London Pool Opening

After a long winter, the first thing that pool owners want to do is fire up their systems for the swim season but this is easier said than done. It is common to pull back pool covers after months of disuse to find swampy, green water. Instead of spending the first days of summer trying to clear cloudy water or eliminate algae, have an expert do it for you! London pool opening services can help to kick off the swimming season with clean and sanitary water and smooth running systems. 

The first step to opening a pool for the season is to pull back a pool cover and get an idea of what you are dealing with. Following months of sitting stagnant and a lack of chemical treatments, the average pool is full of contaminants. When this is the case you can’t just apply a shock treatment and hop on in. Restoring the condition of your pool means dealing with water, of course, but it also means removing debris, inspecting internal systems, heavy scrubbing and whole lot of water balancing. Missing just one of these steps can mean the difference between an opening that lasts for two days and two weeks. Don’t waste time on trial and error when you can call Puddle instead. 

Spring Pool Care: What to Know 

The condition of your pool depends on a variety of factors, some of which are easier to handle than others. You can’t just grab a standard cleaner and scrub away algae without ruining liners or protective coatings. Maintaining good condition relies on more than pool chemicals alone. A clean pool needs a functional filtration system, clean water, sound plumbing and other necessary components. Luckily, Puddle technicians are ready and available to open swim spaces around homes and commercial properties across the London Area. 

When dealing with a dirty pool it can be difficult to know where to start but our Puddle Pros have created a multi-step treatment plan that caters to the various aspects of your pool following the off-season: 

Shock Your Water System: After months of neglect there is a good chance that your pool water is not going to be clear. Cloudy water is unappealing but if it is dark green, it is impossible to know what it going on below the surface. Even if you’ve kept a cover on all winter, debris will sneak into your system and clutter up water surfaces, skimmer baskets and the bottom of the pool. It is impossible to remove debris fully if you can’t see what you are doing. Shocking a pool helps to restore some clarity so you can see exactly what you are dealing with. 

Ditch Debris: No matter the time of year unwanted items have a way of sneaking into pool systems. Some of these items will float along water surfaces and heavier items will sink to the bottom of the pool. Smaller items will float into skimmer baskets or clog up pool filters. Skimming water surfaces is simple but anything below the surface is more complicated. Standard pool vacuums are not designed to navigate hard angles so corners and stairs are vulnerable to bacteria and debris build up. Speciality tools make it possible to clean even the hardest to reach areas and safely scrub away any residue that may have formed along water lines. 

Treat Water: Closing swimming pools for the off-season means dropping water levels. By reducing the water level in a pool so it falls below the jets and skimmers, you can prevent damage cause by freezing but when opening back up, it is important to refill your swim space. If water doesn’t reach the skimmer lines, chemicals are not being circulated through your pool and you can expect contamination again in no time. Simple testing strips might help to maintain pool condition after it has already been opened but they are not enough to restore water after months. Testing kits will often focus on sanitizer or chlorine levels and neglect other important chemical levels. Proper water balance is based on sanitizers, as well as pH levels, alkalinity and calcium. 

Equipment: If you have chosen to remove detachable components for winter storage, it is important to restore them before beginning the opening process. Inspecting components and making sure that equipment is still in good condition is key to starting the season off right. A trained eye can spot existing problem areas, as well as potential ones so they can be repaired before becoming a disaster. 

The Puddle Guarantee: Professional Pool Openings in London 

Puddle technicians have the opening process dialled in so we are able to provide efficient and thorough seasonal pool care for homes and commercial swim spaces. Whether you want to check your pool water balance, remove unwanted items, or hand over openings entirely, call a Puddle technician today. Each member of the Puddle team is local to the London area and is highly trained and experienced in the world of pool care. For the best results, expert customer service, affordable rates and peace of mind, our Puddle crews have got you covered. 

By offering options for regular pool maintenance plans, as well as seasonal treatments, service calls, inspections and pool leak detection, there is never a bad time to call a Puddle Pro. 

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