Opening Day: Tips to Prepare Your Pool for the Swim Season

OWe can finally say with certainty – warmer days are ahead of us! This means that pool owners will soon be enjoying fun and sun in the water for many months to come. But to get to that moment, you must first accomplish the very important step of properly preparing your pool for the swim season.  

For pool owners who want a smooth and seamless pool opening – and we imagine that’s everyone – take a look at 5 things you can do to help your pool company provide you with top quality service and a well prepared pool.

1. Be proactive when scheduling your pool’s opening.

Keep in
mind that pool companies start booking their pool services well in advance,
especially for pool openings. When you’re ready to have your pool open, it’s
likely most other people who own a pool in your area have the same idea. It’s
smart to be proactive when setting the date for your service. Additionally, if
you have a special event or occasion for which you want your pool to be open
and looking its best, we recommend opening your pool at least two weeks prior
to that date. This way any unforeseen issues can be corrected in time and the
pool will impress your guests.

2. Make sure the pool is topped off with water before your pool service company arrives to open the pool.

When the
pool is winterized and closed for the season, the water level is lowered and
lines are blown out to prevent freeze damage. In the spring opening season, your
pool company needs to have enough water back in the pool to be able to start up
the pumps and filtration systems. Consult your service company to find out what
the proper water level should be for your pool before they arrive to open the
pool. If this step gets missed, it could result in the service company needing
to schedule a 2nd trip to your pool to start the system up, which will bring an
extra bill with it!

3. Have any necessary pool equipment and components available for the service company before they show up.

Typically,
your pool service company will leave some items for you to store for the winter
when they are done closing your pool for the season. These items might include
skimmer strainer baskets, plumbing fittings and plugs, ladders and railings,
and various other small items. An easy way to keep everything together is to
place them all in a plastic tub or bin for storage. When you schedule your spring
opening, make sure that your bin full of “pool stuff” is out by the pool or
somewhere that is accessible to your pool technician. If it is locked in a shed
and we don’t have access to it, we will have to reschedule and you may get hit
with a “trip charge” for our lost time.

4. Do a general clean up around the pool area.

Take a
broom or leaf blower and eliminate as much debris from around the pool as
possible. Also, clean up after any pets that may have been walking around the
pool area. Dodging doggy doo all day doesn’t make for a happy service tech! We
want to open your pool and have it as clean and inviting (although maybe a
little chilly to swim in yet) as possible. The more debris we have to clean up
around the pool, the less time we are spending on the actual pool, and the
higher your invoice will be!

5. Have reasonable expectations.

We pride
ourselves on going “above and beyond” the call of duty at pool openings so that
when we leave, the pool is sparkling and ready for the season. That being said,
just because we leave an immaculate pool behind as we pull out of the driveway
doesn’t mean a storm can’t roll through and blow a bunch of leaves into the
pool. There are always a few circumstances beyond our control that can affect
the status of a pool opening. We provide a full service opening for our
customers which means we vacuum all debris out of the pool, adjust the water
chemistry and start up all pool mechanicals to ensure everything is in proper
working order. Other pools service companies may just pull the cover off and
turn on the pumps…the rest is up to you! Different levels of services come with
different costs. So if you are shopping around for quotes to open your pool,
make sure you know what is included in the estimate for the service. Don’t make
the mistake of comparing apples to oranges.

Are you preparing to open a
swimming pool this season? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions or
for some expert advice. Contract us today!


4 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Your Swimming Pool

It’s hard to imagine that there are truly “bad” swimming pool trends or designs that could offset the luxury and convenience (not to mention fun!) of owning your own swimming pool. And in our experience, there are not that many at all! We live by the philosophy of “to each their own.” That’s the beauty of being a custom pool design company. Every client and every pool is unique – as it should be. What one person may love in a pool, may not be the other person’s cup of tea, and that’s quite alright.

Instead, we wanted to take a humorous approach as to how you essentially can’t go wrong with your pool design, so long as you are using quality materials and working with an experienced and professional pool company. So what are the four swimming pool mistakes you should avoid at all costs? Take a look!

  1. Copying someone else’s pool – exactly.

Foremost, where’s the fun in this? The whole concept of choosing a custom pool company is the ability to custom design your very own swimming pool, one that is unlike anything anyone else has! While it’s perfectly fine, and often helpful to show your pool company pictures of other pools you admire and may want to pull design elements from, you should want to have a truly custom design. Second, every backyard is unique in its size, shape, slope and view. How someone else’s pool fits on their property will not be how your pool fits on yours. All the more reason to embrace the flexibility and creativity of a custom pool design!

  1. Choosing short-term solutions.

The next mistake is choosing short-term solutions in an effort to save on cost or time, and as a result you set yourself up for higher maintenance or increased costs down the road. Sure, you can technically skimp on some technical aspects of your swimming pool, but you will only be shooting yourself in the foot. If you don’t install an adequate filtration system, guess who will have to make up for the slack? You will through more manual labor! It’s so important to properly budget for long-term, common sense solutions and technologies for your pool, to make pool ownership a joy and convenience long-term.

  1. Favoring glitz over function.

It’s so tempting to want to spend a large portion of your pool budget on features and finishes that provide that “wow” factor. And there’s no problem with doing so unless you then have to sacrifice function. Whenever you are making a design decision on your pool, whether it be its shape, size, depth, finish, and the list goes on, make sure you are also asking yourself (and your pool company), could this negatively impact the functionality of the pool. For example, if you’re not prepared for your electric bill to double due to the cost of maintaining and heating your pool and adjoining hot tub all summer (and possibly spring and fall), then you may wish to scale back on the depth or square footage to create a smaller pool.

  1. Not going with your gut instinct.

No matter how you slice it, building a residential swimming pool is a large project. There are many decisions you’ll need to make starting with what pool company you choose to bring your vision to life. The biggest mistake a potential pool owner can make is not listening to their gut instinct when it tells you what pool company will be the best fit, what budget is most reasonable for you right now, what design and finishes you should select, and countless other examples. Every step of the way you should be listening to these instincts and communicating them with your spouse or anyone else involved in your pool building project. To ensure you are fully happy with the finished project, your gut will almost always lead you in the right direction.

Is there another mistake you’ve seen made when people design their swimming pool? Share your experiences by leaving a comment below!