· Remove, clean and store the pool cover
· Thoroughly clean and vacuum the pool
· Add water to the desired height at the prescribed rate of 1” (25mm) per hour
· Test water balance, pH, Calcium Hardness and Total Alkalinity levels
· Inspect electrical service, filters, skimmers, drains, ladders, diving boards, plugs, gauges, and other important components of the system
· Lubricate fittings, valves, o-rings, and plugs
· Inspect tile and grout installations, and clean tiles and skimmer with cleanser
· Take a sample of pool water to a pool water expert for analysis
· Clean and inspect pool deck
· Skim pool water surface and vacuum pool bottom
· Backwash filter if necessary
· Shock pool water to breakpoint levels
· Adopt a routine maintenance program for the season
· Add algaecide as required
· Pool Maintenance 2-3 times a week:
· Empty skimmer and pump basket (may require more frequent cleaning)
· Vacuum the pool two to three times a week. Brush the sides and bottom of your pool, even if you have an automatic pool cleaner as this will loosen dirt and other particles that may adhere to pool finish.
· Remove any large accumulation of debris on the bottom with a leaf scoop.
· Feed the pool with chlorine or other sanitizer to satisfy its requirements either manually or automatically.
· Check that the water level is high enough for the pump to operate correctly.
· Test and adjust sanitizer level (may require more frequent testing depending upon bather load and environmental conditions)
· Visually inspect pool water for clarity, color and visible contaminants
· Remove floating leaves
· Test and adjust pH (may require more frequent testing depending upon bather load and environmental conditions)
· The pH should be in the range 7.4 – 7.7 if the pool has a vinyl or tile finish. The range should be 7.3 -7.5 if the pool has a fiberglass finish. The range should be 7.4-7.6 for a gunite swimming pool. If the level is too high, then adjust it down using pH decreaser. The correct dosage is located on the label.
· If the pH is too low, then add pH increaser. Again see labels for dosage. If the pH has dropped possibly so has your total alkalinity.
· Don’t correct your pH more than once a week.
· Test chlorine levels in the pool water:
· Free chlorine levels should be between 1-3 ppm
· Free bromine levels should be between 3-5 ppm
· Test and adjust Alkalinity
· Test and adjust Oxidizer and Stabilizer levels
· Clean the tile at the water line
· Check filter pressure and backwash only if required
· Check water level and adjust as necessary at the prescribed rate of 1” (25mm) per hour
· Add a preventative dose of algaecide as necessary
· Shock the pool as per label instructions. This treatment restores the sparkle to the pool water and destroys germs and organic contaminants (can be done once every 2 weeks)
· Test and adjust Calcium Hardness
· Test and adjust for Total Dissolved Solids
· Test the total alkalinity, which should be in the range of 120-150 ppm.
· Chemically clean the filter
· Visually inspect tile, grout, sealant, and other exposed elements of pool
· Conduct Langelier Saturation Index evaluation and adjust as necessary
· Test your salt levels if you have a saltwater pool.
· If you have a vinyl liner – check for holes and tears and make any needed repairs as soon as possible.
· If you have a concrete, gunite pool or fiberglass pool, check for cracks.
· Check the seals in your motor and pump.
· Check all handrails, steps and other safety equipment to be sure that it’s in proper working order.
· Balance the pool water chemistry, typically to the following levels:
· pH: 7.2 – 7.6
· Total Alkalinity: 80 – 120 parts per million (ppm)
· Calcium Hardness: 180 – 220 ppm
· Run the filter continuously for 24 – 48 hours
· Remove skimmer baskets, cleaners, ladders, wall fittings, and solar blankets from the pool
· Lower the water level in the pool to 6” (150mm) below the skimmer level at the prescribed rate of 1” (25mm) per hour
· Drain all pumping, filtering, heating, and sanitizing equipment to prevent damage caused by freezing
· Lubricate o-rings, valves and plugs to make opening the pool in the spring easier
· Thoroughly clean and vacuum the pool
· Winterize the plumbing by blowing out the lines and plug the lines with expansion plugs
· Add winterizing algaecide
· Cover the pool with a tight fitting cover