The swim season is quickly approaching, time to look at your pool and determine if it ready for the increased seasonal activity. What should you start with? What should you closely inspect to make sure everything is in working order? What can you do if your pool is not ready? Is it too late to have your pool replastered? Let's take a closer look at these questions and see what solutions are available.
Firstly if you had a long winterizing for your pool, this is when you close up your pool by covering, chemically treating, and plugging it for the winter and sometimes the spring depending on the weather, you may be faced with a bit of a mess. Luckily this mess usually can be cleaned up in an hour or so, firstly you will want to remove any debris that may be on the pool cover. Once you have cleaned the surface of the cover you should begin removing the cover, be sure you do not immediately fold it up for storage, pool covers should be wiped down, let dry completely and should be lightly powdered with either talcum or a specialty powder bought at your pool supply store. Store your cover in a cool dry space and now turn your attention to your pool.
Your pool may not looks its prettiest immediately after removing the cover but before you begin dumping in chemicals it is always best to test your pool water chemical balance. Find your test kit and begin testing the water, it is best to take notes on what chemicals are out of balance and write this information down so you can accurately adjust as needed. Before you add anything to your pool you will need to prepare your pump, put all the missing pieces back, remove any winterizing plugs, check the water levels and turn your system back on.
Now is the time to adjust your chemicals that may be lacking in your pool. Once complete you may want to brush and vacuum your pool, take note of any cracks, bubbles or bulges in your pool plaster. Once you are done you will want to run your filter system overnight and in the morning shock your pool water. Your pool should be clean enough to see the bottom at this point in the process, this means you will clearly be able to see any imperfections in your pool plaster. Stains and dark spots could be handled with adjusting your chemicals as needed, you will find a large variety of pool supplies aimed at removing stains from your plaster. If you choose to use this method make sure to carefully read and follow the instructions provided with the product. If your pool plaster is cracked, chipping, bulging and you can not handle a large scale DIY project it might be time to consider a pool replastering project handled by a professional.
You may be thinking that this late in spring it is probably too late to have your pool replastered, luckily this is not correct. Pool replastering happens all throughout the year if the weathering permits. You may also have reservations against a replastering because you fear it will take too long, again this is incorrect, pool replastering usually takes 2 to 3 days this includes prepping, the removal and replacement of plaster. Even though the weather is getting warmer you can have a freshly replastered pool in the time it takes you to order a new bathing suit online.