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Aqua Pros’ Spring Swimming Pool Tips

At Aqua Pros, we believe that the best way to grow our business is to help our customers have the best possible results with our products and their pools.  The following tips have proven very helpful to our clients and have come from Bob’s 30 plus years opening pools and we share them in order to help you.

For best results, open your pool before pollen hits, since algae will begin blooming in uncovered or mesh covered pools at that time.  Folks who wait until after the heavy pollen,  may suffer a Chlorine Demand from so much organic contaminant in the water.  If you're concerned about pollen creating extra work in your pool, use Skim Mors to capture pollen (in the skimmer(s)) before it hits the filter.  Yes, it’s a nuisance to have to clean the Skim Mors daily (in some cases), but a Chlorine Demand or algae bloom is far worse! 
Mesh covers intensify the sun's light and encourage algae growth and since its been such an unseasonably warm winter, bad things could be happening in your pool’s water right now! 
Opening earlier this spring may be critical to saving money since we can more likely prevent algae growth while the pump and filter are pumping filtered, chemically treated water through the pool after its started up. 
Opening early is also good because pools require less chemical maintenance when sunlight is not so intense and the pool is getting less use than in the hotter months of the season.  Once your pool’s water is clear and balanced, you may run the pump on a 12 hour schedule or perhaps even less, and you’ll use very little electricity. We recommend opening by April 15th
Your pool should be an attractive, relaxing focal point of your backyard environment, so ENJOY IT!!  
NOTE: Since the pool will need vacuuming to waste on initial opening, let your pool fill up over the winter!  Don’t lower the water before opening it!

Solid covers don’t allow sunlight to penetrate, so they DON’T need to be opened as early as a mesh covered pool.   We recommend opening soon enough to get all the “bugs” worked out, so there’s no last minute hitches prior to a special event such as Mother’s day or Memorial Day.


FAQ: “I’m on a well, have a solid covered pool and will have to add water to bring the level up at opening”: If the water on the cover is clean enough (earlier in the spring), remove any excess debris (leaves, tree limbs, etc) and allow the water atop the cover to fill your pool.  This would need to be done early in the year to prevent an algae infestation or chlorine demand from too much pollen or organic contaminants, but I’ve done this when I had a solid cover on my pool.

FAQ: “How soon after opening my pool should I bring in a water sample for analysis”?  Fill your pool, allow the water to circulate for 24 hours, and bring a sample of your pool water to your nearest Aqua Pros where we’ll test it and give you a printed report detailing how to properly treat it for the best opening outcome.   

An inadequate amount of shock added to your pool at opening can cause a Chlorine Demand.  NEVER shock your pool at spring opening until a water sample has been analyzed by us.  We can help prevent a chlorine demand in your pool.  Recently, many have gotten a chlorine demand because their pools were loaded with organic contaminant from pollen or dirt and debris, or perhaps problems left ignored at closing in the fall, have resulted in costly springtime problems. 
That’s why we find that it is best to add nothing until you bring us a water sample. 
Some have created a Chlorine Demand by shocking before bringing a sample into us, and if the shock treatment is inadequate, a Chlorine Demand may develop, So, DON’T SHOCK until you see us. 
 Bob has found a way to go from “green to clean’ in 30 minutes! 
If you open your pool yourself, before you add anything, let us know the water condition.  Is it green, extremely green, cloudy, murky, etc.…  We’ll send you out with the right products and direction to clear that pool up.  You’ll save too, because Aqua Pros is the area’s largest Platinum BioGuard retailer, and our volume and our knowledgeable staff will save you valuable time money too!


Once your pool is clear and balanced, warm the water and save money too with a thermal or solar blanket.  Spring nights can be very cool and if the air temperature is much lower than your pool water temperature, you’ll lose water to evaporation.  A solar blanket on your pool will not only heat your pool water (long as the sun’s shining), it increases the efficiency of a heater, and saves you money. 
FAQ: “Will a solar blanket keep my pool cleaner”?  Air borne debris such as pollen will land and lay on a solar blanket, so if care is taken removing the blanket, the debris could be washed off it on the yard, thus keeping debris out of the pool water.  An occaisional Stow Away treatment will keep that solar blanket looking new and help it last longer.  Once night time temperatures rise above 60 degrees, we recommend BioGuard Smart Shield to keep heat in the water and save handling a solar blanket!

Aqua Pros has locations in Salem, Bedford, Lynchburg, and Madison Heights, Virginia and we're here to make your pool ownership a joy.

To discuss your needs or schedule an opening, stop into any of our four showrooms orcall (434) 237-5913 or email service@aquapros.com