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How to Open Your Atlanta Swimming Pool in the Spring

As spring approaches, many Atlanta swimming pool owners are going to be faced with the challenge of opening your swimming pool.

This can be a daunting task for many people, so we have put together a simple step-by-step plan to help you through this process.

1. Swimming Pool Chemicals

Make sure you have all needed chemicals before starting, including chlorine and algaecide . If you do not have all of your needed chemicals, you will not be able to open your Atlanta swimming pool properly.

2. Pool Cover

Removing the swimming pool cover will require some time. If your pool has been covered with a solid cover, you will need to drain any standing water with a pump. Make sure that you remove as much water and debris as possible, as this will make your life easier when the cover actually comes off. After the cover has been removed it is always a good idea to wash your cover with a strong cleaner. Allow the cover to dry before folding and storing for the season.

3. Pool Water

Remove any skimmer guards and winter plugs that might have been installed. Fill your pool with clean, fresh water to the normal level.

4. Pool Equipment

Atlanta swimming pool equipment

Now is the time to reattach and startup and pool equipment that may have been disconnected. Make sure your pump and filter is connected properly. It is always a good idea to lubricate any and all O-rings. This will minimize cracking and drying out issues. Check your debris baskets for any issues. Finally, make sure your lines are open before starting the pump. If you have removed your ladders and ropes prior to the winter months, this is the time to reinstall them

5. Swimming Pool Debris

Now is the time to remove any large debris from the pool. Do not attempt to vacuum this debris, as it will only lead to problems. Once the large debris has been removed, you may begin the process of vacuuming. 

6. Shocking the Pool

Once the pool has been cleaned of all debris, it is a good idea to shock the pool. Shocking the pool is the process of using more than the normal requirement of chlorine. Follow the guide on your chemicals and allow the pool water to circulate for 24 hours. If you have questions regarding the best shock treatment, feel free to contact us any time.

7. Pool Chemistry

Once the pool has circulated for 24 hours, you will need to check the water stability. This involves checking the pH balance, hardness, as well as the salinity of your swimming pool water.

9. Enjoy

Once the hard work is done, your pool is clean and you can now relax in your own personal oasis.

 

Summer Water Chemistry Checklist from Artistic Pools

Keep your Atlanta or Chattanooga swimming pool sparkling with this summer water chemistry checklist from Artistic Pools!

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In order for you and your family to enjoy all the benefits of having a pool, you must keep your swimming pool maintained throughout the year. While it can be easy to overlook your pool during the summer months, this is a time when you need to stay vigilant about proper upkeep. When it comes to proper maintenance, there is nothing more important than good swimming pool water chemistry.

Your pool water can change very quickly and if you are not routinely checking the pH balance, the chlorination levels, or the calcium levels, you could potentially find yourself in a sticky situation. There are really five things that you aspects to be aware of pools chemistry that your need to monitor: chlorine, stabilizer, pH, alkalinity, and calcium.

The most common sanitizer for pool owners, chlorine helps kill bacteria and it keeps your water clear. It is recommended that you keep your chlorine levels around the 1.0 parts per million or ppm for short. Chlorine comes in tablet form, granular form, as well as liquid form. 

A stabilizer is a type of acid that is used in swimming pools to help your chlorine work better and last longer. The sun will break down chlorine over time, and stabilizer keeps this from becoming too much of an issue. It is best to keep your stabilizer around 40 ppm. This chemical is typically used 3-4 times throughout the year.

Alkalinity is a measure of the carbonates and bicarbonates in your pool. It is a good idea to keep this level in the range of 80-120 ppm. When kept in the safe range, this will allow you to better control your pool’s pH balance.

The pH level of your water is a measure of the baseness or acidity of your water. The best pH level for a pool water is in the 7.4-7.6 range. Not only will a proper pH level allow the chlorine to work better, but it will help maintain the integrity of your pool. 

Calcium tests will measure the hardness or softness of your water. The acceptable range varies, but most will agree that the best range is between 180-220 ppm.

 

Pool Maintenance Tips from Artistic Pools

How do I care for my new pool’s plaster finish?

A marcite plaster pool interior is a time-tested, durable pool finish, superior to any paint or fiber-tech finish. Brush all areas of the pool surface DAILY for the first 10 days after the pool is filled for the first time. You should continue with weekly brushings for the first year. The cleaning action of an automatic cleaner is NOT adequate. You need to use a brush! To maintain long term beauty and integrity of your marcite plaster finish, please give careful attention to the instructions detailed in the POOL CARE GUIDE from Artistic Pools during the first year.

What is the proper chemical balance for my pool?

Maintain the pH between 7.4-7.8 at all times. Your pH is likely to increase as the plaster cures during the first year. Check pH at least twice weekly and adjust if necessary. Have your water professionally checked for Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness and Metals monthly! Be sure to follow normal chlorinating and shock procedures as detailed in the POOL CARE GUIDE from Artistic Pools.

How do I close my pool after the first season?

Covering your pool at the end of your first season requires special attention to avoid potential scaling and staining to the pool’s surface. We recommend having Artistic Pools close your new pool after the first year to help prevent scaling and staining. The procedure includes bringing the pH to 7.4-7.8. Be sure to remind your pool-closing technician that you have a new plaster finish so they will take these precautions. You will also need to check the pH monthly and adjust if necessary.

What else do I need to know about the plaster finish?

Marcite plaster is not intended to be a slick finish. It is designed to provide you with a non-slip, long lasting pool interior. A plaster finish is not perfect or flawless. You will be able to see some indications of its “hand troweled” workmanship. The plaster mix normally has some small speck of other colors. An underwater light will magnify the trowel marks and cast shadow, giving the bottom a “wavy” appearance, This is a normal effect on all plastered pools. It is normal for some small “check cracks” to appear in the plaster surface. These do not represent any deterioration in the integrity of the plaster nor will they cause any water leakage. Your plaster surface may naturally have some “streaks” or “blotches,” A perfect, uniform all white surface cannot be obtained with plaster. It is also normal for some mild discoloration to appear in parts of the pool as it ages. A mild acid wash of the plaster surface will generally remove most discoloration and stains that may build up over time. Please contact Artistic Pools for more details. Never drain your pool without professional supervision. The drying effect of air and sun can cause extensive damage to the plaster. Likewise, your pool is subject to extensive damage due to “floating” any time your pool is drained.