to get a pool up and running again so getting started now will ensure you won’t miss the nice weather around the corner. It’s also best to get started sooner rather than later if you want to avoid the added time and expense of algae removal. Algae blooms can seem to appear almost instantly given the right amount of sun, organic debris, temperature and chemical imbalance in overwintering pool water. Once you’ve gathered the things you need, set aside some time and you're ready to start.
Remove the pool cover. First get rid of any debris or standing water, then remove the cover and hang it to dry. Once dry, fold and store it away for the rest of the season.
Inspect and fix issues. Inspect in and around the pool, pumps, filters, etc. for damage and fix any problems you find.
Top up the water level. So you’ll be sure to have the right chemical balance once people are able to swim.
Get the pump running and filter out leaves and debris.
Test your water samples. We offer free pool water testing and analysis. Bring in a sample and we’ll be able to recommend the best system for your water, and walk you through how to apply it.
Chemically balance your pool water. Products like BioGuard pool water care include sanitizers that are effective and easy to use. Sanitizer is the most critical product in water care because it kills bacteria and protects swimmers from disease-causing organisms.
It might take a week or more to get your pool water sparkling clean and balanced correctly. Then you’re ready to swim!