The temperature is rising. It is not yet time for swimming, but sunny days are beginning to show up. With them, your pool is going to need your attention again.
So now is the time to think about taking care of it in order to be ready to fully enjoy your first swims.
This restarting is an essential step, which should not be neglected. Well done, it will allow you to start the season in the best conditions.
But how to make a good summer?
Everything will actually depend on your wintering!
- If you have done it with care, your summer or start-up of your swimming pool will be easy and quick to carry out.
- Otherwise, the time to devote to it will be a little more substantial, but above all the cost will be higher.
1 / When to start?
As I announced in the introduction, don’t wait for the swimming season to start putting your pool back on the road.
Remember the famous 12 ° C I mentioned in one of the articles on wintering. Well there, it’s the same.
The outside temperature rises, that of your water too.
Has 12 ° C been reached?
Algae and other bacteria are now at risk of starting to grow.
Do not wait any longer and take advantage of a beautiful spring day to reopen your pool and start-up.
Wanting to postpone this step in order to save 1 or 2 months of treatment is really not a good idea. Indeed if you wait too long, your water may turn. The cost of catching up the water is then much greater than the 1 or 2 months of treatment.
So at the end of the frosts, a little before the temperature of your water reaches 12 ° C, take the opportunity to do your summer.
In addition, if you notice any damage to your filtration system or your pool, you will still have time to repair it. As algae and microorganisms are not yet developing, the absence of treatment will not have any negative impact on the quality of your water.
Depending on your region you will start sooner or later. Often it is in April that you bring your swimming pool back to life.
Do not expect all the same to be able to bathe immediately….
But what exactly are the steps in getting started?
They are a little different depending on the type of wintering you have done.
If your region allows you to opt for active wintering, it will be quick to get started. I will detail the steps in this article then the following article will be devoted to the steps of passive wintering.
2 / After active wintering
In a dedicated article, I told you that this type of wintering is characterized by filtration that has not ceased to function throughout the winter season.
Obviously, the filtration rate has been slowed down and the water treatment stopped.
It is now a question of resuming a slightly more sustained pace and restarting the treatment.
The “normal” return to service will therefore be extremely quick to implement.
2-1 / Start with the technical room
- Replace any additional equipment. PH regulator, automatic water treatment, or your water heating system.
- Perform a visual check of all your equipment to detect any malfunction (manometer out of service, the appearance of cracks, etc.).
- Adjust the daily filtration time according to the water temperature.
- And finally, reactivate your electrical box.
Did you put everything back in place?
We now attack the pelvis.
2-2 / A little tour through the pool
Active wintering allowed you to enjoy your pond throughout the winter.
Of course, not for swimming, but for the aesthetic side of your pool, visible in the middle of your garden. But leaving your pelvis open also brings its share of disadvantages and the main one is obviously dirt.
Logically, to enjoy a beautiful pool, you did not allow debris to accumulate in your pool. So even if your pond does not seem very dirty, it will be necessary to carry out a good cleaning.
Everything will have to pass there,
- the bottom,
- the walls,
- but also the waterline.
Whether with your stick vacuum or your automatic cleaner, take the time and do a thorough cleaning.
2-3 / Reactivate the treatment
Your pool is now ready to operate normally again.
But before starting your usual treatment, a few small precautions are in order.
- The shock treatment.
To start the season on a good basis, perform a shock treatment (shock product and non-stop filtration for 24 hours). This will purify your water.
- Water analysis.
The shock treatment carried out, a complete analysis of your water is essential. Check the pH, TAC and stabilizer level if you are treating with Chlorine. If necessary, make the necessary adjustments.
Since you didn’t wait too long for your pool to start up again, you now have plenty of time to make the correct adjustments to the chemical properties of the water.
2-4 / Too much stabilizer?
Have you just analyzed your water and it indicates that the stabilizer level is too high?
This is what may happen to you if you treat with stabilized chlorine.
Indeed, the stabilizer contained in the chlorine does not evaporate and accumulates in the water. The more this rate increases, the less effective the chlorine. The limit beyond which chlorine no longer fulfills its function is 75ppm.
Once the limit is reached, you will have to deconcentrate your water and the only way is to carry out a partial renewal, or even complete.
This is why it is advisable to renew each year approximately 30% of the water contained in your pond.
2-5 / My advice
If you haven’t taken advantage of wintering to clean your filter, do so now.
Perform a good descaling and cleaning .
You will then start the season in the best filtering conditions.
Your filter is now completely clean. It would be a shame to start the clog from the 1 st cleaning of the pond water.
So, instead of passing the water through the filter, discharge it directly into the sewer.
To do this, put your 6-way valve in the “drain” position.
The impurities sucked in will therefore be directly evacuated instead of accumulating in your filter. At the same time, you will lower the water level in your pool which will make it easier for you to clean your waterline.
Then, of course, it will be necessary to add water again in order to find the desired level.
And now that your filter is completely clean , it would be a shame to clog it excessively as soon as the filtration is started. Indeed, this is when there is still the most residues and pollution in your water.
I therefore advise you to use Skimm-Protect Extra pre-filters .
They will allow you to retain a large part of the pollution thanks to their filtration fineness of around 100µ. But in addition, they will save you water because your filter is less clogged. You will therefore have less backwashing to do. What to do with one stone 2!
2-6 / Swimming… or almost
You have already finished….
Everything is in place, ready to operate, just waiting for sunny days.
From now on resume a regular rhythm of treatment. Modulate the filtration times according to the water temperature.
For those of you who live in somewhat colder regions, the risk of frost has surely forced you to proceed with passive wintering.