In our last couple of blogs, we have been talking about the steps that you need to take to get your pool ready for the warmer weather so that you can take your stationary swimming harness out and get some exercise. In this blog, we will be completing this series and finally getting you in the pool. So after you have done every step in the previous two blogs, you will want to move on to the next set of steps.
Turn equipment on
After all of the previous steps have been done, it is finally time to turn all of your equipment on. You will want to prime the pump and turn on the circulation and filtration systems as well as your air relief system if you have one. Be sure to turn it on so that it bleeds the air from the system.
Add Metal Free
Over the long winter, metals like iron and copper might have built up in the pool. Adding a liter of Metal Free for every 20,000 gallons of water will help prevent these metals from staining the pool. After adding the Metal Free, you will want to run the circulation and filtration system for at least two hours.
Test pool chemistry
After the circulation system has been running for a few hours, you need to test the pool water for pH balance, chlorine and Total Alkalinity levels to make sure the water is safe to swim in. Your pH should be between 7.4 and 7.6, the Total Alkalinity should be between 80-120 ppm and your chlorine level should be 2.0-4.0 ppm.
Adjust pool chemistry
The obvious next step would be to correct any chemical imbalances. You will want to start with Alkalinity because it is easier to control the pH and chlorine levels. If the Alkalinity is too high, add your favorite type of dry acid. If the Total Alkalinity is too low, you will want to add more of your favorite brand of Alkalinity.
Next is to adjust the pH level. If the pH level is too high, add the recommended amount of dry acid. If it is too low, add some soda ash. Make sure to follow all of the directions carefully!
Testing and adjusting calcium hardness is the final step in this process. The pool’s calcium levels should always be above 150 ppm and you can balance this by adding some hardness solution.
Clean the pool
After you have all of the chemicals balanced, the next step is to clean the pool. Using a brush and vacuum, clean out all of the debris and dirt from the bottom of the pool as well as the stairs and ladders.
Let run overnight
Allowing your circulation and filtration system run overnight will get the remaining dirt, algae and bacteria to be filtered out of the pool.
There you have it, the entire step-by-step process that you need to get your pool ready to go this spring. Now that you have done everything you need to, unpack your stationary swimming system you got from HomeSwimmer and get to work. You won’t find a better piece of swim training equipment.