2 Things To Help You Get Your Pool Opened Early This Year

Swimming season will be here before you know it. How can you beat the summer rush and have your pool ready to go for the first summery day of the season? Here, you'll find a few tips to help you start getting your pool ready before Mother Nature's ready to let you enjoy it.

Schedule the Opening Cleaning

Don't put off opening your pool because you don't have the time to do it. Instead, hire a professional pool cleaning service to come out and take care of it for you. If you schedule the cleaning before everyone else in the neighborhood, you'll be able to get the task done early and not have to wait for an appointment to open up to have the  pool cleaned. The earlier you schedule the appointment, the easier it'll be to get the date that you like.

Check and Repair Hoses Yourself

You don't have to wait to have your pool up and running to check and repair any damage to the pump hoses. Instead, take advantage of your winter downtime by taking care of it now.

You can do this one of two ways – if you have a spacious basement with a hard-surface floor that can easily be mopped, you can do the work there. If not, you'll have to wait for a fair-weather day and take advantage of the break in weather.

Stretch the hose out and look at each inch of it very carefully. If you see any signs of damage, mark it using a grease pencil.

Now, get out the garden hose and connect it to the pool hose. You may need to use several layers of duct tape to secure the garden hose to the end of the pool hose – it doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to hold enough water pressure to send water through the pool hose to show any leaks.

Turn the hose on and run water through the pool hose. Watch for leaks. If you find water leaking but can't pinpoint where it's coming from, coat the hose in flour and turn the water back on. The flour will run when the water leaks – this will show you where the leak is.

To repair the leaks, you'll need to dry the hose out – speed this up by connecting one end of the hose to a wet-dry vacuum and turn it on to suck the moisture out.

Pick up a waterproof plastic sealant kit and silicone sealant tape. Follow the instructions on the package to seal up the leaks that you've found.

This will take some time out of your pool opening process when the weather breaks. Hopefully, this will be the year that you won't be sweating out the first few weeks of summer waiting for the pool to be ready. Contact a pool cleaning service for more help.