Get Ready, Get Set, Swim!

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As pool season is just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about what you need to do to get ready for pool season. Before you can jump in and start swimming, there are a lot of things that need to be done to prepare. So put that swimsuit down, just for a while, and pick up your pool supplies.

Get Ready

The first thing you want to do to get ready for pool season is to acquire and double check that you have all of your necessary pool supplies. The pool supplies and type of supplies you will need will vary depending on what specifically what type of pool and equipment you have. Most everybody will be some version of these items at the very least:

* Water supply/hose
* Pump or other circulatory equipment
* Pool skimmer
* Brushes and other cleaning equipment/products
* Pool chemicals

Most everyone uses some version of these items to get ready for their summer pool preparation. Some of these items might have been in storage all winter and so might need a little maintenance of their own. For example, your pump and pool equipment may need to be cleaned and you should always inspect these items for damage, debris, and for faulty or cracked seals and rings.

Get Set

Now that you have everything you need and are ready for action, you can get started on the actual process of preparing your pool for summertime fun and swimming. Everyone’s pool is going to be different, so you will need to consult your handbooks or a pool professional if you have questions about the specifics of re-opening your pool after the winter and getting it ready to jump in.

Typically, the first thing you are going to do is to remove and store the pool cover if you used one, and then re-connect your pool equipment. You will then re-fill your pool assuming you drained it partly for the colder months. Now, for the real elbow work as you will need to skim, scrub, brush, and thoroughly clean your pool. This is important because you may have a lot of muck and calcium build up from the past few months that needs to be removed before it worsens. You will also need to add in whatever necessary chemicals to shock and balance the pool. Typically there are shock treatments that you can buy and use specifically in the springtime that will help you get ready for summer.


The process of re-opening a pool, cleaning, shocking, and returning it to an appropriate state for swim and play takes around two weeks. This can vary depending on how well or thoroughly you winterized your pool and also what kind of supplies and products you are using. Once you have gotten through this process, though, you are finally ready for some summertime fun.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your pool upkeep and maintenance, call your pool professionals at Hersey Pool Service. Their knowledgeable and experienced staff can help you with just about any question or issue you have concerning your pool. If you need to know where to start to get your pool into shape for summer, start with Hersey Pool Service.

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