Important places to inspect when opening your pool

After a long, harsh winter, we all look forward to taking that first dive into our swimming pool. Before that can happen though, it is necessary to take a careful look at your pool and all of its parts to ensure that everything is in proper working order. Otherwise, important components may fail when you least expect it. At best, this could mean costly repairs; at worst, it could mean danger for you or your loved ones!

Some of the most important places to check include:

  • Filter tank and pump
    • Check for any visual leaking or cracks. This can occur from frigid temperatures or simply because of age -- either way the problem needs to be taken care of immediately to avoid further damage.
    • Run the pump to ensure it is running correctly and silently. If it is not, it will most likely need professional service.
  • Tiles, Surroundings, and Gutters
    • Each needs to be inspected for any signs of freezing or cracking from the long, cold winter. If this has occurred, replacements need to be handled before use.
  • Pool Lights and Lamps
    • Check to make sure each is working properly and is not cracked or in need of bulb replacement.
  • Sand Filters
    • Low water pressure may indicate that you are in need of a sand change. If you are not aware of how to change this on your own, it is best to contact a professional.
  • Water
    • Ensure that there is no trace of algae. Turning on the filter, adding in algaecide, and shocking will often clear the water up, but if the algae persists, a pool expert will need to look at the problem.
    • If you notice that the pool is losing water, your liner may have a leak. It may be possible to repair the liner instead of replacing it, but contact a professional when in doubt.
  • Transformers and Power Supplies
    • Each of these needs to be checked for corroded terminals and any possible water damage from snow or ice.
  • Fuse Box
    • Inspect around the fuse box to make sure the trip switches and earth leakage units are operating correctly.
  • Ladders, Diving Board, and Other Deck Fittings
    • Check each individually for cracks or broken hinges. To ensure safety, replacement of each piece is highly important before use.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact us. It's better to be safe than sorry!

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