Spring, for most of the country, means the snow has finally all melted and the May flowers are only a matter of a few weeks away.  In terms of swimming pools, though, spring means the dusting off of old pool equipment and opening of your pool for the upcoming warmer months.

For South Floridians spring means swimming season is here and with that come a different set of “opening” procedures.  No, we don’t close down pools here in the tropics.  We don’t have a detailed checklist of items from the winter months.

Our winter, however, does present its own challenges to pools.  The main culprit is the high winds that blow in a mass of debris over a 3 or 4 month period.  With the influx of debris comes hazards like clogged pumps, skimmer baskets, excess dirt, and elevated phosphates.

Here are a few tips to get your pool Spring-ready:

1.  Use a phosphate remover.
If your pool is on the receiving end of a lot of organic debris like leaves, sticks, dirt, or even dead rodents and lizards, your pool’s phosphate levels will naturally increase as well.  Why’s that important? As phosphate levels increase, so does the inability of chlorine to do its magic in sanitization.  Simply purchase a bottle of phosphate remover and per the instructions, pour directly into the pool, and allow to circulate upwards of 24 hours.  Your pool may quickly become cloudy but that’s common in pools with high-phosphate.

2.  Acid wash the pool
Again, if your pool took a beating in terms of twigs, berries, or leaves sitting on the bottom of the pool, we’re sure you saw some ugly stains too.  Organic stains are normal and usually lift over time, but as we head into the warm months where debris lessens, you want your pool looking its best.  That’s why it might be a good idea to acid wash the pool leaving it back to a blue sparkle.  Consult your local pool service professional before attempting to acid wash your own pool.