So, a few days ago, I opened the pool for the season. For a few reasons, it didn’t get opened last year. So, this year I was expecting a nightmare of a time getting it cleared up and ready to swim in. I could only imagine what had gotten in under the cover while being closed for a year and with all the crazy wind we have had since it’s been closed.
I took the cover off and it was a murky brown, but not the pitch black color I had expected. I started scooping leaves out of the deep end and got quite a bit. A big fear that I had was the leaves would stain the liner because it got closed in November a year and a half ago. It was cold and we were very busy, so it didn’t get cleaned out as it should have.
Another concern I had was that it never had any chemicals added to it last year, including winterizer and anti-freeze in the pipes. I was really worried that the pipes would freeze and burst, but was pretty confident that the winterizer that was added before would still be OK.
After I got the leaves out, I hit the pool with a gallon of algaecide and let it sit in the pool for a day. I vacuumed it out and added 5 gallons of chlorine right after the back washing. Within ten minutes, the brown was turning to blue. I couldn’t believe it. This was much easier than I had hoped.
The only problem I am having is that the water is cloudy. My chemical levels are good, but the cloudiness just wont go away. I have backwashed many times, and even put some clarifier in, but it’s still cloudy. I can’t figure out why. Any pointers?
I have been swimming since I was a toddler. My grandparents always had a pool in their yard, and I spent most of the summer swimming in it. I am a total water rat as well. I could spend hours on end in the pool. You literally have to drag me out. On top of that, I learned a lot about taking care of pools from my grandparents. It helps a lot now that I am doing it on my own.
Hopefully, in a few days it will be nice and clear and we can swim on a regular basis again. There’s nothing like being able to wake up in the morning and dive into the pool, or finish mowing the lawn and diving in to cool off. I love it. My specialty is the backflip off the diving board!
Do you like to swim? Are you a pool person, or do you prefer the beach?
See ya soon!