The start of pool season is always a fun time of year.
The days are longer, the weather is beautiful, the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming.
However, you have to do some planning in advance if you want your pool up and ready for the start of the season.
You want to make sure you:
A) Get on your pool company’s schedule before your preferred opening week fills up
B) Review any backyard projects you have planned for the year so you can plan accordingly
C) Have the answers to all of the questions your pool company will ask you
Below we will help you with C.
When you remember these 5 things, you will be able to schedule your swimming pool opening confidently knowing your pool will be ready for you as soon as you want to enjoy it!
Here are 5 things to remember when scheduling your pool swimming pool opening:
Do you have any parties/events you need your pool open and ready for?
• You will want to note any important dates or weekends coming up in the spring so that you AND your pool will be ready for them. When you call your pool company to schedule your opening let them know when your pool must be in perfect shape for your party or event and they will be able to suggest the best week to have your pool opened.
• The other important thing about timing is that schedules fill up quickly when you work with a good pool company. If you have a specific time you need your pool to be opened by, you will want to contact your pool company preferably in February if not, then in March in order to secure your opening date.
#2 Your Pool Cover
What are you going to do with your pool cover?
• When it comes to your pool cover you have two options:
1. Store it yourself
2. Have your pool company clean and store it
• If you want to store it yourself you will want to make sure you have room in your garage or storage shed, you will not want to keep your cover inside of your home. You will also want to clean your cover sometime before your pool closing. Leaves, debris, water when left on the pool cover these things will start to eat away the protective coating on your cover. In order to get the longest life from your pool cover, you will want to clean it every year.
• If you hire your pool company to clean and store your pool cover they will take it with them at your opening and clean and store it at their facility. They will also be able to assess your cover for any major or minor repairs.
• You just have to decide if you want to hassle with taking care of your pool cover or have your pool company take care of it for you.
#3 Pool Cleaning
Do you need your pool professionally cleaned after your opening?
•If you clean and balance your pool water yourself (or have your kids take care of it) then you do not need to worry about this one.
•However, if you want your pool company to clean and balance your pool you will have a few things to consider when signing up for your pool opening. Most pool companies offer a pool opening option that includes vacuuming your pool and balancing your pool water. This would be the best option to select so that you know your pool company will continue to work on your pool until it is clear and ready to swim. Then if you want to continue to have your pool professionally cleaned throughout the season most pool companies offer a weekly cleaning service that you should sign up for at the same time you schedule your pool opening. This way your pool company will know how best they can service your pool throughout the entire process of opening, clearing up your pool, and maintaining it during the season.
#4 Summer Maintenance Packages
Should you sign up for a Summer Maintenance Contract?
•Many pool companies offer package options for either opening, cleaning, and closing your pool or for cleaning your pool for a specific number of weeks. If you are looking to have your pool cleaned professionally throughout the season then a contract/package is a great way to go. When you sign up, you pay one price and are ready to go for the season. Make sure to find out all of the details in the contract/package your pool company offers so that you know exactly what is included and what isn’t.
Then last but not least….
#5 Pool Equipment
Do you have any pool equipment issues you need addressed before or at your opening?
•Remember back to the end of last season… did you have any equipment issues that you decided to wait to address until next year? Did your pool company suggest any repairs or upgrades for the following season? Are you thinking about converting to a salt pool or saving money by switching to an energy efficient pump?
If so you will want to let you pool company know when you are scheduling your opening so that they can plan for these repairs and have your pool up and running exactly when you want it. If you do not mention or schedule these repairs when booking your opening your pool company may not be prepared to address them on the day of your opening and your pool may not be ready to swim as quickly as you had hoped.
Let your pool company know as early as possible any ideas you have for repairs, remodeling, or upgrading so that they can perform at their best to meet or even exceed your expectations.
We hope this helps you prepare and plan for your best pool season yet!
As always, if you have any questions, O’Brien Pool is here to help.
Contact us here.