by Terry Rogers
Although the temperatures outside still remind you of winter, it will not be long until hot, humid weather is the normal rather than cool conditions. Now is the perfect time to begin thinking about how to get your pool and spa ready for the hot summer months ahead.
“The most common mistake pool and spa owners make is buying and using multiple types of chemicals throughout the season,” Heather of Pools and Spas Unlimited said. “Doing so causes more issues such as damage to liners, equipment, discoloration of liners and this causes homeowners to lose years off products that cost them a significant amount of money.”
Buying the proper chemicals to properly balance pools and spas helps to maintain the life expectancy of the unit. It is important to do proper maintenance on the equipment and to check parts to be sure they are functioning properly. When something needs to be repaired or replaced, it is highly recommended that you call a professional retailer to perform the work.
Even though the weather is still cool, it is not too early to begin thinking about opening your pool. Algae can bloom at temperatures above 50 degrees, so it is recommended that you open the pool before the air temperature is consistently above that temperature. Waiting too long can lead to more algae and more chemicals which costs you more. In addition, when you begin the process of opening your pool, you may find problems that need repair. Waiting until mid-to-late May could mean a delay in getting a repair scheduled as many pool and spa professionals are deep into their busy season.
You also want to be sure you have all the supplies you need when you decide to open your pool. You will need a spring opening kit or chemicals such as shock, pH, alkalinity and chlorine stabilizer. You will need a telescopic pole, skimmer head, vacuum head, vacuum hose, pool brush and test kits as well. It is recommended that you create a checklist to be sure you have everything you need before you start the reopening process. Once your pool is open, keep your filter and pump running until the pool is clear. Once that happens, you can return to running the system between 10 and 12 hours each day.
Having a pool or spa in your yard means you don’t need to travel to go swimming. You can simply walk out the backdoor to your own personal oasis. Pools and spas also add beauty and splendor to your own back yard.
“Please come join us during our Annual spring sale April 9 thru the 14 and let us help you not only save on your pool and spa chemicals,toys, and floats but to help guide you through a happy and successful pool and spa season,” said Heather. “For even more savings join us on April 14 for our Customer Appreciation Day where we will have games for the kids, door prizes, food, and a huge array of extra savings at our warehouse clean out tent sale, where you will find much needed products for pennies on the dollar.
Pools and Spas Unlimited is located at 219 North Rehoboth Boulevard in Milford. They are open Monday from 9 AM til 5 PM and Wednesday through Saturday from 9 AM until 5 PM. They are closed Sunday and Tuesday. You can reach them at 302-424-1999.
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